I was delighted to read an Advanced Readers Copy of Above All Else by Dana Alison Levy. Above all Else is the tale of two high-school seniors, Rose and Tate, who’ve been best friends since they were kids. Both have a love for climbing. Rose and Tate have their sites set on Everest, the ultimate climb. But, as per usual with young adult novels, things happen – Rose’s mom becomes ill and can’t make the trek. Tate second-guesses himself after a fall during a training climb, and Rose feels the guilt of being able to do something that her mom wanted to do so badly but couldn’t.
Now, before reading this, I didn’t have much understanding of climbing Everest, other than it’s really hard and can be deadly. Dana wove an incredible story filled with fear, PTSD, love, anxiety, passion, and compassion. I love how this is told from two points of view: Rose and then Tate. The reader gets a sense of the emotions and struggles of each character.
Beautifully written middle grade story about LuLu Carter, who seems to have too much memory, and her Gram who is losing hers.
can remember things that happened on exact days years ago. She doesn’t tell
anyone, especially her friends Olivia and Max. But, when Gram starts becoming absent-minded,
Lulu decides to “cover” for her, after-all Moma and Dad aren’t paying too much
decides to help her Gram by helping her remember things from the past, she
uncovers a dark secret in Gram’s diary. Gram might be a spy. Olivia and Max set
out to help her solve the mystery, all while Lulu keeps her superior memory a
“We loved the turn of events as Jersey used a little bit of hard work with her natural talents to change her seemingly sad situation around. She not only helped others, but discovered herself in the process! Go Jersey!” Pickles and Cheese
Jersey’s Spots is a beautifully written picture book about self-acceptance. I was utterly mooooved! L. Schmid
Cute Story and Cute Drawings
“The story is so sweet and the pictures beautiful! A tale about being yourself – and being ok with that.” Coolio
Any middle-grade reader will love this book. I guarantee they will fly through the pages and want more. Lisa has woven a tale filled with humor, ghosts, gold, a mystery, a bully, and even managed a few history lessons. Ollie and his family have moved again, this time Ollie hopes it’s the last. He quickly makes a new friend, Teddy, who happens to be a ghost. Ollie makes a few “real” friends too, but he also captures the attention of the town bully and her minions. Things don’t seem to be going right for Ollie, and it looks like his family will have to move again – unless he can solve the mystery of the missing gold.
I give this 4.99 out of 5 bookmarks (remember only Harry Potter has 5 bookmarks.)