All About the ALAYMAs! (American Library Association Youth Media Awards)


I LOVE Awards Season! Every year at the Midwinter conference of the American Library Association, committees name the best books of the year. Many of the categories are likely familiar to you: Newbery is the year's best Children's literature by an American author, the Caldecott honors the best illustrations. The Printz is the best Young Adult literature of the year [...]

All About the ALAYMAs! (American Library Association Youth Media Awards) 2020-01-28T14:18:48+00:00

Stranger Things: Will Byers Secret Files


As you may know, I am in love with Stranger Things. And the marketing department and writers of Random House are totally feeding my obsession. They have released a bunch of books that delve into the lives of all our favorite characters. Will Byer's Secret Files just might be my favorite. The book is set up like a Trapper Keeper, [...]

Stranger Things: Will Byers Secret Files 2019-11-05T15:42:01+00:00



Dynamic duo author Georgia Bragg and illustrator Kevin O'Malley are back with the third installment in their gruesomely fun history series.  Caught! Nabbing History's Most Wanted contains fourteen of history's most infamous stories of scoundrels, cons, and troublemakers who were all eventually caught in the act.  If you are already familiar with How They Croaked and How They Choked, you know [...]

Caught! 2019-10-22T11:49:48+00:00

Free Lunch


Stop what you are doing and go put a hold on this book! Free Lunch is the best teen nonfiction book I have read this year.  With heart and grit and hope, Rex Ogle has crafted an amazing tour de force in this memoir of his 6th grade year.  As the title indicates, Rex receives "free lunch" at school. He [...]

Free Lunch 2019-10-08T16:26:14+00:00

Banned Books Week!


My pick for this week is to give a shout out to Banned Books Week.  Every year, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) of the American Library Association compiles a list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The ALA OIF tracked 347 challenges to library, school and university materials and [...]

Banned Books Week! 2019-09-24T14:42:13+00:00

Hope and Other Punchlines


Sometimes a book falls into your life at completely the right time.  Reading Hope and Other Punchlines, particularly this week, has been emotional, at times bittersweet, and ultimately hopeful. Abbi Hope Goldstein was the focus of an iconic photograph taken outside the Twin Towers on 9/11 when she was just a year old.  Clutching a red balloon and wearing a [...]

Hope and Other Punchlines 2019-09-10T16:57:30+00:00

Here There Are Monsters


Are you ready for a seriously creepy read?  Amelinda Bérubé's latest takes us on a dark and sinister journey to try to save a life.  Skye has always been responsible for her puzzling, unusual sister.  Deirdre prefers to live in fantasy worlds of her own creation, where she is Queen and Skye is her protector.  After they move across the country, [...]

Here There Are Monsters 2019-09-03T10:49:27+00:00

Aurora Rising


Aurora Rising: The acclaimed writing duo Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff have done it abut with the introductory volume in the Aurora Cycle: Aurora Rising. On the cusp of the draft in which star cadet Tyler Jones gets to assemble his Aurora Academy Squad, he gets lost in the Fold and rescues cryosleeping Auri from her vanquished starship. Tyler, having [...]

Aurora Rising 2019-07-09T15:10:49+00:00



Entering senior year of high school, Layla loves tennis, academics, her boyfriend David, and her parents. Her very normal life plunges into a living nightmare when American Muslims are rounded up and sent to internment camps, similar to Manzanar and the other camps used during WWII. The Mobius Camp has been set up as a model of efficiency, where Layla [...]

Internment 2019-07-02T15:12:19+00:00

We Were Beautiful


I should have known that "We Were Beautiful" was going to be a tear-jerker. Author Heather Hepler (Jars of Glass, Scrambled Eggs at Midnight) is a master of the art and this one did not disappoint. It's been almost a year since Mia was in the car accident that killed her sister, Rachel. Mia has been left badly scarred and [...]

We Were Beautiful 2019-06-25T16:16:32+00:00