Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match

John Watson is used to being the new kid and this year is no exception. After solving a case with the intrepid Shelby Holmes, however, this time he’s certain that he can take the Academy with confidence. The only problem? Shelby. Or rather, his friendship with Shelby. It seems everyone at his school is jealousContinue reading “Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match”

Mother’s Day

He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.” ~ Proverbs 18:22 The above verse may be true, but I think that verse is a little incomplete without something: “He who finds a wife [who will make a good mother] finds what is good…”   Mothers are vital. ThoughContinue reading “Mother’s Day”

Sarah Plain and Tall

I’ve always been blessed to have a mother. There wasn’t a time when I can’t remember her being ever-present, ready (but not always willing) to cater to my every wish for cocoa and just one more story….please? Nevertheless, as will be, mothers and daughters quarrel. Despite the fact that we’re often complimented with the praiseContinue reading “Sarah Plain and Tall”


When you’re homeschooled your whole life, middle school doesn’t really faze you. It’s more of a matter of “great, am I going to have to actually learn a new skill this year?” But there’s one thing that doesn’t change no matter whether you’re homeschooled or publicly schooled and that’s how awkward middle school can be.Continue reading “Awkward”

The Girl’s Guide to Rocking

When I was twelve years old, my grandfather sat down on the couch next to me and looked at me. “What instrument do you want to play, mija?” Violin was my immediate answer. I’d always wanted to play like Darby O’Gill or Lindsey Stirling. He shook his head. “Pick something else!” Alarmed, my twelve yearContinue reading “The Girl’s Guide to Rocking”

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: 2 Fuzzy, 2 Furious

What with the Avengers film debuting this weekend, I thought I might take a little time to flip through a book targeted at drawing younger audiences into the Marvel universe. The read? The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: 2 Fuzzy, 2 Furious, a follow up to the original book which is available at Disney Books. Doreen GrayContinue reading “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: 2 Fuzzy, 2 Furious”

Disney Parks Presents the Haunted Mansion

This post is a sequel to my previous Disney Parks Presents post, this time featuring the Haunted Mansion book. When crypt doors creak and tombstones quake, spooks come out for a swinging wake! In this fun book, Disney’s classic attraction is celebrated with colorful illustrations and the bold lyrics of the well-known “Grim Grinning Ghosts”Continue reading “Disney Parks Presents the Haunted Mansion”

Easter Reads

With Easter this weekend, I thought I might review a couple of my reads for the week. One is more Biblical while the other two are just Easter-time stories. Regardless of whether these books celebrate the true importance of Easter, they are all worth a read. The first book on the list is Here ComesContinue reading “Easter Reads”

Black Panther: The Young Prince

Before he became the Black Panther, before he was King of Wakanda, before he fought the Avengers, he was just T’Challa, prince of Wakanda.  In this prequel story detailing one of T’Challa’s first adventures, author Ronald L. Smith takes us back to the jungle, before bringing us to Chicago, America for an exciting new taleContinue reading “Black Panther: The Young Prince”

Library Books About Libraries?!

After going to my local library for the last twelve years of my life, you’d think I’d checked out everything there was to be had. But it seems I’m still discovering something new every single day. Today, I wanted to review two very special books which are about the library itself, expressed in the formContinue reading “Library Books About Libraries?!”