West of the Moon



Margi Preus Amulet Books 213 p.



West of the Moon is a surprisingly complex but easy to read 5-Star fiction. From Astri’s point of view, her life is intermittently interwoven with thirteen Norwegian folk and fairy tales, including East of the Sun, West of the Moon, which actuates a [...]

Edward Hopper Paints His World


Robert Burleigh Paintings by Wendell Minor Henry Holt and Company unpaged



From a young age, Edward Hopper wanted to be an artist. While other boys played ball or ran races, Edward painted the things he saw. In the early 20th century, he studied in New York and Paris and took a [...]

Ida M. Tarbell


The Woman Who Challenged Big Business – and Won!


Emily Arnold McCully Clarion Books 279 p.



Possessing an innate drive to study nature and science and seeking every opportunity to investigate, experiment, extrapolate and postulate, Ida was raised in a Christian family and enjoyed true bliss during most of [...]

If Only books









Bloomsbury Press




If Only books are true-blue middle grade contemporary romances – or, in modern terms, ultra appealing chick-reads for teenage girls. Readers are taken to a non-typical place for the summer with a typical but rather saucy teenager who [...]

Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits








by Michael D. Bell Alfred A. Knopf 277 p.



Cats have nine lives. Lantern Sam, a rare male calico, has used eight of his. He’s a regular Sherlock Holmes. He calls home the Lake Erie Shoreliner which travels from New York to Chicago, a [...]

The Hero’s Guides








by Christopher Healy Walden Pond Press (HarperCollins)



In “The Hero’s Guide” series, Cinderella, Rapenzel, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White all have one thing in common: they were each saved by a “Prince Charming”. The bards popularize the four Princes in ballads, but [...]

The Tweedles Go Electric







by Monica Kulling pictures by Marie Lafrance Groundwood Books unpaged


Readers today can’t remember a time when cars weren’t the normal mode of transportation. Author Monica Kulling’s fiction story, The Tweedles Go Electric, with colorful illustrations by Marie Lafrance, highlights this historical transition.

The Tweedle family [...]

The Summer I saved the World … in 65 Days






by Michele Weber Hurwitz Wendy Lamb Books Random House Children’s Books 265 pages


Author Michele Weber Hurwitz wrote this book in answer to these questions: Can small acts of kindness really change our world? Is electronic communication actually making families and neighborhoods more disconnected than connected?

On the [...]

Duck & Goose Go to the Beach







by Tad Hills Schwartz & Wade unpaged


Duck and Goose are relaxing in the meadow when Duck decides they need an adventure. Goose who is not very open to leaving his meadow, reluctantly follows Duck on a hike to a distant hill. From the top of [...]

Better Off Friends

by Elizabeth Eulberg Scholastic Point 276 pages


New kid on the block = Levi. Grief stricken teen = Macallan. First day of 7th grade. Macallan is relieved to put the summer and her mother’s unexpected death behind her, but she isn’t thrilled about having to play guide to the new guy from [...]