• Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit

    Book Review | E. Nesbit’s Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare

    Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare by E. Nesbit I have noticed that there is some controversy about E. Nesbit’s Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare. There seems to be two popular opinions.  It is  one of the greatest retelling of Shakespeare’s plays ever written! When she wrote it, Edith Nesbit left out too much of the original plays. It seems that people are either all for it, or not for it at all. E. Nesbit always felt that children should be introduced to Shakespeare in an easier and more enjoyable way. She thoughtfully included a glossary of difficult names in the plays and a guide on how to…

  • Book Review The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry Feature Image

    Book Review | The Willoughbys

    “The Willoughby parents frequently forgot that they had children and became quite irritable when they were reminded of it.” ~ Lois Lowry, The Willoughbys The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry I have recently read a book called The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry. It was an equally entertaining and yet perhaps more importantly, disturbing read. I have read some of Lois Lowry’s other books such asNumber the Stars and Autumn Street. I thoroughly enjoyed them both, but I had very mixed feelings about The Willoughbys. I know many of you aren’t going to agree with my thoughts on this particular book, however if you are interested in my opinion, read…

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    Book Review | Wolf Hollow

    “The year I turned twelve, I learned that what I said and what I did mattered. So much, sometimes, that I wasn’t sure I wanted such a burden. But I took it anyway, and I carried it as best I could.” ~ Lauren Wolk, Wolf Hollow Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk “The year I turned twelve, I learned how to lie.     I don’t mean the small fibs that children tell. I mean real lies fed by real fears — things I said and did that took me out of the life I’d always known and put me down hard into a new one.…

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    Book Review | Beyond the Bright Sea

    “I’m just looking at you. Exactly as you are right now. And not because you’ll change, though you will of course. Treasure or not. But because if I could have built a human being, I would have built you. Just so” -Osh” ~ Lauren Wolk, Beyond the Bright Sea Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk “My name is Crow.     When I was a baby, someone tucked me into an old boat and pushed me out to sea.     I washed up on a tiny island, like a seed riding the tide.     It was Osh who found me and took…

  • Brambleheart by Henry Cole Feature Image

    Book Review | Brambleheart

    The Naming Ceremony was the most important day at the Hill. At the end of their Naming Year, every graduating student would be given their final names. The name signified mastery of a subject and would determine what job and status the graduates would have in Hill society. Soon, Twig’s friend would be named Weavers and Metal Crafters and Carvers. Twig hoped he would be named something. ~ Henry Cole, Brambleheart: A Story About Finding Treasure and the Unexpected Magic of Friendship. Brambleheart by Henry Cole I just recently finished reading Brambleheart by Henry Cole. This was such cute little read! I enjoyed reading it immensely. The other…

  • Ballet Shoes

    Book Review | Ballet Shoes

    Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild I just finished reading Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild. It has been on my reading list for a very long time now. I received the book for Christmas and was very excited to start reading it, but as you may have noticed based on my blog posts between Christmas and now, I read a whole bunch of other books before finally reading this one. I was not disappointed in Ballet Shoes. I was afraid I might be, because when you look forward to reading a certain book for so long, then you raise you expectations for it, and then end up…

  • Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate Feature Image

    Book Review | Crenshaw

    “Imaginary friends are like books. We’re created, we’re enjoyed, we’re dog-eared and creased, and then we’re tucked away until we’re needed again.” ~ Katherine Applegate, Crenshaw Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate Crenshaw is by Katherine Applegate, the author of The One and Only Ivan among other books. This one features Jackson and his family who are going through tough times financially. There is no money to pay the rent, hardly any money for food. Jackson, his little sister, his parents, and their dog may have to live in their minivan…again. Just when things are getting really rough, Jackson notices a cat. An abnormally large, outspoken cat.…