American contemporary, friendship stories, grief, middle grade, Mystery, Summer Reads

Gold and Gators: The Girl From Felony Bay Review

There is nothing more comforting to read than a classic middle grade novel. After the death of my family cat (RIP dear Cocoa, almost 20), I was in need of some serious comfort reading. Something about the setting and situation of The Girl From Felony Bay reminded me of The Rescuers, a wonderful but often overlooked… Continue reading Gold and Gators: The Girl From Felony Bay Review

American contemporary, Bullying, friendship stories, Funny Books, grief, middle grade, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Realistic contemporary

Hope, Grief & A Pizza Boy: The Boy on Cinnamon Street Review

Phoebe Stone is a master of contemporary voice. Despite a tragically misleading cover*, The Romeo and Juliet Code was (and remains) a favourite book of mine. She has done it again in the funny and cathartic The Boy on Cinnamon Street, the second of two MG books I've read recently dealing with grief. Warning, this review contains spoilers! Louise… Continue reading Hope, Grief & A Pizza Boy: The Boy on Cinnamon Street Review

American contemporary, Bullying, friendship stories, grief, middle grade, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, Realistic contemporary

Dealing with Grief: See You at Harry’s Review

I've been reading a lot about grief in middle grade fiction these days. This is the first of two reviews that focus quite heavily on grief versus guilt, a concept one generally thinks of as too heavy for middle graders, but in the hands of a fantastic author is not only manageable  but important.  See You… Continue reading Dealing with Grief: See You at Harry’s Review