HIDDEN HOPES: A Holocaust Story of Resistance and Secrecy

  HIDDEN HOPE HOW A TOY AND A HERO SAVED LIVES DURING THE HOLOCAUST By Elisa Boxer Illustrator Amy June Bates Picture Book, Nonfiction, 2023 Abrams Books for Young Readers World War II, France, Resistance   That attractive teenage girl on the cover is clutching a wooden duck toy. Doesn’t that strike you as odd?… Read more »

THE LUCKY ONES: An Unforgettable Read

    THE LUCKY ONES by Linda Williams Jackson Candlewick, 9781536222555, 320pp. Publication Date: April 19, 2022 Description from “Award-winning author Linda Williams Jackson pulls from her own childhood in the Mississippi Delta to tell the story of Ellis Earl, who dreams of a real house, food enough for the whole family—and to be… Read more »

Packing for Hurricane Ian? Include Books.

Nothing about this short post is meant to make light of the very dangerous, potentially deadly impact of HURRICANE IAN heading toward Florida. Those likely to be most affected have prepared “go bags”, shutters, escape plans, etc. Take good care, everyone, to ready those essentials first. But if there are children within your planning circle,… Read more »

The STAR That Always STAYS, a Review

THE STAR THAT ALWAYS STAYS By Anna Rose Johnson Holiday House, ISBN: 978-0-8234-5040-4  $17.99 July 12, 2022 Ages 8-12 Young Norvia’s story is one of coming of age in a world that has been turned upside down by her recent family events and looming global war. Her pursuit of a place in the real world… Read more »


The Illiterate Daughter: The Young Guardian, Book One by Chia Gounza Vang Teen Historical Fiction, independently published December, 2021 From Amazon blurb: “In war torn Laos, thirteen-year-old Nou daydreams of the legendary heroes and mythical beings who live in the folklore stories she loves to hear. Remembering them helps her ignore physical pain as she… Read more »