More May/June Quick Reviews

A little bit Matilda, a little bit Secret Garden, I’m a fan of magical kids finding and using their powers! A four word description-Secret Garden only better. At the beginning of the Summer sensible Piper is very sure that there is nothing magical about any place or person she knows. She lives with her Dad,…

New And Upcoming Releases

First some business: I barely wrote any reviews in April. I am sorry about that as I know people are reading more than ever these weird long days… I’m sort of back on Amazon as an affiliate (said in a way that you can be sorta sober) If I get three sales in 90 days…

The Heirloom Garden

In her inimitable style, Viola Shipman explores the unlikely relationship between two very different women brought together by the pain of war, but bonded by hope, purpose…and flowers. Iris Maynard lost her husband in World War II, her daughter to illness and, finally, her reason to live. Walled off from the world for decades behind…

Gotham High

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Alex and Eliza and The Witches of East End comes a reimagining of Gotham for a new generation of readers. Before they became Batman, Catwoman, and The Joker, Bruce, Selina, and Jack were high schoolers who would do whatever it took–even destroy the ones they love–to satisfy their own motives. After being…

The K Team

Note: Despite the cute dogs this isn’t a kids book. In David Rosenfelt’s newest series – a spinoff of the much beloved Andy Carpenter mysteries – Andy’s wife forms an investigative team with a former detective and his German shepherd partner. Andy Carpenter’s wife, Laurie, was a cop, a good one. Now she helps out…

The Lost Family

A deeply reported look at the rise of home genetic testing and the seismic shock it has had on individual lives You swab your cheek or spit into a vial, then send it away to a lab somewhere. Weeks later you get a report that might tell you where your ancestors came from or if…

Book Review- Science Comics: Crows

That’s something to crow about! Learn all about these genius birds in Kyla Vanderklugt’s Science Comics: Crows , the latest volume in First Second’s action-packed nonfiction graphic novel series for middle-grade readers! Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, robots, and more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic…

Book Review: Ride the Devil’s Herd: Wyatt Earp’s Epic Battle Against the West’s Biggest Outlaw Gang

The little-known story of how a young Wyatt Earp, aided by his brothers, defeated the Cowboys, the Old West’s biggest outlaw gang. Wyatt Earp is regarded as the most famous lawman of the Old West, best known for his role in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. But the story of his…