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Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors

Published: September 13, 2017 11:01:31 PM UTC

I originally wrote this review in February of 2014, when my daughter and I were reading through the Golden Sower Chapter Book nominees. This title ended up being the first of a three-book series, w...


Freaky Fast Frankie Joe by Lutricia Clifton

Published: September 13, 2017 11:24:50 PM UTC

Stories about kids who have lives much different from what I (and my kids) are accustomed to are difficult for me to enjoy. Of course, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be written and read – in fact...


Greetings from Witness Protection! by Jake Burt

Published: September 30, 2017 2:10:59 AM UTC

Is there a real Witness Protection Program in the U.S.? Is it successful? What kind of witnesses do they protect? It seems a little far fetched to me, but still fascinating, so I was intrigued when...


Ruby the Foster Dog by Jimmy Wayne

Published: October 3, 2017 2:06:53 AM UTC

Writing is hard. Writing a book is very hard. Writing a good book is very, very hard, and often requires a diligent editor, a dedicated agent, years of revisions, a high-functioning writers’ group,...


A Shadow Bright and Burning By Jessica Cluess

Published: October 5, 2017 10:24:47 PM UTC

This is one of my favorite books I have ever read. I was looking for a quick read in the library that would only take me a few days. Only this book was more than quick. I finished this book in less...


May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

Published: August 30, 2017 3:30:22 PM UTC

Surprising! Not the story, of course -- the story is fairly simple. A young girl, living on the Kansas prairie with her family in the early days of homesteading is sent to live with a young couple ...


Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Published: August 30, 2017 3:20:32 PM UTC

If you have been hiding under a rock or busy reading through only classic books, do yourself a favor or take a break to read Wonder by R. J. Palacio. The movie has been filmed and is set to release...


Wild Life by Cynthia DeFelice

Published: August 30, 2017 3:48:17 PM UTC

Sometimes, I almost have to write two reviews when reading books intended for a younger audience. As an adult, I don't appreciate ridiculous jokes and bizarre plots in the same way kids do -- and t...


The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill

Published: September 10, 2017 1:06:35 AM UTC

Even though we know it is not a very good measure of future success or fulfillment, our society still places a lot of emphasis on our children’s test scores and grades. In fact, in this year alone,...


Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy: revisited

Published: August 22, 2017 1:45:57 AM UTC

If you're into sci-fi, you've no doubt read the Hitchhikers Guide since it was such an iconic piece of literature for those who were pre-teens in the 80's. I remember seeing kids carrying ...


The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

Published: September 13, 2017 10:23:07 PM UTC

One of the reasons I fell in love with the Golden Sower Award program is that they introduce such a wide variety of great books every year. Young readers can choose their favorite genres, but more ...


The Candymakers by Wendy Mass

Published: September 13, 2017 10:46:36 PM UTC

Book length is often a deciding factor when choosing (or recommending) books for kids. Depending on the reader, a very long book can seem either intimidating or exhilarating. Even kiddos who typica...


Middle School the Worst Years of My Life

Published: August 10, 2017 12:58:17 AM UTC

I read this book with my almost 9 year old son, and he loved it. The writing is humorous (particularly if you are between the ages of 8 and 12), and there are sketches (drawn by the main character)...


Scrap City by D.S. Thornton

Published: August 29, 2017 4:33:53 PM UTC

There were so many things I liked about this book -- and a few things that became a little uncomfortable. I read about 80% percent of my books on an iPad, but I read this in paperback and it was wo...