Summer Reading: High School

Posted by Sherry on 5/6/2017 in General, Reader's Advisory, Romance, Summer reading, Young Adult Fiction |

Shaking the Nickel Bush by Ralph Moody. “Skinny and suffering from diabetes, Ralph Moody is ordered by a Boston doctor to seek a more healthful climate. Now nineteen years old, he strikes out into new territory hustling odd jobs, facing the problem of getting fresh milk and leafy green vegetables. He scrapes around to survive, […]


Summer Reading: Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grades

Posted by Sherry on 5/5/2017 in Children's Fiction, General, Nonfiction, Summer reading |

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. Originally published in 1930, this book is the first in a series of books about a group of adventurous children and a sailboat. Swallows and Amazons introduces the Walker children—John, Susan, Titty, and Roger—their camp on Wild Cat island, the able-bodied catboat Swallow, and their frenemies the two intrepid […]


Summer Reading: Fourth and Fifth Grades

Posted by Sherry on 5/4/2017 in Children's Fiction, General, Nonfiction, Summer reading |

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. The link goes to an interview with my then-eight year old daughter about her impressions of this award-winning book about India Opal Buloni, her smiling dog, and her preacher daddy. First line: “My name is India Opal Buloni, and last summer my daddy, the preacher, sent me to […]


Summer Reading: Kindergarten and First Grade

Posted by Sherry on 5/2/2017 in Booklists, Children's Fiction, General, Summer reading |

Some homeschool moms asked me to come up with a set of reading lists for a summer reading club they are planning to host. Actually, there will be several “clubs” for different age groups. So, this list of ten of the best easy readers and easy reader series is for children coming out of kindergarten […]


Oh, Were They Ever Happy by Peter Spier

Posted by Sherry on 1/21/2017 in General, Picture Book Preschool, Summer reading |

This classic story of three children left “home alone” on a beautiful Saturday may be my favorite picture book of all time. It’s certainly in my top ten. The story begins: “It happened on a Saturday morning that Mrs. Noonan said to her husband, ‘When are you going to paint the outside of the house? […]


Saturday Review of Books: July 26, 2014

Posted by Sherry on 7/25/2014 in General, Reader's Advisory, Saturday Reviews, Summer reading |

“The aura of a book I have yet to read, with its promise of rapture, surprise and edification, might be even more powerful than the aura of a book I have read, enjoyed and duly forgotten.” ~Jeff Salamanacters Welcome to the Saturday Review of Books at Semicolon. Here’s how it usually works. Find a book […]


Saturday Review of Books: July 19, 2014

Posted by Sherry on 7/18/2014 in General, Summer reading |

“I read books in all the obvious places—in my house and office, on trains and buses and planes—but I’ve also read them at plays and concerts and prizefights, and not just during the intermissions. I’ve read books while waiting for friends to get sprung from the drunk tank, while waiting for people to emerge from […]


Summer Reading and Book News

Posted by Sherry on 7/18/2014 in General, Reader's Advisory, Summer reading |

New from Sarah Clarkson at Thoroughly Alive: Storyformed.com is both a literary online resource, and the home of a new publishing imprint, Storyformed Books. We’ll be republishing excellent out-of-print classics, releasing new fiction by contemporary authors, and publishing a series of essay collections on reading and imagination. My book, Caught Up in a Story, written […]


The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz

Posted by Sherry on 7/7/2014 in 2014, Children's Fiction, Christian Life, Community, Summer reading |

Thirteen year old Nina Ross is feeling at loose ends this summer. Her best friend, Jorie, is changing into a boy-crazy clothes horse. Her beloved grandmother, the only person who really got Nina, died last year. Nina’s parents, divorce lawyers, work all the time. And her brother Matt is consistently either holed up in his […]


Hideout by Gordon Korman

Posted by Sherry on 5/10/2014 in 2013, Children's Fiction, Projects, Summer reading |

“Adults have never stopped us before . . . All they are is bigger than us. That doesn’t mean much when you’ve got the right plan.” Hideout is the fifth book in Gordon Korman’s “Man with the Plan” series about Griffin Bing and his five friends who solve mysteries, foil crooks, and have adventures while […]

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