Review: Slider

This is my first book by National Book Award winner, Pete Hautman, and it won’t be my last. Slider is a quirky, warm upper middle grade novel about a (sort of) regular kid named David Miller who, untrained, can eat an entire pizza in less than 5 minutes and who lives his life sandwiched between a needy, overachieving sister and an autistic little brother who the family refuses to label

2017-09-27T11:25:46+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Book Review, Fiction, Middle Grade|Comments Off on Review: Slider

Review: Einstein: His Life and Universe

Fantastically researched based on the personal letters of Einstein, Isaacson’s account of Einstein is comprehensive, meticulous in detail, and reveals the independent thinking and perspectives of the man that drove his greatness. The book is not a fast read nor does it delve into Einstein’s humanity. Mostly, the book is a chronicle of his life from childhood through old age—where he was educated, who he met, his struggles to find

2017-09-10T11:19:59+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Biography, Book Review, Science|Comments Off on Review: Einstein: His Life and Universe

Review: Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World

Wonderland is a refreshing take on a world (and people) that takes itself (themselves) entirely too seriously at times. The premise of the book is that many significant advances in society got their start in amusement—our amusement. According to the author, the book is “a history of play, a history of pastimes that human beings have concocted to amuse themselves as an escape from the daily grind of subsistence.” The

2017-09-02T18:53:54+00:00 September 2nd, 2017|Book Review, Creativity, History, Innovation, Philosophy|Comments Off on Review: Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World

Review: My Friend Maggie

No child escapes youth without some form of humiliation or ostracization—the term “mean girl” exists for a reason. And while most of us can probably share plenty of nasty stories that knock us to our knees and bring us back to our most insecure childhood moments, my most transformative “mean girl” incident as a child was not pointed at me but pointed at a friend. I was a sophomore in

2017-09-02T18:10:53+00:00 September 2nd, 2017|Book Review, Children-s, Picture Book|Comments Off on Review: My Friend Maggie