New Reviews!!

So much for my promise to “update you regularly”, meaning post every day. As usual, I am late in my attempt to wish all of my readers a happy day. This time, it’s Easter. Whether you celebrate it religiously, as our neighbor put it, “by believing in a giant bunny that eats eggs and poops jellybeans,” or another way, or even not at all, I just wanted to post a quick note to say happy spring.


I have added 4 new book reviews to the Reviews page, including Gingersnap, On the Day I Died, Shakespeare’s Secret, and The Summer of May.

The Summer of May by Cecilia Galante

When angry, 13-year-old May O’Toole spray-paints her least favorite teacher’s classroom, she must either choose expulsion or one-on-one summer school. Her father, who spends barely any time at home,…[read more]


Shakespeare’s Secret by Elise Broach

Hero Netherfield, a misfit 6th-grader, living in household with Shakespeare fanatic parents and a popular older sister, hears a story about a priceless diamond hidden in her house. She decides to solve the mystery by herself,…[read more]


Gingersnap by Patricia Reilly Giff

In World War II, Jayna’s older brother Rob, a Navy cook, is announced as missing in action. Jayna leaves their house and travels with her turtle, Theresa, and an unnamed ghost to Brooklyn, New York. Rob believed that…[read more]


On the Day I Died by Candace Fleming

Candace Fleming’s On the Day I Died is not for the faint-hearted. When teenage Mike Kowalski is driving home late at night, a strange girl stops him on the road. She brings him the cemetery where she is buried, where Mike realizes with horror that she’s a ghost. The other ghosts…[read more]


Another thing — Happy April Fool’s Day! Here’s a trick to try:

Replace all of the photos in your house with these (either early in the morning or late at night.)