Friday, April 30, 2010


When they are children, Cameron is Jennifer's only friend. 

Jennifer is Cameron's only friend. 

Then Cameron disappears.

Jennifer's only friend.

Rumors say he died.

In high school, Jennifer is known as Jenna.

She's popular and has a boyfriend.

But she can't forget Cameron.

Then Cameron returns.

Memories they shared are opened.

Secrets are revealed.

Sara Zarr's sad yet beautiful story about family and love and loss touched my heart like few stories do. I would love to see a sequel to this book.

Monday, April 26, 2010

hush, hush

Quote of the Week: "Courage is found in unlikely places." J. R. R. Tolkien

I saw this books at the store.

The cover intrigued me.                                                 

And the title hush, hush.                                           

I couldn't resist.

Wow! Once I started reading I couldn't put it down.

Do you like mysterious guys with long, lean muscles and smiles that could be playful and seductive at the same time?

Nora Gray wasn't interested in the boys at her school. At least she wasn't until she met Patch. Something about him draws her to him, however, and she soon faces decisions that could mean life and death for Nora and her best friend.

I won't give anything away, but there is a sequel coming.

Happy Reading

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I, Alex Cross


I won this book in a contest. Mostly, I read children's and teen's books, but I do love Patterson's childrens' books and also his romance stories. This story is a page turner. Once I started reading, I found it hard to stop. Some of the scenes are too grisly for my taste, but it did hold my attention. If you like suspense and characters that you really care for, I think you'll enjoy this book. It's part of a series. I have some of the others and look forward to reading them too.

Happy Reading

Friday, April 16, 2010

How to Eat Sandwich Meat

First you pick it up with your paw.

Then you put it in your mouth.

Chew. Swallow. Yummy.

Have a good weekend, everyone.

Monday, April 12, 2010

How do you like your coffee?

With sugar? With Cream? Or other?
Did you know that what you drink tells a lot about a person?
For instance, if your coffee of choice is a small pumpkin spice latte, you're lots of fun and a bit sassy.
If you love a small decaf soy sugar-free hazelnut caffe latte, you might be considered a yuppie.
You want to know what your favorite drink says about you? Then you must read:

THE ESPRESSOLOGIST by Kristina Springer

This is a fun, sweet story about 17-year-old Jane Turner who has a theory that what a person drinks tells a lot about them. What she does with her theory will keep you laughing and turning pages, following Jane to see what happens next.  


Friday, April 9, 2010


The highways and fields are abloom with Bluebonnets. Bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas.

I took this picture last year on the service road that our road runs into, off the major highway.
Seeing the flowers reminded me of one of my favorite books.
The Legend of the Bluebonnet, an Old Tale of Texas, retold and illustrated 
by Tomie DePaola

There are many stories about the Bluebonnet and other flowers. I have a book of wildflowers, Texas Wild Flowers, by Ellen D. Schulz, copyright 1928, that tells many of these legends.
A few tiny paintbrush are beginning to bloom. They're a bit late this year. Too cold, I guess.

This photo is from a couple years ago. I have better ones, but they must be on the other computer.
As you can tell, I love flowers.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


When I was in school, I hated history. I saw no use for it. Who cared who discovered what and when? In my grown-up years I became a teacher. My first assignment was children in third grade, which meant I taught them all subjects, including a litle history. You know what, it was interesting. Surprise. My interest in the past grew when we visited Charleston, SC, a town filled with history. I also worked with my sweet second cousin, who was in her 90s, on our family genealogy. She didn't just want dates and places. She wanted the family stories. And boy did she have them. My love for history grew. Now I have a library of historical books, fiction and nonfiction. They have helped me learn more about the past. I just finished reading Under Siege! by Andrea Warren, a must read for history buffs. In the book we meet three young people who survived the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg. It also contains great era photos. The scene where Vicksburg surrenders and the way the Federal soldiers shared their food with the Confederate soldiers brought tears to my eyes. One nation, united. At great cost, however.

I had written Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines before reading this book and used some of the same sources of information that Ms. Warren used. Enjoy the read.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

GAP Family Blog Believes In Changing the World by Investing In Children One Child at a Time

To engage a child in the wonders of learning about the world through reading is an important routine a parent/guardian needs to instill in their child. By introducing the author and/or illustrator behind the creations of their favorite books it will provide a timeless connection for the child.

Visit the GAP Family Blog often and discover their latest featured interview at:

Encourage your child (or yourself) to leave comments and/or questions for the featured guest and to check back for their response. Be sure to use this terrific opportunity to have your child meet an author or illustrator they may not have the chance to meet in person.

Visit children’s author, Donna McDine on Wednesday, April 7th. She will be checking in throughout the day and evening to field your questions and/or comments.

Thank you in advance for your interest.