Strong opening for Where Things Come Back

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley Cullen Witter is a soon-to-be senior in a backwater Arkansas town.  There is nothing to do. Then, in the same summer: his cousin dies; a thought-to-be-extinct woodpecker is sighted; and his gifted, 15-year-old brother disappears. In the second story line is about faith and understanding the meaning … More Strong opening for Where Things Come Back

Don’t fall for Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection

Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection  by Matt Dembicki Don’t fall for this trick This was so-so. Of course, with a variety of artists and authors you were going to get some differences, but there were wide gulfs.   Some of the art work was beautiful and the stories good, and others, no.   … More Don’t fall for Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo is a fun read

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo Funny, good vocabulary words, great use of cartoons! A fun read! Flora loves comics, her dad, and her mom. She doesn’t love that her parents are divorced, that her mom would rather her read other things, and a lamp that her mother purchased from her first royalty check for … More Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo is a fun read

First Humans by @RebeccaStefoff offers good explanation of human origins

First Humans (Humans: An Evolutionary History)  by Rebecca Stefoff Good explanation of human origins. It gets a little bogged down with scientist names. The book explains how scientists are trying to sort all the bone fragments found over time. Most explanations have to do with the homo lines and how hard it is to organize them considering how … More First Humans by @RebeccaStefoff offers good explanation of human origins

Gift for trouble plagues boy in Korman’s Ungifted

Ungifted  by Gordon Korman Donovan Curtis is a normal kid. One with a gift for trouble.  His sense of humor plus his lack of impulse control get him in trouble time after time.  After one spectacular display of doing before thinking it through, he is nabbed by the head of his district.  By some luck, … More Gift for trouble plagues boy in Korman’s Ungifted