The Only Road

  I was deep into nonfiction Cybils nominees when this book was published last October and I totally missed it. The plight of those who live South of our country is one that more children and adults in the United States should take the time to read about. In many countries, conditions are so bad…

One Good Thing About America

Anaïs writes letters to her beloved grandmother who stayed behind in Africa while Anaïs, her mother, and her younger brother Jean-Claude have come to the States to find safety.  Anais knows only a smattering of English, her family is divided, and she is living in a shelter with her mother and her younger brother. She misses…

The Wild Robot

Peter Brown takes nature and science and mashes them together in The Wild Robot.  It is a concept that doesn’t seem like it would work, but it does, surprisingly well. A hurricane sinks a ship that contained (among other things) Robots. Roz (short for ROZZUM unit 7134) finds herself (itself?) the only intact functioning robot on…

Bronze and Sunflower

Simple, sweet and satisfying are the words I would use to describe this book. There are seven books in this series, and I haven’t found plans to translate the rest from Mandarin. I’m hoping this sells well and they appear. This story is set in the 1960’s- 70’s during the Cultural Revolution in China. Sunflower’s…

Norse Mythology

Edited to add: This is my most viewed post on my old blog and most relevant with Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology and American Gods series being so popular right now. I used an Audible credit to hear that version as a sneaky way to get around my no new books 2017 pledge. That clearly is an…

Tru & Nelle

I had no idea that Truman Capote and Harper Lee grew up in the same small town and were friends. Truman had been sent to stay with his elderly relatives because his parents didn’t want him. He was an odd little duck in the south – dressed impeccably in white suits and fancy shoes and…

The Goldfish Boy

This reads like a middle-grade whodunit. Matthew is our detective. The neighborhood kids have nicknamed him Goldfish Boy because he is only comfortable in two rooms of his home and spends a lot of time looking at the windows observing his neighbors. Matthew suffers from severe OCD and it is one of the plots in…

Libertarians on the Prairie

I found this review languishing in my draft folder, for some reason it didn’t make it to posted status. The Little House books were the first series that I ever read. Having read a lot of books about the background of Laura and her family, I went into this hoping for some little tidbit that…