Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Written in verse, like a rap song or poetry, an entire story is told - about 7th grade twin brothers who play basketball. Their mother is the school principal and their dad was a great basketball player. Then, Jordan gets a girlfriend and their dad's health problems escalate. Fabulous story for middle school and high school kids.

Luna's Red Hat: An Illustrated Storybook to Help Children Cope With Loss and Suicide by Emmi Smid

Luna's Red Hat: An Illustrated Storybook to Help Children Cope With Loss and Suicide
Including a guide for parents about how to talk to children about suicide, this is a very good book to use when talking to children who have lost someone they love to suicide. On the one year anniversary of her mother's death, Luna and her dad and sibling go on a picnic, but Luna is angry and sad and as she discusses her feelings about her mother's death with her dad, she is able to remember the good times they had together and feel less sad. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it.

Preserves, Pickles and Cures: Recipes for the Modern Kitchen Larder by Thane Prince


This book has lots of helpful information about how to preserve a variety of foods in a wide variety of ways. From making cheeses and yogurts to breads and jams and pickles to curing meat and a lot more. I like that I found out some ways to use the herbs from my garden that I had not thought of before. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs by Davide Cali, Raphaelle Barbanegre

Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs by Davide Cali
Bright and colorful, cute and silly. Snow White leaves her wicked stepmother the queen and goes to live with 77 dwarves for whom she cooks and cleans. Perhaps she is better off with the witch. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Rooted in Design: Sprout Home's Guide to Creative Indoor Planting by Tara Heibel, Tassy de Give


This book shows beautiful and creative ways to use indoor plants as art and decor. I like their cat too. I wish there was more information about how to keep the plants alive because although I can garden outdoors, I tend to kill many indoor plants. The book includes instructions for constructing the different types of displays and containers for the plants. I think that this book will inspire people to use plants in their home decor in lovely and creative ways. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Forget Me by K.A. Harrington

Forget Me by K.A. Harrington
Totally awesome YA mystery/thriller/romance. When Morgan puts a photo of her dead boyfriend on a social media site and it tries to tag him with another name, she needs to find out the truth. Is Flynn really still alive and is his name actually Evan? As she digs into the mystery, more mysteries are upturned. Will Morgan and her friends live to solve them? I could not put this book down, wanting to find out and it was quite a surprise. Excellent book!

Rutherford B., Who Was He?: Poems About Our Presidents by Marilyn Singer, John Hendrix (Illustrations)

Rutherford B., Who Was He? by Marilyn Singer
This is a fabulous book of poems about the presidents. Some poems are about one president, and others are about more than one. The illustrations are detailed and often give even more information about each president. I think this book is fabulous for elementary and middle school kids, and people of all ages will enjoy it.