While I’m not particularly up on real-life sports, well, EVER—I vaguely track various seasons by what uniforms my younger patrons are wearing, and that’s about it—reading fiction that’s centered around sports is a whole different ballgame.
*pauses for groans to subside*
So. Here are a few new and upcoming middle grade sports novels—one that I’ve read, and three more that are on deck:
Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh, by Uma Krishnaswami
Reading The Grand Plan to Fix Everything ...
Imagine a world indistinguishable from our own, save for one quirk: death has been conquered. (Sort of.) People who are murdered disappear seconds after being killed and wake up at home in their beds, naked as the day they were born, moments later. Their bodies are restored to their 24-hour-ish pre-death condition, and miraculously, they get to live their full lives without incident.
Well, almost everyone who is murdered wakes up at home safe and sound. There is a one ...
I know we haven’t seen Summer picture book releases yet, so forgive me, but I’m looking at my stack of Fall picture book F&Gs and wanting to write a sneak-peek about some books I’m excited to see. F&Gs, for those who may think I’m suddenly and inexplicably cursing (“F&Gs” has always sounded like that to me), are early, pre-bound versions of picture books. Think of them as picture book galleys. (And because they are not bound, if you drop one ...
If you’re not reading Atomic Robo, you are really missing out.
Created by Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener, Atomic Robo follows the time-spanning adventures of a sentient robot created by Nikola Tesla. I say ‘time-spanning’ not because he travels through time, but because each story is set in a different time period during his very long life. The series is really well written, drawn, and well worth your time if you’re into science fiction and adventure stories. With that said ...
As I’m sure I’ve mentioned here before, I love exploring backlists. Right now, for example, I’ve been working my way through all of Betty Ren Wright’s books—everyone knows The Dollhouse Murders, but she wrote DOZENS of other chapter books—and after reading Sue Macy’s Motor Girls for the Amelia Bloomer Project, I’ve been working my way through her older books as well.
Here are a few others I’m planning on reading soon:
Because I loved Isabel Greenberg’s One Hundred Nights of ...
Are you a Spring Cleaner? Is this the time you go through closets and boxes, wash windows and pack away clothes?
The weather in Wisconsin has been a little erratic the past couple of months, so I’m hesitant to put away any warm clothes just yet. However my awesome husband has had some time off this month and has decided that it’s time to clean out the basement, garage, and a collection of boxes that moved with us over ten ...
One of the great things about literature is that it offers a huge variety of suitable for anyone's particular reading tastes. The same thing can even be said when specifically talking about science fiction and fantasy literature. Speculative fiction comes in many flavors; if one book doesn't match your tastes, chances are there's another one that will. Want to see for yourself? Spin the wheel of Science Fiction & Fantasy and find the right book for you ...
BOOK REPORT for Deacon Locke Went to Prom by Brian Katcher
Puttin’ On The RitzBFF Charm:
Let Me Love YouSwoonworthy Scale:
I Came, I Danced, I Went ViralBonus Factors:
Kick-Ass Gram, Internet FameRelationship Status:
Cover Story: Puttin’ On The Ritz
This cover is great: it screams “prom,” but in a fun, stylized way that’s much more appealing than a Fancy Dress cover. Well done, cover designers!
The Deal ...