Review | Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming won the 2015 Newbery Honor award as well as the National Book Award. It’s a biographical story about the author, Jacqueline Woodson’s childhood. This book had a big impact on me. I was so touched during some parts, that I got a little teary while listening to it. It helped me to […]

Review | The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

Charlotte’s father insists that she finish the school year before returning home to America from England. Plans are made for Charlotte to travel with a couple of different families that have children her age, on a boat that is owned by her father’s company. When Charlotte arrives at the Seahawk, prepared for her journey across […]

Review | Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

Clara Wintermute is fascinated by the stringed puppet show she sees performed on a street corner. She pleads with her father to hire the small show to be the entertainment for her birthday party. Despite his concerns about the dirty, lower-class, expert puppeteer, Gaspare Grisini, he consents. Clara is excited to meet the two orphaned […]

Review | Savvy by Ingrid Law

I picked this book up because it won the Newbery Honor Award. I didn’t have a clue what it was about when I started reading page one, but it didn’t take more than a few pages for me to be laughing out loud at some of the antics of Mississippi Beaumont, AKA ‘Mibs,’ who lives […]

Review | The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Wow. I just finished reading The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt. It definitely makes my top ten list of all time. It took me a few pages to get into, but once there, it just kept getting better and better. I laughed out loud, I cried, I laughed again and cried again. I don’t […]