Seeing Something New in The Third Mushroom

Life isn't a Hollywood movie. That's one of the many things that Ellie learns in The Third Mushroom, an incredibly satisfying sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish. In this book, which I finished in under 24 hours, we watch as Ellie experiments with her first romantic relationship, works on a science fair project with her grandfather, … Continue reading Seeing Something New in The Third Mushroom

All the Stars for One for the Murphys

Lynda Mullaly Hunt has won me over as a MG author who just really gets it. I absolutely adored Fish in a Tree, and with this book she has created characters that are instantly real and a situation that is all too plausible. I absolutely fell in love with the characters and could have finished … Continue reading All the Stars for One for the Murphys

The Magic of Melwick Orchard

Books that realistically deal with childhood illnesses walk a fine line with dealing with the reality of illness and the havoc it wrecks on the entire family yet not being heavy handed with it. Rebecca Caprara tackles the subject deftly in her MG debut The Magic of Melwick Orchard. (Thank you to the #KitLitExchange Network … Continue reading The Magic of Melwick Orchard

Sarai is an Awesome Kid

Thank you for the review copy of this book which will be published 9/11/18. All opinions are my own. Sarai Gonzalez wakes up every morning to a poster reminding her that she is awesome, a pretty great way to start the day. Sarai is a bright girl with an entrepreneurial mind and a strong sense … Continue reading Sarai is an Awesome Kid

Wild for the World Cup

It is World Cup season and there are many people glued to their televisions to cheer on their team. Football, or soccer as we call it here in the US, is a world-wide phenomenon that has helped bridge divides and that most countries participate in. While it isn't huge where we are living at the … Continue reading Wild for the World Cup

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.ย  But … Continue reading The Jigsaw Jungle

The Magical World of Polly Diamond

I'm always on the lookout for great transitional chapter books. I think I have a book buyer inside of me just waiting to get out. Transitional chapter books are one of the things that my local libraries really seem to lack. We have digital versions of some of them, but the actual, physical book is … Continue reading The Magical World of Polly Diamond