Category Archives: New Book Reviews

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 […]

April 20

Five Reasons The Red Bandanna Should Be In Your Young Adult Reader’s Hands by Oona Abrams

Welles Crowther, a young executive with Sandler O’Neill and a trained volunteer firefighter from Rockland County, New York, perished on September 11, 2001, but not before he became many people’s rescuer. His heroism might have gone unrecognized had his mother, Alison Crowther, not read an article in The New York Times eight months later, in […]

April 16

The Fearless Travelers’ Guide to Wicked Places by Pete Begler – Review by Jennifer Curry

Every once in a while, I read a book that I immediately add to the I-cannot-wait-to-read-this-with-my-kids stack. When I read The Fearless Travelers’ Guide to Wicked Places by Pete Begler, I knew it was going in that stack along with the classics by Dahl, Rowling and Riordan. I am already anticipating the wide-eyed looks of […]

March 30

Insects: The Most Fun Bug Book Ever by Sneed B. Collard III – A Review by Rose Cappelli

Did you know that there are close to one million identified insect species on earth, and that scientists believe there are many more we don’t know about yet – maybe as many as 30 million? Imagine discovering that one out of every four living species on Earth is a beetle! These are just a few […]

March 09

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner – Review by Kevin English

I first learned about Jeff Zentner’s Goodbye Days from a contact at Random House. She kept reminding me over and over again that if I liked The Serpent King then I would absolutely love Goodbye Days. And she was right. So very right. Think about the last time you sent a text message. For me, […]

February 23

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel, Illustrated by Jon Klassen – Review by Jody Lee Mott

Warning: The Nest, written by Kenneth Oppel and illustrated by Jon Klassen, is not a book for everyone. It is the kind of story that burrows itself into your brain and revisits you in the deep, dark midnight in the shape of slithering phantasms and shadowy nightmares.  It is the kind of book that, if you […]

February 16

Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart – Review by Angie Moore

I’ve never been an adventure story reader. Hatchet? White Fang? 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea? Nope. I have not read one of those. Which makes it really hard to recommend books for my students who love adventure stories. If I’ve read any, it was because of high recommendations from family, friends, students, and coworkers, or […]