I AM AMERICA: IF THE FIRE COMES by Tracy Daley

Jolly Fish Press has a historical fiction series for ages 8 to 12 called I AM AMERICA, written by various authors about characters who lived at different times throughout U.S. history. I picked up IF THE FIRE COMES by Tracy Daley. Here's the back-cover synopsis: Tracy Daley's writing is topnotch. I instantly loved Joseph and … Continue reading I AM AMERICA: IF THE FIRE COMES by Tracy Daley

THE ELEPHANT’S GIRL and TIPS FOR MAGICIANS by Celesta Rimington

On the hunt for an outstanding new middle-grade author? The next time you walk into a bookstore, ask for Celesta Rimington. THE ELEPHANT'S GIRL (2020) and TIPS FOR MAGICIANS (2021) were published by Crown Books for Young Readers and I cannot recommend them enough. Here's the jacket copy for THE ELEPHANT'S GIRL: And here's the … Continue reading THE ELEPHANT’S GIRL and TIPS FOR MAGICIANS by Celesta Rimington

The Complete Peanuts by Charles Schulz

The PEANUTS comic strip by Charles Schulz ran from October 2, 1950 to February 13, 2000. In 2004, Fantagraphics Books began an excellent publishing effort to print the entire series in chronological order. It took thirteen years with the final volume released in 2016. They printed two hardcover volumes a year which were available for … Continue reading The Complete Peanuts by Charles Schulz

Back to the Future – The Ultimate Visual History

This is the revised and expanded edition that came out in 2020, thirty-five years after the first film's release. Harper Design has the book shrink-wrapped before shipping it to stores, and with good reason. It's loaded with removable reproductions of props from the films. In addition to the photos and props, writers Michael Klastorin and … Continue reading Back to the Future – The Ultimate Visual History

SCARY STORIES FOR YOUNG FOXES by Christian McKay Heidicker

I had the privilege of reading an Advance Reader's Edition. I'm not going to say much, out of fear of spoiling something, so I'll leave it at this: Terrifying. Funny. Edge of the seat thriller. Courageous. Heartbreaking. Heartwarming. An incredible use of language that puts me 100% into the minds of these poor fox kits. … Continue reading SCARY STORIES FOR YOUNG FOXES by Christian McKay Heidicker