How Girls Can Become Bold, Brave and Fearless


Today I have a book about how girls can become bold, brave and fearless!  This is an adaptation of an adult book for women and provides some wonderful examples for girls on how to be proactive in their lives.  Risk taking and failure are part of the prescription, which can be scary for anyone, but the authors give strategic examples…

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Medieval Treasure Hunt and Adventure


Today I have a book that is a medieval treasure hunt and adventure.  This book absolutely surprised me in the best way and I was completely caught up in both the story and characters.  However, while the old-fashioned language and the religious elements didn’t throw me off, they might give some pause to kids.  I hope they are able to…

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What Makes Us Pretty?


Today I have a book that challenges the notion of what makes us pretty.  I published this review several years ago, but I was reminded of the book when it showed up on my daughter’s high school summer reading list.  This one may have been first published in 2005, but it remains as relevant today as it was 13 years…

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Who Is Watching You?


Today I have a book that looks at who is watching you and in which instances that can potentially help or hurt you.  This is an incredibly timely topic for kids, and the author gives them a lot to think about.  I think the issues around privacy will only become more important, so giving kids the tools to think about…

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What Camp Is Really Like


Today I have a book that shares what camp is really like.  This one hit home for me.  My mom sent me off to camp on my own for several summers, and while I didn’t share all the same experiences as Vera, that feeling of trying to fit in is very real.   In the end, camp is usually a…

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Mystery with Truths About the Past


Today I have a book that is a mystery with truths about the past.  The main plot is a hunt for a treasure, but intertwined is the story about a black family from the 1950s who are suffering at the hands of racism,  The author has created a compelling story that also examines what it was like to be black…

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Upcoming Adult Book Titles


I was off at BookExpo last week, and I stopped in for the adult book panel which highlights the upcoming adult book titles.  This is where the publishers highlight the book they will be promoting in the next six months.  I always like to give my readers a look at what is coming for adults because even moms and dads…

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