Show & Tell – Natalie Lloyd


Mom couldn’t wait for me to read A Snicker of Magic. She had dozens of sticky note tabs, shaped like kittens, peeking through the pages. Lots of quotes and lines that she’d be typing up later for her own blog post. She had to collect her kitties before I could take my turn. I understood why she loved it within the first few pages. Beautiful words, wise observations, plenty of truth. I fell in love for myself with a story about good deeds, magical ice cream, and a place that felt like home.

I couldn’t wait to read The Key to Extraordinary. Mom had first dibs, of course. I wondered if this second story from Natalie Lloyd would be everything I loved about the first. It was even better. Ghosts, destiny, combat boots, dancing on stars, peach and lavender muffins… it quickly climbed to Favorite Book status.

Today is the release day for The Problim Children. A book birthday, if you will. I’m waiting for the mail to come and deliver my fresh new copy. Based on the illustration of a quirky old house on the cover, I already know I’m going to love it. If you need me, I’ll be sitting on the front step until the mail comes. I have first dibs this time.

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Favorite Fiction – The Mark of the Dragonfly


Adventure, political drama, a runaway, alien races, Steampunk details, and a cute OTP to ship along the way? All in one book? Yes, please!

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Favorite Fiction – The Two Princesses of Bamarre


Step follows step,
Hope follows Courage,
Set your face towards danger,
Set your heart on victory.

—The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine


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Favorite Fiction – Things Not Seen


It’s after the shower. That’s when it happens. It’s when I turn on the bathroom light and wipe the fog off the mirror to comb my hair. It’s when I see in the mirror. It’s what I don’t see.

—Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements


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Favorite Fiction – Best of 2017

I may not have completed my Goodreads goal of 50 titles this year, but I did a decent job with just under 35 books, mostly from the Middle Grade shelf. I won’t bore you with copy/pasted summaries of every book I read (you can hit up my Reading Challenge page for that if you like, though) but I will share some of my highlights.


Favorite Series

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

“For a Hero cannot triumph all the time. Sometimes he will be defeated, and how he faces that defeat is a test of his character.”

IMG_7146I finally completed the How to Train Your Dragon series this year. What starts out as a short and silly lower Middle Grade series quickly becomes a fast-paced adventure with a hero who can’t seem to do anything right, a naughty little dragon, and a tribe of Hooligans that will keep even the most reluctant reader turning pages eagerly. My favorite detail is the abundance of illustrations that decorate nearly every page. They’re informal, sketchy, and perfect for setting off a child’s imagination. Just be prepared for a little dragon dung humor in the first couple of books.IMG_6727

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