Bruce's Big Move, by Ryan T. Higgins!




I have a special place in my heart for Mother Bruce, by Ryan T. Higgins.  This summer one of my chickens was determined to become a mother.   We couldn't coax her to leave her eggs for weeks. Our lack of a rooster and the impossibility of those eggs actually hatching didn't concern her.  

Finally, we bought two chicks, and snuck them underneath her at night.  In the morning, she awoke to the babies she had been waiting for!  She has happily adopted, protected, and mothered them ever since. In Mother Bruce, a curmudgeonly bear adopts four goslings in a similarly endearing way.  


The second in the seriesHotel Bruce, shows how just when things can't get any worse, they do! Not only must Bruce raise goslings, but a fox, a possum and three mice also move in! Grumpy Bruce doesn't like this one bit!  The chaos is funny and makes us relate to and love Bruce despite his surliness. 

Bruce's Big Move, is the perfect third installment of the series. Bruce shows what he's willing to do for some peace and quiet alone with his four goslings! But three mice live with them and no matter what he does, they won't leave. In fact, they always mistake the words: "GET OUT!" for a friendly suggestion that they play outside! When Bruce moves to a new house, the goslings are unhappy. Bruce does everything he can to cheer them up--but only the return of the mice can do that! 


Bruce's gruff exterior hides a soft heart and the fact that the mice understand who he really is, makes this book charming and re-readable. The bright and expressive illustrations create compelling page turns. The humor makes kids and adults laugh and discuss issues of younger siblings, messes, and what it means to be a family. I highly recommend this book for readers of all ages!


*I received a copy of this book from Disney Hyperion in exchange for an honest review.

Review of Twelve Days in May; Freedom Ride 1961 by Larry Dane Brimmner

I just watched the documentary, I'M NOT YOUR NEGRO and this book was the perfect companion to that powerful movie about racial discrimination. 

Twelve Days in May; Freedom Ride 1961, by Larry Dane Brimner, beautifully describes the events of the 1961 Freedom ride. Filled with real pictures and real facts, the story is interspersed with words that are larger and emphasized. 


INTEGRATION. 
JAIL. NO BAIL. 
KEEP THE RACES APART. 
KEEP THEM SEPARATE. 




This book has shorter chapters to keep middle graders interested and engaged. I learned so much about the Freedom Ride. This is an important book for readers of all ages. 

7 Reasons Why You Should Read CLICK'D by Tamara Ireland Stone


1. Tamara Ireland Stone writes beautifully. Her book, Every Last Word, is one of my all time favorites. Brimming with poetry and honest emotion and insight into the mind of a teen who suffers from anxiety, Every Last Word proves the hurting and healing power of every last word.  Today, I'm thrilled to wish Click'd  a happy book birthday

2. Click'd's premise is incredibly fun. Allie's 7th grade year starts out with a bang when everyone loves the ap she programmed, and it goes viral.  When a glitch threatens to ruin her friendships and her ability to compete in the upcoming Games for Good competition, the stakes are high. And Allie may have to find help from her nemesis in order to compete and fix the problem with her code. 

3. This book empowers and encourages girls to pursue computer science and coding.  Allie is a strong, smart girl who excels at coding.  The book includes backmatter on educational resources for Code.org.  

4. Click'd is fast paced, compelling and heart-warming. Tamara manages to combine the angst and insecurities of middle school with an intriguing plot and buckets of hope. 

5.  The characters in this book are engaging and relatable. Allie's interactions with her parents are spot-on; she doesn't want to tell them when things go wrong. Her interactions with her teacher are realistic and the peer relationships feel authentic. I especially love how Allie matures and realizes what's really important by the end of the story. 

6. Click'd explores the importance of friendship and forgiveness.  

7.  This book evokes discussion about how and when we use social media in our lives. Click'd helps us realize the powerful impact of social media.  It gets us thinking about the positive and negative affects of using screens vs. real in person interactions. 

Click'd defintiely clicked with me.  This is a story you won't want to miss.