Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, a review

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool Published 2010 by Delacorte Press, 351 pages Genre: Historical middle grade/tween fiction, Newbery Medal winner Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker arrives in the dusty, underpopulated town of Manifest, Kansas, during the height of the Great Depression, sent there by her drifter father who for some reason thinks she needs to stop […]

Book Review: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi

Newbery Award winner historical fiction set in medieval England, for tweens

Crispin: The Cross of Lead, by Avi, Book 1 in the Crispin trilogy Published 2002 by Hyperion Books for Children, New York, 262 pages Genre: Historical drama for tweens This book won the Newbery Award when it was published, and more recently the author has published two sequels. It’s A.D. 1377 in rural England. A […]

Starr Tree Farm by Ellen Parker, a review

Starr Tree Farm by Ellen Parker Published 2013 by Crimson Romance, 200 pages Genre: sweet romantic suspense Laura has been widowed just a year. She decides to move from St. Louis back to her home town in Wisconsin and finds herself farm-sitting for her uncle and aunt. She’s also setting up a business, a bookstore, in […]

Angel in the Storm by Lisa Grace, a review

In the current book, Jude kidnaps Megan’s 9-year-old brother Max and sells him into sex slavery. Jude (really Lucifer) decides he wants Megan, who’s exotic to him in two ways: as a believer she is protected, and as someone who can see angels and demons, she can see through him. Jude offers her a choice: kiss him and he tells what he did with Max, or walk away.

The Fifth Man by John Olson and Randy Ingermanson, a review

Someone seems to be bent on killing them, and they don’t know who it is. Is there a murderous fifth man on Mars?

Daughter of Light by Morgan L. Busse, a review

Rowen Mar discovers a strange white mark on her hand and loses her soldier father on the same day. Her father was her only friend and protector in her village of suspicious folk, who can’t forget that Rowen is adopted.

Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore, a review

Brielle is crippled by her despair as she blames herself for her best friend’s death. To learn to cope, she returns to the small town she calls home from the big city where she had attended a performing arts high school. Old friends reach out to her, but she rebuffs them. Then an amazing boy shows up and shakes her from her lethargy.

Joanie Hileman’s 32 Miracle Stories

Joanie Hileman was not a writer, but the Lord kept bugging her to write this book. Finally she did it. She gathered testimonies of God’s faithfulness in miracles and in loss from all over the state of Maine, it seems.

The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo, a review

Jagger Baird felt like he was losing his mind in the aftermath of a horrific car accident that took the lives of dear friends. Now he’s taken his family to a gig as a security guard for an archaeology dig at Mt. Sinai in Arabia, and things are looking up for him. He’s enjoying his beloved wife and son now, for one thing.

Light of Eidon by Karen Hancock, a review

Abramm is calling himself Brother Eldrin, and all he wants is to be left alone by his family. But his family isn’t happy about it, not the least because it’s the royal family, and he’s now second in line to the throne. Soon Abramm discovers that the holy orders that have been his life for the past eight years are a front for evil people who want to use him as a puppet.