Book Reviews

Review Policy: 
    I'm a writer currently working on a couple of Middle Grade novel's. You can read my bio here.  My reviews will focus on Middle Grade books but I will do YA occasionally.  I'm an eclectic reader that is willing to try anything once. If you're an author or publisher and would like me to review a specific book you can contact me at torres dot pam3 at gmail dot com. 

My reviews tend to be geared toward my fellow writers. I am always interested in an author's experiences and like to list information about them, their publisher and their process. I provide sources for all the information about the writer I have obtained. If an author would like to have an original quote or interview, I am more than happy to accommodate.   

Disclaimer: I do not write reviews for any publication and do not accept compensation for reviewing a book. That said, you won't find any negative reviews because if I don't like the book I won't review it. Like art, literature speaks differently to each person and subjective negative opinions, I believe, only show a lack of respect for the art form and the creator.   

 Below are links to reviews I have completed on my blog:


Fairylicious by Tiffany Nicole Smith
Fever Crumb by Phillip Reeve
Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper

A Week With Fiona Wonder by Kelly Huddleston
Joy of Apex by Napatsi FolgerAlligators Overhead by C. Lee McKenzie
Destiny Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
Calvert The Raven and The Battle of Baltimore by Jonathan Scott Fuqua
Mirage by Jenn Reese 
No Ordinary Excuse by Michelle Adams 
Blud And Magick by Preston Norton 
Gabriel Stone And The Divinity Valta by Shannon Duffy
How To Steal A Dog by Barbara O'Conner
Bonyo Bonyo by Vanita Oelschlager
Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood
What Came From The Stars by Gary D. Schmidt
See You At Harry's by Jo Knowles

Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Once Upon A Toad by Heather Vogel Frederick
Pebblehoof by Jason Black
Camp Out! The Ultimate Kid's Guide by Lynn Brunelle
Animal Welcome by Peg Kehret
The Ring Of Leilani by Annie Crawford
Here Where The Sunbeams Are Green by Helen Phillips
Something To Hold by Kathrine Schlick Noe
Wildwood by Colin Meloy
Dead End In Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Zia by Scott O'dell
Millicent Marie Is Not My Name by Karen Pokras
Celtic Run by Sean Vogel
Margaret and the Moth Tree by Brit and Kari Trogen
Pale by Chris Wooding
Leisl and Po by Lauren Oliver
The Fast and The Furriest by Andy Behrens
Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby
Troll Hunters by Michael Dahl
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Railsea by China Meilville
Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
Imagine by Jonah Lehrer
Leviathan by Scott Westerfield
Fish by Gregory Mone
One Day And One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin
The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-long Shang
The Green Man by Michael Bedard
The Last Song by Eva Wiseman
The Curse of The Jade Amulet by Annie Crawford
Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Breadcrumbs by Anna Ursu
Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswanee
Eddie's War by Carol Fisher Saller
Bittersweet Summer by Anne Warren Smith
The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone
Above World by Jenn Reese
A Tinfoil Sky by Cyndi Sand-Eveland


XVI by Julia Karr
Savvy and Scumble  by Ingrid Law
Mockingbird by Katherine Erskine    
The Magic Half by Annie Barrows
Zora and Me by Victoria Bond & T.R. Simon
Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Milo Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg
Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth by Andy Hueller
Plain Kate by Erin Bow
The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. by Kate Messner
Junonia by Kevin Henkes
 The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby
 The Limit by Kristen Landon
 Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Clementine and the Family Meeting by Sara Pennypacker
The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan and Peter Sis
 Crunch by Leslie Connor


Book Of Shadows by Avi 


  1. Dear Pam,
    We are a new small press in New Hampshire and are looking for some great review bloggers for our middle grade books. I was hoping we could send you a new title of ours called "Freedom Pen". It is by a debut author from rural Virginia named Dionna Mann. The story synopsis: "Being mean ain’t in nobody’s blood. Reckon folks will argue that one until there’s no more moonshine on the mountains. But in Freedom Pen that’s what Sarah the Twerp believes. And soon she and her brother, Billy, are setting out on a courageous summertime adventure to free two pit bull pups from a violent future. Will the pups’ heroes succeed in their quest, though they’ve been penned in by a violent past themselves?"

    If you like this book we would love to consider you as a regular reviewer-- we are hoping to put out 5 books a year. Please visit our website and see if any of our other books capture your interest.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Jennifer Carson

  2. I just published my MG illustrated book: Cindercast: A tale of tides. It's About a quarter inch tall ten year old girl who has to use her wits to survive the rising tide on the beach and find her way home.

    Please let me know if you would be interested in a review copy.

    You can see some of the art here:


I would love to hear from you!

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