Happy book birthday to Rebecca Donnelly for her debut middle grade novel, How to Stage a Catastrophe. The title alone makes you want to read this book and it delivers with a fun, unique story. The book is written somewhat like a play and the main character talks directly to the reader through a bit of …

Charmed children tell no tales. Chills and thrills abound in this clever story that takes place in Scotland during World War II. When Kate Bateson is sent to Rookskill Castle with her brother and sister to avoid the air raids in London, she has no idea that this “school” for …

Mibs (short for Mississippi Beaumont) is about to turn thirteen, which is when she finally gets her unique magical power . . . a secret family savvy. This special savvy comes on suddenly and initially is difficult to control. It can even be dangerous. Mibs excitement about her upcoming birthday is cut short when a tragic incident …