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 … Continue reading The Paperboy, by Vince Vawter

Navigating Early, by Clare Vanderpool

This is a strange book, one that has beautiful moments I’ve come to associate with Clare Vanderpool, but it doesn’t always resonate with me. At times, the book even feels over-written and abstract with images that are too great a stretch. And I struggled to get a handle on Early. Early Auden is a young … Continue reading Navigating Early, by Clare Vanderpool

Rules, by Cynthia Lord, 2006, Book Review

This was part of my goal to read every Newbery book (this one took honors), and I finished it in one sitting. I started it the last evening of 2012 and enjoyed it enough to forego watching the ball drop. I turned the last page in the earliest hours of 2013. I knew this book … Continue reading Rules, by Cynthia Lord, 2006, Book Review

Mockingbird, by Kathryn Erskine, 2010, Book Review

Caitlin doesn’t see the world as others see it. She prefers black and white to color. She’s matter-of-fact and unemotional. She takes meanings very literally. She dislikes loud noises. And she hates when anyone invades her Personal Space. Caitlin has Asperger’s Syndrome. Kathryn Erskine has created a beautiful character and surrounded her with difficulty. Not … Continue reading Mockingbird, by Kathryn Erskine, 2010, Book Review

Wonderstruck, by Brian Selznick, 2011, Book Review

Through my intricate web of literary connections (yeah, right), I managed to get my hands on an advance copy of Brian Selznick’s brand new book, Wonderstruck. It won’t be released until September 13, 2011, so I feel very privileged to provide a sneak peek at this captivating new middle grade novel. Some of you may … Continue reading Wonderstruck, by Brian Selznick, 2011, Book Review