Book Review: Princess Pulverizer: Grilled Cheese & Dragons by Nancy Krulik

Meet Princess Serena, aka Princess Pulverizer! She must complete 8 good deeds on a Quest of Kindness to become a Knight. Deed #1: Rescue jewels, a scared knight, and a gassy, cheese-eating dragon from a sleepy ogre. Silly, funny, and empowering. Ages 4+

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Book Review: A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

An exciting new sleuth thwarts cranky Englishman, abduction attempts, and life-threatening maneuvers while searching for clues to who she is and why someone is causing all this fuss over a simple, independently-minded, refreshingly modern, lady butterfly hunter.

New Releases: Books Published August 22, 2017 for Children + Teens

Another Tuesday, another round of new releases! Here are brief blurbs about some of my new favorite children's picture books, middle grade novels, and teen reads that released today.

Book Review: A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas

Charlotte Holmes is back in a second adventure involving murder, family, and a decade-old cipher. Still employing the ruse of the "invalid brother," Sherlock Holmes, Charlotte finds herself investigating on behalf of the wife of the man she may possibly love while fielding a marriage proposal from that very man's brother. It will take all of Charlotte's sensible and analytical mind to see through her own surprising feelings as the web of Moriarty, and the involvement of a surprising member of her family, grows clearer.

Book Review: A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Charlotte Holmes helps the police solve murders under the name Sherlock Holmes. When she becomes a social outcast due to a deflowering gone wrong, she relies on her wits, and a few chance encounters, to land on her feet, all while trying to clear the names of her father and sister who are somehow both implicated in a trio of seemingly unconnected and unexpected deaths. Sensible and analytical to a fault, yet not unaffected by the pull of heartstrings, Charlotte Holmes is a lively and witty new addition to the Sherlock Holmes canon.

Top Ten Books I Want for the Holidays

The Broke and the Bookish, a brilliant book blog, hosts a weekly top ten list meme.I like this meme because I like lists. I like this meme because it reminds me of the Top 5 lists from High Fidelity (by Nick Hornby as a book, starring John Cusak as a movie). And I like this meme because it … Continue reading Top Ten Books I Want for the Holidays

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by The Story Siren.This week, I received: I Dreamt I Was in Heaven: The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gangby Leonce Gaiter9780615490106, Legba Books, $10.99Judge Isaac C. Parker's judicial tyranny over the entire 74,000-square-mile Indian Territory was coming to an end. Against this background, the multi-racial, teenaged Rufus Buck … Continue reading In My Mailbox

Waiting on Wednesday: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Waiting on Wednesday (WoW) is a weekly meme hosted byBreaking the Spine.My posts about adult literary fiction are here:State of Wonder by Ann PatchettCaleb's Crossing by Geraldine BrooksThe Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey My posts about my guilty pleasure reading (romantic, often paranormal, novels) can be found here:Prince Charming Doesn't Live Here by … Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Christmas Picture Book Round-Up

A round-up of new Christmas-themed books out this Fall 2011. 'Tis the season, after all.The Third Giftby Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline9780547201955, Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), $16.99From two extraordinary talents, a beautifully crafted picture book for the Christmas season.The three wise men, or the three kings, are familiar figures in the Christmas … Continue reading Christmas Picture Book Round-Up

Fall 2011 Picture Book Highlights: Penguin

Previously in my capacity as Children's Department Manager for the Odyssey Book Shop, I had the opportunity to look over publisher's catalogues at the new books for each season. I was lucky enough to get my hands on some Fall 2011 catalogues, so decided to revive my seasonal picture book highlights series.Disclaimer: I have not … Continue reading Fall 2011 Picture Book Highlights: Penguin