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Unsettled by Reem Faruqi

Description: When her family moves from Pakistan to Georgia, Nurah wants to blend in, yet she stands out for all the wrong reasons. Nurah’s accent, floral-print kurtas, and tea-colored skin make her feel excluded, until she meets Stahr at swimming tryouts. And in the water Nurah doesn’t want to blend in. She wants to winContinue reading “Unsettled by Reem Faruqi”

The Amelia Six by Kristin L. Gray

Description: Eleven-year-old Amelia Ashford (Millie) is given the opportunity to spend the night in Amelia Earhart’s childhood home with five other girls. Once at Amelia’s house in Atchison, Kansas, Millie stumbles upon a display of Amelia’s famous flight goggles. They’re about to be relocated to a fancy museum in Washington, DC. But the goggles disappear,Continue reading “The Amelia Six by Kristin L. Gray”

Cookbooks for Kids

I’ve started doing research for a new middle grade novel, and part of that involves finding recipes that kids can make and will actually eat. So I’ve basically checked out every kid cookbook that was shelved in my local library, with a focus on meals and snacks instead of desserts and baking. With the holidaysContinue reading “Cookbooks for Kids”

A Place at the Table by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan

Description: Sixth-graders Sara, a Pakistani American, and Elizabeth, a white, Jewish girl could not be more different. Sara is at a huge new school that is completely unlike the small Islamic school she used to attend, and Elizabeth’s British mum has been struggling with depression. The girls meet in an after-school South Asian cooking class,Continue reading “A Place at the Table by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan”

Mac and Cheese and the Personal Space Invader by Jolene Gutiérrez

Summary: Mac and Cheese are the class guinea pigs, and Oliver is their biggest fan. So he watches them and takes notes to learn how he can be a good friend. But while snuggling in close might be fine for guinea pigs, Oliver’s classmates don’t like him getting in their personal space bubbles. With theContinue reading “Mac and Cheese and the Personal Space Invader by Jolene Gutiérrez”

A Doll for Grandma: A Story About Alzheimer’s Disease by Paulette Bochnig Sharkey

Kiera loves her Grandma and all of the fun activities they do together. But when Grandma starts forgetting things, those precious moments between them seem to be lost too. Kiera doesn’t give up on Grandma, and finds a special doll that connects them when they are together, and even when they are apart. Paulette BochnigContinue reading “A Doll for Grandma: A Story About Alzheimer’s Disease by Paulette Bochnig Sharkey”

I Want to Help…

Like nearly everyone in the United States, I have been surrounded by tweets, news footage, and videos of the tense and often terrifying events unfolding throughout our country. I have cried, seeing how people are treating each other, and have been stunned by the level of hatred I’ve witnessed. So I want to help. IContinue reading “I Want to Help…”

A New Endeavor

Hello, and welcome to my website! I’m so glad you’re here. Take a look around, get to know me and my writing, or send me a message. This website is intended to highlight amazing books and authors, help new and aspiring authors, and be a place I can share my love for reading and writing.Continue reading “A New Endeavor”


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