Audiobook Review: As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds’ middle-grade debut As Brave as You features two Brooklyn siblings and their summer in Virginia. Genie and his older brother Ernie get to know their grandparents and learn about rural life while their parents take a vacation alone to reconnect. I could so relate to eleven-year-old Genie and his worrying ways. Without the […]

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Audiobook Review: George by Alex Gino

Alex Gino’s debut George is a gem. This middle grade book is a timely, touching story about a young transgender girl named Melissa who is ready to share her true self with the world. Fourth grader George knows that she’s a girl, and is ready but scared to tell her secret. She reads young girls […]

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Ten Fairytale Retellings I Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish. This week we are talking about our Ten Fairytale Retellings We’ve read or Want to Read. I was not going to participate in this topic because I don’t read a lot of fairytale retellings, being such a contemporary fan myself. But there are actually several […]

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Blog Tour: The Stars of Summer by Tara Dairman

New York’s youngest food critic, All Four Stars’ Gladys Gatsby, is back in Tara Dairman’s THE STARS OF SUMMER! This charming middle grade series is perfect for foodies- Gladys has a sophisticated palate and her creations and restaurant finds will have your mouth watering. In this book Gladys is tasked with finding the best hot […]

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Audiobook Review: The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Russell Brand

Russell Brand puts his own spin on the Pied Piper story in The Pied Piper of Hamelin, the first installment of The Trickster Tales. The Pied Piper story, like many fables, has always been a bit creepy to me. You know the story: the pied piper is called to town to deal with a rat […]

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Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord Audiobook Review

In Half a Chance, New Hampshire newcomer Lucy gets the lay of the land by participating in a photo scavenger hunt competition. Her hobby helps her make friends and gets her interested in loon preservation. But she also learns that pictures are powerful and reveal hard truths. I’m familiar with Cynthia Lord’s RULES, which I […]

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