Review: POISON by Sarah Albee

POISON: DEADLY DEEDS, PERILOUS PROFESSIONS, AND MURDEROUS MEDICINES by Sarah Albee Penguin Random House/September 05, 2017 Middle Grade (8-12), 192 pages Here’s what the publisher says: Science geeks and armchair detectives will soak up this non-lethal, humorous account of the role poisons have played in human history. Perfect for STEM enthusiasts! For centuries, people have Read More …

Review: SURVIVING MIDDLE SCHOOL

Surviving Middle School: Navigating the Halls, Riding the Social Roller Coaster, and Unmasking the Real You by Luke Reynolds Aladdin/Beyond Words (July 5, 2016) Ages 10-14 192 pages Here’s what the publisher has to say:  In this hilarious guide full of honest, real-life experiences, veteran teacher Luke Reynolds skillfully and humorously shows kids how to not Read More …

Review: A Bandit’s Tale by Deborah Hopkinson

Today, I’m thrilled to be participating in another blog tour for Deborah Hopkinson! This time, the award-winning master of historical fiction for children takes readers back to nineteenth-century New York City in her new middle-grade novel: A BANDIT’S TALE: THE MUDDLED MISADVENTURES OF A PICKPOCKET (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers | on sale Read More …

A Starred Review for Emmanuel’s Dream!

Emmanuel’s Dream received its first starred review, and it’s from School Library Journal! They called the book, “a triumph.” And they also said, “This powerful and winning picture book tells the story of a young man overcoming the odds.” and “This uplifting account will resonate with readers and supplement global and cultural studies.” You can Read More …

Review: THE SCRAPS BOOK by Lois Ehlert

THE SCRAPS BOOK: NOTES FROM A COLORFUL LIFE written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert published by Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster, March 2014 72 pages There have been several picture-book autobiographies of children’s book authors and illustrators over the past few years. Sadly, most have left me feeling just a little underwhelmed. While I personally Read More …