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As a homeschooling veteran, I review middle-grade stories to help parents, librarians, and teachers choose good books.

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Spark by Jill Shope Hackman, a review

Spark by Jill Shope Hackman, a review

Spark by J.M. Hackman tells the Christian fantasy tale of Brenna, a Pennsylvania schoolgirl just turning 16. Brenna discovers to her dismay that flames shoot from her fingertips when she’s angry. After she sets a school display on fire, causing the sprinkler system to...

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The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt, a review

The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt, a review

I was delighted to find Tonke Dragt's novel The Letter for the King. It was originally published in 1962 in the Netherlands. It won many awards and sold a million or so copies, but it made its way into English only after fifty years, in 2013. Now Tonke Dragt's tale is...

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Thick as Thieves by Susan K. Marlow, a review

Thick as Thieves by Susan K. Marlow, a review

Susan K. Marlow's middle grade novel Thick as Thieves tells a tale of 1880s California, ranching in the San Joaquin Valley. Thirteen-year-old Andi Carter immerses herself in caring for her horses when her mare gives birth to twins. At school one day, a new kid sits...

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Light of Mine by Allen Brokken, a review

Light of Mine by Allen Brokken, a review

Light of Mine by Allen Brokken tells an allegorical tale of three children, ages 6, 9, and 12, set in what seems like 19th century rural America. The idyllic farm life of Ethan, Aiden, and Lauren descends into turmoil when Dad declares that he will leave to fight approaching Darkness.

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My Novel, The Long Shadow, Is Born!

My Novel, The Long Shadow, Is Born!

It’s here! The Long Shadow, my debut novel, is born today. I am so thrilled and thankful that so many people, including kids and adults, are reading it and telling me they love the book. Including, for example, Covenant Seminary professor Jerram Barrs: “I loved this book.”

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Alone by Megan E. Freeman, a review

Alone by Megan E. Freeman, a review

In Alone by Megan E Freeman, twelve-year-old Maddie meant to plan a secret sleepover with a smorgasbord of Twinkies, soda and frozen pizza. But her friends cancel and she sleeps by herself at her grandparents’ apartment. Then she wakes up to a new world–one with no other people in it.

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I Am David by Anne Holm, a review

I Am David by Anne Holm, a review

Anne Holm, a Danish journalist and author, wrote this novel in 1963 about a twelve-year-old boy who grew up in a concentration camp in Eastern Europe and remembers nothing else. David’s life and outlook are uniformly grim. He has never even smiled.Anne Holm, a Danish journalist and author, wrote this novel in 1963 about a twelve-year-old boy who grew up in a concentration camp in Eastern Europe and remembers nothing else. David’s life and outlook are uniformly grim. He has never even smiled.

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A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus, a review

A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus, a review

Kate Albus has penned a World War II story, A Place to Hang the Moon, that engages the reader magnificently. Three orphans lose their only relative, their wealthy, cold and distant grandmother. Then their lawyer and former housekeeper send them with other children to...

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