Book review: We Fought Back: Teen Resisters of the Holocaust

After this weekend’s horrific events in Charlottesville, I thought I’d share a nonfiction YA book about Jewish teenagers who escaped death marches, labor camps, and ghettos to fight Nazis. This collection of seven individual stories, based on author Allan Zullo’s interviews with each participant, highlights eastern European partisans who “wreaked havoc on the Nazis through […]

Book review: Saints and Misfits

There are three kinds of people in 15-year-old Janna Yusuf’s life: saints, misfits, and monsters. Saints make the world a better place, like Janna’s elder-care charge, Mr. Ram, and her too-good-to-be-true prospective sister-in-law Sarah Mahmoud. They can be a little intimidating. Misfits are people like Janna. Whether she wears her burkini at the beach with […]

Welcome to my new website!

Ta-da! via GIPHY I’m so excited to share my new website! I’ve uploaded posts from my Ginny’s Tonic blog here, so there are lots of book reviews, writer resources, peeks into works in progress, links to published writing, yoga videos I like, and more. Big thanks to my husband for helping me with the backend […]

Summertime, and the living is busy!

With school-age kids in the house, summertime is pretty active around here. We took a trip to Wisconsin to visit family and friends, which was amazing. Lazy summer? Ha!   After all the boating, tubing, skiing, fishing, kayaking, swimming, potlucking, partying, bonfiring, and belly-laughing, I could use a vacation.  One of these days, I’ll get […]

Resources for grief

I  recently received devastating news about beloved friends and community members. My heart is broken for the family and friends he left behind, my own included. Because I was at such a loss to express my grief, and to explain to my own children what happened, I pulled together a few resources that I found […]