American contemporary, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Classics, Fantasy, friendship stories, Funny Books, Ghost story, Good Books for Boys, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, middle grade, Mystery, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, Summer Reads, Uncategorized, War

Middle Grade Monday: Summer Reading Picks 2016

Whether you're lakeside, poolside, or inside, summer is the best time to read. Silly, spooky, thought-provoking and engrossing; here are some new(ish) books guaranteed to keep you or the middle grade reader in your life occupied this summer. Wolf Hollow We all have those keystone books in our lives, the ones so deeply affecting that… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: Summer Reading Picks 2016

American contemporary, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, YA

Manhattan and Macarons: The Summer Invitation Review

This lovely confection of a book feels a bit like a contemporary fairytale, or at the very least a glimpse at what Eloise's life might have been like as a teenager. Valentine (pronounced Valen-teen) and Franny are invited to spend the summer in their eccentric and wealthy aunt's Greenwich Village apartment with sculptress and chaperone-of-many-secrets,… Continue reading Manhattan and Macarons: The Summer Invitation Review

Author Interview, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Cross over, News, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Summer Days Starry Nights, Summer Reads, Writing, YA

Summer Days, Starry Nights in The National Post

What a way to start the weekend! I was so thrilled to be interviewed in The National Post this weekend.  Goodness knows it is like pulling dragon's teeth to get any major media coverage for children's books in Canada, so I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to talk about my beloved Reenie, place in… Continue reading Summer Days, Starry Nights in The National Post

American contemporary, middle grade, Personal Faves, Summer Reads

Sweet as Pink Lemonade: The Summer Sherman Loved Me Review

Something about summer amplifies all the memorable bits of adolescence. First love, first kisses, becoming  independent, realizing your parents are (gasp!) people, uncovering family secrets, unexpected deaths. . .according to middle grade fiction, all of this tends to take place over the course of a summer. Perhaps its all the free time away from school and… Continue reading Sweet as Pink Lemonade: The Summer Sherman Loved Me Review

American contemporary, Good Books for Boys, middle grade

Long Title, Great Book: As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth

Lynne Rae Perkins' latest novel arrived with very little fanfare, which is appropriate, given that each of her novels are introspective little gems that rarely garner tons of publicity or gimmicky marketing campaigns. Instead, they sneak up on the reader and become the kind of books readers will talk about in hushed tones and the pass… Continue reading Long Title, Great Book: As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth