Chester and Gus

Chester is brave, loyal, smart, caring and loving. Chester is also a dog. You will meet Chester inn Cammie McGovern’s latest novel, Chester and Gus. Chester has been bred and trained to be a therapy dog. He always wanted to help someone. When he meets Gus, he isn’t sure if Gus even wants him around. He doesn’t know that Gus… Read more »

She Persisted

What do Maria Tallchief, Helen Keller, Sally Ride and Sonia Sotomayor have in common? They were persistent. In her latest book, She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World, Chelsea Clinton introduces readers to thirteen amazing American women. These women who faced great obstacles and not only faced their challenges, they persisted! Women like Oprah Winfrey, Harriet Tubman and… Read more »

Gertie’s Leap to Greatness

In the history of awesome books there have been some awesome girls: Ramona, Matilda, Pippi and Hermione… to name a few. Let me introduce to you to another great character with awesome girl power. Her name? Gertie! In Kate Beasley’s first novel, Gertie’s Leap to Greatness, you’ll meet Gertie Reece Roy.  She is on a mission. That mission? To be the… Read more »

The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot and Score in This Game Called Life

“Rule#15:Success comes from facing fear, overcoming obstacles, working hard and believing that you’re good enough to win.” In his latest, The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot and Score in This Game Called Life, Kwame Alexander uses the power of verse to create 52 rules to help inspire people with sports and life in general. Under the general headings of grit, motivation, passion,… Read more »

Fluffy Strikes Back

Fluffy is not a house cat, nor a pet. He is Sergeant Fluffy Vandermere and the leader of P.U.R.S.T. (Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel). In Ashley Spires’ graphic novel, Fluffy Strikes Back, Fluffy has been to a desk job for a long time. He rarely left his office. Suddenly there is an alien attack the bugliest bugs… Read more »

Moo: a Novel

Zora is smelly, dirty, mean and stubborn. And yes, Zora is a cow. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s not all about a cow. In Sharon Creech’s latest, Moo: a Novel, Reena and her brother, Luke, move with their parents from New York City to a small town in Maine, they have no idea what life has in store for… Read more »