Just like Saturday morning cartoons, today’s post is aimed at kids, specifically those in grades 5-8. The following are kid’s books that your tween might like:

I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day features a much neglected population of the U.S., Native Americans. Not only is this novel accurately representative, but it also is crammed full of family secrets.

For younger readers, grades three and four, who like chapter books, check out The Dog Who Lost His Bark by Eoin Calfer. This is illustrated by P.J. Lynch and is a must for dog lovers.

Speaking of dogs, Angela Cervantes has written a delightful chapter book, Letty Out Loud for upper elementary grades. Letty works at a local animal shelter as a volunteer and wants to adopt Spike, aka Hunter, who is the “perfect boy” in her opinion. As she works with Spanish ESL, she reads aloud to dogs at the shelter, thus perfecting her English skills. Letty is an “idea person” who gets things done–her way. She is a spunky, caring protagonist kids will identify with.

Switching to books that offer more adventure, Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs is a rollicking read, a spy novel where Charlie, a kid-genius on a secret mission for the government, receives instructions that he must carry out to save the world.

In a quieter, more introspective read, Eric Walters and  Kathy Kacer write a lovely novel for upper elementary and early junior high age readers, Broken Strings. Several life lessons are taught in this novel which deals with friendship, competition among musicians, and familial love against the background of Holocaust memories.

These are just a few of the special books, recommended by librarians for the Cybil award which I had the privilege of reading as a first round Cybils’ judge last year. It was a wonderful experience and one I hope to repeat if I am asked again in 2020.



Book “D” of the Alphabet Soup Challenge is one I picked out at a library near the university where I work, Over the Hills and Far Away by Matthew Dennison. Published in 2017, it is a fine biography of Beatrix Potter, renowned children’s author and illustrator. I learned many fascinating facts about Potter that demonstrated how ahead of her time and what a resilient, versatile woman she was. The photographs and illustrations added a nice touch to the author’s description of a woman I have come to admire.


Join in with those of us bloggers who participate in First Line Fridays by copying the first line or two of what you are currently reading. Get responses from readers as to whether they’d be “hooked” by those lines.

Today’s Friday First Liner is from Charlie Lovett’s The Bookman’s Tale, yet another of my Books about Books reads:

“Wales could be cold in February. Even without snow or wind the damp winter air permeated Peter’s topcoat and settled in his bones as he stood outside one of the dozens of bookshops that crowded the narrow streets of Hay.”  BRRRRRR. Read on and find a warm story of a true bibliophile.


Several of my blogging friends participate in WWW Wednesdays where the post tells WHAT you have just finished reading, WHAT you are continuing to read, and WHAT you are looking forward to reading. Here are my three Ws for 2/12/2020.

WHAT I have just finished is Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor’s Traveling with Pomegranates, a mother-daughter story of musings on travel and familial

WHAT I am continuing to read is Elizabeth Gilbert’s City of Girls, one of several books I’ve read set in old New York of g.jpg

WHAT I am looking forward to reading (and finishing this weekend since it is due Monday at my local library) is th-1.jpegThe Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett, billed as ” a novel of obsession” and another of my own choices to read as many Books about Books as I can.

What are you reading? List the titles and authors in the reply box below and let us know what your three Ws are for this week.


Tuesday Teaser is hosted by The Purple Booker and asks participants to copy a sentence or two from where they are currently reading in hopes of teasing other readers to read the same book.

My teaser today is from one of my Books about Books challenge, Charlie Lovett’s The Bookman’s Tale.

“In a box in the dusty back room of a local antique shop, Peter discovered an early edition of George McDonald’s fantasy novel, At the Back of the North Wind. The book was illustrated by the Pre-Raphaelite follower, Arthur Hughes…This would be the first book Peter would give Amanda…a perfect candidate for rebinding.”

I am following Peter, an introverted book collector and binder who meets the love of his life, Amanda, only to lose her later in the book. There is mystery, romance, and bibliophilic devotion involved in this 2013 novel.


Because I had books to box, cookies to bake, and candy to make for my “Celebration of Everything Bookish” at the Alvin Library today, I am not getting to my book recommendation or Saturday morning post until now.

The Sunken Tower by Tait Howard, sent to me by Oni Press, is a study in artwork and adventure. I am not sure whether I enjoyed the colorful, exciting artwork of this graphic novel for kids more or the great, life-lesson-filled adventures of its heroes. Digby, its main character, is the least heroic figure one can imagine, but his powers revealed at the end surprise both the reader and himself. The three pages which chronicle in wonderful art the demise of the monster by one of Digby’s spells is only rivaled by the complex relationship of Digby and his fellow dungeon-mates, Iona and Crina, who all become good friends as they escape becoming a sacrifice for the creatures of the blood cult wishing to bring their cult back to its “glory days.”

Even the graphic design of the letters of the title give clues about the Sunken Tower. Oni Press will release this eye-catching, exciting book in March of 2020, and fans of graphic stories and action-packed adventures will enjoy this read.