The Lemonade War

Two siblings at an entrepreneurial  war over selling lemonade is the basis of  Davies’ novel, The Lemonade War.   Evan and Jessie are brother and sister.  They are equally smart; however, Jessie will be entering fourth grade with her brother.  Evan isn’t happy about the transition and their summer turns into a business war. They pair off… Continue reading The Lemonade War

Alabama Moon

Alabama Moon is Watt Key’s debut novel.  Key’s success comes from a great story that tells of a young boy raised “off the grid” with his Vietnam Vet father in the woods.  Moon, 10 years old, finds himself in an entirely different world when his father passes away.  The land on which they lived is sold… Continue reading Alabama Moon

God and Dog

You may have heard of the Youtube phenomenon that is Wendy Francisco’s GoD and DoG book.  She creates a very simple and sweet narrative for that all animal lovers, dog owners especially, will love.  She writes that humans can see signs of God in their dogs and relates the unconditional love of each.  It is a darling… Continue reading God and Dog

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

The Wimpy Kid series have inspired a new generation of cartoonists.   Jeff Kinney’s latest addition, Dog Days, continues with Greg Heffley and his summer vacation. As realtors will often say, “Location, Location, Location,” is the key to house, “Character, Character, Character,” is often the key to a successful book.  Greg’s character is observant and hilarious, all… Continue reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Gone Away Lake

As a child, I LOVED books that would take me away to a place like Gone Away Lake.  I wish I had found this when I was ten because I’m sure it would have been one of my favorite books. Another childhood obsession? Finding places to fix up as clubs, forts, or any place away from… Continue reading Gone Away Lake