Book Reviews

2 Book Reviews & A Camping Trip

My husband and I went camping last week for three nights. It wasn’t easy, because this is the first time he’s needed to be on oxygen. It was a forest service campground without electricity. We camp with a tiny teardrop trailer which is one step above a tent. Despite the extra prep, I ended up […]

Book Club Questions for Seed Savers-Unbroken

And they are finally finished! There are now questions for each of the five Seed Savers books. Seed Savers-Unbroken, released one year ago Friday, is the final installment of the series and well worth reading–especially if you enjoy politics and social commentary in literature. A very recent review of Unbroken is here. As with Keeper, […]

Book Review of Hatchet

A few weeks ago I wrote a review of My Side of the Mountain. As I mentioned in that review, I was so underwhelmed at the beginning of reading it, that I checked out reviews on its Amazon page, most notably the minority 1 star reviews. Many of those naysayers compared it to Hatchet, saying […]

My Side of the Mountain Review…Sort Of

  As an author, I occasionally read books on writing–On Writing by Stephen King and The Glamour of Grammar (Roy Peter Clark) among my favorites. As I was rereading On Writing recently I got to the section about how we need to read all the time so I walked in the other room and grabbed […]

A Book About Youth Changing the World: Review

This series should be in high school classrooms everywhere as a literary example of Margaret Mead’s quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Okay, so I’m still excited that my book series has officially come to a conclusion […]

Seed Savers – Unbroken — Anakalian Whims

Reblogging this review of Seed Savers-Unbroken: Title: Unbroken Author: Sandra Smith https://authorssmith.com Genre: Teen/ Young Adult Length: 339 pages “Had Smith been right? Was the U.S. headed for disaster?” This line in Sandra Smith’s latest installment of the Seed Savers series made me laugh out loud. In Unbroken, Caleb Smith is a whistleblower who sent […]

A Series the Whole Family Can Enjoy

    For today’s post I’m going to step back and introduce my series for any new readers to the blog. So if you haven’t yet heard of my children/YA series, Seed Savers, here is a quick introduction: Seed Savers is set in a future where gardening is illegal and real food unknown. Three young […]

Seed Savers-Lily in the Classroom

In a previous post I explained how Seed Savers-Treasure could be used in the classroom. Today’s post will feature Seed Savers-Lily, the second book in the series and currently available in paperback and ebook. The Seed Savers series take place in a future where gardening is illegal and real food virtually unknown. It should be […]

Seed Savers-Treasure Awarded Gold

In September, Seed Savers-Treasure was awarded a gold Mom’s Choice Award. What is Mom’s Choice? Mom’s Choice Awards are not just book awards.  The Mom’s Choice Awards “evaluates products and services created for children, families and educators.” (From their website.)  I’ve seen it compared to the Good Housekeeping Seal. A Mom’s Choice Award is a […]

Review of Seed Savers-Treasure

Ohh, my publisher just sent me this review of Treasure posted on NetGalley. I don’t often repost reviews because it seems kind of braggy, but it really made my heart sing. The reviewer mentioned a lot of things I always hope people will think and say. So pardon me for reposting, but sometimes we need […]