Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate


Crenshaw is a cat. He’s large, he’s outspoken, and he’s imaginary. He has come back into Jackson’s life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Crenshaw is 9 year old Jackson’s imaginary friend. Jackson is too old for imaginary friends, and yet, Crenshaw is there to help him through the possibility of becoming homeless again. Reality is difficult which is why Crenshaw the cat is with Jackson to help him through these troubling times.  This book does a phenomenal job of being engaging and fun despite material that could so-easily delve into dark and disturbing.  Uncertainties frighten and anger Jackson. He prides himself on his scientist-like thinking, and that’s what he wants to be when he grows up–a scientist. But, like most kids in a family with some serious problems, he has limited time to think about his future. His dad was once a successful construction worker who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and could only take part-time jobs after that time. His mother was once a middle-school music teacher, until her job was eliminated, and she then started working up to three part-time jobs at a time. Unfortunately, all that part-time work never seemed to add up to full-time wages, and, once again, Jackson’s family was looking at the possibility of having to live in their van. Narrated in first person by Jackson, “Crenshaw” is an extremely personal and very realistic story. Chapters are short and easy to read. Language is appropriate for the target age group – 8 to 12-years old – and some of the situations involving Jackson’s family may be relatable to those children. The aspects of this novel that may be personally unfamiliar to many of those young readers involve the situations involving homelessness, job loss, and chronic, debilitating illness.  Wonderful writing with a powerful message!

Priscilla Willa, Party Planner By Michelle McCormick


Mom comes out about 15 minutes later holding a plate of cupcakes in one hand and a pint of melted ice cream in the other.  “Mom,” I say firmly, “don’t take this the wrong way. You’re fired.”

Series: Priscilla Willa, Party Planner (Book #1)

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I would first like to thank local author, Michelle McCormick for sharing her wonderful books with me!

Meet Priscilla, a 10 year old girl with a lot of spunk!  It’s her birthday and everything is turning into a disaster.  The party her mother has planned for her is everything but exciting and leaves all of her guest out on the front lawn.  Priscilla decides to take matters into her own hands and fires her mother from ever planning another birthday for her.  This triggers a thought, why not just plan her own party BUT become a party planner for others!  And so begins, Priscilla Willa, Party Planner, LLC along with the help of her best friend and cousin.  Priscilla gets her first call to plan a party.  She is thrilled!  Her first client is anything but human, he’s a DOG!  Her and her friends think they can handle anything a client throws at them, seriously, nothing bad can happen when your planning a party for a dog and his friends right?

Jump into this fun, business savvy story and learn what it’s all about to be a 10 year old party planner and the excitement that comes along with it!  I enjoyed this book to the max.  It had me giggling because I have two dogs of my own and I couldn’t imagine throwing them a birthday party, but Priscilla shows us that she is one tough gal and her quick thinking may just save the party and she is sure all of the guest will go home happy!  This is a great book for children 2nd-4th graders.  I’m excited to find out what Priscilla has in store for me in the next installment of the series, “Night at the Haunted Hotel”!

Nora’s Ark By Eileen Spinelli: Download a FREE copy!





The weatherman predicted rain.So Nora built an ark.Just like Noah.Well….Not just like Noah.

Noah welcomed a host of animals two-by-two. Nora’s passenger list includes two backyard spiders, a pair of battery-operated monkeys, and a couple of unimpressed cats. Nora also employs her little brother, some dusty wooden boxes, and a sizeable dose of contagious imagination in her distinctive re-creation of the timeless story.

Charming and inventive, Nora’s big voyage, and its stirring conclusion, provide entertainment and inspiration for readers of all ages.

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