Book review: 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

As my heart breaks watching coverage of Hurricane Harvey pummeling Texas–and I hold my breath that its impact here in New Orleans is minimal–I can’t help but remember that today is the 12-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It’s a tense time of year for New Orleanians, especially those transplanted to places affected by the current […]

Book review: Middle Grade fantasy books with strong girls

Here’s part II of my new series reviewing speculative fiction books for kids that feature strong female characters. Last week, I introduced books for younger middle grade readers (ages 8-10). This week, it’s all about the tweens. Check back; I plan to update this list regularly, particularly with more culturally diverse authors and protagonists. Middle Grade Ages […]

Book review: Younger fantasy books with strong girls

I love a good fantasy (or speculative fiction). Transport me to another realm and I don’t wanna come back. Well, unless it’s a dystopian world. Then where we are now doesn’t look so bad. Usually. So imagine my delight in finding a batch of recent fantasy books for kids featuring strong female leads. I plan […]

Book review: The books of Marti Dumas

I recently had the pleasure of meeting author Marti Dumas in an SCBWI monthly meetup. She passed around a few of her books, and I was so besotted, I asked if I could borrow them to write up reviews–and she said yes! My kids and I particularly enjoyed the series Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest (ooo, and […]

Book review: The books of Crystal Allen

If you like character-driven, middle-grade fiction about realistic kids of color doing real things–with a lot of humor and learning-from-mistakes–check out Crystal Allen’s wonderful books. When I attended the SCBWI Houston conference, I had the pleasure of meeting Crystal and having her review my manuscript. Her advice has been incredibly helpful, and I’m hoping it’s […]