City of Ghosts


After Cassidy falls into a river, she starts seeing Jacob (who no one else can see), and it turns out she had a “near death” experience that would have been a sure death experience if (already dead) Jacob hadn’t saved her.

Cassie finds out pretty quickly that she can cross back and forth through the veil. Now, this sounds scary, but it is just the right amount of creepy for a middle-grade story. We listened to it on Audible in like three days. We had to know what would happen next.

In a way, it reminds me of The Graveyard Book. Jason has a lot of rules that he has to obey, and they mystify and intrigue Cassie. Her parents are ghost hunters, and so she already knows a bit after spirits and how to quickly tell if they are real or not.

Because I love everything Victoria Schwab writes, I was thrilled to have a middle-grade book that I could read with my 13yo. Add in that it is spooky to the max and set in Scotland and it was the perfect trifecta for us. Bonus points that Cassie is a photographer and comic book fan. It’s the kind of book that I’ll buy in book form also for re-reading every October or any month for that matter.

Note to friends: Declan gives it 10 million stars. So- high praise. Use your discretion with younger kids, but teens on up will love this one.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Dreyer's English

You might be a grammar geek if you chuckle at the cover of this book. It sets the tone perfectly. What if you aren’t a grammar geek and want to improve your writing? This book works for you as well. So funny that you won’t want to skip even the footnotes. I read it cover to cover in a couple of days and can see myself referring back to it as a reference book.
The publisher says it is the new Elements With Style and I’d agree. It is more of an everyman's guide to English grammar. Even if you don’t write for school or work- you are for sure tweeting and emailing. I always tell my students that we are all writers. Being a capable writer will put you ahead in any situation.
Every writer has some bad habits, and Dreyer covers the most frequent errors in a way that makes me less cringy than just seeing all the red pen on my words. He sets the tone of a friend who may give your writing a run through with both humor and a bit of sarcasm.

Please note that I received a free advance E ARC of this book from Edelweiss without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
I am buying a copy for my library and hope to incorporate it into our homeschool high school grammar lessons.

Dreyer’s English by Benjamin Dreyer

Oskar Can

Oskar is a raven who can do all the things that your preschool kid might want to do. This story is a sweet and simple look into a little kids day. I’m pretty sure it was translated from German and I can tell you that the 3-5 year old experience is the same the world over.

I love the positive outlook of I can, versus I can’t or I won’t.

I’m keeping one copy and saving it for the next little kid that comes over.

Oskar by Britta Teckentrupp

October 18, 2018


A Good Night For Shooting Zombies

Well, you don’t see a lot of books set in South Africa- so that’s why I accepted this ARC knowing nothing else about it.


Turns out it was a great decision as this coming of age book was short, sweet and quirky. Clucky (Martin) is a math guy and he sees the world through numbers. He meets a neighbor kid named Vusi who wants to make a zombie movie and unfortunately also has Hodgkins disease. The two boys end make making the movie working through the challenges of Vusi’s reality of treatments and staying inside.

There are some heavy themes but it is solidly MG and I think that kids in grades 4-6 will enjoy this look into life in South Africa.

A Good Night For Shooting Zombies by Jaco Jacobs

Oct 11, 2018