2018 Summer Reading List

If you are a regular reader, you’ll notice that we’ve been absent.  It turns out both of us have been in a reading funk. We just aren’t reading anything worth mentioning, or really anything at all (I KNOW, it’s awful).  But summer is fast approaching, and you can’t have a successful summer without a stack…

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Three young people living ordinary lives.  Three families uprooted by political and social turmoil.  Three stories of escape and survival. In Refugee, Alan Gratz weaves three stories together into one powerful novel.  Josef is a Jewish boy in 1930s Germany. Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994.  Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. All…

A is for Musk Ox by Erin Cabatingan

Most alphabet books start with A is for Apple, and this one would have been the same if Zebra had his way.  Luckily Musk Ox is here to spice things up. He decides A is for musk ox, because musk oxen are awesome, plus they live in the Arctic which includes some of Alaska.  And…

Science Fiction for People Who Don’t Read Science Fiction

People often ask me what genres I like to read, and my usual response is, “Oh, a little of everything.” While this is true, there are a few genres that I read less often than the others: mystery, romance, and science fiction. (While we are on the subject, there is one genre that I have…

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

It all began when Floyd’s kite became stuck in a tree.  The trouble really began when he threw his favorite shoe to knock the kite loose, and THAT got stuck too.  After that it starts getting a little more unusual as Floyd finds various things to throw up there in the hopes of knocking down…

Edge of Extinction by Laura Martin

When scientists brought dinosaurs out of extinction 150 years ago, human civilization was almost annihilated and the lucky 1% who survived escaped underground. Eleven-year-old Sky Mundy has never known life outside her underground compound, but when she discovers a clue to where her missing father is she knows she needs to break out of the…

The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright

Chellamuthu was a typical poor Indian boy, living with his poor Indian family, in a poor Indian village. When he was 8 years old, he was abducted from his family, sent to an orphanage, and adopted into an American family, despite his pleas to be returned to his family. Fast forward 10 years, and we…

10 Books to Help When You’re Feeling Blue

Let’s just be honest: February isn’t an inspiring month. It’s been cold for months and the forecast doesn’t usually show any temperature spikes. And if you or a family member is in school you’re all burned out yet summer break is still eons away. Basically, February feels like a slogfest to me–no wonder there’s a…

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Seriously, who can can resist an intro paragraph like this?   You may think you know the story. It goes like this: once upon a time, there was a sixteen-year-old girl named Jane Grey, who was forced to marry a complete stranger (Lord Guildford or Gilford or Gifford-something-or-other), and shortly thereafter found herself ruler of…

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Ben and Rose are living 50 years apart, but their lives have similar paths.  Ben, reeling from the recent death of his mother, decides to seek out the father he knows nothing about, chasing after an intriguing clue he finds in his mother’s room.  Rose, a deaf girl tired of being shut away and forced…

10 Favorite Film Adaptations of Books

In honor of the Sundance Film Festival (happening now) and the Academy Awards (coming soon), we decided to take a small departure from books and venture into the movie category.  But this is a book blog, so we still had to talk about books a little bit.  Hence today’s list: 10 of our favorite film…

Press Here by Herve Tullet

Press Here starts with a yellow dot on a white page and the instruction to “Press here and turn the page.” Page two has 2 yellow dots, and another set of instructions.  Each page unfolds a little bit of magic as you shake the dots, make them bigger, turn out the lights, turn on the…