Up for Air by Laurie Morrison

by Laurie Morrison Overall: 4 out of 5 stars Twelve-year-old Annabelle is looking forward to another summer of competitive swimming and hanging out with her best friends Mia and Jeremy. But her school year ends harder than she thought, even with accommodations made for her learning disabilities (ADHD?), Mia is busy with her new lacrosse […]


by Wendy Mass Overall: 4 out of 5 stars One problem with reading an author’s series as they write it is that they don’t always stop where you (or they!) expect them to. Graceful is the fifth (and supposedly final) book in the Willow Falls series, though Mass said that about The Last Present, too […]

Liar & Spy

by Rebecca Stead Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars Seventh-grader Georges and his dad find a flier for a Spy Club in their new apartment building and his dad signs him up, setting the wheels in motion for Georges’ friendship with a homeschooled kid in his building named Safer who likes to spy on the […]

The Candymakers

by Wendy Mass Overall: 3 out of 5 stars This one took me several tries to get into. I was not drawn in by the beginning at all, so I’ll tell you that it’s told in four sections, with each section told by one of the four kids in the candymaking competition. We get to […]

13 Gifts

by Wendy Mass Overall: 4 out of 5 stars Category: Copyright 2011 Personal Evaluation: One of these days I will stop gushing about Wendy Mass… maybe. This book completes the trilogy formed by 11 Birthdays and Finally, although it took me a while to realize that Finally took place in the same town as 11 […]

Every Soul a Star

by Wendy Mass Overall: 4 out of 5 stars Two caveats to this post.  1) I am a huge Wendy Mass fan.  2) I “read” this book on Playaway from the library, which means it’s a little hard to tell when it’s going to end.  Often I think I’ve been listening to a book forever […]

Eleven Birthdays

Eleven Birthdays by Wendy Mass Stars: 5 out of 5 What a perfect book to read on your birthday weekend!  Two ex-best friends, Amanda and Leo, were born on the same day.  They end up reliving their eleventh birthday over and over, Groundhog Day-style, until they can figure out how to make amends and solve […]