Book review: The Courage Test, by James Preller

Preller, James. The Courage Test. Feiwell and Friends, 2016. 212 pgs. $16.99. ISBN: 978-1-250-09391-2. Gr. 4+. P7 Q8

William Meriweather Miller, what a name–all due to his professor father who loves anything to do with the Lewis and Clark Expedition. William has plans for the summer, playing on the all-star baseball team. His mother and father are divorcing and his mother wants him to spend time with his dad. William, does not want to go on a road trip that follows the Lewis and Clark Trail, he wants to play baseball. Loaded with his essentials, phone, computer and his  iPod they start out. William is on a journey of growing up and coming to terms with himself, his father and a family crisis.

Verdict: This book would be a great read aloud to students who are studying the Lewis and Clark Trail.

April 2017 review by Carol Bernardi.


Book review: Julia and the Art of Practical Travel, by Lesley M. M. Blume

Blume, Lesley M. M. Julia and the art of practical travel. Alfred A Knopf, 2015. 178 pgs. $16.99. ISBN: 978-0-385-75282-4. Gr.6+. P7 Q7

Blume Julia Art Practical TravelIn 1960, Julia is 12 yeas old the year that her grandmother dies and her family home is sold to pay off the debt that is owed. Julia and her Aunt Constance are able to keep only the few heirlooms that fit in their car and they move to live with the lady who bought their house. Julia wants to find her mother, a hippie who left her years ago with her grandmother. Using her Brownie camera Julia documents their travels across America as they search for her mom. Julia finds that a parent is not always the one who gives birth to you.

September 2015 review by Carol Bernardi.

Book review: Are We There, Yeti?, by Ashlyn Anstee

Anstee, Ashlyn. Are We There, Yeti? Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015. ISBN 978-1-4814-3089-0. 35 pgs. Ages 2-4. P8/Q7

Anstee Are We There YetiI thought there was a mistake with the title of the story – I thought it should be Are We There Yet – but it is Yeti.  This is a funny story about a Yeti (a big white monster).  The funny thing is the Yeti is the bus driver for all the children.  They keep asking him are we there yet? The children keep asking are we there Yeti?  In the end we find out he is taking them to the mountains to visit the little yetis  and they all end up playing in the snow together.  This will be  fun story to read to children who are going on a trip, but they may start saying are we there yeti?

October 2015 review by Melinda Dye.