Tuesday, March 18, 2014


by Katherine Rundell

Are you looking for a kid's book full of adventure, the longing for a mother, music, and a setting you've never read about before?

I've just read this excellent book by Katherine Rundell. Unfortunately this is the only one she's published so far, but I will be waiting with bated breath for the next one.

Sophie has been raised by a guardian since the ship she was on at one year old sank. When the unconventional (but fun and loving) guardian is cited for not being the right type of guardian for a young lady, Sophie and he run off to try to find her mother, whom she is sure is still alive somewhere.

I found the book to be written in a fun, lively style with great vocabulary. It was hard to put down.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Gear Reviews

Over here we just review books, but my husband Joel has started to review outdoors gear with his friend. It's interesting to see their take on reviewing- they've just picked one item in each category to choose as "best-of", like best sock, best duffel, best camping hammock, etc.

My favorite review is about hiking socks:

Go to their facebook page here:

And tell them what you want them to review.