Digging for Trouble – The Devlin Quick Mysteries {a review for Penguin Random House} Devlin Quick is that girl we all wish we could be like: spunky, smart, and insatiably curious. She is always up for a challenge and in this third book in the Devlin Quick Mysteries series, we find Devlin on a paleontology dig in Montana. When her friend Katie finds a rare dinosaur on the dig, the two girls end up in the middle of an adventure that leads them back to Manhattan and eventually to discover the identity of a thief. Ever wonder what it would be like to be aRead More →

characters in crisis

Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis from Writing with Sharon Watson– a Homeschool Review Crew review I was very happy and relieved to have the opportunity to review Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis from Writing with Sharon Watson, the second in a series by Sharon Watson as evaluating literature and story structure has always been my weakest area. This year-long literature course is focused on the characters in great stories who are in trouble. Sharon Watson will help your children explore how an author forms tension in a story using the characters as a vehicle to creating compelling literature. While this is the second course inRead More →

Fire Road

Fire Road by Kim Phuc Phan Thi { a review for Tyndale House Publishers } This is a fantastic book. Growing up in the 1970’s I remember seeing the picture of Kim Phuc as a child. The horror of that moment, however, was lost on me at the time. By the time I was old enough to understand Kim Phuc’s plight better, I had seen the photo so many times that it’s impact was not as great as it should have been. I knew many Vietnamese refugees growing up in school and in our community. I had read about the Vietnam War and understood the factsRead More →

Hinds' Feet on High Places

Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard {a review] Hinds’ Feet on High Places is a beautifully told allegory of the acceptance and recognition of God’s love in spite of the trials and hardships we undergo in life. It is a modern-day Pilgrim’s Progress based upon the Song of Songs. The story begins with Much Afraid who is stuck in the valley with her family, the Fearfuls, and betrothed to an evil cousin. Her fear overwhelms her ability to direct the course of her life and reach the High Places, until she spends enough time with the Shepherd. “The Lord God is my strength,Read More →

The War I Finally Won

The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley {a review for Penguin Random House} Ada is a young girl who starts life in horrible circumstances with an abusive mother and caring for her little brother. She is lame, due to a club foot, but at the start of this second volume in the series, Ada gets that operation which will fix her foot and allow her to walk. The kindly woman, Susan, who has taken Ada and her brother in as part of the government plan to evacuate children from London during the bombing raids of World War II, has her work cut outRead More →

Where We Belong

Where We Belong by Lynn Austin { A Review } Where We Belong is a fantastic tale of two girls coming of age in and around the time of the U.S. Civil War and reconstruction. The Story Rebecca and her sister Flora, along with their widower father, take a trip to France to satisfy their love of travel and adventure. While there, they meet Mrs. Worthington who will change their lives. . . By 1890, the now young ladies finally begin their own solo adventure in Egypt as they continue their quest to discover where they belong. As always, their thirst for adventure is temperedRead More →

B is for Books

Welcome back to Blogging Through the Alphabet! We are on week 2, and that means the letter B. . . . . .join my two wonderful co-hosts ( Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool and DaLynn @ Biblical Womanhood) and me as we blog together through the alphabet (Link Up is below) Now, let’s consider ‘B’. . . B is for so many things, but the one topic that keeps popping out for me is Books. I love books. I enjoy finding new ones for my children, I relish discovering a new series for myself, I even love rearranging them on the shelves. When I was inRead More →

A Review of “SMOOT the Rebellious Shadow” & “The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole” by Michelle Cuevas ​I was recently given the opportunity to review SMOOT – A Rebellious Shadow, and The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas. These two wonderful books are my first introduction to the author, Michelle Cuevas, but now that I know her writing I will be tracking down all her other books. These Books Turn Shadows & Darkness Into Comforting Places Both books are absolutely beautiful. Michelle Cuevas has a gift for turning shadows and darkness into not-so-dark and comforting places. ChildrenRead More →