friendship stories, Funny Books, Good Books for Boys, grief, middle grade, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Realistic contemporary, Summer Reads

Close Up on Family: After Iris Review

One of my favourite aspects of British middle grade fiction is the tendency to feature large, kooky families. The Queen of Kooky Families being Hilary McKay, with her wonderful Casson family being the gold standard of fabulous fictional families. The Gadsby's reminded me of a more scholarly, ever so slightly more subtle Casson family. Flora… Continue reading Close Up on Family: After Iris Review

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The Secret is Out: Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret Review

Fall makes me want funny books. Something about the onset of months and months of cold grey weather and seven thousand layers of clothing makes me crave a good belly laugh. If it can come in the form of a YA book, even better. Enter Vicki Grant. Vicki Grant has been writing funny books for… Continue reading The Secret is Out: Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret Review