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Book Review: The Graveyard Book

. Author: Neil Gaiman Publisher: HarperCollins, 2008 Genre: Children/Middlegrade Format: Audiobook Narrated by the author Awards: Newberry Medel Winner 2009 I’m on a course to read all of the Newberry Medal winners that I missed over the last couple of busy decades. I must tell you that I put off reading this book earlier because, when […]

2015 Award Winner: The Crossover

Author: Kwame Alexander Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014 Genre: Middle Grade Fiction (Ages 9 to 12) Award: Newbery Medal Winner for 2015 Twelve-year-old twins Josh and J.B. not only love the game of basketball, they’re very good players. They come by it naturally as their father was a championship-level, professional player. Dad and mom, a […]

Newberry Honor Winner 2011: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Publisher: Amistad, 2010 One of my challenges this year is to read some of the Newberry Award winners. In my experience, these stories, although written for children, are some of the best around. One of my favorites in this book, One Crazy Summer, a book I first read in 2 011 and reviewed on the […]

Newberry Medal Winner 2011: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

According to Ruth Graham in a recent Slate.com article, I should be embarrassed to be reading YA and/or children’s books. I don’t know Ms. X, but her bullying tactics mean nothing to me. I love reading good books no matter what the age of the intended reader. I especially love reading the same books my […]

Newberry Award Winner 2012: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

This week is National Children’s Book Week. I’m happy to share the word and throw a little light on a group of books that has given me so many pleasurable reading hours. I didn’t leave those books behind when I became an adult. I find many of them to be among the most entertaining books […]

Newberry Medal Winner 2014: Flora and Ulysses

I’m finally ready to begin working on the Newberry Reading Challenge. Because of my Triple Dog Dare Challenge, I couldn’t read anything new for the first three months of the year. It had to be books already on my shelves. Now that I’ve completed my challenge, I’m ready to catch up on these wonderful award-winning […]

Book Review: Blue Heaven by C.J. Box

Minotaur Books 2008 I just discovered C.J. Box’ books last year. This is already my third book. I really love the action, characters and the storylines. Best of all, they are set in the part of the U.S. that I love – the West, primarily Wyoming. So far, this one is my favorite, even though […]

Book Review: Olive Kitteridge

This week I’m featuring two books by Elizabeth Strout. I just finished reading the author’s latest book, The Burgess Boys. Two years ago I read her Pulitzer Prize winning Olive Kitteridge. I still think about Olive from time to time so I went back and re-read some of the chapters/stories. I wrote about it on […]

Book Review: Three Junes

Author: Julia Glass Publisher: Pantheon, 2002 Genre: Literary Fiction Format: Audiobook, narrated by John Keating Source: Public Library My Rating: A+ I’m currently reading Sighrt Reading by Daphne Kalotay for a TLC Book Tour. You can read my review on Thursday, June 13th. In the promos for Sight Reading they likened it to Julia Glass’ […]

Book Review: When You Reach Me

Author: Rebecca Stead Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books, 2009 Genre: Young Adult Fiction Award Won: Newberry Medal Winner, 2010 My Rating: A Miranda is a twelve-year-old girl in New York City in the 1970s. She loves to read. Her favorite book is Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time. She loves it so much that she carries […]