Book Review: Gregor the Overlander, Suzanne Collins

Book Review: Gregor the Overlander, The Underland Chronicles Book 1, Suzanne Collins     Gregor is eleven years old, living in a New York City apartment with his mother, grandmother, and two younger sisters. Forced to grow up quickly after the disappearance of his father, he helps his family by doing chores and watching his […]

Book Review: Victories Greater than Death, Charlie Jane Anders

Book Review: Victories Greater than Death, Unstoppable Book 1, Charlie Jane Anders Young Adult/Science Fiction: Victories Greater than Death, Unstoppable Book 1, Charlie Jane Anders Publication Date April 21, 2021   Science fiction writers are known for their vivid imaginations. Fiction alone is one thing, but imagining things that just aren’t is something entirely different. […]

Blog Tour: Space Academy, Hannah Hopkins

Book Review: Space Academy, Hannah Hopkins   YA Science Fiction: Space Academy, Hannah Hopkins   Being an American, my familiarity with British education systems is quite limited. I assume that Hogwarts has some basis in fact. I’ve no idea what basis beyond the presence of young British students. Something, though. I’m pretty sure the sorting […]

Book Review: Because, Mo Willems

Book Review: Because, Mo Willems Picture Book: Because, Mo Willems   A girl’s spontaneous invitation to a concert inspires her lifelong love of music and her dream to be a composer. This lovely book is also a tribute to the all the people who contribute to a concert performance including the workers behind the scenes […]

Recipe & Review: Birthday Shortbread for Bilbo & Frodo Baggins

Recipe and Review: Birthday Shortbread for Bilbo & Frodo Baggins from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien Fantasy: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien September 22 is the shared birthday of Bilbo Baggins and Frodo Baggings, two of the most beloved book characters of all […]

Book Review: The Lost Words, Robert MacFarlane & Jackie Morris

Book Review: The Lost Words, Robert MacFarlane (author) and Jackie Morris (illustrator) Poetry: The Lost Words, Robert MacFarlane & Jackie Morris A hank of rope in the late hot sun; a curl of bark; a six, an eight: For adder is as adder basks. When a recent edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary was released, […]

Book Review: Martin Rising: Requiem for a King, Andrea D. Pinkney

Book Review: Martin Rising: Requiem for a King, Words by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Illustrations by Brian Pinkney Poetry:  Martin Rising: Requiem for a King, Andrea Davis Pinkney Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Three days later, I turned two years old. I only say that to put my age into […]

Book Review: Gmorning, Gnight: Little Pep Talks for Me & You, Lin-Manuel Miranda

Book Review: Gmorning, Gnight: Little Pep Talks for Me & You, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Illustrations by Jonny Sun Poetry: Gmorning, Gnight: Little Pep Talks for Me & You, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Illustrations by Jonny Sun If you are on Twitter and not following Lin-Manuel Miranda, you are missing out. He regularly tweets short poems/phrases/words of encouragement to start the […]