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DoubtLess – Because Faith is Hard – Shelby Abbott

DoubtLess does a phenomenal job of addressing the issue of doubt when it comes to faith.  It specifically hones in on the difference between doubt and unbelief.  Written to target college student and other young adults, this text is encouraging and empowering.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by New Growth Press, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

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Shelby Abbott
New Growth Press
August 17, 2020

Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants (The Questioneers) – Andrea Beaty

As a follow up to her fantastic STEAM based picture books, Andrea Beaty has created a series of chapter books that feature familiar characters like Rosie Revere, Ada Twist, and Iggy Peck as “the questioners”.  Utilizing questioning methods that scientists use to further their understanding and solve problems, “the questioners” are a terrific blend of science and fun.

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Andrea Beaty
Amulet Books

"When Rosie Revere's Uncle Ned gets a little carried away wearing his famous helium pants, it's up to Ada and friends to chase him down. As Uncle Ned floats farther and farther away, Ada starts asking lots of questions: How high can a balloon float? Is it possible for Uncle Ned to float into outer space? And what's the best plan for getting him down?"--

Day of Remembrance

Way Back Wednesday ~ Iggy Peck, Architect – Andrea Beaty

This review was originally posted on February 1, 2010.

Creativity and self expression are celebrated in Iggy Peck, Architect.  Iggy Peck is a little boy who loves to build.  Part of the charm of his creations lies in the nontraditional building supplies he often utilizes.  When he reaches the second grade trouble strikes.  His spirit appears as though it will be broken as a result of his teacher who does not see a place for building in second grade.

A class trip quickly changes the view of his teacher Miss Lila Greer.  After the unexpected collapse of a bridge Iggy Peck is able to rally his classmates and build another which allows the class and Miss Greer to cross back over the stream and get back to school.  After the rescue, the importance of encouraging Iggy as well as the other students in class is recognized and Iggy become a weekly guest speaker who extols the merits of building.

Engaging pictures and clever use of rhyme makes this one a favorite!

Iggy Peck, Architect Book Cover Iggy Peck, Architect
Andrea Beaty
Juvenile Fiction
Abrams Books for Young Readers

Happy Labor Day!

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Hope you are having a relaxing day!

Outside in – Deborah Underwood

Outside in is a very special book that reminds readers that very little separates us from the outside.  It is a fantastic celebration of the beauty and wonder of the outdoors.  Magnificent illustrations enhance the beautiful, rhythmic text.  This one is a new favorite!

Outside In Book Cover Outside In
Deborah Underwood
HMH Books For Young Readers

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements for Good Cooking – Samin Nosrat

The predecessor to the successful Netflix program of the same name, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat is part cooking textbook and part recipe book.  Written in an easy to understand conversational manner, novice cooks will feel well guided, and experienced cooks will learn tips and tricks to raise the bar on their culinary creations.  This one is a winner!

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Samin Nosrat
Simon and Schuster
April 25, 2017

Way Back Wednesday ~ A Place for Pluto – Stef Wade

We loved A Place for Pluto!  This highly engaging book details Pluto’s shock and dismay when he is stripped of his planet status and his subsequent attempts to find where he might fit within the universe.  Scientifically sound, funny, and encouraging, A Place for Pluto is a winner.




Blaze of Light: The Inspiring True Story of Green Beret Medic Gary Beikirch, Medal of Honor Recipient

Blaze of Light is quite outside of the types of books I usually read, but I am so glad I read it.  This amazing true story is incredibly powerful and inspiring.  Gary Beikirch is truly an American hero both on the battlefield and in life.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

Blaze of Light: The Inspiring True Story of Green Beret Medic Gary Beikirch, Medal of Honor Recipient by [Marcus Brotherton]


I Wish You More – Ann Krouse Rosenthal

I Wish You More is a delightful book filled with wishes for the future.  It is a great text to use at the end of the year with students, but it is also a great option that can be used at the beginning of the year as you discuss classroom expectations and goals for the school year and beyond with learners of varying ages.

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Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Juvenile Fiction
Chronicle Books
March 31, 2015