Tag Archives: Children’s Literature

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Julie of the Wolves, Ann Rule

I greatly enjoyed Brian Lehrer’s interview segment with Jon Ronson called “When Social Media Gets Mad,” and was even more delighted with his thoughtful, creative, and meticulously researched book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. He does so much more than just remind us of dumb tweets and stupid truth-stretching. Ronson is after understanding the nature…

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Summer House With Swimming Pool, Swiss Family Robinson, Greek Myths, Veggies

I’m mixing up the format up in here. I’m finding that most of the books I read don’t warrant a whole blog post, plus I’m reading a ton of books that I don’t list here because they’re for homeschool, or they’re cookbooks or other reference books. Starting this week, as I approach the end of…

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The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

Synopsis: Ralph is a mouse who lives in a hotel but thirsts for adventure, and his life is forever changed when he meets Keith, a boy with a motorcycle that’s just the right size for Ralph. Review: It makes me very happy that my 1,000th review on this blog (which launched almost exactly 6 years…

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The Adventures of Rusty and Ginger Fox by Tim Ostermeyer

Synopsis: A children’s book about the adventures of two foxes, illustrated with real photographs of foxes and including facts about foxes. Review: The Adventures of Rusty and Ginger Fox is a really sweet book. I loved the pictures of the foxes as they move through their habitat, as well as all the other animals like…

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Brigitta of the White Forest by Danika Dinsmore

Synopsis: Brigitta is a young faery thrust into the adventure of a lifetime–saving her forest home from a terrible curse. Review: Brigitta of the White Forest is a charming middle-grade fantasy by Danika Dinsmore, who blogs at The Accidental Novelist. It can be hard to find books in this genre that are both well-written and…

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School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari

Synopsis: Four kids with immobilizing phobias are sent to a very special boarding school to cure them of their fears–if it doesn’t kill them first. Review: I really enjoyed Gitty Daneshvari’s wit in School of Fear. She has a dry sense of humor that really animates all the characters and elevates the book beyond what…

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Just Grace and the Snack Attack by Charise Mericle Harper

Synopsis: An energetic, intelligent, and thoughtful third-grader embarks on a class project to learn all about the potato chip, and along the way learns how to make a zine and deals with some conflict with her best friend. Review: I definitely fell in love with the titular protagonist of Just Grace and the Snack Attack.…

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