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 … Continue reading The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill, 2016

Bingo Summer, by Dawn Malone

First time author Dawn Malone has crafted a winner in Bingo Summer. Charming, sweet, and artfully written, it takes top honors in my summer reading list. It's just a superb example of middle grade lit. I loved it! Okay, the initial catalyst for the plot is pretty unlikely. (Summer wins ten million dollars with a … Continue reading Bingo Summer, by Dawn Malone

The Cay, by Theodore Taylor, 1969

"Dis be de mos' outrageous good story, Phill-eep!" I can almost hear the words as they would sound spoken in Timothy's Caribbean cadence. Timothy's an old friend of mine. So are Phillip and Stew Cat, the trio of castaways in The Cay. This is a book I've treasured since my childhood. I shared it recently with my … Continue reading The Cay, by Theodore Taylor, 1969

The Stone of Valhalla, by Mikey Brooks

Wow! I’m afraid I might have to do a little gushing on this one. This is middle grade fiction at its best. An epic adventure I’d put side-by-side with names like Spiderwick and Fablehaven. I actually listened to this one as an audiobook from Audible.com to give myself a break during our read aloud time. … Continue reading The Stone of Valhalla, by Mikey Brooks

Prince of Malorn (Annals of Alasia, 3), by Annie Douglass Lima

I came to this book in an unusual way. One of my children's literature friends sort of "set me up" with this author. She recommended I read this book because the author and I write in a very similar literary style. I totally trust the judgment of my friend (hey, she likes MY work :)) … Continue reading Prince of Malorn (Annals of Alasia, 3), by Annie Douglass Lima

Noah Zarc: Cataclysm (Noah Zarc, #2), by D. Robert Pease, Book Review

D. Robert Pease is two for two. His first MG novel, Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble, was given the very first Bookworm Blather Squeaky Award. His sequel, Cataclysm, will be receiving another. (Check out my review of Noah Zarc and my 5-Q interview with the author.) In book one, Noah's family had embarked on a scientific mission … Continue reading Noah Zarc: Cataclysm (Noah Zarc, #2), by D. Robert Pease, Book Review

Winterling, by Sarah Prineas, 2012, Book Review

My blog’s been a little shy on sweetness lately, but this book fits the bill nicely. It was a wonderful surprise. First, I have to comment on how gorgeous the cover art is. I made it really big because I love it. Not only did it draw me to the story, it reflects it perfectly. … Continue reading Winterling, by Sarah Prineas, 2012, Book Review