Inkling by Kenneth Oppel

Cheating thuds from this book’s heart. A father and son must confront the question: what exactly counts as cheating on work projects or school assignments? And, how much are they cheating themselves by not facing their fears, which are really their sorrows? Oppel, Kenneth. Inkling. Illus. Sydney Smith. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. Print.… Continue reading Inkling by Kenneth Oppel

Young Fredle by Cynthia Voigt

In this delightful, subversive novel, Voigt gives young readers everything they usually aren’t supposed to get: strangers, dangers, and unanswered questions. Voigt, Cynthia. Young Fredle. Illus. Louise Yates. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. Print. Genre: middle grade Summary: Separated from his home and family in the walls of the house, Fredle the young mouse… Continue reading Young Fredle by Cynthia Voigt

The Language of Spells by Garret Weyr

Did you say dragons? In turn-of-the-last-century Vienna?? Enchanted and entrapped as everyday working Joes??? What ought to be a most marvelous storytelling feat turns into a lengthy, dozy tellingstory book. Weyr, Garret. The Language of Spells. Illus. Katie Harnett. Chronicle Books: San Francisco, 2018. Print. Genre: middle grade fantasy Summary: Grisha the dragon and his… Continue reading The Language of Spells by Garret Weyr

The Push by Tommy Caldwell

In this memoir, doubt dances with glorious vistas where success, aspiration, and limits all fight for a grip on the same dime-thin ledge. Caldwell, Tommy. The Push: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits. New York: Penguin Publishing Group, 2017. Print. Genre: nonfiction, memoir Summary: Caldwell’s memoir chaperones readers up treacherous escarpments… Continue reading The Push by Tommy Caldwell

Middlemarch by George Eliot

I need only one word whenever I am asked, “What’s your all-time favorite book?” Eliot, George. Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial life. 1872. New York: Penguin Putnam, 1994. Print. Genre: fiction (19th century British) Summary: An idealistic young woman and a noble-minded doctor enter disastrous marriages. The consequences of their choices ripple through the wider… Continue reading Middlemarch by George Eliot