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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Powerful Mystery That Includes STEM


Today I have a powerful mystery that includes STEM.  And by powerful I mean it is literally about the power shutting off.  Readers will learn all about the grid that delivers electricity while being caught up in a who dun it. Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by email so that you don’t miss…

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Charming Book About a Rock?


This is a charming book about a rock?  Yup, even this small grey mineral can be the star of the show.  The best part is that she can use her flexibility and imagination to become even more than a rock because this is how she rolls. Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by email…

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Action-Packed Fantasy for Middle Grades


Today I have an action-packed fantasy for middle grades.  Drest is headstrong female lead who will capture the hearts of all readers as she fights to save her family while confronting the truths about how they lived.  Right and wrong are not as easily defined for any of the characters. And kids will get a lesson in feudalism, the role…

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Spirited New Entrant in Early Chapter Books


Today I have a spirited new entrant in early chapter books.  Yasmin is spunky, inquisitive and a Pakistani American, making her a wonderful way to expand the types of characters we show kids in their reading selections.  The book even has a section at the end to share facts about Pakistan and learn a little Urdu! Don’t forget to follow One…

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Illustrated Novel Gets My Vote


This illustrated novel gets my vote!  Your kids can only read Captain Underpants and Timmy Failure so many times.  Put this book into the mix and increase the number of stories in the rotation.  This one has a lot to make kids smile about. Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by email so that you…

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