Mojo Picks: STEAM

Our Mojo picks this month feature STEAM books:  books that celebrate science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The Secret Notebook by Debbie DAurilieo:  Riley Green is a twelve-year-old student at an elite school in Washington DC. She loves inventing things and doing detective work. When her teacher's classroom gets ransacked, and a death message is left on the board, Riley has to put her super-sleuthing skills to work. Why was the inventor, Nikola Tesla's notebook [...]

By |2021-05-13T14:10:25-04:00May 13th, 2021|Mo Reading|0 Comments

MG Book Launch: Nightingale by Deva Fagan

Recently released, Nightingale by Deva Fagan, has launched with rave reviews! It's a middle grade fantasy with many layers, including a diverse group of friends, fighting for social equality, and being one's own hero in a way that is enlightening and inspiring. I asked Deva about her own writing adventure.   What was your favorite part about writing the book? One of the things I do often when building a fantasy world is to start with [...]

By |2021-06-21T10:37:01-04:00May 13th, 2021|Author Interview, Book Launch, Mo Reading|0 Comments

Mo Reading: Maybe, Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly

  Marisol Rainey has a tree in her backyard which she calls Peppina. This wonderous, glorious, giant Magnolia tree is exceptionally perfect for climbing, just ask her 12-year-brother Oz and her best friend Jada who both love to climb it. Marisol hates Peppina because she can’t climb it. She’s too afraid. This is Newbery author Erin Entrada Kelly’s newest book about the very imaginative 8-year-old Marisol who lives in Louisiana with her science teacher mother [...]

By |2021-05-07T10:48:20-04:00May 7th, 2021|Mo Reading|0 Comments

Happy Book Birthday: We Got Game by Aileen Weintraub

All athletes need dedication and persistence to succeed, but some women athletes had to overcome obstacles to get a chance to play before they could be successful. Such as Maria Toorpakai Wazier from Pakistan, who pretended to be a boy so she could play squash without the Taliban knowing. Other ground-breakers include: Diane Crump, the first woman jockey in the Kentucky Derby; Jen Welter, the first woman to play in a contact position in professional [...]

By |2021-04-21T10:48:46-04:00May 4th, 2021|Book Launch, Mo Reading|0 Comments

MG Book Review: The Sisters of Straygarden Place by Hayley Chewins

This is a haunting fantasy about the bond between sisters and the power of magic that will keep you guessing until the very end. Mayhap and her sisters live in a strange house that tends to their every need. Their parents left them with the peculiar warnings not to leave the house and not to go into the silver grass. When the oldest sister disobeys and goes into the [...]

By |2021-04-05T16:36:21-04:00April 8th, 2021|Book Review, Mo Reading|0 Comments

Mojo Picks: Travel to Fantasy Worlds

This month our Mojo picks feature stories that travel to fantasy worlds. Unleash your inner child and check out these great reads:   Extraordinary Sam and the Adventurers' Guild by Kevin Springer:  Sam is an ordinary boy with an ordinary life. Or so he thinks. When he goes into an old barn and finds a hatbox, all that changes. He is transported into another place where he has to battle pirates, tribal warriors, spiders, and [...]

By |2021-04-06T18:04:00-04:00April 7th, 2021|Mo Reading|0 Comments

Kingston & the Magician’s Lost and Found by Rucker Moses & Theo Gangi

About the Book: Magic has all but disappeared in Brooklyn, but one tenacious young magician is determined to bring it back in this exciting middle grade mystery. Twelve-year-old Kingston has just moved from the suburbs back to Echo City, Brooklyn—the last place his father was seen alive. Kingston's father was King Preston, one of the world's greatest magicians. Until one trick went wrong and he disappeared. Now that Kingston is back in Echo City, [...]

By |2021-03-23T12:58:54-04:00March 23rd, 2021|Book Review, Mo Reading|0 Comments

Mojo Picks: Biographies

Our March Mojo Picks are biographies. Here they are:   Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. This is an eye-opening narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington's runaway slave, who risked everything for freedom. -SE Buy               Undefeated by Steve Sheinkin. There are three stories in this book. There's the biography of one of America's greatest athletes, Jim Thorpe. There's the story of the Carlisle Indian School; another [...]

By |2021-03-09T08:21:57-05:00March 9th, 2021|Mo Reading, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Happy Book Birthday: Kingston and the Magician’s Lost and Found by Rucker Moses and Theo Gangi

This is the first book in an exciting new series where twelve-year-old Kingston must brave a magical realm to save his father. Kington has never gotten over the loss of his father. He is the magician known as Preston the Great who disappeared into a mirror, during a duel at Brooklyn’s Mercury Theater. When Kingston and his mother return to close their family’s magic shop, he can’t resist visiting [...]

By |2021-01-15T10:40:58-05:00February 16th, 2021|Book Launch, Mo Reading|0 Comments

Mojo Picks: Books that Celebrate Equality

February celebrates Black History. In honor of this, we have selected books that celebrate equality. Here are our selections: The Stars Beneath our Feet by David Barclay Moore.  It’s Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Lolly Rachpaul and his mom aren’t celebrating. They’re still reeling from his older brother’s death in a gang-related shooting just a few months earlier. Then Lolly’s mother’s girlfriend brings him a gift that will change everything: two enormous bags filled [...]

By |2021-02-05T14:29:06-05:00February 5th, 2021|Mo Reading, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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