Quote of the Day – Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

Not being able to talk in school is a terrible problem. But having a girl desk buddy is even worse; it is the kiss of death.

-Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look

Show & Tell – Book A Day in May


Less than a week left in my book a day challenge. In a way, I can’t believe it. Time really does fly when you’re having fun, and, with so many adventures and stories piling up around me, it feels a bit surreal that I’ve accomplished so much reading in so little time!

This week I’ve added:

20. Falcon’s Egg by Luli Gray
21. Your Mother was a Neanderthal by Jon Scieszka
22. The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
23. The Classy Crooks Club by Alison Cherry
24. Dear America: A Light in the Storm by Karen Hesse
25. Clementine and the Family Meeting by Sara Pennypacker
26. The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas
27. Love That Dog by Sharon Creech


Question of the Day: Who are your favorite hidden gem/under-appreciated authors?

Show & Tell – Book A Day in May


My personal challenge to read a book a day in May has been slightly redefined this week to mean ‘starting a new book every day’, partly due to picking a slightly longer book (gotta read my library books before they’re due back!), and partly because I can’t help but read more than one book at once. Oh well.

Since last week I’ve added:

7. The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth
8. Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech
9. Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler
10. The Great Cake Mystery by Alexander McCall Smith
11. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look
12. Dessert First by Hallie Durand
13. The Wish by Gail Carson Levine


Question of the Day: What’s the first chapter book series you remember loving as a kid?


Favorite Fiction – Byways Books


I have a weakness for books with pretty covers. And books with pretty illustrations. The Byways Books have really cool illustrations of some of the details from the story scattered inside. My favorites are ones with magical creatures or cute animals inside. That’s probably why Book 6 is my favorite (so far)!

What book is currently your favorite for the illustrations alone?

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Favorite Fiction – Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle


Of course the reason that all the children in our town like Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is because Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle likes children, she enjoys talking to them and best of all they do not irritate her.

–Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald


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Review of Byways Book #6: Into the Hills by C. J. Milbrandt

Into the Hills by C. J. Milbrandt

byways06-paperback-fcovercropped.png They say that people living along the edges of the Wilds are half-wild themselves. Zane Johns might fit right in, but he has to deal with a pushy blacksmith, his bookish best friend, and the town that wants to throw him a tea party.

“Don’t worry, Miss Brielle. To be honest, the ones with a little bit of crazy have always been my favorite.”

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