Dances with Words

The Eighth Day

So glad I stopped by Dianne Salerni’s booth at the Collingswood Book Fair last Saturday. I wasn’t sure that I’d be buying a copy of her book, The Eighth Day, … Continue reading

October 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Flora & Ulysses

One of the happiest days of my reading life was the day I discovered Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. I was thrilled that a children’s author could have crafted … Continue reading

October 13, 2014 · Leave a comment


Before April  Henry wrote her popular mysteries Girl Stolen and The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die,  she’d written A LOT, and apparently,  very well, catching the attention of Roald … Continue reading

August 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Doll Bones

The cover of Holly Black’s Doll Bones might give readers the idea that something creepy, yet childish, awaits as they turn the pages. And that would be only partially true–there is … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Red Thread Sisters

The covers of so many young adult books are so far removed from the storyline I wonder just what kinds of instructions the art department ever receives. In the case … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

To Be Perfectly Honest

Sonya Sones’ novels in verse are wildly popular among girls and boys, and I was really excited to see her newest, To Be Perfectly Honest: A Novel Based on an … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Heist Society

Ally Carter’s The Heist Society is Ocean’s Eleven for kids–full of smart, funny, and very likable criminals. Carter’s protagonist, Katarina (Kat) Bishop is part of a world class family of … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Klipfish Code

Stories about the Nazis and World War II continue to interest many readers who find it almost impossible to comprehend that anyone could have been as evil as those who … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Raft

If you’ve ever NOT done what your parents have told you, then The Raft may make you think otherwise as the story shows just how much life can change in … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Bully Book

A bully’s impact can be life-long as evidenced by Eric Kahn Gale’s, The Bully Book. The novel is loosely based on the author’s experiences as a sixth grader when he … Continue reading

July 22, 2014 · Leave a comment