The Only Road

 I was deep into nonfiction Cybils nominees when this book was published last October and I totally missed it. The plight of those who live South of our country is one that more children and adults in the United States should take the time to read about. In many countries, conditions are so bad that … Continue reading The Only Road

One Good Thing About America

Anaïs writes letters to her beloved grandmother who stayed behind in Africa while Anaïs, her mother, and her younger brother Jean-Claude have come to the States to find safety.  Anais knows only a smattering of English, her family is divided, and she is living in a shelter with her mother and her younger brother. She misses … Continue reading One Good Thing About America

The Wild Robot

Peter Brown takes nature and science and mashes them together in The Wild Robot.  It is a concept that doesn’t seem like it would work, but it does, surprisingly well. A hurricane sinks a ship that contained (among other things) Robots. Roz (short for ROZZUM unit 7134) finds herself (itself?) the only intact functioning robot on … Continue reading The Wild Robot

Bronze and Sunflower

Simple, sweet and satisfying are the words I would use to describe this book. There are seven books in this series, and I haven’t found plans to translate the rest from Mandarin. I’m hoping this sells well and they appear. This story is set in the 1960’s- 70’s during the Cultural Revolution in China. Sunflower’s … Continue reading Bronze and Sunflower

Norse Mythology

Edited to add: This is my most viewed post on my old blog and most relevant with Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology and American Gods series being so popular right now. I used an Audible credit to hear that version as a sneaky way to get around my no new books 2017 pledge. That clearly is an … Continue reading Norse Mythology

The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts

I have to start out by saying that the Newberry Honor book, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle has been on my TBR list forever and now I'll have to pick it up. I have read Crispin: The Cross of Lead several times throughout my homeschooling career, so I was familiar with the author. Also, spoiler alert: … Continue reading The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts

The Goldfish Boy

This reads like a middle-grade whodunit. Matthew is our detective. The neighborhood kids have nicknamed him Goldfish Boy because he is only comfortable in two rooms of his home and spends a lot of time looking at the windows observing his neighbors. Matthew suffers from severe OCD and it is one of the plots in … Continue reading The Goldfish Boy

Libertarians on the Prairie

I found this review languishing in my draft folder, for some reason it didn’t make it to posted status. The Little House books were the first series that I ever read. Having read a lot of books about the background of Laura and her family, I went into this hoping for some little tidbit that … Continue reading Libertarians on the Prairie

The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter Records vs. MP3 Moleskine vs. Evernote Books vs. Kindle Settlers of Catan vs. Super Mario Analog life is analyzed and found to be superior in this in-depth analytical tome. Each chapter tells the story of the technology, the analog version and is filled with interviews that almost sound like unpaid advertisements for each analog … Continue reading The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter