Michelle Isenhoff

The Trouble with Chickens (A J. J. Tully Mystery), by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Kevin Cornell, 2011, Book Review

This book is very funny! Jonathan Joseph (J. J.) Tully is a retired search and rescue dog whose been forcibly retired and put out to pasture in a big yard in the country. Millicent is a chicken who approaches J. J. about locating her two missing offspring. Vince the Funnel is the evil genius house […]

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians), Rick Riordan, 2008, Book Review

This fourth book in Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians series is vastly entertaining, as always. Within, Percy and his friends must enter the huge labyrinth that is under the surface of the earth, just beneath the mortal world. Grover goes in search of Pan, whom he is convinced is hiding out, to substantiate his claim […]

The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 3), Rick Riordan, 2007, Book Review

The Titan’s Curse is the third book in the Percy Jackson series, and while I’ve enjoyed them all, the first one is still my favorite. But I must say again how much I like Riordan’s style. It’s so funny! I mean, check out this first line, “The Friday before winter break, my mom packed me an […]

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians), by Rick Riordan, 2006, Book Review

This is book two in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. If you haven’t read them, start with my review of book one, The Lightning Thief. Rick Riordan did it again. I enjoyed The Sea of Monsters almost as much as The Lightning Thief. It’s a whole new adventure with many of the same characters […]

Savvy, by Ingrid Law, 2009, Book Review

Savvy is a uniquely-styled book that won Newbery honors last year. Its most outstanding feature is the rhythmic nonsense words that flood the prose, creating a style all its own  “Fibertygibbity,” “a fizz and a zing,” “jump and jive,” “razzmatazz,” “bumping, jumping,” “stumbled and tumbled,” “gewgaws,” and “…loosening his lip-lock.” Ms. Law has a very distinctive […]

Okay for Now, by Gary D. Schmidt, 2011, Book Review (Kind of)

I have one word for you:  A.m.a.z.i.n.g. Gary Schmidt has long been one of my favorite authors. In fact, I’ve kind of made him my very own personal back-pocket author. Years ago, when I was freshly out of college and toying with a writing hobby, I discovered his book, Anson’s Way.  I finished the last […]

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians), by Rick Riordan, 2005, Book Review

“Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood. If you’re reading this because you think you might be one, my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try to lead a normal life.  Being a half-blood is dangerous. It’s scary. Most of […]

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