The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

This book was recommended by Katherine Longshore over at the YA Muses, and there wasn’t a single thing about it I didn’t enjoy. I’m not usually drawn to middle grade novels, which is surprising, because I’ve loved many (Ida B. by Katherine Hannigan is still one of my favorites, along with To Come and Go … Continue reading

NiFtY Author: Katie Pickard Fawcett

A few months ago I reviewed Katie Pickard Fawcett’s book To Come and Go Like Magic (click here for the review), and I was delighted when she agreed to an interview on my blog. So without further blather on my part…here’s a truly inspiring interview! BH: I could be wrong, but To Come and Go … Continue reading

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

Although I read this a couple of months ago, it has stayed with me. The Underneath is so beautifully written, how can it not stay with you? On the surface it is the story of a mother cat, her two kittens, and an old (abused) hound dog who is chained up to a porch in … Continue reading

Ida B by Katherine Hannigan

Ida B’s book comes with a subtitle, which you probably can’t read in that tiny little image, so here’s the whole thing: Ida B…and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World. So I’m thinking, Cool. A funny book. I started crying on page 41 and didn’t really stop until the … Continue reading

To Come and Go Like Magic by Katie Pickard Fawcett

So far so good on my contemporary-fantasy-fast. In the past two and a half weeks I’ve read To Come and Go Like Magic, Ida B, and I finally finished The Botany of Desire. [Like whoa on The Botany of Desire.] Today I review, for your reading pleasure, To Come and Go Like Magic. If you’ve … Continue reading

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