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Book Review: No Such Thing by Jackie French Koller

Do you remember the ‘monster under the bed’ from your childhood? Was the monster real? Or was it simply an overactive imagination come to life? Author Jackie French Koller looks at things from a different perspective. What if the little monster actually slept under the bed but was frightened of the boy who slept above […]

By |March 8th, 2017|Book Reviews, YA Book Reviews|0 Comments

Book Review: James Clyde & The Diamonds of Orchestra by Colm McElwain

If you enjoyed the Harry Potter series of books, then you will certainly enjoy James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra (first of a series of books). There are many similarities: an eleven year old orphan boy, his two friends – one boy and one girl, introduction of an ‘other world’ where James was born […]

By |March 8th, 2017|Book Reviews, YA Book Reviews|0 Comments

Throwback Thursday: A Collection of Short Stories from W.B.M.S. by Heather Owens

Throwback Thursday is the product of a semester-long assignment given to middle school students wherein they wrote a short story based on history. This would be a daunting feat for an adult writer yet these students, under the guidance of editor and teacher Heather Owens, have produced a worthy project. The stories range in length […]

By |February 13th, 2017|Book Reviews, YA Book Reviews|0 Comments

I’m Gonna Need A Pen edited by Heather Owens

 

 

Are you a reader who looks to find the ‘next best thing’? Always on the lookout for the newest cutting edge author? Then look no further than I’m Gonna Need a Pen. This small tome is a compilation of short stories written by middle school students who were given the assignment of taking a folkloric […]

By |February 13th, 2017|Book Reviews, YA Book Reviews|0 Comments

BOOK REVIEW: Oliver and Jumpy Stories 4-6 by Werner Stejskal

I have many friends with grandchildren and great-grandchildren and I like to find new and different children’s books to recommend. Let me be perfectly clear – I highly recommend the Oliver and Jumpy stories.Oliver is an elegant tuxedo cat and Jumpy is a kangaroo. They are best friends. Joey is Jumpy’s baby kangaroo.In this, the […]

By |February 24th, 2015|Book Reviews, YA Book Reviews|0 Comments

BOOK REVIEW: Oliver and Jumpy Stories 7-9 by Werner Stejskal

 

Oliver, the elegant gentleman cat, recounts three adventures. He, along with his friend Jumpy, take the young reader on a fun-filled day of playing in the snow and building a snowman. The next story is a recounting of how he got to play with his siblings during his kitten hood. In the final story Oliver […]

By |February 24th, 2015|Book Reviews, YA Book Reviews|0 Comments

BOOK REVIEW: Evacuation (Book 2 – The Seamus Chronicles) by K.D. McAdams

In EVACUATION, we continue the story of Seamus Robinson and his family as they move among a small band of survivors on Planet Earth’s last days. The ‘killer cold’ virus has wiped out 99.9% of earth’s population. The survivors had been chosen by the powers that be for their knowledge; add to that some folks […]

By |May 15th, 2014|Book Reviews, YA Book Reviews|0 Comments

BOOK REVIEW: My Brother, The Alien by Ventakesh Krish

 

When Maddy and her friend Michael run into a boy hiding in an animal barn on their field trip to the zoo, they are amazed to see the boy eating hay and straw. Somehow Maddy convinces her mom to bring the boy home since he claims he hasn’t seen his parents in 14 sleeps – […]

By |February 23rd, 2014|Book Reviews, YA Book Reviews|0 Comments

YA Book Review: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

This book review was written by Caitlin – a student at Woodlawn Beach Middle School.

Introduce the book: This baby colt is born on a farm with his mom. Then when he grows he has to move away from his mom into a new home.

Tell about the book but don’t give away the ending: When the big colt […]

By |March 11th, 2013|YA Book Reviews|0 Comments

YA BOOK REVIEW: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This book review was written by Grace Williams a student at Woodlawn Beach Middle School.

“To Kill A Mockingbird is a captivating story about two amazing kids and their scary next door neighbor who became their friend. The kids’ dad is a lawyer and represents a black man on trial. This story is extraordinary! If you […]

By |March 11th, 2013|YA Book Reviews|0 Comments