To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer

Hilarious and sweet, this epistolary novel keeps the reader turning the pages. The premise is adorable: two 12 years old girls from opposite sides of the country are sent to the same summer camp by their single gay dads who are planning to woo each other on once in a lifetime trip to China. Bette […]


The Bridge Home

The Bridge Home

Lovely. Amazingly, a solidly middle grade story about escaping child abuse by running away on the streets of a city in India. Join the friends Viji, Ruku, Muthi and Arul as they create family and provide for each other until tragedy strikes. Ms. Venkatraman is able to convey all this in a child’s voice and […]


The Poesy Ring a love story

The Poesy Ring a love story

Bob Graham is a wonderful whimsical picture book writer whose books are worthy of poring over: How to Heal a Broken Wing; A Bus Called Heaven; April and Esme, tooth fairies; and more! The Poesy Ring traces a gold ring from County Kerry in 1830 through its various travels until it ends up in a […]


Elvis is King!

Elvis is King!

Jonah Winter and Red Nose Studio have teamed up to create an incredible, fun book about Elvis’ childhood for kids! It relays, in short emotive prose, what if felt like to grow up dirt poor, hungry, and amazed by one’s first cheeseburger. The book deals frankly with the issue of Elvis’ appropriation of Black music […]


Blended by Sharon Draper

Blended by Sharon Draper

Sharon Draper, the acclaimed author of the beloved, Out of my Mind (2012),  returns with an enjoyable book that manages to provide a girls’ eye view of racial issues, from police profiling to skin color dynamics. Isabella’s mom is white and her dad is black and her parents are divorced and she’s traded back and forth once […]


Buried Lives, The Enslaved People of George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Buried Lives, The Enslaved People of George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Deeply moving, this book intended for older children and teens will be an education for adults as well. Carla Killough McClafferty presents the stories of William Lee, Christopher Sheels, Caroline (Branham), Peter Hardiman, Ona Marie Judge, and Hercules, six of the best known slaves owned by our first president. The author also presents detailed information […]


Very Rich by Polly Horvath

Very Rich by Polly Horvath

A hilarious read about poverty and wealth, hunger and hamburgers from Polly Horvath. Rupert is very poor and always hungry; there is never enough food at home. A ridiculous accident happens on Christmas Day that introduces him to the ultra-wealthy Rivers family. The book is a series of bizarre adventures hungry Rupert goes on with […]


Journey of the Pale Bear by Susan Fletcher

Journey of the Pale Bear by Susan Fletcher

This is a fictional story that takes as its starting point the real polar bear that was given to King Henry III of England by King Haakon IV of Norway in 1252.  Who might the bear’s Norwegian keeper have been? Why did he stay in England to care for the now royal bear? By turns […]


Love to Everyone by Hilary McKay

Love to Everyone by Hilary McKay

Hilary McKay has written a historical novel of WWI, with the endearing Clarry Penrose as main character. Clarry’s mother died in childbirth so she’s never known a mother’s love. But she loves her brother fiercely and loves her cousin Rupert in Cornwall whom she sees every summer. She’s determined to fend for herself and get […]


Island War by Patricia Reilly Giff

Island War by Patricia Reilly Giff

Izzy comes to the island with her birder mother after the death of her father; Matt reluctantly accompanies his aloof father, engaged in military intelligence. Izzy and Matt are secretly left behind while the Japanese soldiers evacuate and occupy the island, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Will Matt and Izzy survive? Or will the […]