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: 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 Story That Cannot Be Told

If you've got a kid that loves folk and fairy tales, this is a story for them. If they like historical fiction, this is also for them. The alternating chapters between the story of Ileana in Romania circa 1989, and the stories that Ileana adapts as Romanian folktales to disguise their exact origins are amazing.Living … Continue reading Book Review: The Story That Cannot Be Told

Book Review: The Strangers (Greystone Secrets, #1)

https://www.amazon.com/Greystone-Secrets-Margaret-Peterson-Haddix-ebook/dp/B0796SYK4F/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1575947604&sr=8-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=04d77cd0d522aeb99b251b750f572b9f&language=en_US Shop your local indie bookstore Are you looking for a Middle-Grade mystery series? I wasn't really- until I found this one. Now, I'm hooked and reading an advanced copy of the sequel. If you've read any of the many novels by this author, you'll be expecting a twisty, turny plot, and you will not … Continue reading Book Review: The Strangers (Greystone Secrets, #1)

Book Review: Naked Mole Rat Saves the World

https://www.amazon.com/Naked-Mole-Rat-Saves-World-ebook/dp/B07NMS5PT4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1570828011&sr=8-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=ab96a99eabd20cfb2d0e0b9be868ea90&language=en_US Ah, anxiety my old friend. All I knew about this book was that the MC sometimes turns into a naked mole rat when she feels anxiety. Being a person in the real world, I do not turn into any animal (sad, but true) but man, I could relate to the anxiety that characters in … Continue reading Book Review: Naked Mole Rat Saves the World

Book Review: This Was Our Pact

https://www.amazon.com/This-Was-Pact-Ryan-Andrews-ebook/dp/B07S3LTK5L/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1570821280&sr=8-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=22aae4dcb0d7bae791e4662fa4c37b74&language=en_US You've watched all of Stranger Things, then maybe you did a family re-watch of Goonies. What's next? You may want to try this graphic novel. Not only is it an excellent read aloud for all ages, it'll get you out of a reading slump with a bang. I saw it on a Owlcrate video … Continue reading Book Review: This Was Our Pact

Book Review: The Ghost in Apartment 2R

https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Apartment-2R-Denis-Markell-ebook/dp/B07NTYCYS3/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1569270774&sr=8-1-fkmr1&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=5c4ebbb439f3dcc390a7c500283e39ff&language=en_US This book makes me want to visit Brooklyn. That said, I've never been so if the author wasn't geographically accurate, I'd never know. But it seems very real. I love a good city kid setting. Danny gets his own room when his brother goes away to college. Or so he thinks. It turns out … Continue reading Book Review: The Ghost in Apartment 2R

Book Review: The Woods

https://www.amazon.com/Woods-R-L-Toalson-ebook/dp/B07TT8559T/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1567125126&sr=8-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=076c02c6d1f61b77481482ca3e918c1e&language=en_US Happy Book Birthday! This one is a page-turner. My advance reading copy clocks in at 465 pages of a mystery. This is long for a middle-grade book, but I believe that kids will devour it and that this will end up being a big hit. It would make an excellent movie. I wish I … Continue reading Book Review: The Woods