Review: Doll Bones by Holly Black

3 stars Three kids, who love roleplaying and acting out stories with action figures, have a bit of a falling out. One of the girls in the group claims this creepy antique doll her mom keeps in a cabinet has spoken to her, begging her to bury her in the cemetery a few towns away. […]

Review: Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

3 stars After reading The One and Only Ivan and reading glowing reviews of this one, I couldn’t wait for the hold to come in. But I just didn’t like it very much, though there were things about it I really liked. The story was told from the perspective of an old tree that people hang wishes […]

Review: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

5 stars This would be such a great book to read aloud to younger kids (I’m thinking 5-7 years old). It follows a silverback gorilla in a seedy animal show off the highway. He understands human speech and loves to make art but can’t communicate. His friends are a stray dog, an old, wise elephant […]

Review: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

5 stars Full disclosure: I really don’t tend to like books by Neil Gaiman. I’m pretty sure it’s a personal thing, since lots of other people love his work. I read Stardust after loving the movie based on it, and I preferred the movie almost from start to finish. I tried to read The Graveyard […]

Review: Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham

5 stars. This is a graphic novel memoir detailing Shannon’s elementary school years. I really think every parent and every kid should read it and then talk about it afterward. I read the whole thing in one sitting, full on cried, and was in a funk thinking about it for the rest of the day.