The Montmaray Journals: Review & Recommendation

The Montmaray Journals by Australian author, Michelle Cooper   RAF pilots. Aristocratic balls and gowns. A rocky isolated island kingdom. Nazis. Spies. Family. Spain.   1.  A Brief History of Montmaray  Sophie FitzOsborne lives in a crumbling castle in the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray, along with her tomboy younger sister Henry, her beautiful, intellectual… Continue reading The Montmaray Journals: Review & Recommendation

Code Name Verity: Review

It’s no secret that historical fiction, especially young adult historical fiction, is among my favorite types of books to read.  I’ve discussed my top World War II and Holocaust YA novels here  as well as my top five YA Historical fiction picks here. When a co-worker recommended this book to me, frankly, I was surprised I… Continue reading Code Name Verity: Review

Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume

   Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great is one of Judy Blume’s best character books.  Sheila is the antagonist from the Fudge series by Blume. [Sidenote: I love looking at how the covers of this book have evolved over the years.] Judy Blume has the ability to write from a child’s world  revealing all the insecurities… Continue reading Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume

10 Charming Winnie-the-Pooh Quotes

Winnie-the-Pooh has always been a favorite character of mine, and he certainly has remained one of the most delightful children’s literary characters (along with Piglet, of course!) A.A. Milne, the author, is quite fascinating: check out my background on his writing and other Pooh links. His writing had such a distinct and poignant style; here… Continue reading 10 Charming Winnie-the-Pooh Quotes

Fun Book News: Richard Scarry’s New Book and More

Lowly Worm is Back! Scarry’s Son Publishes Manuscript found in author’s Swiss chalet Loved seeing this interview on NPR with Richard Scarry’s son, Huck.  I’m sure this newly discovered book will be just as great as all of Scarry’s collection [check out my post on The World of Richard Scarry here.]  Lowly always makes us… Continue reading Fun Book News: Richard Scarry’s New Book and More