Review: Sweethearts of Rhythm by Marilyn Nelson

(Suggested reading level: Grade 4 and up) Sweetheart of Rhythm by Marilyn Nelson had such potential, but I just can’t bring myself to say I loved it. The subject matter is fantastic – the first integrated all women band in America. The Sweethearts of Rhythm played jazz and swing nationwide …

Review: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

(Suggested reading level: Grades 4-8) I actually borrowed The Red Pyramid from my daughter, and I definitely enjoyed it. The story centers around a pair of siblings, Carter and Sadie, whose world is thrown upside down the night they watch their father blow up the Rosetta Stone and be captured …

Review: Sea Queens by Jane Yolen

(Suggested reading level: Grades 4-6) Loved this book! I read it with Amber (11) and it’s really great. It’s about strong women, okay granted they’re killers and thieves, but still you have to admire them. Women who succeeded in a man’s world, which you have to admit sailing in general …

Review: Leaping Beauty by Gregory Maguire

(Suggested reading level: Grades 4-6) This was a cute collection of fractured fairy tales, each with animal stars. Amber (11) and I read it together over several evenings and both enjoyed it.  There are eight tales, each recognisable but transformed. In addition to Leaping Beauty, there is Cinder-Elephant whose pie …

The Dragon’s Eye by Dugald A. Steer

The Dragon’s Eye by Dugald A. Steer, illustrated by Douglas Carrel (Suggested reading level: Grades 4-6) Amber (11) and I read this together over several evenings. Before I talk about the book itself, I need to give you a little background. Amber loves the Ology books, especially Dragonology, which is …