Spending a Year with Holling Hoodhood and The Wednesday Wars

The Wednesday Wars, by Gary D. Schmidt, is a quiet, subtle middle grade book written in 2007 but set in 1967. It captures your attention from the start, but progresses slowly to show just how the characters, especially Holling Hoodhood, grow during a school year. I never would have picked this book up had it … Continue reading Spending a Year with Holling Hoodhood and The Wednesday Wars

Ghost Boys – The Middle Grade Book with Important Messages

If you have a list of important middle grade reads, Ghost Boys, by Jewell Parker Rhodes, absolutely must be on that list. It isn't a fun read, but like The Hate U Give, I think it is one that should be read by everyone. This is a book which at its heart wants the world … Continue reading Ghost Boys – The Middle Grade Book with Important Messages

The Lunar Chronicles

Imagine a futuristic world where there is life on the moon and where cyborg and android life are reality. In the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, that is the world that we enter. Once you've got that part understood, add in characters loosely related to well known fairy tale characters. Put it all together and … Continue reading The Lunar Chronicles

When Lies Get the Best of You

I don't often read books that are mainly meant for young boys, but thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange, I was able to read Stu Truly by Dan Richards, a book that just came out this month. It is a coming of age story about a young boy and also a comical look at how … Continue reading When Lies Get the Best of You

The Jigsaw Jungle

I love being a part of the Kid Lit Exchange because I wind up finding out about and reading books that I might never have found on my own. Even more likely, without the KLE, I would find a book, put it on my never ending TBR list, and might never get to it.Β  But … Continue reading The Jigsaw Jungle

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

There are times when you can be reading a book and from the first few pages you know that it is going to be great. This was one of those books. I have a feeling that it will resonate with kids for a long time. Goodreads Synopsis Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning. She doesn't … Continue reading The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

On Two Feet & Wings – A Boy’s True Story of leaving Tehran

Every summer I get a weekly text from AudioBooks Sync. The SYNC program is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+ that pairs two books weekly and allows people to download them for as long as needed to listen.Β  I've found some really interesting reads over the years and have been intrigued how they … Continue reading On Two Feet & Wings – A Boy’s True Story of leaving Tehran