Category Archives: New Book Reviews

July 13

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes – Review by Mary Boehmer

Towers Falling is a compelling novel set in Brooklyn, New York, fifteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Jewel Parker Rhodes writes an eloquent story about fifth graders who were not alive to witness the attacks on the towers. But as they learn of the events during lessons at school they begin to understand that the […]

July 06

Looking Forward and Looking Back: Impyrium by Henry H. Neff – Review by Oona Marie Abrams

I consider it providential that I started reading Impyrium, a young adult science fiction fantasy novel, on the same evening as parent orientation at the local middle school. My husband Jason had drawn the short straw that evening, and was across town at our son’s baseball practice with the whole brood. As the orientation proceeded, […]

June 29

#TeamEverybody by Shelli Thelen

Abby Cooper has done it again!  With her second novel being released in July of 2017, Cooper gives us Bubbles. Sophie Mulvaney gives us a peek into what life is like for a typical sixth grader. She wants to be well-liked, good at everything, and maybe even have a boyfriend.  However, Sophie carries the problems […]

June 22

​There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by Rachel Rosenberg

When I was a child, I used to love lying on the floor in patches of sunlight. I’d curl up as much as I could, trying to fit into the warm rectangle, and then let the heat relax me. Childhood is fun for that reason–you don’t understand yet why things work the way they do, […]

June 15

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover: A Not So Scary Book About A Haunted House by Tricia Pfeil

One of the most frequent questions I get asked during book checkout is, “Where are your scary books?” I direct them to the Mary Downing Hahn section and those books often get returned with a story of a sleepless night or two. One thing I’ve discovered in my many years of teaching is that my […]

June 01

Brad Meltzer’s Ordinary People Change the World Series – Review by Nikki Boisture

  One of the difficulties with raising kids is that you want them to look up to the right people. Left to their own devices, my kids would probably only idolize twenty-somethings who earn their living playing Minecraft on You Tube. Not that there’s anything wrong with Minecraft and You Tube, but there are definitely […]

May 19

Saving Wonder by Mary Knight – Review by Mary Alice Ramsey

“Words are thoughts and thoughts are things” Papaw tells Curley.  And Mary Knight uses them exquisitely her debut novel Saving Wonder. Curley Hines, a seventh grade boy, shares his life story with us.   Being someone who came to love reading late in life, I was captivated by Curley. His joy. His wonder. Living with […]

May 14

Celebrating Nerdom With Mike Merschel’s ‘Revenge of the Star Survivors’ – post by Kate Hannigan

As a nerd, someone married to a nerd, and a mom raising three little nerds, I’ve always felt among my people at Nerdy Book Club. When I had the chance to read Revenge of the Star Survivors (Holiday House, April 2017) by Michael Merschel, I knew this was the perfect place to share it. It’s […]

May 04

Undeniably a Powerful Read: An Unstoppable, Underrepresented Hero in Sports History by Shelli Thelen

Incredible. Incredible. Incredible. Moving through the pages of Steve Sheinkin’s new book Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team, I found myself talking to anyone who would listen about this incredible diverse athlete. While I am not a sports fan, I am a fan of stories that reveal the lives of those […]

April 27

Windows, Mirrors, and #ownvoices by Kate Olson

Have you been paying attention to young adult literature? If so,  you are probably aware of these three amazing new titles ~ American Street by Ibi Zoboi, Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. All three are spectacular stories, but are also unique for other reasons beyond the […]