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Mo Reading: A Home for Goddesses and Dogs by Leslie Connor

After her mother dies, 12-year-old Lydia goes to live with her aunt Brat, and her aunt's wife Eileen on a farm that they care for while also caring for the ancient owner of the farm, Elloroy. This story about grief and starting over is as soft, comforting, and beautiful as the hand-knitted sweater that Lydia wears constantly to keep her mother close to her. Before she died, Lydia's mom spent several years waiting on a [...]

By |2021-01-14T09:26:34-05:00January 15th, 2021|Book Review, Mo Reading|0 Comments

Mo Reading: Lola Benko Treasure Hunter by Beth McMullen

After living most of her twelve-years of life traveling around the world with her archeologist dad, Lola Bento is angry and frustrated to be staying with her Great-aunt Irma in San Francisco. She likes Irma just fine and San Francisco is okay too. But what is not okay is the fact that her dad is missing and no one is even trying to find him because they think he’s dead, but she knows in her [...]

By |2020-11-13T13:04:52-05:00November 19th, 2020|Mo Reading|0 Comments

Bubba and Squirt’s Mayan Adventure by Sherry Ellis

In Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China, Bubba and his big sister Squirt, fell through a hole near the old sycamore tree and landed in Xian, China surrounded by Terracotta Warriors. After they come back from China, Bubba has a dream that his Great- Great-Grandpa Jacob, a magician, told him to go through the vortex again. Squirt doesn’t like this idea at all. She worries they might not be able to figure out how [...]

By |2020-10-15T11:45:16-04:00October 15th, 2020|Mo Reading|0 Comments

Dung for Dinner by Christine Virnig

Happy Book Birthday to Christine Virnig and her book Dung for Dinner. During World War II, the German soldiers stationed in North Africa were getting deathly sick with dysentery. They noticed that the local Bedouins seemed to get over it quickly. After careful observation, they learned that the Bedouins cured this debilitating intestinal infection—by eating warm, fresh camel poop. You will find this and countless other gross, disgusting, disturbing examples of how people have used poop [...]

By |2020-07-16T12:02:59-04:00July 21st, 2020|Mo Reading|0 Comments

Rainbow Revolutionaries by Sarah Prager

Alan L. Hart (1890-1962) was a leader in the field of medicine. He pioneered the use of the new x-ray technology to diagnose tuberculosis which was the number cause of death at the beginning of the 20th century. His innovative test meant tuberculosis could be diagnosed early enough to save patients’ lives. The death rate dropped dramatically after his method became standard. Alan was also the first person in the United States to have gender [...]

By |2020-05-08T10:35:14-04:00May 19th, 2020|Book Review, Mo Reading|0 Comments

One Last Shot by John David Anderson

Twelve-year-old Malcolm Greeley is never lonely when he’s alone. He has a cast of characters sharing space in his brain. Creative, imaginative, smart, and painfully shy, Malcolm’s interior life is where he feels safe, unlike his attempts at sports. After three years of trying to play baseball, it’s apparent that Malcolm did NOT inherit his father’s athletic ability. He knows that his father is disappointed in him and wonders if that is one reason his [...]

By |2020-05-08T10:25:21-04:00May 12th, 2020|Book Review, Mo Reading|0 Comments

Shadow School #1: Archimancy by J.A. White

Just in time for the Halloween season comes a ghostly new novel from J.A. White called Shadow School #1: Archimancy. It’s a wonderfully spooky book for middle grade readers that won't get them checking under their beds at night. Cordelia started a new school in an old house where no one is allowed in after dark. She soon realizes that ghosts are walking the halls and haunting the classrooms, but only her and a reluctant, new [...]

By |2020-04-22T12:46:22-04:00October 14th, 2019|Book Launch, Book Review, Mo Reading|0 Comments

MG Book Review: Game of Stars by Sayantani Dasgupta

This is the second story in the Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond series. Kiran seems like a normal middle school kid living in New Jersey, but she’s actually Princess Kiranmala, the daughter of the evil Serpent King in the Kingdom Beyond. Her adoptive parents have raised her in New Jersey to keep her safe from her evil father. A message comes through the interdimensional television asking Kiran to come back to the Kingdom Beyond to [...]

By |2019-01-16T10:31:00-05:00January 15th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments

MG Book Review: Watch Hallow by Gregory Funaro

Author Gregory Funaro has an talent for creating worlds that combine supernatural with just the right amount of weird and creepy. His NY Times best selling Alistair Grim series set the bar high, but in his upcoming release, WATCH HALLOW (February 2019), he swings for the fences once again. Funaro does a great job in developing his characters from the onset of the book. The two main characters, Lucy and Oliver Tinker, are just different [...]

By |2018-11-02T11:21:01-04:00November 5th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments

MG Book Review: You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

2018 Newbery Medal winner Erin Entrada Kelly treats us to another expertly crafted story about friendship. Charlotte Lockard and Ben Boxer are unlikely friends. They are both shy and live far apart—she’s in Philadelphia and he’s in Louisiana. They meet playing an online Scrabble game. When life gets complicated- Ben’s parents announce they are getting a divorce- Ben does the unthinkable. He calls Charlotte on the telephone! Breaking out of the near anonymous world of [...]

By |2018-07-17T13:01:17-04:00July 17th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments