Body of Knowledge by Yours Truly

Today, I’m as happy as a maggot in pus because my short story, “Body of Knowledge” appears in the the February 2016 issue of Muse Magazine for Kids! Based on true events in 19th century Dublin, the hair-raising tale follows four teens on a midnight errand to rob a grave! If I’ve done my job as a… Continue reading Body of Knowledge by Yours Truly

Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

Ferry, Beth.┬áStick and Stone. Illus. Tom Lichtenheld. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. Print. Genre: rhyming picture book Summary: A stick and a stone become fast friends after an unfortunate name-calling incident. Critique: This story puts a clever twist on the old saying: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.… Continue reading Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

Spots in a Box by Helen Ward

Ward, Helen. Spots in a Box. Somerville, MA: Templar Books, 2015. Print. Genre: rhyming picture book Summary: What’s to be done when you’re the only guinea fowl without any spots? Well you write a letter and order some! Critique: The rhyme schemes throughout this story are “spot on.” No, really, I’m not just waxing punnetic.… Continue reading Spots in a Box by Helen Ward

When the Beat was Born by Laban Carrick Hill

Hill, Laban Carrick. When the Beat was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop. Illus. Theodore Taylor III. New York: Roaring Book, 2013. Print. Genre: Picture book Summary: Clive Campbell falls in love with music and dance parties while growing up in Jamaica. He moves to New York where he eventually becomes… Continue reading When the Beat was Born by Laban Carrick Hill