Book Reviews · Fantasy · Young Readers/Middle Grade Fiction

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles: Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, Talking to Dragons

I am convinced that the only thing better than a great fantasy novel is a great fantasy series. One of the most enjoyable series that I've had the opportunity to read this year was The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, by Patricia C. Wrede. The first book in the series, Dealing with Dragons, tells the story of… Continue reading The Enchanted Forest Chronicles: Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, Talking to Dragons

Book Reviews · Classic Literature · Young Readers/Middle Grade Fiction

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Over the past couple of months, I've really been making an effort to spend more time reading the books that I've owned for years, but have never read. Between my physical shelves and my digital ones, I've had quite a few titles to choose from. One of the books that I decided to read toward… Continue reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Book Reviews · Fantasy · Young Adult · Young Readers/Middle Grade Fiction

A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking

Is there anything better than discovering a new favorite author? I always get so excited when I pick up a book by an author I haven't read before and find that I love their writing, and that's precisely what happened to me this week when I read A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking, by T.… Continue reading A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking

Book Reviews · POPSUGAR Reading Challenge · Young Readers/Middle Grade Fiction

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021 Update: Week Five

Good morning, everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far, and that you are continuing to stay healthy. It's been a bit of a rough week for me, health-wise. I've been fighting a losing battle with my allergies since Monday, and it feels like I've spent the majority of the week sneezing,… Continue reading POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021 Update: Week Five

Book Reviews · Fantasy · Horror · Young Readers/Middle Grade Fiction

City of Ghosts/Tunnel of Bones

Whether it's because of Halloween, or the somewhat gloomy aesthetic of early fall, the month of October is a perfect time for reading spooky books! So far this month, I've had the opportunity to enjoy two great spooky reads, City of Ghosts and Tunnel of Bones, by Victoria Schwab. "People think that ghosts only come… Continue reading City of Ghosts/Tunnel of Bones

Ideas for Teachers and Parents · Summer Reading Programs · Young Readers/Middle Grade Fiction

Summer Reading Programs: Part Six, Great Titles for Young/Middle Grade Readers

During my years as a classroom teacher, I had the opportunity to talk with a lot of students about the books they were reading outside the classroom. I taught English/Language Arts at the middle and high school levels (grades 6-12), and got to see my students read tons of fantastic books from a variety of… Continue reading Summer Reading Programs: Part Six, Great Titles for Young/Middle Grade Readers

Book Reviews · Young Readers/Middle Grade Fiction

Sideways Stories From Wayside School

Good morning, everyone! I hope that you are having a wonderful week so far. It took multiple naps and a really good night's sleep on Sunday night, but I finally managed to regain my energy after participating in the Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon. The Readathon was a great chance to read a lot of wonderful… Continue reading Sideways Stories From Wayside School