Foreword Reviews

Karen Rigby, Book Reviewer

Book Review

The Kindness Machine

by Karen Rigby

"The Kindness Machine" is an optimistic picture book that encourages everyday kindness in a creative manner. In Christina Dankert’s enthusiastic picture book "The Kindness Machine", an enterprising second-grade teacher shows his... Read More

Book Review

All the Lost Places

by Karen Rigby

In Amanda Dykes’s mesmerizing historical novel "All the Lost Places", a California man travels to Venice, where he confronts the mysteries around a fabled book. In 1807, Sebastien was set afloat in a canal. He was discovered by an... Read More

Book Review

The Ribbon Leaf

by Karen Rigby

In Lori Weber’s enthralling historical novel "The Ribbon Leaf", a girls’ friendship changes after Kristallnacht, though their memories still sustain them across an ocean and a decade. In 1938 in Germany, twelve-year-old Sabine is... Read More

Book Review

Never Name the Dead

by Karen Rigby

A Kiowa woman returns to her Oklahoma reservation in D. M. Rowell’s ominous novel "Never Name the Dead". Summoned home by an unusual phone call, Mud takes leave from her Silicon Valley job to meet her grandfather, James. James is a... Read More

Book Review

Aquarian Dawn

by Karen Rigby

An African teenager comes of age between countries and cultures in Ebele Chizea’s engrossing young adult novel "Aquarian Dawn". In the 1960s, Ada moves to Pennsylvania from Nabuka, a country riven by civil war and genocide. Her mother,... Read More

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