Non-Fiction from Jessica

Hello all! Long time no posting, huh? Let me tell you, summer was awesome and awesomely hard.  I had friends who were sick, my mental health took a nose dive for awhile, and I had 4+ kids to keep entertained.  I was so busy keeping my nose above water that I was lucky to be…

Book List: Early Intermediate Favorites!

You are wanting to read something more exciting than Dick and Jane to your 5-7 year old, but it seems like every book you pick up is too long, or too scary, or too serious.  Does this sound familiar? Well, I was in that boat not too long ago, and I wish I had bumped…

The Wednesday Wars: Book Review by Mary

From Goodreads: In this Newbery Honor-winning novel, Gary D. Schmidt offers an unforgettable antihero. The Wednesday Wars is a wonderfully witty and compelling story about a teenage boy’s mishaps and adventures over the course of the 1967–68 school year in Long Island, New York Intermediate Fiction/ Newbery Honor 264 Pages; Audio book 7 hrs 27 mins. Published…

Halloween Books for everyone! (Mary)

All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey! And you know what that means right? Well, it’s a California Winter. But, before that, it’s a Utah fall! And the best part about a Utah fall is all the holidays! And the best thing about holidays are doing things that get you into the…

Mind blowing plot thoughts!

  I just read this mind blowing advise about plot from this book. It said “Your resolution should tie closely to the story’s beginning. It should refer back to the conflict that was introduced in the story’s opening lines.” WHOA! That means that the conflict that the character will face, will be introduced within the…

Back to the books!

Hey guys. Long time no read huh? This is Mary. You may remember me from those blog posts many many months ago. Good times. Summer is over and school is back in full swing. This means that I actually have time to read again! Wahoo! I have a 1 year old at home still, so…

PRICELESS PICTURE BOOKS!! (Mary’s top 50)

I love it when I get a blog request! Thanks Britnie for the suggestion! This list isn’t meant to be in any ranking order. It’s just a list of books hat my kids and I have loved reading. And as an added bonus, I only put picture books on here that you can check out…

Small Great Things

Hey there. Mary here. This book is one that is gaining quite a bit of popularity.  It was published in October of last year. You probably have seen the cover, or heard the title. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult 470 pages 3.75/5 stars Ruth Jefferson is the only black nurse that works in Labor…

Fish Girl! 

I bumped into another amazing graphic novel today! You’ll recognize the illustrations. David Wiesner has won the Caldecott award three times. The award winning book Tuesday is probably the most recognizable. This is also a fabulous picture book. Anywho- graphic novel! 182 pages 5/5 stars! Mighty Neptune is open for business! He has his own…

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS!

I get so jazzed about Battle of the Books every year. For those of you who are unfamiliar, this is a national competition for school aged kids grades 3-12. Every year they pick a bunch of books for the kids to read, and then in May they ask all kinds of questions. The answer to…

How many typos is too many? (Mary)

Have you ever gotten really caught up on a book, you’re really just loving it, and then WHAM- there is a major typo. I admit, I usually think a typo is kind of funny. It even makes me feel a little smart, knowing I caught something the editor missed.  But that second typo. Not funny…