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2108 Eyes Open, K L Glanville, sci fi tween, new zealand fiction

Maximum Ride + Hunger Games = 2108: Eyes Open by K L Glanville

Science Fiction Thriller for Teens

It’s the year 2108. I just turned 16. That means I can access the autopilot on my Aerokopa. So now, I can both fly and scope the Dat-X at the same time. But what good is that when I don’t even have a date to my best friend’s party of the century? Okay, well, one of the Holdouts offered to go with me . . . but there’s NO WAY I’m going with one of them! And then there are the Trollers docked at the quay. They’re most likely spies working with the Aliens, bringing nothing but trouble. But with this visit, they may even bring war. It would be treason to talk to them, let alone . . . befriend one. But what’s a curious girl to do? Did I tell you I have a propensity for trouble? Read more…

Sammy Keys and the Hotel Thief

Josh in 6th Grade Shares His Favorite Books

6th Grade Books Recommendations by a 6th Grade Boy

Hi again! Now that I have permission too, I just thought that I’d give some more book recommendations/reviews. These are just random books that I’ve read some what recently (these are in no particular order). Read more…

Our House is Round

Happy Earth Day! Non-Fiction Books for Kids

Earth Day Books for Kids

In honor of Earth Day and early birds getting worms, I am giving away these fine, newly published non fiction books for kids to the first 5 people who leave a comment. To win, just leave a comment with the book you want to win. I have also been collecting ideas for Earth Day on Pinterest. Read more…

Sneak Chef cookbook

Friday Find: The Sneaky Chef Cookbook GIVEAWAY!

Cookbook for Busy Moms

I’m excited to offer a SIGNED cookbook from Missy Chase Lapine, the famed Sneaky Chef! Please leave a comment to win! Can you please share one tip for sneaking good food into your child? Read more…

Beyond Lucky, chapter book, soccer chapter book, chapter books, sports chapter books, Sarah Aronson

Getting Your Own Luck Assuming You Are Not Irish

Luck of the Irish For the Non-Irish

It’s St. Patrick’s day soon and there is something about being Irish that is always associated with lucky. And why is this? I asked this myself to my good friend Google. There were a few theories but these two made the most sense … Read more…

I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You, Tween, Teen, fiction, middle grade fiction

Top 10: Best Books for Middle School by my 6th Grade Daughter

Best Books for 6th Grade by My 6th Grade Daughter

You have no idea how difficult it was for me to pull this list from my eldest. I have been chasing her down for over a month, trying flattery:

“Can I please get your Top 10 chapter books of the year? You know your posts are some of my most popular posts!” Read more…

Promise the Night, Beryl Markham, like Amelia Earhart,

Real Pippi Longstocking Meets Caddie Woodlawn

Beryl Markham is Real Life Pippi Longstocking

What if the characters in a chapter book are …

The Daughter:

1/3 Pippi Longstocking

1/3 Caddie Woodlawn (minus mom and siblings)

1/3 Amelia Earhart/Elizabeth Cady Stanton/Fearless Women in History. Read more…

A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary Edition Blog Tour PragmaticMom Book Jacket cover

A Wrinkle in Time: Can You Believe It’s Been 50 Years?!

50 Years of A Wrinkle in Time

I remember reading A Wrinkle in Time about — dating myself — 35 years ago and how much I loved this Newbery winning chapter book and this author. It was as if entire worlds opened up for me; suddenly science was something mysterious and exciting, as it should be, not something to toil over and memorize. Read more…

Dumpling Days, Grace Lin, multicultural chapter books,

Grace Lin’s Dumpling Days: Delicious as Always!

Multicultural Chapter Books for Kids: Grace Lin’s Pacy Series

These days when we tell our kids that we are having Dim Sum for breakfast, a great cheer goes out. “Dim Sum, Yum Yum!” is chanted roundly throughout the house. A few years ago, this was not the case. My kids hated Dim Sum but we’d ignore their incessant complaining because my husband and I love it. Though my kids stick to a handful of items — steamed pork buns, rice noodles, shu mai dumplings, and mango jello — they will occasionally try something new. Last week, my middle daughter and I tried an herbal version of chicken feet (fyi, medicinal and tasting of ginseng). Read more…