MG Book Review: Dork Diaries

Diaries are both mysterious and popular.  There is a fascination with reading another person’s diary.  There have been many television show episodes dedicated to a spouse, a sibling, a parent, or a friend reading someone’s diary and finding out a big secret. Diaries are not only popular on the television screen.  Throughout literature, diaries have [ Read the full article… ]

Middle Grade Book Review: Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It

Author Sundee T. Frazier’s debut novel Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything In It is the tale of a bi-racial boy in search of answers.  Brendan is a 10 year old scientist who has questions about everything in his universe.  Thanks to his science teacher Mr. Harrison, Brendan has learned the scientific method and seeks to [ Read the full article… ]

Charles R. Smith Jr. combines his passions — basketball, photography and writing

I need to preface this highlight by saying that…well, I think the book might be out of print. My apologies. Regardless, I’m highlighting this book and it’s author anyway. For me it was an introduction to a talented author, one whom I plan to follow. In the future, I promise I’ll do my homework to [ Read the full article… ]

Three moves is all it takes to change the outcome of the game

This past weekend, I read G. Neri‘s Chess Rumble, illustrated by Joshua Watson. Got my copy at the newspaper where I work. Couple times a year, they hold a huge book sale with proceeds going to charity. The books are sent from publishers hoping for media exposure. I made it to the sale three hours [ Read the full article… ]