Review: The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

Reviewed by Jennifer Langreck Do you remember believing in fairy tales or scary creatures when you were young? In Tracey Baptiste’s fantasy novel The Jumbies, Caribbean lore becomes reality. The twelve-year-old protagonist Corinne doesn’t have to believe in the creatures she hears about in the local stories, but she does have to confront them. The…

Review: Be Who You Are by Todd Parr

Reviewed by Katelyn Wright Why fit in when it’s way more fun to stand out? That’s the message that Todd Parr boldly splashes across each page in Be Who You Are, a colorful picturebook for pre-school and early elementary readers. Children of all colors, including blue, black, orange, and purple, dance through this book with…

Review: Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Reviewed by Katie Green Imagine never communicating with the people around you.  Imagine never being able to tell them you understand them.  This is the frustratingly isolated world of eleven-year-old Melody.  She is a genius with a photographic memory, but almost no one knows.  Melody has cerebral palsy, so she is unable to talk or…