The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, September 19th, 2017 Beautifully written and absolutely engrossing, this is a brilliant and powerful story about surviving, and thriving, in the projects of Harlem. While it captures the precarious environment and risks that a young boy encounters, it also… Continue reading Stunning Middle Grade Debut
Keepers of the Story Micah Springer Out now Amazing, absolutely stunning! Oh my heart, Micah Springer for memoir laureate of the US! After eagerly awaiting my copy of Keepers of the Story from her Kickstarter (where she gathered the support and early buzz to make it possible for her to publish the book), I read… Continue reading Stunning Memoir!
Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham, Henry Holt, August 2017 Happiness is a memoir, a genre which hasn’t been a favorite for me recently, having read too many by people who I could not care less about. So I am a memoir grouch at the moment.… Continue reading Emotional memoir
Refugee, Alan Gratz, Scholastic, July 2017 Refugee is a book that I have grown to appreciate more each week since I finished reading. The book is written for the middle grades, but also good for us in the senior set. The book contains the story of three young refugees, beginning with Josef who is a… Continue reading End of July Round-Up
Cocoa Beach, Beatriz Williams, William Marrow, out now The cover of Cocoa Beach looks like a romance cover, and the first few chapters may lull you into a false sense of security, but that is misleading. The book is actually a complex and convoluted mystery. The story is set in prohibition-era Florida. After the failure… Continue reading Mystery in Paradise
Beyond the Bright Sea, Lauren Wolk, Dutton, out now In the 1920s, twelve-year-old Crow lives on the isolated Elizabeth Islands, off the coast of Massachussetts. All she knows about her own history is that the man who raised her, Osh, an artist who lives alone, found her in a small boat on the beach. She… Continue reading Excellent middle grade historical mystery
Prisoner of War, Michael P. Sprawling, Scholastic, June 27 2017 A fine YA for around Grade 7 and up. It is the story of a young man, who lies about his age to get into the Marines during WWII and is sent to the Philippines. The young solider becomes part of the Bataan Death March… Continue reading Action-packed middle grade reads