I have an grown son who is a big fan of online gaming, especially World of Warcraft and a preteen daughter who loves Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, and most Disney and Nickelodeon shows. We like to read manga, watch anime, play video games, and swim when the Ohio weather cooperates with us. We are currently obsessed with The Hunger Games: books and movie!

  • Books
    Pink Smog by Francesca Lia Block – Review

    Weetzie Bat doesn’t fit in.  She never has, but that isn’t a problem.  She is creative, clever, and smart, with wicked cool friends who don’t fit in, either.  Twenty-three years ago, she appeared when writer Francesca Lia Block published Weetzie Bat, and now, she has offered an explanation of how Weetzie Bat came...

  • Comics
    Dengeki Daisy by Kyousuke Motomi

    Orphaned scholarship student Teru is bullied by the rich kid student council members at her school and while she has friends, she feels alone in the world.  When her older brother lay dying, he gave her a cell phone and told her that if she ever needed help, ‘Daisy’ could be contacted through...

  • Books
    Snow in Summer by Jane Yolen

    Jane Yolen is famous for her fairy tale retellings, so you can be sure that any book you find with her name on it will be great.  Snow in Summer is no exception.  Snow in Summer, or Summer, as she is called, is a beautiful and happy child with loving parents and...

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    Alias Dragonfly by Jane Singer – Review

    Maddie is just a kid, or so her father thinks.  What can a motherless fifteen year old girl during the American Civil War do when her father becomes a soldier and leaves her with her aunt in Washington City, where North and South meet and neighbors are enemies?  Maddie finds plenty to...

  • Books
    Reborn by Akira Amano – Review

    Tsuna skips school at his junior high so much that his grades are awful, so his mother hires a tutor to help bring his grades up.  Reborn isn’t just any tutor; this strange tiny boy is actually an assassin who wants to make Tsuna into a mafia boss, and he is going to live with...

  • Books
    Orlando in December – Discovery Cove, Universal Studios Florida, Universal Islands of Adventure, and Nickelodeon Suites Hotel

    Orlando in the beginning of December is just right; the crowds are small, if any, and the weather is warm but not stifling hot, so a dip in the hotel pool is fine in the heat of the day but the evening is made of cool breezes and walks in the bright...

  • Books
    The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler – review

    What if you could see into your future and didn’t like what you saw?  Would you try to change it – and would you even know how? Josh and Emma, high school pals in the year 1996, have been having difficulty with their longstanding friendship since Josh tried to kiss Emma months...

  • Comics
    The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen and Rebecca Guay

    The cover of this wonderful fairy tale graphic novel says it all – even in a soft, sweet world with beautiful maidens, danger lurks.  Residents of a quiet island believe that the man-eating dragons that once tormented their homeland have been extinct for 200 years, but one dragon egg has been carefully...

  • Books
    Bless this Mouse by Lois Lowry and Eric Rohmann

    Being a mouse mistress is a difficult job, and Hildegarde, who holds the position at St. Bartholemew’s church, has her hands full with the 199 mice she watches over.  Some are friendly and cooperative, but others, like Lucretia, who wants the job herself, make her work harder.  The church offers a variety...

  • Comics
    Mameshiba On the Loose! by James Turner, Jorge Monlongo, and Gemma Correll

    Mameshiba are finally here!  After catching glimpses of these cute and colorful bean dogs from Japan on the Internet for months, American readers can see these adorable and funny characters in action in this month’s English release, Mameshiba on the Loose! There’s nothing these tiny and imaginative adventurers won’t do, from exploring space to...

  • Books
    Emily Windsnap and the Siren’s Secret by Liz Kessler – Review

    Emily Windsnap is no ordinary girl.  Sure, she has problems with her parents and often has to deal with a mean girl at school, but neither of those troubles makes her any different from other girls.  What makes Emily’s adventures exciting to follow is her ability to change into a mermaid when...

  • Books
    Instructions by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess – Review

    Neil Gaiman writes books for everyone; even his children’s books are appealing to adults.  This is one of them.  He walks us through a fairy tale adventure that is short but important because it teaches how to get along in the world by treating others like we would want to be treated...

  • Books
    It’s Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder – Review

    Twelve year old Isabel is tired of living in her small town in Oregon.  She wants to travel and try new things, but her mom is afraid of failure and never follows through with anything she does.  Her mom does like to bake, and decides to open a cupcake shop with Isabel...

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