Reviews

PRAIRIE LOTUS, by Linda Sue Park: Expanding the Single Story

PRAIRIE LOTUS by Linda Sue Park Clarion Books, 9781328781505, 272pp. Publication Date: March 3, 2020 Currently five starred-reviews and still counting. This remarkable novel is ideal for middle grades and I add my voice to urge all ages to read and discuss this important story: “Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multilayered book about a… Read more »

Hidden History in the Spotlight: The Story of Civil War Hero Robert Smalls

The Story of Civil War Hero Robert Smalls Written by Janet Halfmann, illustrated by Duane Smith Lee & Low Publishing, February, 2020 (ISBN-13: 978-1643790169) Series: The Story of…  Target ages 8-11, grades 3-6 Would you watch a movie about an enslaved man whose intelligence, ambition, skills, and daring choices affected the Civil War? Would you root… Read more »

Appreciating the Value of Canine Military Service

I featured two titles on my picture book blog: first, a recently-released nonfiction picture book, and  another from five years back, both starring a well-recognized canine hero from the First World War. Both profiled Stubby, a stray dog who adopted a a training unit of soldiers and joined them throughout their war experiences. When I… Read more »

Truth in Fiction- Lioness: Mahlah’s Journey

I’ve read and enjoyed all of the Bible-based fictional novels by my friend, author Barbara M. Britton. Notice that I’ve categorized this review of her latest release under THE WRTING LIFE as well as reviews. That’s because, while reading her earlier titles and this latest one, I’ve noticed something about her writing that I admire…. Read more »

Are You Game for Expert Writing Advice?

    LEVEL UP:Quests to Master Mindset, Overcome Procrastination, and Increase Productivity. A Guide for Writers, Entrepreneurs, and Creatives By Rochelle Melander    October 2019      Dream Keepers Press Rochelle Melander wears many caps. She is a writing coach with experience in support of individual, spiritual, and professional development. She has multiple books to her… Read more »