Ghost Boys

Ghost Boys written by Jewell Parker Rhodes Rhodes, J.P. (2018). Ghost Boys. Little, Brown and Company.   Category: Middle-grade Contemporary Fiction Summary: Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot and killed by a white police officer while playing with a toy gun. As a ghost, he witnesses the emotional aftermath of his murder and realizes that “only theContinue reading “Ghost Boys”

Are Kids Who Hate Reading Just Reading the Wrong Books?

I was scrolling through social media recently when I came across the above meme and quote. As a mother, certified teacher, and fulltime literacy education student, I have mixed feelings about this message. On the one hand, I wholeheartedly believe in the transformative power of books. They allow us a glimpse into other people’s lives,Continue reading “Are Kids Who Hate Reading Just Reading the Wrong Books?”

The Chanel Sisters

Do you like stories that transport you to another time and place? Do you enjoy reading about bold women who challenge societal norms? If the answer is yes, then settle in for a tale of self-discovery, perseverance, and redemption.   Orphaned at a young age and left in the care of convent nuns, Gabrielle “Coco”Continue reading “The Chanel Sisters”

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage

Do you like fast-paced stories that leave you sitting on the edge of your seat? Do you enjoy fantastical tales full of secrets and suspense? If the answer is yes, then prepare to be swept away on an exciting adventure down the river Thames. Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead works at his parents’ inn in Oxford, England,Continue reading “The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage”

Why “Books and Bloom”?

For several years now, I have been wanting to start a blog. But what to call it? While not the only factor holding me back—would anyone read what I wrote? would they even want to?—I’m embarrassed to admit that the lack of a title was an admittedly convenient excuse. In truth, I was standing onContinue reading “Why “Books and Bloom”?”