I won this book from the Literaticat (AKA Jennifer Laughran), So that was cool. Who doesn't love getting a new free book in the mail? I do, and my sagging bookshelves prove it. 

This story and the artwork is enchanting. It left me hoping that book 2 won't be far behind.  A brief synopsis:

Abbie is alone, traveling through what looks like a Star Wars landscape, in hopes of reaching a mountain range to scatter her mother’s ashes. She gets to the village of Little Marigold, where a boy named Jaime finds her and his family takes her in to care for her wounds. Abbie and Jaime are quick to become friends as they learn more about each other. Rogues, who bully the residents and demand gifts from them, frequently visit Little Marigold. Abbie must decide if she wants to release her hidden power to help the people who kindly healed her in a time of need, or sit back and watch them get hurt. 

The best part? a graphic novel with a deaf, non-white, female main character who doesn't need some guy to save her.

Verdict- Buy

M.F.K. By Nilah Magruder


Jennifer Naughton

I'm a lifelong bibliophile who happens to love children's books and who should have become a librarian. Instead I horde books in case of apocalypse or the enactment of a Fahrenheit 451 type law. My five kids accept my addiction and have learned to accept books in odd places.

The Tea Dragon Society


I snagged this gem at ALA, and it got stuck at the bottom of my TBR pile somehow. I love a good finding your people book. That added to a message of honor the old ways made this a hit for me.

Greta, a little girl learning the art of blacksmithing finds a tea dragon, as she took him back to his owner, she discovers that caring for tea dragons is a job! Tea dragons are adorable and who doesn't love tea? All the illustrations are beautiful and just draw you into the story. It couldn't have been more charming and I loved it.

Verdict- Buy

The Tea Dragon Society By Katie O'Neil

Swing it, Sunny

I was charmed by the 1970's setting. So much of each panel was like looking into my childhood. I've become a big fan of the graphic novel. 

Set in the 1976-77 school year, Sunny is starting middle school after spending a summer with Gramps (in “Sunny Side Up”). Sunny's big brother Dale goes to military boarding school after getting into trouble with drugs. Sunny and her parents are worried about him and unsure if they are doing the right thing. I liked that Sunny knows her parents are feeling as lost as she is.

I thought the honest, straight forward tone was perfect. Sunny goes on living her middle school life all the while trying to understand what if anything she can do to help her brother Dale. The situation is real without being depressing. You can read this as a stand alone, but I always prefer reading books in order so you may want to check out Sunny Side Up first.

Swing It, Sunny By Jennifer Holm September 12, 2017

My favorite panel:

Lucy & Andy Neanderthal

We checked this book out from the Chicago Public Library for our first week of school. (of course, now we're buying it because I still don't like reading graphic novels on my screen.) Also, don't you love that Amazon has a category called Children's pre history fiction?  This graphic novel tells the tale of Lucy and Andy and their hijinks all while staying basically historically accurate.

Homeschool note: We're using Oak Meadow 6th grade Ancient History and week one covers this period. (It will take us longer than a week, and I may even stretch this course into two years) As usual, no boxed curriculum works for us as written. We're too academic just to use OM and not academic enough to use whatever hard history is out there. I like to add some sprinkles on top of our book learning and in the spirit of planning I've plotted out each week. The sprinkles are fun/on topic activities like funny books and movies. I've got a Pinterest Board started if you are interested.

Overall, we laughed a lot reading this, and it did reinforce what we read in our Oak Meadow materials. We are both looking forward to the next installment. 

Lucy & Andy Neanderthal By Jeffrey Brown Also coming in August Lucy & Andy Neanderthal: The Stone Cold Age