Michelle Isenhoff

Year: 2017

The Paperboy, by Vince Vawter

Along with capturing Newbery honors back in 2014, The Paperboy won a whole slew of awards. Check this out: A Newbery Honor Award Winner An ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book An IRA Children’s and Young Adults’ Choice An IRA Teachers’ Choice A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year A National Parenting Publications Award Honor […]

The Aviator's Wife, by Melanie Benjamin, 2013

This is primarily a children’s literature blog, but every now and then I read an adult book worthy of mention and clean enough for older teens. They’re usually historical fiction. That is the case in The Aviator’s Wife. It is the story of Anne Lindbergh. I read this one last December during my flight to Savannah. […]

Mara, Daughter of the Nile, by Eloise Jarvis McGrath

You may have heard of Ms. McGrath’s 1962 Newbery-winning title, The Golden Goblet, a wonderful middle grade story of ancient Egypt. (My review.) Well, this is another fabulous tale of that intriguing and little-known land, but this one is for a teen audience and far more involved. It was written in 1953, but don’t let […]

Kira-Kira, by Cynthia Kadohata

Before I dive into this review, I have a quick, fun note. A month ago I gushed about my favorite middle grade novel of 2016, The Girl Who Drank the Moon. A week and a half later the Newbery winner was announced. Guess what? I should have been on that panel! I finally broke my recent string […]

The Maladorn Scroll (Alora, 3), by Tamie Dearen

     I have to put in a plug for a series I’ve featured before. Book three of the Alora series, The Maladorn Scroll, just released. I’ve really enjoyed these fantastical dips into the realm of Tenavae. They’re clean, the romance is sweet, and the premise is really unusual. It’s that uniqueness I like the most. […]

The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill, 2016

I am completely infatuated with this book. It is outstanding in beauty and nearly biblical in its perceptions. It is a story of magic, of beginnings and endings infinite in their proportions; it is the story of love. The Day of Sacrifice waits for no one. A child, the youngest within the Protectorate, must be […]

The Light Between Oceans, by M. L. Stedman

And finally…the review you’ve all been waiting for…ahem…my Number One Historical Fiction Pick of 2016! (Now a major motion picture, which I am going to watch tonight!) Maybe this was my favorite because it’s the most recent one I read. (Like, I just closed the back cover before I composed these four posts.) It’s also […]

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