Book Review: Quintessence

I attempt to read my advance reader copies in order of release date, although, more often than not one of them peaks my interest early. I have like zero self control when it comes to new books. I console myself knowing that early reader buzz leads to pre orders which helps the author get a…

Book Review: City Spies

So much fun. The best kind of adventure ride possible. You’ve got mystery, intrigue, picturesque settings, smart kids, what’s not to like? This is the first of a trilogy (or more!), and for your middle-grade readers, it is what “fun ” reading should be. This book is made for a day off on the sofa,…

Book Review: We Could Be Heroes

Oh, my heart. Even if you don’t usually read Middle-Grade novels, this one will yank your heartstrings in the best way. This is an unusual book as the characters are in fourth grade and act more like maybe seventh graders in their actions? In some ways, that will increase the readership range, and I think…

Book Review: On Snowden Mountain

Note to parents: We’re using it in our 8th grade Home Ed curriculum this year. I’ll write up a post over at GoodEnoughHomeschool.Com with a book list this weekend. I adore historical fiction. I’ve based my entire home education program on intertwining great stories with factual spine books, so that my kids not only get…

Book Review: Cub

Shop your local indie bookstore Let me begin with a general pitch for graphic novels. I was a late adapter, and now they will always be apart of both my recreational reading and the reading I assign in my home school. Today’s middle-grade graphic novels are not the comic books of your youth. (although I’ve…

Book Review: Here In The Real World

This author also wrote the book- Pax, which is now one of our family favorites, so I looked forward to reading this new novel. Ware is a boy that tries to please his parents by agreeing to what they call “Meaningful Social Interaction” and being normal at a day camp for the Summer. It hadn’t started…

Book Review: Now Entering Addamsville

Who’s ready for some ghost hunting Halloween vibes? From the publisher: When someone burns down the home of the school janitor and he dies in the blaze, everyone in Addamsville, Indiana, points a finger at Zora. Never mind that Zora has been on the straight and narrow since her father was thrown in jail. With…