Youth Books of all ages

Check these Youth books out.  All of them are magical!  The more you read the more you grow!  I encourage children to read these books.  Perhaps if you do have children, read along with them or have them read to you!  It  is the best.


Speed of Life
by Carol Weston
(Youth 6
th grade and up)
Sofia lost her mother eight months ago, and her friends were 100% there for her. Now it’s a new year and they’re ready for Sofia to move on.

Problem is, Sofia can’t bounce back, can’t recharge like a cellphone. She decides to write Dear Kate, an advice columnist for Fifteen Magazine, and is surprised to receive a fast reply. Soon the two are exchanging emails, and Sofia opens up and spills all, including a few worries that are totally embarrassing. Turns out even advice columnists don’t have all the answers, and one day Sofia learns a secret that flips her world upside down.

SPEED OF LIFE is the heartbreaking, heartwarming story of a girl who thinks her life is over when really it’s just beginning. It’s a novel about love, family, grief, and growing up.


Sticks and Stones
by Abby Cooper
(Youth 5
th grade and up)

Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper is a feel-good middle grade debut with just a dash of magic…

Ever since she was a baby, the words people use to describe Elyse have instantly appeared on her arms and legs. At first it was just “cute” and “adorable,” but as she’s gotten older and kids have gotten meaner, words like “loser” and “pathetic” appear, and those words bubble up and itch. And then there are words like “interesting,” which she’s not really sure how to feel about.

Now, at age twelve, she’s starting middle school, and just when her friends who used to accept and protect her are drifting away, she receives an anonymous note saying “I know who you are, and I know what you’re dealing with. I want to help.” As Elyse works to solve the mystery of who is sending her these notes, she also finds new ways to accept who she is and to become her best self.


Mark of the Thief (Mark of the Thief #1)
by Jennifer A. Nielsen
(Youth 6
th grade and up)

When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods — magic some Romans would kill for.

Now, with the deadly power of the bulla pulsing through his veins, Nic is determined to become free. But instead, he finds himself at the center of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War, a battle to destroy Rome from within. Traitors and spies lurk at every turn, each more desperate than the next to use Nic’s newfound powers for their own dark purposes.

In a quest to stop the rebellion, save Rome, and secure his own freedom, Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire’s most powerful and savage leaders.


Ghost Attack (Monster Itch #1)
by David Lubar (Youth)

When Alex and his cousin Sarah are visiting their grandparents, Alex gets terrible red, itchy hives. Yikes! He’s allergic to a ghost! Even worse, the ghost won’t leave him alone — he wants Alex and Sarah’s help. Can they solve the ghost’s mystery and get rid of Alex’s awful rash before it ruins everything?



Build It!
Jennifer Kemmeter

This series of visually rich instruction books for Lego® creations is perfect for children ages 5 and up. Inside you’ll find a range of creative models to put together–from animals to airplanes, street scenes to seascapes and much more, created using the Lego® Classic set 10693, or bricks you already have at home. Each book in this interactive series contains 3-5 “dioramas” featuring a diverse range of models. Full color, step-by-step diagrams guide you through the process, enhancing the fun.


Judy Moody and Friends: Triple Pet Trouble  
Megan McDonald

Dr. Judy knows a sick pet when she sees one, and Jaws the Venus flytrap is for-sure sick. Time for some urgent care and first aid! Judy Moody, pet vet, will never rest in her efforts to nurse Jaws back to health. In her quest for a medical miracle, Judy finds herself wrangling an unruly toad and seeking help from Mouse, the mind-reading cat. Nothing will stand in the way of Judy’s search for a cure. Not even the fearsome Carnivoria vampira! From Megan McDonald comes this selection of three mini-stories just right for luring young readers into the Moody universe.


Another thought…

And so tonight: another lovely lady had pass away. Debbie Reynolds.  She was Carrie Fisher’s mom and from my understanding it sounded like she could not leave her daughter.  Perhaps it was too much for her.  Perhaps fate needed her to go with her daughter.  Who knows..but I hope they are both at peace and watching us all from above.

I remember seeing Debbie Reynolds in Singing in the Rain and thought it the most epic film ever.  Of course this was in back in the days of junior high school.  I believe our music teacher showed us certain musicals and it was amazing.  All the dance, music, lyrics and costumes that were put in place to put on these amazing movies or stories was awesome.

The world of Twitter has been outpouring of love towards Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.  It’s heartbreaking and you can feel the love.   I hope Carrie’s daughter can get through this.  I wish the best to the entire family through this tough time.


I saw this little book at my work.  Anyone fall into this category?

I think I have had a few moments of being a Fangirl!  I’d say that would gear towards Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan fiction that I read years ago but it was not to the extreme. I never really wrote fan fiction.  I much prefer writing my own stories.

There are some  actors/actresses/writers that I totally think are cool but I know they are people!  A few moments of Fangirling for me is:  when Corey Feldman liked a tweet of mine, one of the Property Brothers answered my question, JD Scott answered my question on Facebook Live Chat, a few authors replied to me and I think Justin Hartley replied to one of my tweets two years ago.   Social media is cool and it’s nice to see  people interact with others. I know that even though they are famous, they are people.  They have feelings, they do cool stuff and they are doing the best they can too!   One must remember not to get upset if that person doesn’t answer your question or what not.  If you got a question in, great but remember let others have a chance too!

Everyone fangirls over something!

Check the information on the book below and see if you may pick it up to read.


You’d probably know a “fangirl” when you see one, but the majority stay relatively closeted due to the stigma of being obsessed with fictional characters. However, these obsessions are sometimes the fangirl’s solutions for managing stress, anxiety, and even low self-esteem. Fangirling is often branded as behavior young women should outgrow and replace with more adult concerns. Written by a proud fangirl,The Fangirl Life is a witty testament to the belief that honoring your imagination can be congruous with good mental health, and it’s a guide to teach fangirls how to put their passion to use in their own lives.

The Fangirl Life encourages you to use an obsession not as a distraction from the anxieties of life, but rather as a test lab for your own life story:

How can a character girl crush be useful instead of a waste of time?
How can writing fan fiction be a launching point for greater endeavors?
How do you avoid the myths that fictional romance perpetuates?

By showing you how to translate obsession into personal accomplishment while affirming the quirky, endearing qualities of your fangirl nature, The Fangirl Life will help you become your own ultimate fangirl.


Long time coming…

So I decided to to mix the blog up with thoughts other than just books. I figured it was time to do this. I used to blog tons back in the day on live journal but that was when I was single and in college. Times have changed.

So the topic I”m hitting up is Toys! What was your favorite toy when you were a kid?

My response to this question would have been my Care Bear and two Barbies I had. (Yes I still have them safely tucked away and no you can’t have them!) I would play with them for hours. Imagination would kick in. Of course I had two brothers, so Legos were introduced! I would set up shops for my brothers to find certain parts they could use. Now this was back in the 1980s, they didn’t have pink Legos as they do now! (Which is so cool!) We did have Ninetendo but that was more my brothers type of thing. Every time I played Super Mario Brother’s, I died. I kept dying. I could never get past a certain level and I never knew of the secret shortcuts until much later.

Atari still rocks! I used to love to play the game Frogger, Pac-Man Q-Bert and Space Invaders.

Some other things that I used quite a bit was playing outside (shooting hoops, catch, hide/seek, games) and my bike.

Now this day and age, since I’m a mom to two boys. I can handle the jig of playing with boy toys. Cars, superheroes, bikes, catch, Lego superheroes and so on. Toys have evolved but what I noticed when we first start off with toys is that the classic ones seem to work the best. Blocks! Little People! Playing house (dishes/fake fruits & vegetables)! Those spark imagination and play in children. I did play with those items listed up above when I was a little child.

Little People

And one funny thing I’ve noticed, a kid could have many toys to play with but then ends up playing with your red spatula instead. Of all the things to play with! You can see the imagination coming alive. For instance, about a day ago, I was going to recycle of a box that held lunch baggies. My child #2 ask me to save it. I asked why. Child #2 said that it wanted it for the dog. The box got turned into a dog house. Imagination!

So take a moment to think about how toys played a part in your lives. If you do have children, think about how they play with their toys. I still use my imagination when I’m on the floor building with Legos, using superheroes figures, storytelling, building forts or even making car ramps out of cardboard boxes! Toys rule.