Kathie’s Blog

NEW BOOK – Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson

Last Updated 2018/01/16

Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson (2014) Ages 9-12.   ICE DOGS is an adventure novel that takes place in Alaska. Victoria is a fourteen-year-old girl obsessed with dog mushing, but she’s also coping with the loss of her mentor, her father, less than a year ago. On a quick trip to check out some

NEW BOOK – Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic by Armand Baltazar

Last Updated 2018/01/03

Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic by Armand Baltazar (October 2017.) Ages 9-12 This is a book unlike any I’ve read before. It’s a bit steampunk, a bit adventure, a bit historical, a bit futuristic…it’s many different things all rolled into one. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous; it reminded me a lot of  The Invention of Hugo

NEW BOOK – Peppermint Cocoa Crushes by Laney Nielson

Last Updated 2017/12/20

Peppermint Cocoa Crushes by Laney Nielson, Sky Pony Press (October 2017). Ages 9-12 A delightfully wonderful holiday read for tweens that hits the middle school voice right on the head. What I loved best about this book is how accurately it captures those emotions of first crushes, and feeling the pressure to like someone, even if you

NEW BOOK – Sled Dog School by Terry Lynn Johnson

Last Updated 2017/12/20

Sled Dog School by Terry Lynn Johnson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (October 2017). Ages 9-12. What I enjoy most about Terry Lynn Johnson’s books is the information I learn about a subject while thoroughly enjoying a story. This book was no exception. There are a lot interesting facts about dog sledding and mushing, but they quietly

2017 Most Memorable MG Books

Last Updated 2017/12/08

I remember how a book made me FEEL more than I remember details from the story. So this year, I’ve compiled my 2017 Most Memorable MG Books. These are the books that evoked the strongest emotions in me, that ones where I immediately say “Oh yeah, I LOVED that book” long after I’ve forgotten the main

NEW BOOK – Kat Greene Comes Clean by Melissa Roske

Last Updated 2017/12/14

Kat Greene Comes Clean by Melissa Roske, Charlesbridge (August 2017). Ages 9-12. There’s a lot of buzz about this book in the MGlit world, and rightly so! I’m really glad I finally got around to reading it; it’s a great introduction to the topic of OCD (that character’s mother struggles with it) and how it can

Happy December!

Last Updated 2017/12/01

This year, I decided to decorate our Christmas tree with book covers from my favorite middle grade reads from 2017. I put the photo on Twitter, and tagged the authors who were on the tree. I got responses from SO many of them loving this tree.

NEW BOOK: Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson

Last Updated 2017/11/28

Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson, Charlesbridge (Sept 2017). Ages 9-12. I was thrilled when the author offered to send me a copy of her book, because I’d had it on my TBR list for a while. I think kids who like outdoor adventure books are going to LOVE this one. It’s action-packed, fast-paced, with

2018 MYRCA Nominees

Last Updated 2017/11/28

The 2018 MYRCA nominees were recently announced, and we’re happy to say we have almost all of them in our collection! You can find a display of them year round in the children’s department.  

2017 Summer Reading Program

Last Updated 2017/05/08

It’s here! The 2017 Summer Reading Program Schedule is now available, and registration is open. Don’t delay as these programs fill up quickly!