Sunday, May 5, 2024

The Wild Journey of Juniper Berry by Shelly Brown and Chad Morris

The Wild Journey of Juniper Berry by Shelly Brown and Chad Morris is a great story about a girl who has lived all her life with her family far from what we would call civilization, but has to come into town because of her little brother's illness.
Learning to navigate school, mean kids, shy kids, teachers, etc. is a pretty heavy load for Juniper. She has all that to deal with, and on top of it all, worry about her brother. How will Juniper cope? This is a great book about learning how to adapt to new situations, and working to make oneself a better human because of it. I recommend this great book for kids as well as adults! This book is also a 2024 finalist in the Middle Grade Whitney Awards!

A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck takes place a few years after the bulk of A Long Way from Chicago ends. Mary Alice is the narrator now, and because of financial difficulties in her family, her parents decide to have her spend a year at Grandma Dowdle's.
She enrolls in the local school, and begins to meet different people she didn't in her summer visits. Some are nice, others not so much. This time she has several adventures from attracting the attention of the local meangirl, to going through a tornado warning. Through each chapter Mary Alice learns more about herself, her grandma, and her neighbors. Including one special classmate who happens to be a boy.

A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck is a fun story for children and adults about the adventures of a brother and sister during their summer breaks when they spend time with their grandma.
Joey and Mary Alice have all sorts of adventures with their Grandma Dowdle, from hosting the wake of a homeless man found dead and the shenanigans of an angry tomcat, to helping two sweethearts sneak off so they can elope without the interference of both their meddling families. As each summer passes, Joey and Mary Alice learn more and more about their grandma who doesn't seem to much like her neighbors, while going far out of her way to help them. This is a great coming of age book that both children and grown ups would enjoy.

The Wild Robot Protects by Peter Brown

The Wild Robot Protects by Peter Brown is the third book in The Wild Robot series. In this delightful story, Roz is living happily on her island with her animal friends after the adventures of the 2nd book came to a happy conclusion, and something happens.
An injured seal comes ashore and delivers a dire warning before hurrying to swim away. A poisoned tide is coming. Something in the water is sickening and even killing the life in the ocean, and no one knows its source! Determined to protect her family, friends, and environment, Roz sets out to see if she can stop the poisonous tide from destroying the life in the ocean. Along the way, she meets many different kinds of ocean life and learns, along with the readers, many interesting facts about different animals. But will Roz at last stop the poison that is hurting the ocean? Read the book and find out! This is a fun book for kids as well as adults who enjoy middle grade stories!

Friday, April 26, 2024

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown is a delightful story for young and old. This book is a delightful tale about what might happen when technology (specifically a robot programmed to think and learn) collides with nature.
Roz is washed ashore on an island in her crate when the boat she was being transported in, sinks. The island is inhabited by many creatures, but not one of them is human. They accidentally activate her, and she proceeds to do as she is programmed; interact with her environment and learn to survive in it. She makes all sorts of friends, including a gosling whom she raised after an accident she caused killed his family. But what happens to Roz when the company that built her tracks her to her new island home?

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl is a sweet children's story that I have enjoyed since I was little. Poor James has to live with his horrible aunts Spiker and Sponge after his parents are both killed. And these two dreadful women treat him awfully. Until the day that a giant peach as big as a house grows from the tree in their garden that has never grown a peach before.
When James goes outside at night to clean up all the trash (the peach brought quite a lot of spectators to look at it) he finds a strange hole in the side of the peach. What (or whom) does he find when he climbs inside? Read this exciting tale and find out!

Monday, April 1, 2024

Hayden Hamilton and the Lady by Wanda Luce

I recently read a wonderful clean regency romance by author Wanda Luce titled Hayden Hamilton and the Lady. It follows the protagonist Emma Stuart and her friend Hayden Hamilton as they face up again the likes of the dastardly Lord Richmond.
Lord Richmond dislikes Emma because she got back at him for his mistreatment of other ladies, and he wants to ruin her reputation. But not if Hayden Hamilton has anything to say about it. As he sets out to help Emma, the two start finding themselves attracted to each other. But Emma is a high born lady, and Hayden, it appears, is a lowly barrister. Do the two of them have a possible future together? Read the book and find out.