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 Voice That Won The Vote by Elisa Boxer

Description: In August of 1920, women’s suffrage in America came down to the vote in Tennessee. If the Tennessee legislature approved the 19th amendment it would be ratified, giving all American women the right to vote. The historic moment came down to a single vote and the voter who tipped the scale toward equality didContinue reading “The Voice That Won The Vote by Elisa Boxer”

The Nightmare Thief by Nicole Lesperance

Description: Maren Partridge works in her family’s dream shop and hand-crafts any dream imaginable. The shop has one rule. Dreams cannot be given to a person without their consent. Her sister, Hallie, has an accident that leaves her in a coma, and Maren’s certain she can cure Hallie with a few well-chosen dreams. And whenContinue reading “The Nightmare Thief by Nicole Lesperance”

Bea is for Blended by Lindsey Stoddard

Description: Bea and her mom have always been a two-person team. But now her mom is marrying Wendell, and their team is growing by three boys, two dogs, and a cat. Finding her place in her new blended family may be tough, but when Bea finds out her school might not get the all-girls soccerContinue reading “Bea is for Blended by Lindsey Stoddard”

2021 #READICT Reading Challenge

What better way to start the new year than with a resolution to read more? Every year in Wichita, KS the Wichita Public Library partners up with the local newspaper, the Wichita Eagle, to challenge residents to read 12 books in 12 months. Pretty easy, right? There’s a catch though (because of course there is).Continue reading “2021 #READICT Reading Challenge”

Millionaires for the Month by Stacy McAnulty

Description: Felix Rannells is a rule follower. Benji Porter is a rule bender. They don’t have anything to talk about. Until . . . They find a wallet that belongs to tech billionaire Laura Friendly. They return it-but not before Benji “borrows” twenty dollars to buy hot dogs. Because twenty dollars is like a penny to aContinue reading “Millionaires for the Month by Stacy McAnulty”

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”

Quaran-READICT Additional Reading Challenge!

Once Covid hit and everyone went into quarantine back in March, the Wichita Public Library came up with a way to distract everyone. They added 6 books to their #READICT Reading Challenge, and they are all related to the quarantine in some way. Here are the bonus categories for 2020: A book about a microhistoryContinue reading “Quaran-READICT Additional Reading Challenge!”

#READICT Reading Challenge Final 2020 Update

I finished!! This is the first year I have completed the #READICT Reading Challenge. Yay me!! If you didn’t see the first two posts on the #READICT Reading Challenge, the links are here and here. Check them out to read more about the challenge and to see the first eight books I read for theContinue reading “#READICT Reading Challenge Final 2020 Update”

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”

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