Biography of J.B. Williams is So Much More

This biography for young readers touches on many historical events and issues.  “Unlawful Orders” by Barbara Binns (Scholastic) is a biography of James Buchanan (JB) Williams, but it is so much more, too. Binns’s story discusses everything from the KuKluxKlan,...

Ellie Engineer

Have Hammer, Will Travel I like to think that if I had read Jackson Pearce’s Ellie, Engineer In the Spotlight (Bloomsbury), or any of the books in the Ellie Engineer series (this is the third), I might be an engineer today. Or at least more confident in fixing things...

Story Web Reflects Weakening Connections, Current Times

Crows, Bears and Moose, Oh My! Because I’m a sucker for a story with a close father/daughter relationship, I really enjoyed The Story Web, by Megan Frazer Blakemore. But it is not the only reason. I also love the small-town dynamics, the role ice hockey plays in the...

Chase Gets a Mulligan

It’s not often you get a “do over” or mulligan in life, but that’s exactly what happens to Chase Ambrose in Gordon Korman’s novel Restart (2017, Scholastic Press). The first scene opens with Chase waking up in the hospital and learning that he’s had an accident that...