Interview: Valerie Patterson author of The Other Side of Blue

Valerie Patterson’s debut novel The Other Side of Blue explores mother-daughter relationships, the death of a parent, and the struggles of growing up. In this interview we talk with Val about her characters, her writing, and the lure of young adult literature. Read more

Books We Read – August

We have been busy reading – mostly library books – but are way behind on reviewing. I expect to remedy that in the coming weeks. To help get caught up, I probably won’t publish an August edition of Books We Read. I will keep track of what we’re reading and reviewing, but there is just too much going on before school starts on August 25th to try to wedge this into the schedule, too. If you have read and reviewed one of the books, please feel free to add it to the Website; add a link in the comments here; or send me an email at thereadingtub [at] gmail [dot] com with “book review” in the title. By linking back, … Read more

Book Talk: Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon and Beyond Freedom by Patricia Q. Wall

Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon and Beyond Freedom by Patricia Q. Wall are middle grade novels that offer insightful discoveries as life as a young African American girl in the 19th and 20th Centuries. These are EXCELLENT books for upper elementary audiences and beyond. Read more