Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Book Review: The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt

Book Title: the summer i learned to fly

Author: Dana Reinhardt

Publish Date: July 10, 2011

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Plot (from Goodreads):  
Drew's a bit of a loner. She has a pet rat, her dead dad's Book of Lists, an encyclopedic knowledge of cheese from working at her mom's cheese shop, and a crush on Nick, the surf bum who works behind the counter. It's the summer before eighth grade and Drew's days seem like business as usual, until one night after closing time, when she meets a strange boy in the alley named Emmett Crane. Who he is, why he's there, where the cut on his cheek came from, and his bottomless knowledge of rats are all mysteries Drew will untangle as they are drawn closer together, and Drew enters into the first true friendship, and adventure, of her life.

Why I Read this Book: I checked out this book from the library.


This was a great coming of age novel about a girl who is trying to find where she fits in.  It is a clean novel, perfect for all ages.  The plot progression was a little slow, but this may have helped to build suspense.  This novel is different than a lot of contemporary novels that I have read because the main character is only 13 and Drew is a very unique contemporary character.  She strives to fit in and to survive a summer without her friends.  This is a great novel!  Perfect for a summer read!


Final Statements

Recommended Reading Age: Any Age

Overall Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Children's Book Review Tuesdays: Picture Book Being Released in July 2014

Book Title: The Good Dog

Author:  Todd Kessler

Illustrations: Jennifer Gray Olson

Publish Date: July 15, 2014

 Why I Read this Book: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes from NetGalley.  This in no way influenced my review.









Ricky Lee finds a dog in a box and brings him home.  His parents say that he can keep the dog as long as it is a good dog.  This is a great book for children who are interested in having pets.  The illustrations are great and the story is wonderful!

Final Statements

Recommended Reading Age: Any Age

Overall Rating: 4/5