Thursdays With the Crown by Jessica Day George

Posted by Sherry on 11/10/2014 in 2013, 2014, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

To prepare myself for this third book in a series, I first reviewed my review from a couple of years ago of Tuesdays at the Castle. Then, I read Wednesdays in the Tower, for which I received an ARC that I never got around to reading. Then, I was ready for Thursdays With the Crown. […]


Book News

Posted by Sherry on 11/6/2014 in 2013, 2014, Booklists, Children's Fiction, General |

Texas Bluebonnet Award 2015-2016 Master List Auxier, Jonathan. 2014. The Night Gardener. Brown, Don. 2013. The Great American Dust Bowl. Bryant, Jen. 2014. The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Cammuso, Frank. 2013. The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Book One: Spelling Trouble. Cavanaugh, Nancy J. 2014. Always, Abigail. Daly, Cathleen. 2014. […]


Oliver and the Seawigs: Not-So-Impossible Tale by Philip Reeve

Posted by Sherry on 10/22/2014 in 2013, Children's Fiction, Early Chapter Books, General |

An army of sea monkeys. A boy villain named Stacey de Lacey. A nearsighted mermaid. Rambling Isles that walk/swim around the ocean. Sarcastic seaweed. A talking albatross named Mr. Culpepper. And a beach optician. Not in that order. The author of this stew of ridiculous is the same Phillip Reeve who wrote a dark Arthurian […]

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Empire of Bones by N.D. Wilson

Posted by Sherry on 9/30/2014 in 2013, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

About the first book in this fantasy series by N.D. Wilson, I wrote: The Dragon’s Tooth by N.D. Wilson. Too much action and it moved way too fast for me. I think there was a sub-text that I just didn’t get, and I think Mr. Wilson is too smart for my Very Little Brain. About […]


The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt

Posted by Sherry on 8/23/2014 in 2013, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Folktales, General |

I think Kathy Appelt is a polarizing author; you either love her style of storytelling or you really find it annoying. I love it. I thought her tale of hound dog and kittens in the Big Thicket of East Texas, The Underneath, was excellent storytelling, and it should have won the Newbery in 2009 instead […]


The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

Posted by Sherry on 6/6/2014 in 2013, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

Placing an autistic or Asperger’s boy in the middle of a fantasy novel is a great idea. Although Oscar is never labeled, it’s clear that his love for, almost obsession with, plants and herbal remedies and his lack of understanding of people place him somewhere on the autism spectrum. He sometimes wonders whether he’s really […]


The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

Posted by Sherry on 5/21/2014 in 2013, Children's Fiction, General |

Carolyn Haywood, ushered into the twenty-first century, gently. There were one or two annoying little references that I am not going to dwell on, but overall Mr. Henkes has written a story about second grader Billy Miller that reminds me of my beloved Carolyn Haywood books about Betsy and Eddie and Billy and Ellen. So […]

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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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When Did You See Her Last? by Lemony Snicket

Posted by Sherry on 4/30/2014 in 2013, Children's Fiction, General, Mysteries |

When did you see her last? Did you get the message? What’s for breakfast? Who has the formula? Where could she have gone? Where is Cleo Knight? When did she go missing? What was she wearing when she left? How about some tea? Do you know the one about the big fight over an apple […]


The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech

Posted by Sherry on 4/29/2014 in 2013, Children's Fiction, General, Summer reading |

“The young couple found the child asleep in an old cushioned chair on the front porch.” When John and Mary find a six year old boy asleep on their front porch, they are naturally curious to know who he is and where he came from. But the boy doesn’t talk. He does hear, and he […]

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