Book Review “Charming Life of Izzy Malone” by Jenny Lundquist

Apr 02

Isabella Malone, Izzy for short, has one thing on her middle-grade agenda – to be part of the Dandelion Paddlers, a rowing club. She has a few problems, one being she visits the school principal, a lot. The other, her overachiever sister who casts a big shadow over Izzy. Her parents have had enough and decide to enroll Izzy in charm school. When the first assignment arrives by mail, and it’s not exactly what Izzy thought it would be, but if she completes the task she will get a cool charm to add to a bracelet. Being Izzy though, the tasks don’t go easy, and soon her hopes of getting all the charms and being a Dandelion Paddler begin to sink.

Fun, can’t put it down story of the underdog, the kid who seems to be misunderstood, friendship, family, and dreams.

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Book Review: Maple by Lori Nichols

Nov 03

Now that Halloween has passed, it’s time for some not so scary stories.

One of  my new favorites is a book I picked up this last summer at the SCBWI Summer Conference in LA: “Maple” written and illustrated by Lori Nichols.




The story starts out with, “Maple loved her name.  When she was still a whisper, her parents planted a tiny tree in her honor!”

The story unfolds with Lori’s beautiful illustrations and we watch Maple grow with her tree.  Maple always has a playmate in her tree, even if she isn’t always the best of playmates, sometimes she a bit loud, but she does take care of her tree.  Then, something wonderful happens, Maple gets a little sister, Willow.  Maple learns that babies cry and demand attention.  But, Maple and her tree know just what to do.

The illustrations are amazing and will quickly spark the imagination in your child.  I recommend “Maple” and “Maple and Willow”.  These books will become treasures to pass down.

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Scary Book Quote from “Wait Till Helen Comes”

Oct 23

“Michael, please get up.  Please.  I saw Helen, I saw her!” My voice quivered and my heart beat faster as I remembered what I’d seen in the graveyard.  “She was horrible, more horrible than even I imagined.” Molly in Wait Till Helen Comes.


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Blogger Appreciation Giveaway from Mother Daughter Book Reviews

Sep 01


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Book Review: From the Magical Mind of Mindy by Nikki Bennett

Aug 15

Thoroughly enjoyed “From the Magical Mind of Mindy” by Nikki Bennett. Told from the view point of Mindy’s older sister,  and follows the family around throughout one year.

 It’s clear from early on that Mindy has a magical mind. Mindy is a twin, and doesn’t talk, except to her twin brother who then translates. I don’t like to spoil books by giving away the entire plot, but the 4 siblings in this book suffer a great tragedy and end up living with their Aunt in a big spooky house. Mindy apparently can see things other’s cannot, whether they are real or not it’s up to the reader to decide for themselves. It’s the thing in the cellar that has everyone scared, no one knows what it is, and how it got there and more importantly what it wants.

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Book Review: Frankie Dupont And The Mystery Of Enderby Manor

Aug 07

Frankie Dupont And The Mystery Of Enderby Manor written by, Julie Anne Grasso is a fun, fast paced, full of investigation and detection and a hint of something more sinister. Frankie Dupont is a great read for lower middle grade readers.

Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor by Julie Anne Grasso

Frankie is on the case of finding his missing cousin, which leads him into a deeper mystery. Using some tools, handed down from his detective father, its Frankie to the rescue. Of course it’s not going to be easy, there are a few characters who try to get in his way like a gardener who resembles a garden gnome and the fumbling detective that slightly resembles Inspector Clouseau.

Great for reluctant readers, will find it an easy read, even with some of the Australian lingo. Can be read in one sitting. Reminds me of my favorite Nate the Great and Encyclopedia Brown mysteries.

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