Book Review: City Spies

So much fun. The best kind of adventure ride possible. You've got mystery, intrigue, picturesque settings, smart kids, what's not to like? This is the first of a trilogy (or more!), and for your middle-grade readers, it is what "fun " reading should be. This book is made for a day off on the sofa, … Continue reading Book Review: City Spies

Book Review: We Could Be Heroes

Oh, my heart. Even if you don't usually read Middle-Grade novels, this one will yank your heartstrings in the best way. This is an unusual book as the characters are in fourth grade and act more like maybe seventh graders in their actions? In some ways, that will increase the readership range, and I think … Continue reading Book Review: We Could Be Heroes

Book Review: On Snowden Mountain

Note to parents: We're using it in our 8th grade Home Ed curriculum this year. I'll write up a post over at GoodEnoughHomeschool.Com with a book list this weekend. I adore historical fiction. I've based my entire home education program on intertwining great stories with factual spine books, so that my kids not only get … Continue reading Book Review: On Snowden Mountain

Book Review: Don’t Read The Comments

Don't Read The Comments is a YA gaming centered novel. Most teens online game in some way or another, and they will relate to both the fun and hassles involved navigating both online friendships and harassment. I liked both Divya and Aaron and loved the dynamics that each of them had with their families. The … Continue reading Book Review: Don’t Read The Comments

Book Review: Keystone

This story should be a classified dystopia, but we're on our way to it being our legit reality.You've heard of "influencers," well, imagine being accountable to your investors, every minute of every day of your life. Yeah. Ella's Mom and Dad are full-time influencers after giving up acting for this new, more profitable career. They … Continue reading Book Review: Keystone

Book Review: Followers

This novel shows us a world where our follower count and social standing is more important to us than our real friendships. Equal parts horrifying and entertaining the story is half Orla, a journalist in 2015, and Marlow, a 2051 "influencer" celebrity. Sometime between Orla's and Marlow's lives, an event was known only as "the … Continue reading Book Review: Followers

Book Review: Tweet Cute

This contemporary YA novel is also told in alternating points of view. It seems to be a 2020 trend. Anyway, I'm all there for it. This cute story has the two main characters in a Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks You've Got Mail type situation. The twist is that their parents each own a competing burger joint … Continue reading Book Review: Tweet Cute

Book Review: Cub

Let me begin with a general pitch for graphic novels. I was a late adapter, and now they will always be apart of both my recreational reading and the reading I assign in my home school. Today's middle-grade graphic novels are not the comic books of your youth. (although I've come around to those too!) … Continue reading Book Review: Cub

Book Review: Here In The Real World

This author also wrote the book- Pax, which is now one of our family favorites, so I looked forward to reading this new novel. Ware is a boy that tries to please his parents by agreeing to what they call "Meaningful Social Interaction" and being normal at a day camp for the Summer. It hadn't started … Continue reading Book Review: Here In The Real World

Book Review: The Night Country

Here we are back in The Hinterland universe. Little mouse Scratch scratch Hasten to your homeLock and latch, do up the catchAnd pray that you're alone...The Night Country Delightfully ominous, the prose creeps up on you until you aren't sure whether to be proud of Alice or scared for her. There is no build-up in this book. … Continue reading Book Review: The Night Country