Coffee Break with Padma Venkatraman

The Coffee Break Spotlight this month goes to none other than Padma Venkatraman, author of Climbing the Stairs, A Time to Dance and Island’s End. I had the pleasure of meeting her and listening to her speak at the James River Writer’s Conference in Richmond, VA this past October. She gave the welcome address and spoke on many panels,…

Book Review: Allegiant (Roth)

Allegiant Author: Veronica Roth © 2013 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Genre: YA Literature & Fiction Subgenre: Action & Adventure (Science Fiction), Social & Family Issues (Values & Virtues), Science Fiction (Dystopian) Reviewer: Sara Book received by: Purchased at retail store       Synopsis: Tris and Four return in this third and final installment of…

Book Review: Between Shades of Gray (Sepetys)

Between Shades of Gray Author: Ruta Sepetys © 2011 Publisher: SPEAK (Penguin) Genre: YA Historical Fiction Subgenre: Holocaust, Military, Europe Reviewer: Sara Book received by: Recommended and loaned to me by another busy mom! (But I will be buying my own copy!) Synopsis (Amazon blurb): “Fifteen-year-old Lina is a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life–until Soviet…

Book Review: Catching Fire (Collins)

Catching Fire Author: Suzanne Collins Publisher: Scholastic Press © 2009 Genre: Young Adult Literature Subgenre: Social & Family Issues, Science Fiction, Survival Stories Reviewer: Sara Book received by: Purchased for household     Synopsis from Amazon: “Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it…

Friday Fictioneers: Nobody Escapes

  Rain pelted Mac’s head, her shoulders. The stone building would offer some shelter from the storm, despite a crumbling roof and missing door. “Do you think anybody lives here?” Bea peered around the boulder. “No. It’s too run down.” Mac picked her way to the hut, avoiding muddy ground that might capture a footprint. She ducked inside, Bea close…