Middle Grade Monday Book Review: Zora and Me – The Cursed Ground by T.R. Simon

Release Date:  September 11, 2018 Publisher:  Candlewick Press Page Count: Hardcover, 272 pages Genre: Middle Grade, African-American literature, Slavery Appeal (in my opinion): Good for very high middle grade readers (12+) due to the complicated vocabulary and themes of slavery and violence. Best read after learning about the history of slavery in America and the…

Middle Grade Monday Book Review: Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Release Date:  September 11, 2018 Publisher:  Candlewick Press Page Count: Hardcover, 368 pages Genre: Middle Grade, Hispanic Lit, Latino Lit Appeal (in my opinion): Great for 5th – 6th grade boys and girls or any child entering middle school years and puberty. Any child experiencing a family member with Alzheimer’s Disease. Latino female main character….

Wish List Wednesday – Birthday style

I had a birthday this week. It was a big one. B-I-G. I did only little things for it. I went swimming with my 6 and 8-year-old because that is what they wanted to do with mom. We got pizza for dinner and a doughnut for dessert. We spent the night at a local hotel…

Middle Grade Monday Book Review: Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchut

Release Date:  October 2, 2018 Publisher:  Owl Hollow Press Page Count: Paperback, 256 pages Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy, Western, Hispanic Lit, Latino Lit Appeal (in my opinion): Great for 7-13 year-old boys and girls or higher intermediate readers and up. Rare book featuring Hispanic main characters in a fantasy setting. Rating: 5/5 stars Bookstagrammer Bits:…

Goodreads Goal Reached in July

Yay! It is only mid-July and I’ve reached my goal of 52 books for 2018! (I wish it was as easy to reach my goal of losing 52 pounds but we won’t discuss that now =/) I’ll admit I feel like Middle Grade books are a little bit of a cheat since they are such…

YA Book Review: Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel by A.W. Jantha

Release Date:  July 10, 2018 Publisher:  Freeform Page Count: Hardcover, 560 Genre: YA Fantasy, Halloween, Witches, Paranormal (reads more like middle grade level writing but main characters are teens so I think that’s why it was grouped in YA). Appeal (in my opinion): Boy or Girl, ages 12+ or any fan of the original “Hocus Pocus”…

My Top 5 Books of 2018 (so far)

How is it possibly half way through 2018? Time seems to fly so fast now that I’m a parent and, ironically, now is when I pray for the days to slow down so I can savor them with my littles who are still in the fleeting stage where they love their mama more than their…

Middle Grade Monday Book Review: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Release Date:  April 1, 2012 Publisher:  Scholastic Page Count: Hardcover, 342 Genre: Advanced Middle Grade / shelved with YA Fantasy in some bookstores, Royal fantasy, non-magic, Retelling of Prince and the Pauper Appeal (in my opinion): I think this is a great book for 11+ boys and girls, but especially boys because it is less…

Book Haul – May 2018

May was a very fortunate month for my bookshelves. I volunteer for my children’s elementary school coordinating two Scholastic Book fairs each year. As one of the perks for the dozens of hours of volunteer time is a pass to go to the annual Scholastic BOGO sale. The BEST feature is the build-a-box for $25…