Middle Grade Fiction Review (Audio Book)

Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver My rating: 5 of 5 stars I loved, loved, loved this story! I listened to the audio recording, read by the incredible Jim Dale, and basically it got to the point where I would make up reasons to drive somewhere so I could keep listening to it. It's wonderful [...]

Mock Newbery

Well, I've been MIA for a few months but one of my New Year's Resolutions (which is actually all of my old ones that I never, um, resoluted?) is to actually post MORE on my blog. Or, at all, as the case may be. Anyways, this email I just received from one of the Youth [...]

YA Fiction Review

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron My rating: 4 of 5 stars I received a copy of The Dark Unwinding at BEA this past spring and I was eager to read it. Mine didn't have the pretty cover, but I had a postcard with what it would look like. I defintely really enjoyed reading this [...]

YA Fiction Review

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore My rating: 5 of 5 stars I really enjoyed Kristin Cashore's third book in the - well, I'm not sure exactly what to call it. Realm Trilogy? I don't know. Regardless, it was good! It made me want to re-read Graceling and Fire to remember some of the history of the [...]

YA Fiction Review

The Diviners by Libba Bray My rating: 5 of 5 stars Loved reading Libba's newest novel. I loved the Gemma Doyle trilogy, and The Diviners is along the same vein. The fun and excitement of the 1920's time period made an interesting contrast to the frightening plot. Characters are well-developed and the story kept me [...]

YA Nonfiction Review

Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman My rating: 4 of 5 stars I enjoyed listening to this book and I learned a lot about Charles Darwin that I never knew before - actually, I really never knew much about him except that the idea of Evolution came from him. I [...]

Book Signing with Jo Knowles!

A few weeks ago I received my copy of See You at Harry's - Jo Knowles' newest novel!      I was so excited because I have been waiting so long to read this book and I was not disappointed. This is an amazing middle grade novel - Jo's first in this age-level. Her past 3 [...]

Story Time ~ ART

  My computer is on it's way out, but it appears to be working now so I'll try to get a post in! Here are my story time plans....which my dog just stole off the table and my husband had to bribe her with a treat to get it back. The paper is a bit [...]

Easter Story Time

Yup, it's definitely past Easter. Trying to catch up on my Story Time posts! Holiday picture books are tough to find - especially for 3-year-olds. They have the tendency to be on the longer side. The kids did pretty well with the two I chose: The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegen and [...]

YA Audio Book Review

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly My rating: 4 of 5 stars Definitely an original story - and one that had me captivated until the very end. I really enjoyed listening to this one. I could feel what Andi was feeling, and I think hearing the voice of Andi played a big part in that. I loved [...]