Some books are absolutely beautiful. And The Princess in Black is a lovely example of how we can communicate to girls (and boys) that it is totally okay to be feminine and like "girly" things and at the same time like to run and play and solve mysteries and fight monsters. Continue Reading
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Beautiful Book: Toot

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Some books are simply beautiful. There is no other way to describe them. Just glancing at them makes you smile and fills your chest with a comforting warmth. Often, these beautiful books are picture books. And yet, they have so much to offer adults as well. Sometimes the illustrations are gorgeous. At first glance, this […]Continue Reading
Jack might be the only kid in the world who's dreading summer. But he's got a good reason: summer is when his single mom takes a second job and leaves him at home to watch his autistic kid sister, Maddy. It's a lot of responsibility, and it's boring, too, because Maddy doesn't talk. Ever. But then, one day at the flea market, Maddy does talk—to tell Jack to trade their mom's car for a box of Continue Reading
This book begs to be read aloud. Then I started chapter one. And I continued reading aloud. To myself. I don't read a lot of middle grade. When I do, I often find it cheesy or too simplistic. This book is not like that. This book begs to be read aloud to a group of tweens. It flows. It's written wonderfully with a lovely rhythm and just the right balance of sentimental and adventure and Continue Reading
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Book Review: Ooko

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Have you ever had everything you should need but still felt like something was missing? That's how Ooko felt. He had everything a fox could need, except a playmate. So he went searching. Continue Reading