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[4 Mar 2014 | 6 Comments | ]
Secrets, Spies & Sherlock Blog Tour

Welcome to Day 7 of the SECRETS, SPIES & SHERLOCK BLOG TOUR, featuring two exciting new middle grade mystery series: Sherlock, Lupin & Me: The Dark Lady by Irene Adler and Secrets & Spies: Treason by Jo Macauley. Each stop on the 2-week tour will feature fun posts and a chance to win a set of finished copies of the books!  Today’s post features The Dark Lady by Irene Adler.

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[13 Nov 2013 | 231 Comments | ]
@KallieRoss's Nov. 8th-14th #thanksGIVING Giveaway

Congrats to the winner, Tracey!
Week #2: November 8-14, 2013
Again, I’m GIVING away a ton of Young Adult and Middle Grade books (with a few Adult novels) this November to show my THANKS! There are a few authors that have donated their own novels in thanks, and I hope you are able to make some new connections. The cool thing about this giveaway is that I’ll be picking one winner each Friday, and the winner will be receiving 12 (or more) books as the prize! I will be shipping to any …

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[20 Jun 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Matilda's 25th Anniversary

Matilda is turning 25 this year! Kind of unbelievable, right? How can it already be 25 years since this wonderfully witty, intelligent five-year-old sprang onto the literary scene, inspiring all of us to read more and fight the man with our powers of telekinesis (Er, or just wish we had powers of telekinesis)? 
We’re all jealous of Matilda’s amazing abilities to move objects with her mind, but where does it come from? Miss Honey wonders the same thing:
“’A precocious child,’ Miss Honey said, ‘is one that shows amazing intelligence early on. You are …

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[26 Mar 2013 | No Comment | ]
The Ultra Violets by Sophie Bell

The Ultra Violets, by Sophie Bell, is an ultra-awesome Middle Grade novel, that is going to take your kids on an adventure to Sync City with a purple-haired pre-teen, Iris, and the rest of her friends!  I have to admit that while I am an avid reader, my own daughter takes some encouraging in the subject.  When The Ultra Violets arrived in the mailbox, I had to convince my daughter to let me read the brilliant, purple-covered book first. While the cover is extremely inviting, you’ll be pleased to know that the …

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[28 Jan 2013 | 15 Comments | ]
The Night The Moon Ate My Room: Excerpt & Giveaway!

We are thrilled to get to host Jesse Wilson and his new book THE NIGHT THE MOON ATE MY ROOM! We have a special excerpt to share with you and a giveaway! Read below and enter to win!
The moon was bright and full that night, bigger than I could ever even remember it.
Maybe because it was moving towards me…
After giving the worst violin recital of his life, and being laughed at by the entire school, the boy vows to never play music again. Later that night, when the moon swallows …

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[30 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
The Journeys of John and Julia in Chapter One: Genesis

The Journeys of John and Julia, by Aurelia, is the first novel in a series about two thirteen-year-old kids that have been thrown together by a group called The Twenty-Two.  The group is working to fulfill Julia’s unknown wishes, after the divorce of her parents.  I found the beginning of the book a bit difficult to get into.  The best way I can describe it is that it lacked literary fluidity. I felt that the author described each person and situation, but it didn’t transition well from scene to scene.
While …

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[4 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]
Isabella: Girl on the Go by Jennifer Fosberry

Isabella: Girl on the Go is a picture book by Jennifer Fosberry. The illustrations are done by Mike Litwin. Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, this book left me feeling a bit conflicted. While I loved the premise and idea behind the story, I also felt each page ended a bit abruptly. I wish Fosberry had put just a bit more into the dialogue between Isabella and her father. Isabella is a rambunctious little girl with a grand imagination. Each page takes the reader on a new journey to a new place …

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[23 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]
It's A Big World, Little Pig! by Kristi Yamaguchi

Synopsis from Amazon.com:

Poppy, the adorable, persistent, dreaming-big pig, has a new adventure in store for her: the World Games ice-skating championship in Paris! Poppy is nervous about meeting so many new people in a new place. But, ever courageous and supported by her family (Emma, too!), Poppy embarks upon this exciting adventure head-on. She meets a snowboarding Panda, a Maltese who skies, and two fellow skaters, a Crane and a Kangaroo. Poppy begins to realize that although these animals look different, act different, and are from different places, they are …

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[16 Aug 2011 | One Comment | ]
Interview with Chris Van Dusen-Author of King Hugo's Huge Ego

I recently had the opportunity to interview Chris Van Dusen, the fabulous author/illustrator of King Hugo’s Huge Ego. This is definitely one of my favorite children’s picture books of 2011, and I am so happy to get to introduce you to him! Chris was kind enough to answer some of my questions, and I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did. If you haven’t already checked out the book, you can see my full review here.
King Hugo’s Huge Ego is a fantastic book. My three boys and I …

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[31 Jul 2011 | One Comment | ]
'Fairest' by Gail Carson Levine--Stefanie's Challenge Book

Remember that time when Kelly challenged me to read Fairest, which just so happens to be a middle grade book? Welp, I’ve done read it and you can find out what I thought about it in the video below!
The fairy Lucinda has once again given a dreadful gift. This time it’s a mysterious magical mirror.
The gift is disastrous when it falls into the hands of Aza, who never looks in a mirror if she can help it. In the Kingdom of Ayortha, Aza is most definitely not the fairest of …