January 23, 2024

The Rise of The Legends

In Jake Zortman’s middle-grade novel, a school club deals with a drone that travels from the future to modern times.

Mikaela Kadono dreads the first day of school. Her father continually follows his dreams and schemes from place to place, so Mikaela knows the tensions of being the new kid in school. This time, her […]


December 18, 2023

Welcome to the Zoo

Like Aesop’s Fables, Paul Smith’s inclusive collection of 30 animal tales delivers life lessons.

Each tale is a standalone with different characters, but all follow a 10-15 page per story format, with five chapters (excluding one that isn’t broken into chapters) and a concluding message. The animals are typical—bunnies, squirrels, birds, bears, lions, tigers, elephants, […]


November 14, 2023

Mousetree: The Beginning

The first installment of a story about two mice friends who are separated from their village and one another, the chapter book Mousetree touches on big themes, such as family, community, and workers’ rights.

Friends Mirelda and Mindy live in the mouse village Mousetree. On an errand to fetch sugar for Mirelda’s grandmother, the girls […]


November 14, 2023

The Crafter: Book 1: The Mysterious Game

The Crafter is an exciting middle-grade novel. The first in a series, it follows protagonist Kenny as he moves with his mom and their cat Whiskers to small-town Kansas.

While Kenny tries to adapt to a new place and find friends, he discovers that the video game console already installed in the apartment where he […]


August 1, 2023

Adventure in the Land of Changes

A boy turns into various fantastical creatures in the children’s picture book Adventure in the Land of Changes.

Looking for a place to play, a boy walks into a forest and soon realizes his body has changed. He morphs into a series of unusual creatures with some characteristics resembling those of actual animals and others […]


June 20, 2023

Baseball Buddies: Building a Team

A boy is named captain of his baseball team and learns to navigate a variety of personalities and problems in the children’s chapter book Baseball Buddies: Building a Team.

Luis, 11, is joining a new baseball team in a new town. Most everyone seems nice enough. But when Luis is named team captain, he faces […]


February 14, 2023

The Adventures of Dragons Den

In two linked stories in this children’s picture book, dragons wear disguises to blend in with humans.

Dragons Den is a cottage that houses a family of dragons who wear coats, boots, gloves, hats, and wigs to disguise their true identities from passing villagers. But, in the first story, two boys see the dragons without […]


November 1, 2022

Klippe the Viking

A young Viking girl who struggles to keep up with her schoolmates in class finds friendship and hope in the picture book Klippe the Viking.

Frustrated by her learning problems, Klippe is approached by Kanin, another little girl. Kanin says that she, too, has problems with school and they decide to work together to overcome […]


August 8, 2022

Scaredy Bat and the Frozen Vampires: A Vampire Detective Story

In the first illustrated chapter book in this early reader series, a tween vampire and three friends solve the mystery of who put a royal wedding party and their guests on ice.

Twelve-year-old Ellie Spark, christened by her sister “Scaredy Bat” for her fears of spiders, monsters, and more, is excited to be attending the […]


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