Stone River Crossing by Tom Tingle

Stone River Crossing by Tom Tingle

Martha Tom,  a Choctaw girl, crosses the river and befriends Lil’ Mo whose enslaved family works on a plantation in the Southeastern United States in the early 1800’s.  Soon after, Lil’ Mo’s family is threatened with forced separation.  Told with humor, warmth and heart, this story has a climax based on Choctaw folklore, told with […]


A Circle of Elephants

A Circle of Elephants

This is a well written, heartfelt story of a thirteen year old Elephant boy in 1975 Nepal who works with his “elephant brother, Hira Prashad,” to keep animals and humans safe in the Boarderlands area.  A Circle of Elephants is a sequel and throughout the text refers to the protagonists’ earlier experiences, captured in What […]


Cogheart

Cogheart

Wonderful (and terrifying) story set in a terrific steampunk world replete with airships, mechanical animals, and very bad guys with silver eyes. A page turner with heart and wind up keys. Lily lost her mother years ago – and now word comes that her father’s been lost in an airship accident. Then her governess threatens […]


Hardscrabble

Hardscrabble

2019 Wrangler Award for Outstanding Juvenile Book Winner 2019 Spur Award – Western Writer’s of America Finalist  This is a nicely plotted,  heartfelt Middle Grade Western that looks into the lives of folks homesteading in 1910 Colorado. Belle Martin is 12 years old and excited about the adventure of trying to farm the Colorado prairie. […]


The Song for a Whale

The Song for a Whale

Cool story about Iris, a deaf girl named after a whale. Iris has strong tech skills (she repairs antique radios for pocket money) but she’s main streamed in a school with no deaf students and feels frustration at being alone. Then she learns about a whale (Blue 55) who communicates in a different frequency from […]


The Hunt for the Mad Wolf’s Daughter

The Hunt for the Mad Wolf’s Daughter

Wonderful companion novel to The Mad Wolf’s Daughter (2018), this book shares Drest’s story as she struggles with the dual challenges of deciding how to cope with the price on her head — and with her place in the family whom she rescued in the The Mad Wolf’s Daughter. In order to remove the threat […]


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 […]