Book Review: Quintessence

I attempt to read my advance reader copies in order of release date, although, more often than not one of them peaks my interest early. I have like zero self control when it comes to new books. I console myself knowing that early reader buzz leads to pre-orders which helps the author get a deal … Continue reading Book Review: Quintessence

A Treasure Trove of February MG New Release Books

What's better than one new book review? How about four at once? I try not to write batch reviews, but I am struggling to catch up this week. If you would like any more details on any of these amazing new titles: please comment here or on any of my social links. When Mia moves … Continue reading A Treasure Trove of February MG New Release Books

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: 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 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: 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: Now Entering Addamsville

https://www.amazon.com/Now-Entering-Addamsville-Francesca-Zappia/dp/0062935275/ref=as_li_ss_tl?crid=2G02WJELIY4D3&keywords=now+entering+addamsville&qid=1569268247&s=gateway&sprefix=now+entering+addamsville,aps,172&sr=8-1&linkCode=ll1&tag=vikiacad-20&linkId=1e810858ff262ac88c3bf5b506cbb0e7&language=en_US Who's ready for some ghost hunting Halloween vibes? From the publisher: When someone burns down the home of the school janitor and he dies in the blaze, everyone in Addamsville, Indiana, points a finger at Zora. Never mind that Zora has been on the straight and narrow since her father was thrown in jail. … Continue reading Book Review: Now Entering Addamsville