American contemporary, Animal Stories, Books for Everyone, Fairytales, Fantasy, middle grade

Gorilla Prose: One and Only Ivan Review

What a way to start a new year of reading! This book will require very little convincing to get teachers, librarians and kids to pick it up. It is a rare book that can capture the heart/attention of all three equally. Then again, The One and Only Ivan is a rare book, period. Ivan, a… Continue reading Gorilla Prose: One and Only Ivan Review

Award Winners, Historical Fiction, middle grade, Uncategorized, Verse Novel

To Cuba, With Love: The Surrender Tree

Every once in awhile, I just want to read something that is beautiful. I don't need plot, character, suspense, or action; I just want beautiful words and beautiful imagery. I was in this kind of mood when I took home the mulit-award winning The Surrender Tree by Cuban-American poet Margarita Engle. This book is told… Continue reading To Cuba, With Love: The Surrender Tree