jiverson's Book Reviews

Peggy’s Letters

Peggy’s Letters

Fans of Kimberly Brubaker Bradley’s The War That Saved My Life, know that people in London, England commonly lost their homes to bombings during World War II. But if someone did lose their home this way, what was life after that like? In the first few pages of Peggy’s Letters, while in line at the […]


Name That Text Type!: What Is Poetry?

Name That Text Type!: What Is Poetry?

Hello, April! National Poetry Month has arrived! Time to brush up on or learn for the first time what poetry is, what poems can be about (hint: anything you want!), where we can find them, and what the guidelines are for writing different types of poems (like concrete, limerick, haiku, acrostic and more)! Learn what […]


Here Comes Lolo

Here Comes Lolo

Here Comes Lolo introduces us to primary-aged Lolo, a sweet, smart, artistic South-African girl who lives with her Gogo (grandma) and mother in the back of Gogo’s dressmaking shop. With writing grounded in the young girl’s identifiable daily experiences, and a gently paced and charmingly illustrated collection of four stories, you will instantly feel a […]


They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems

They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems

This award winning novel in verse, paints vivid, authentic pictures of life in the borderlands from the perspective of 7th grader, comics-loving, video game-playing, poem-writing, Güero. Bowles’ novel fluctuates between masterfully written free verse observations of Güero’s family’s life, friends’ antics, classroom and hallway lessons and Güero’s end rhyme poems, ballads, sonnets and haikus. Fans of poet […]


The (Other) F Word: A Celebration of the Fat and Fierce

The (Other) F Word: A Celebration of the Fat and Fierce

This book is like a body positive dinner party your lovely fat self is invited to attend (and with any fat allies you wish to bring as your plus one). Expect laughs, advice, vulnerability, art and a lot of new mentor friends by the end of the night. Come as you are. Leave any negative […]


The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner

The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner

The red-haired fox of Jeremy Renner’s new graphic novel spends his days sneaking around the local barnyard and his nights munching on turnips. Yeah, things aren’t going too well. The problem is simple. But even still, there is little hope that he will be able to fulfill his carnivore dreams. None of the animals lower […]


Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan

Matt Phelan has made quite a name for himself, creating breathtaking historical fiction graphic novels, and his most recent book, Snow White: A Graphic Novel, holds to his high standard. Set in 1928, in New York City, Phelan creates a story told as if a silent black and white, noir film were transformed into a […]


Musnet: The Mouse of Monet by Kickliy

Musnet: The Mouse of Monet by Kickliy

This lovely graphic novel set in the mid-19th century, is reminiscent of E.B.White’s animal adventures, particularly Stuart Little. The unnamed (until the very end), orphaned main character mouse is looking for work and a home and unintentionally winds up on Monet’s estate in Giverny, France. Also on the property is a friendly mouse family who […]


The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown by Crystal Allen

The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown by Crystal Allen

School is about to get even better for spunky, fourth grade Texan, Mya Tibbs. Along with being in the same class as her new best friend, popular, beauty pageant-winning, Naomi Jackson, the school is about to have its annual Spirit Week! And the prize is a pair of VIP tickets to the town’s Fall Festival, […]


Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson

Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson

Fans of slice-of-life graphic novels (like Roller Girl, Sisters, Smile, and Sunny Side Up) will be clamoring for this book, if they aren’t already. Invisible Emmie is a dual narrative, highlighting the middle school experiences of two very different girls. Meet Emmie, a shy, girl who prefers to be invisible to her peers, and popular […]


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