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Author of the Month

Jennifer L. Holm

Photo provided by the author This book, Turtle in Paradise, started with a story my mom liked to tell about her childhood. During the summers, her grandmother would take her to Key West to visit her relatives. Her mother made her promise to “shake her shoes out.” My mom didn’t know why her mother wanted her to do this, but she did it anyway. And then one hot day,...


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Video of the Month

Reviews and Awards

Three Stars for Suzanne LaFleur’s Beautiful Blue World!

★  The country of Sofarende is at war. Mathilde and Megs, both 12, are best friends. When the military begins recruiting children for the war effort, their school holds an examination for students ages 12 to 14. Those who pass the test will be sent somewhere to help with the war effort. In exchange, their families will receive a large sum of money as well as monthly payments. Megs wants to do it for the sake of her family and also to assuage her sadness over the absence of her …

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A Word from Pat Scales

Pat Scales

A monthly column from retired school librarian, children’s literature expert, and First Amendment advocate Pat Scales.

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