Category Archives: BOOK CELEBRATIONS

Hidden Figures (Young Readers’ Edition) by Margot Lee Shetterly

by Claudia Rojas The word “figure” means: the outline of a person, an important number, or as a verb, to calculate. It is a word perfectly used in Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures, which presents the narrative of several African-American

From Page to Stage or Screen: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Ronald Dahl

by Maricel Dragan Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is based on a book by British writer Ronald Dahl. The book was first published in 1964 and made it to the big screen in 1971 under the name “Willy Wonka and

From Page to Stage or Screen: ROOM by Emma Donoghue

by Andrea King Book:  This is an “amazing, knock you down, but get right up because you want to finish the story” kind of book.  Jack loves his Ma, and Ma loves Jack. In fact, Ma is Jack’s entire world.

From Page to Stage or Screen: The BFG by Roald Dahl

by Claudia Rojas Every good story imagines a world with surprises. The BFG, like many Roald Dahl tales, will have readers think twice about the existence of giants One night, Sophie wakes up from her sleep while the rest of

#31DaysOfBooks: Kathleen Burkinshaw

Kathleen Recommends: Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban I’m part of a 2016 debut author group called The Sweet Sixteens. I was lucky to read many fantastic ARCs of fellow members. One ARC, PAPER WISHES by Lois Sepahban described how a

#31DaysOfBooks: Joyce Davis

Joyce Recommends: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson I choose The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson because her deft narrative storytelling of

#31DaysOfBooks: Laura Shovan

Laura Recommends: Izzy Kline Has Butterflies by Beth Ain I love novels-in-verse because they encourage a deep connection between the reader and the narrator of the story. Izzy Kline handles changes in her family and friendships with a lot of

#31DaysOfBooks: Michele Weber Hurwitz

Michele Weber Hurwitz Recommends: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate My absolute favorite middle grade book that can and should be read by everyone. Based on real events and narrated by Ivan, a gorilla who’s been in a

#31DaysOfBooks: Sonya Mukherjee

Sonya Recommends: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio Full disclosure: I.W. Gregorio is one of my long-time critique partners. But I picked this book because of its emotional, engaging, and well-researched treatment of living with physical difference, and how

#31DaysOfBooks: Yasmin Shiraz

Yazmin Recommends: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon This book shows the co-dependency between parents and children. It also shows how young people sometimes have to be stronger than their parents and strong for their parents. Where can you find Yasmin?