Review! The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

The Goldfish Boy By Lisa Thompson 320 pages – ages 9+ Published by Scholastic Press on February 28, 2017 Synopsis from Publisher- “Matthew Corbin suffers from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. He hasn’t been to school in weeks. His hands are cracked and bleeding from cleaning. He refuses to leave his bedroom. To pass the time, he observes his neighbors from his bedroom window, making mundane notes about their habits as they bustle about the cul-de-sac. When a toddler [Read Entire Story]

Review! Beast & Crown by Joel Ross

Beast & Crown By Joel Ross 384 pages – ages 9+ Published by Harper Collins on August 22, 2017 Synopsis from the Publisher- “Boot boy Ji is tired of scrubbing soles and untangling shoelaces. He doesn’t want to bow and scrape. All he wants is freedom—for himself and his friends. He decides to risk everything for a chance to accompany a young nobleman to the Diadem Rite, a magical ritual that chooses the heir to the Summer Crown. Ji doesn’t care about crowns or ceremonies, but he [Read Entire Story]

Review! Avians by Timothy Gwyn

Avians By Timothy Gwyn 316 pages – ages 12+ Published by Five Rivers Publishing on August 1, 2017 Synopsis from Publisher- “Orphans. Runaways. Thieves. The Avians don’t ask questions about a girl’s past. Or her age. They need glider pilots, and the smaller the better. Raisa is fourteen. Born to a line of powerful silk merchants, her rebellion against an arranged marriage is doomed. The Avians are her only alternative. Mel is the young servant blamed for Raisa’s disappearance. She [Read Entire Story]

Review! Hidden Dangers by Lola M. Schaefer

Hidden Dangers Written by Lola M. Schaefer Illustrated by Tymn Armstrong 40 pages – ages 6+ Published by Chronicle Books on August 8, 2017 Synopsis from Publisher- “These 13 deadly creatures can be difficult to spot until you’re right on top of them . . . or they’re right on top of you. Look for each animal in its environment—look closely!—and learn all the ways you could perish—or survive—depending on how smart, well-informed, and good at running away you are. From the [Read Entire Story]

Review! Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz

Princess Cora and the Crocodile Written by Laura Amy Schlitz Illustrated by Brian Floca 80 pages – ages 6+ Published by Candlewick Press on March 28, 2017 Synopsis from the Publisher- “Princess Cora is sick of boring lessons. She’s sick of running in circles around the dungeon gym. She’s sick, sick, sick of taking three baths a day. And her parents won’t let her have a dog. But when she writes to her fairy godmother for help, she doesn’t expect that help to [Read Entire Story]

Review! Mari’s Hope by Sandy Brehl

Mari’s Hope By Sandy Brehl Series: The Odin’s Promise Trilogy #3 (#1, #2) Approx. 276 pages – ages 9+ Published by Crispin Books on May 29, 2017 Synopsis from the Publisher- “In Mari’s Hope, set in occupied Norway in the final years of World War II, young teen Mari has become a valued helper to the village doctor, while continuing to play a role in her family’s efforts in the local resistance. As German war efforts begin to falter, the pressure increases to [Read Entire Story]

Perfect Picture Book Friday! Morris Mole by Dan Yaccarino

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a very nice little story about finding your courage. Morris Mole By Dan Yaccarino 40 pages – ages 4+ Published by HarperCollins on May 2, 2017 Theme/Topic- Finding Courage Genre- Fiction Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “There was a mole who lived with his big brothers. Together they dug. They [Read Entire Story]

Review! This Book Stinks! by Sarah Wassner Flynn

This Book Stinks!: Gross Garbage, Rotten Rubbish, and the Science of Trash By Sarah Wassner Flynn 128 pages – ages 9+ Published by National Geographic Children’s Books on March 28, 2017 Synopsis from Publisher- “Get up close and personal with a wonderful world of waste. From composting and recycling, to landfills and dumps, to how creative people are finding new ways to reuse rubbish. It’s fun to talk trash when it’s jam-packed with infographics, thematic spreads, [Read Entire Story]

Review! York by Laura Ruby

York: The Shadow Cipher By Laura Ruby 496 pages – ages 9+ Published by Walden Pond Press on May 16, 2017 Synopsis from Publisher- “It was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher—a puzzle laid [Read Entire Story]