True Things (Amelia Rules): Review Haiku

Oh, my heart: hard truths,
decisions for my (second-)
favorite fifth grader.

True Things (Adults Don't Want Kids to Know) by Jimmy Gownley. Atheneum, 2010, 176 pages.


Dog Butts and Love: Review Haiku

Happy Bunny guy
is a worthy successor
to John Callahan.

Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats. by Jim Benton. NBM Publishing, 2014, 96 pages.


Cleopatra in Space: Review Haiku

Approved by fifth-grade
daughter, second-grade son, and Mom.
Rip-roaring fun!

Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice by Mike Maihack. Graphix, 2014, 176 pages.


The Case of the Missing Moonstone: Review Haiku

revisionist history
featuring kickass girls.

The Case of the Missing Moonstone (Wollstonecraft Detective Agency #1) by Jordan Stratford, illustrated by Kelly Murphy. Knopf, 2015, 240 pages.


The Penderwicks in Spring: Review Haiku

It's Spring! With Batty!
And you will cry and cry and cry.
And then rejoice,

The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall. Knopf, 2015, 352 pages.


Completely Clementine: Review Haiku

A satisfying
goodbye to one of my
favorite knuckleheads.

Completely Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee. Hyperion, 2015, 192 pages.


How It Went Down: Review Haiku

Raises tons of questions,
answers almost none -- and
does so beautifully.

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon. Holt, 2014, 352 pages.


The Honest Truth: Review Haiku

Beautiful meditation
on life, death, and friendship.
Worth all the buzz.

The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart. Scholastic, 2015, 240 pages.



Local friends! Come see my kid, all green and dwarfy! Showtimes today at 4:30, and 3/12, 3/13, and 3/14 at 7:30pm. Bedford High School auditorium.



Flatbread Benefit Night for ASP!

Friends in Bedford/Burlington/Billerica and all other B and non-B town in Massachusetts: Come to Flatbread in Bedford tomorrow night, March 10, for a Benefit Night for my church's upcoming mission trip to West Virginia with Appalachia Service Project.

Flatbread will donate $3.50 for every large pizza and $1.75 for every small pizza purchased toward our trip. Takeout and curbside pickup are available, so you don't even have to get out of the car.


Fuzzy Mud: Review Haiku

with benign intent.
Scarily plausible.

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar. Delacorte, 2015 192 pages.


Bo at Iditarod Creek: Review Haiku

It feels like Alaska
outside, so snuggle in
with Bo and the gang.

Bo at Iditarod Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Holt, 2015, 288 pages.


The End or Something Like That: Review Haiku

Missed appointments with
the afterlife force Emmy
to confront her grief.

The End or Something Like That by Ann Dee Ellis. Dial, 2014, 352 pages.