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Review of Clever Carmel by Henrietta Nwagwu-Rochford and Author Interview

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"Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going."-Rita Mae Brown
I  first want to tell the Author Henrietta Nwagwu-Rochford and her husband Carl Rochford thank you for giving me the opportunity to review Clever Carmel. This is my first time reviewing a book and interviewing an author outside of the United States, I am honored. When I first saw the cover of Clever Carmel, I was captivated by the little girl on the cover standing in the front of her parents. It shows Carmel embracing her identity and her love for football (soccer). One thing that Miss T’s Book Room tries to accomplish is to help children read books that show characters loving and accepting themselves.In the story and in real-life, Carmel's father is English and her mother is Nigerian. She has the clever idea of bringing both cultures together for a school assignment. As a teacher, I am impressed how Carmel uses this assignment to teach her classmates …

Girls on the Go! Review of Mystery of the Golden Temple (Pack-n-Go Girls)

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Mystery of the Golden Temple is a part of the Pack-n-Go Girls Adventure Series, it embraces the idea of the “global girl” and the power of celebrating differences. While reading and researching the Pack-n-Go Girls series, I am reminded of Nancy Drew, the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary, and The Babysitters Club books wrapped into one.  There is a sense of empowerment when girls are getting the job done! I am one of those girls that felt empowered when I read books similar to this one and the ones listed.


Mystery of the Golden Temple starts with Jess Johnson and her family at the airport. Unsure of the new venture, Jess is about to experience an exciting feat in a place called Thailand. Jess makes an everlasting friendship and learns so many new things. While reading this book, I discovered that Thailand is shaped like an elephant’s head and the elephant plays an important role in their history. I also learned about food from Thailand and popular dishes (check out the recipe in the book …