COPPER MAGIC BY JULIA MARY GIBSON   BOOK SUMMARY: Debut author Julia Mary Gibson explores turn-of-the-century Native American culture, ecology, and conservation, in her historical fiction novel, Copper Magic. The year is 1906, and on the shores of Lake Michigan twelve-year-old Violet Blake unearths an ancient talisman—a copper hand. Violet’s touch warms the copper hand … Read more


UNDERSTANDING COMICS: THE INVISIBLE ART BY SCOTT MCCLOUD   PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: Out of all the books that are published every year, why would you spend your time reading pictures? I advocate for graphic novels because it is a fascinating and irrefutable visual experience like no other. Still considered a somewhat up-and-coming genre of … Read more


THE GRAVEYARD BOOK BY NEIL GAIMAN   PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is just a normal boy—except he lives in a graveyard, is being raised by ghosts, has a guardian who is neither dead nor alive, befriends a witch, and is being hunted by the man Jack who has already killed … Read more


THE REPURPOSED LIBRARY: 33 CRAFT PROJECTS THAT GIVE OLD BOOKS NEW LIFE BY LISA OCCHIPINTI   PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: The Re-Purposed Library is a great book about using and recycling old books in creatively useful ways. I recently made the book page wreath and absolutely love how it turned out! It is a bit … Read more


  THE INHERITANCE CYCLE BY CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI ERAGON, ELDEST, BRISINGR, INHERITANCE       PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: It was worth the wait! Inheritance is a great final installment of Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle; readers will be pleased with how Paolini concludes Eragon and Saphira’s momentous journey! Paolini has not only developed a great group of … Read more


BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA BY DOROTHY ALLISON PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: Don’t be turned off or mislead by the title. Dorothy Allison’s work is reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s Bluest Eye or Cristine Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban and creates a poignant look at broken family life, sexual abuse, female gender roles and mother-daughter relationships. It is … Read more


  PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: Reading a graphic novel is a unique experience. It is not simply a picture book nor a novel of prose but a collaboration of the two arts, which together can create an intriguing and genuine, gut wrenching, realistic portrayal of the human experience. Persepolis, Fun Home, Maus, and Incognegro are among numerous examples … Read more


THE UMBRELLA BY INGRID & DEITER SCHUBERT    PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: Ingrid and Dieter Schubert’s work is just beautiful! Among a long list of fantastic award winning picture books, The Umbrella reveals their stunning artistry and vivid, imaginative storytelling. This wordless picture book is a beautiful addition to anyone’s collection! It will leave you ready for your own … Read more