Category Archives: Reviews

LUCKY BROKEN GIRL for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

I’ve read more books about diverse characters and their stories of immigration this year than I had the previous four years combined. And that’s a good thing. This story is unique in that it is based on an experience the … Continue reading

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Young readers who are studying the United States or want to learn more about this great country can stop right here at this new title from TIME FOR KIDS. What better way to start  than to have a look at … Continue reading

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THE EPIC FAIL of ARTURO ZAMORA for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

The importance of family is vividly portrayed as Arturo tells the story of life in a Cuban-American community. Seventh grade thirteen year old boys have changing interests and Arturo is having a tough time with his sudden infatuation with Carmen, … Continue reading

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I am pleased to be a part of the two-month long blog tour (That’s right two months!) for THE EXPLORERS: THE DOOR IN THE ALLEY. Next week the tour continues at these fine blogs: May 15 Librarians Quest May 16 … Continue reading

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CALL ME SUNFLOWER for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

It’s been two years since Miriam Spitzer Franklin’s debut novel, EXTRAORDINARY, was released. This month her much anticipated second novel hits the shelves, CALL ME SUNFLOWER. To celebrate this occasion I have a giveaway: One lucky person will win a … Continue reading

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THE NOCTURNALS: THE FALLEN STAR for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

Dawn, a serious fox, Tobin, a sweet pangolin, and Bismark, a loud-mouthed sugar glider are back for their third adventure as the Nocturnal Brigade. You may recall my review of book #1: THE MYSTERIOUS ABDUCTIONS , a fun story for … Continue reading

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ARMSTRONG & CHARLIE for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

You know you’ve read a great book… …because you’re sad to have it end, …because it’s a contemporary story with heart, …because it was set in the 1970s, …because the theme of racial tension shows how far we haven’t progressed, … Continue reading

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