Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter is an orphan who, unfortunately, lives with his horrid aunt, uncle, and cousin.  They have be hiding a very important secret from him.  On Dudley’s birthday at the zoo Harry gets a taste of what the secret is when the glass of a snake’s cage disappears and his cousin falls in.  After that strange letters keep appearing and this uncle […]

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

Charlotte Doyle boards a ship by the name of Seahawk against her better judgment.  She becomes friends with Captain Jaggery who is rumored to have beaten a man on the last voyage.  Charlotte becomes his spy and alerts him when she hears plans of mutiny.  The mutiny is started by none other than the man that Captain Jaggery beat on the last voyage.  Captain […]

Clueless (Movie 1995)

There’s drama at Beverly Hills High. Cher, the most popular girl in school loves her projects.  This time she may have bitten off more than she can chew.  Her grades are low and her teacher will not listen to her pleas and excuses so she decides to try to make a love connection to soften her teacher’s cold heart.  While this goes on a new girl, Tai,  enters […]

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries is not your typical princess story.   You would think that a girl might be somewhat thrilled at the idea of finding out that she is a princess, but this is not the case for Mia.   Her parents kept it from her until it became clear that her father could no longer […]

The Geography of Girlhood by Kirsten Smith

Penny is a girl that struggles with the abandonment of her mother as well as the difficulties of growing up.  Her life is further complicated by having a gorgeous sister and no looks for herself as well as an overprotective father.  Her friends don’t all get along with each other and the story starts off where sadly one is in the middle of being […]

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This classic by Louisa May Alcott is simply a must read for every little woman out there.  This Charming story is about four little women starting out in their lives.  The fun part is that the reader gets to observe them grow up, from childhood to womanhood and for some motherhood. Most of the story however revolves […]

The Queen of Cool by Cecil Castellucci

Libby Brin is The Queen of Cool but she is oh so bored with it. Her friends are jerks and she does the same things all the time.   Libby gets descent grades for not trying, imagine the grades she could get if she applied herself.   In a moment of a mental break down Libby sees a signup sheet for a winter internship at […]

My Almost Epic Summer by Adele Griffin

  My Almost Epic Summer by Adele Griffin: Irene starts out her summer by being fired from her mother’s, that’s right mother’s, hair salon.   But is immediately given a job offer of the oh so much fun job of babysitter.  Irene is not so pleased with the idea at first, but decides to take the […]

Brave (Movie 2012)

Brave: Movie 2012 (PG 93 min)  Ages 9 and up Disney movies are always fun for everyone. Merida is not your typical prim and proper princess instead she prefers to live life with a little more freedom.  This gets her into a bit of a pickle when her mother decides to have the clans send their leader’s sons to compete for […]

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral is a novel done almost entirely from pictures and images with a few chat room conversations and copies of letters and newspaper articles.  This leaves it up to the reader to put together the story.  The story starts off with a screen shot of a newscaster giving breaking news of a missing […]