Random Review No. 2: All We Know of Heaven by Jacquelyn Mithard

Random reviews is for talking about the books that the Reading Tub has been asked to review, but aren’t probably a genre I would personally seek out. Rare is the occasion that a "chick lit" title really catches my attention. Maybe this one did because it’s based on a true story, and I tend to like books that have some basis in reality. Whatever the reason, it was a page turner. Title: All We Know of Heaven; a NovelAuthor: Jacquelyn MitchardPublisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2008Copy Type: Uncorrected Proof Audience: Read together: 10 and up; read yourself: 12 and up The first few chapters set the stage with flashbacks. We meet Maureen O’Malley and Bridget Flannery. The events of the past are … Read more

The Bookbag, Books for Ages 8 to 12, July/August 2006

We love a great chapter book, and this summer we had the chance to read a few gems. We even learned some things, historically speaking! Generally, we try to showcase the high-quality work of self-published authors and smaller houses. We must say, though, that there are some truly thought-provoking books from two of the major publishing houses in the titles we read! Abner Doubleday: Boy Baseball Pioneer, Montrew Dunham. Abner Doubleday grew up in Auburn, New York, in the 1820s and 30s. Abner, his brother Tom, and their friends spent most of their free time playing and making up all sorts of bat and ball games. Though Auburn was a small town, the boys found it to be an exciting … Read more