Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya

This is a story about a boy who does not quite fit in but who was obviously born to stand out. Marcus is an 8th grader who towers over his peers and uses his height and bulk to provide protection for kids who are bullied. Marcus reminds me a lot of my own son who […]

Backfield Boys by John Feinstein

Sportswriting powerhouse John Feinstein’s young adult novel Backfield Boys follows best friends and football stars Jason Roddin and Tom Jefferson, a perfect, though unconventional, pair: Jason, the Jewish kid, is lightning fast and a natural wide-receiver, while African-American Tom has an amazing arm and a quarterback’s feel for the game. After summer football camp at […]

The Fog Diver by Joel N. Ross

This inspiring story will keep you thirsty for more once you read it. The plot is full of suspense and everywhere you turn, action jumps out. The characters all have interesting characteristics and backgrounds.  I am aware I say this a lot, but, there was some humor in the book that left me laughing for […]

Flying Lessons & Other Stories Edited by Ellen Oh

Ten amazing stories told by ten inspirational, diverse authors.  Every single one of the contributors full of talent, full of heart, yet humble and kind beyond compare. With a message that is so abundantly clear, all young people to see themselves represented in books. We have come a long way in literature but in the […]

Michael Reviews: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

An amazing, action-packed story of thrills, humor and a page or two of romance.  A great tale following Carter and Sadie Kane as they embark on the mission of their lives. You will learn a lot about Egyptian Mythology, which is not an everyday topic to write about.  You will get amazingly attached to the […]

The Thief and the Beanstalk by P.W. Catanese

An interesting continuation of the famous tale of “Jack and the Beanstalk.” The story is full of suspense and action. I will admit that there are corners of disappointment and sadness.  You kind of forget after you continue to read and meet the interesting characters and learn about what Jack was hiding in his tales.  […]

Michael Reviews The Smoking Mirror by David Bowles

This is the best book I’ve ever read! I like the Mexican history, folklore and mythology throughout the book. The book also brings out sympathy, fear, joy and sadness in you, which is a thing not a lot of authors can do. The writing is very descriptive. Johnny is my personal favorite character for his […]

I am Amelia Earhart (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer

This book is my favorite in the whole series so far. The book teaches a valuable lesson to chase your dreams, not matter what anybody tells you.  It tells you about what Amelia went through as a child and as an adult.

I am Martin Luther King Jr. by Brad Meltzer

I am Martin Luther King Jr. brings to life in vibrant colors and illustrations the plight of the Civil Rights Movement. This book carefully records the life of Dr. King through his trials and triumphs made for kids. Your children will experience the hardships of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of a young […]

I am Lucille Ball by Brad Meltzer

I am Lucille Ball is a must read for all girls and boys!   We follow Lucy as she grows from a “wild, unruly” child to an adult TV star that was able to call her own shots.  Lucy was discouraged by important people in her life but it was the encouragement of one person in […]