Author Archives: Ms. Jane

The Losers Club

Alex Spencer reads too much! What?! Is that even possible? It is and he’s at risk for losing his summer plans because of it. In the latest book by Andrew Clements, The Losers Club, too much reading can be a bad thing. Alex’s principal is frustrated over his habit of reading books during class and not paying attention during classes…. Read more »

Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win

What does Wilma Rudolph, Anjali Bhaqwat, Keiko Fukuda and Katie Ledecky have in common? They are four of the fifty amazing women athletes highlighted in Rachel Ignotofsky’s book, Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win. These fifty strong, courageous and amazing female athletes from history and today. Some of these athletes are trail blazers. Some are Olympians…. Read more »

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 »