Review: Coraline

Coraline by Neil Gaiman My rating: 5 of 5 stars I put off reading this book for years. YEARS. I don’t particularly like scary books, so I thought it wasn’t for me. I’m ready to read it again tomorrow. Gaiman is a master story-teller, of course. I love that just when you think everything is […]

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Trying to Say God – Reading List

It’s been quite a weekend.  I have had the privilege of visiting the University of Notre Dame (also known as “my old stomping grounds”) for three days.  By myself.  It was great.   So before I gush about how excited I am to hug my kids again, you might want to know what on earth […]

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I fear this blog is digressing into writing conference memoranda and book reviews.   I guess it could be worse. On that note, my summer plans include a visit to South Bend for a Catholic Writer’s Conference: Trying to Say God So it turns out that I’m not just lacking in talent for finding Catholic […]

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Review: Kristin Lavransdatter

Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset My rating: 5 of 5 stars I feel silly trying to review this book. Maybe not silly, maybe more like out of my league. This was my second time through (and if you haven’t read it, look at the page count and be impressed). It was good to read it […]

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Review: The Bear Who Wasn’t There

The Bear Who Wasn’t There by LeUyen Pham My rating: 4 of 5 stars I have to admit, I have a weak spot for books that are self-aware. It cracks me up when a book calls itself a book and laughs about it. Like The Bear Who Wasn’t There. You spend the whole book searching […]

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Review: The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles

The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas My rating: 5 of 5 stars So beautiful. “Be the change you want to see in the world.” This book illustrates the quote perfectly. My family loved it. Now if we could just get the courage to act on it… View all my reviews

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Review: March: Book One

March: Book One by John Lewis My rating: 5 of 5 stars I just finished this series, and I feel like it gave me an understanding of the Civil Rights movement that I missed in my US history classes. John Lewis’ story makes the struggle for equal rights personal, and the graphic novel format is […]

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Review: The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas My rating: 5 of 5 stars Angie Thomas was one of the guest speakers at the Louisiana/Mississippi SCBWI KidLit conference this February, so I heard about her book in emails for weeks. I looked at the title, and the jacket, and thought, “This is probably a good book, […]

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Review: The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas My rating: 5 of 5 stars View all my reviews

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Review: The Pox Party

The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson My rating: 4 of 5 stars Fantastic. This book was not like anything else I’ve ever read. The premise of a slave being raised as the subject of an experiment in the nature of humanity and race was so interesting to consider. Anderson succeeds in pointing out the hypocrisy […]

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