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Spooky Mysteries

Halloween’s coming and what better time to read mysterious fiction than after the sun goes down?  All of these books, except the last book, are good for ages nine and older.  The last book is an early chapter reader book good for ages seven to nine.   Scare Scape, by Sam Fisher, is a riveting […]

Time for Summer Reading

If you’re looking for some great books for summer for ages 9 and older, look no further.  I’ve put together a list of books that would be great reading during these hot summer days or nights. My list includes historical fiction, mystery, science fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy and humor. The Vine Basket, by Josanne La […]

Take Me Out to the Ball Game: With Books!

Summer is the time of year to enjoy the outdoors and watch baseball and other sports. Here are some great books about different popular sports that enthusiasts will definitely enjoy!  Except for the picture books noted below, the rest of the books are good for ages nine through adult. Strike Three You’re Dead, by Josh […]

The Best Time to Curl Up with a Good Book

Long dark cold nights are a great time to get comfortable by a fire and read a great fiction book. Most of these newly published page-turners are best suited for ages nine and up and many of these would be perfect to read aloud to family members.  The last three books are geared for ages […]

It’s Time for My Top 2012 Books for Kids

Now that 2012 is over, it’s time for my favorite picks for kids ages nine and older. I am sure that several of these books will be a potential Newbery winner. Wonder, by R. J. Palacio, is a beautifully written story that ultimately teaches acceptance, friendship and kindness. Ten-year-old August leaves homeschooling and enters public […]

Great Fiction to Excite Kids to Read

The next few reviews will be dedicated to outstanding new books that will surely encourage kids, ages nine and up, to capture the love and joy of reading. The last book is best suited for teens and adults. The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, should be a definite candidate for the next Newbery […]

Halloween’s Around the Corner: Beware

I’ve been saving some great picture books for this annual occasion, so get ready for fun, funny and entertaining Halloween books good for all ages. Also, the last four books are geared primarily for ages seven to ten. The Monsters’ Monster, by Patrick McDonnell, is a sweet story that centers around a giant of a […]

Ghostly Tales for Spooky Nights

Halloween is quickly approaching and what better way to get in the mood of the holiday than with some books of thrills and chills. The first 2 books are geared for older children and the rest are picture books good for all ages. The Girl Behind the Glass, by Jane Kelley, is a story that […]

Fabulous New Books for Older Kids

The previous three weeks I have concentrated on reviewing great books for new readers. Now it’s time for outstanding books for kids that can read just about anything. And I have found some terrific reads that kids, families and probably even parents will not want to stop reading! The great thing about this level of […]

A Mixture of Genre

Listed below is a wide variety of books that start out for early readers, then going to early chapter books and ending with books for all ages. Silly Milly and the Mysterious Suitcase, by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, is a beginning reader series that cleverly includes wordplay. In this case, […]