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Hook of a Book

By Ellie Mano

Are you a kid who loves reading? Are you a kid who WANTS to love reading? Are you an adult who is listening with your child? Are you just a plain adult? Well, whoever you are, this podcast is for you! Every week, 13-year-old Ellie Mano reviews a different middle-grade book—from nonfiction to fantasy and everything in between. If you have a book you want reviewed on the show, you can email hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. You can also follow Hook of a Book’s Instagram to stay up to date: Instagram.com/hookofabook
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A Rover’s Story
A Rover’s Story
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review A Rover’s Story, by Jasmine Warga! If you’ve ever wondered what a robot it thinking or feeling, you’ll love this book about a Mars rover that starts to feel human emotion. It was fantastic! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
07:56
November 26, 2022
To Night Owl, From Dogfish
To Night Owl, From Dogfish
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review a listener request sent in from Cailyn, To: Night Owl, From: Dogfish, by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer. This book, told in letters and emails, was totally amazing! I loved it. Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:17
November 19, 2022
Tokyo Ever After
Tokyo Ever After
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review Tokyo Ever After, by Emiko Jean! Tokyo Ever After is sort of like a version of The Princess Diaries. This YA story was so good — I can’t wait to read the sequel! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:31
November 12, 2022
The Wild Robot
The Wild Robot
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown! This is a listener request sent in from Ariel. I loved this book so much! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
07:58
November 05, 2022
When the World Was Ours
When the World Was Ours
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review When the World Was Ours, by Liz Kessler! This is one of the best historical books I’ve ever read. It does discuss some heavy topics, such as the Holocaust. If you’d like to learn more about World War 2 and the Holocaust, you can ask a grown-up if you can visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Website. https://www.ushmm.org/ You can also visit the Yad Vashem website, which is The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. https://www.yadvashem.org/index.html If you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:49
October 29, 2022
I’ll Be the One
I’ll Be the One
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review I’ll Be the One, by Lyla Lee! This is an amazing, YA, body-positive story about Skye, an aspiring K-Pop star. I totally loved it! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:26
October 22, 2022
Airi Sano, Prankmaster General: New School Skirmish
Airi Sano, Prankmaster General: New School Skirmish
This week, I review Airi Sano, Prankmaster General, by Zoe Tokushige, with illustrations from Jennifer Naalchigar! Thank you to Penguin Young Readers for a copy! If you like funny, comedic books, you’ll love this book so much. Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
09:03
October 15, 2022
Attack of the Black Rectangles
Attack of the Black Rectangles
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review Attack of the Black Rectangles, by Amy Sarig King. This was an amazing book about censorship and how kids can fight back! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:17
October 08, 2022
Bhai For Now
Bhai For Now
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review Bhai For Now, by Maleeha Siddiqui! I received an ARC of this book, and I absolutely loved it! It’s a tale of switched identities and family. Bhai For Now will be released on October 4, 2022. Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:11
October 01, 2022
A Perfect Mistake
A Perfect Mistake
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review an amazing middle grade read by Melanie Conklin, the author of Every Missing Piece and Counting Thyme — A Perfect Mistake! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:50
September 24, 2022
11 Birthdays
11 Birthdays
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review 11 Birthdays, by Wendy Mass, who wrote Every Soul a Star. This is a wonderful piece of magical realism that is a listener request sent in from Abigail. I loved it! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:11
September 17, 2022
Eventown
Eventown
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review a listener request sent in from Clementine—Eventown, by Corey Ann Haydu! I loved this book so much. It was a perfect example of magical realism! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:01
September 10, 2022
Key Player
Key Player
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review Key Player, by Kelly Yang! This book will be released on September 6th, 2022—I received an Advanced Readers Copy (ARC). This is the 4th book in the Front Desk series—it was totally amazing! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:44
September 03, 2022
Sweet and Sour
Sweet and Sour
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review Sweet and Sour, by Debbi Michiko Florence! This book will be released on September 6th, 2022—I received an Advanced Readers Copy (ARC). I loved this book! It was perfectly sweet! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:14
August 27, 2022
The First Rule of Climate Club
The First Rule of Climate Club
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review The First Rule of Climate Club, by Carrie Firestone. This is a listener request sent in from Riya. It’s also the sequel to Dress Coded, which I reviewed on an earlier episode. I highly recommend this story! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:24
August 20, 2022
Because of Mr. Terupt
Because of Mr. Terupt
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review Because of Mr. Terupt, by Rob Buyea! This was an awesome listener request sent in from Gloria! It’s the story of a class, a teacher, an accident, and acceptance. I loved it! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:02
August 13, 2022
Stand Up, Yumi Chung!
Stand Up, Yumi Chung!
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim. If you’ve ever wanted to be a comedian, this is the book for you! I loved this book so much! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
07:47
August 06, 2022
You Bring the Distant Near
You Bring the Distant Near
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review the YA book You Bring the Distant Near, by Mitali Perkins! This is a great book that I’d recommend for all teens. It was truly a fantastic read! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:10
July 30, 2022
The Canyon’s Edge
The Canyon’s Edge
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review The Canyon’s Edge, by Dusti Bowling! This is an excellent novel-in-verse filled with adventure and danger. It addresses important topics while still being entertaining and interesting! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:42
July 23, 2022
An Invisible Thread: Young Readers Edition
An Invisible Thread: Young Readers Edition
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review An Invisible Thread: A Young Readers’ Edition, by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski! This is a wonderful, heartwarming, sweet, and most of all, true story about a simple act of kindness that changed the course of two people’s lives. Listen to hear more! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:53
July 16, 2022
Emmy in the Key of Code
Emmy in the Key of Code
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review Emmy in the Key of Code, by Aimee Lucido. (Author of Recipe for Disaster!) This is an excellent, code-filled novel in verse that I loved! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:29
July 09, 2022
Fish in a Tree
Fish in a Tree
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review a listener request sent in from Claire—Fish in a Tree, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt! This is an excellent book that I have read over 7 times—I first heard of it in my fourth grade class, when my teacher read it to us. (Shout out to Ms. T!) I’m so excited to review it! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:16
July 02, 2022
The Downstairs Girl
The Downstairs Girl
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review The Downstairs Girl, by Stacey Lee. This is an excellent YA (Young Adult) novel that I would definitely read again! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:57
June 25, 2022
Keep It Together, Keiko Carter
Keep It Together, Keiko Carter
Today, on Hook of a Book, my first episode as a 13-year-old, I review Keep It Together, Keiko Carter, by Debbi Michiko Florence! I loved this book, and I think you will, too! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:12
June 18, 2022
The Best at It
The Best at It
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review The Best at It, by Maulik Pancholy! This is an excellent book that entertained me for days. Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:43
June 11, 2022
Violets are Blue
Violets are Blue
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review Barbara Dee’s newest novel, Violets are Blue! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
07:47
June 04, 2022
Ban This Book
Ban This Book
Books shouldn’t be banned, and that’s what this book is all about! Ban This Book, by Alan Gratz, tells the story of Amy Anne, a fourth grader brave enough to stand up for the right to read. It will bring out the activist in all of us! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:25
May 28, 2022
Unsettled
Unsettled
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review an amazing novel-in-verse by Reem Faruqi—Unsettled! This book about finding yourself in a new country will forever be one of my favorites. It’s reminiscent of Other Words For Home, which I reviewed on an earlier episode. Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
09:17
May 21, 2022
Five Things About Ava Andrews
Five Things About Ava Andrews
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review Five Things About Ava Andrews, by Margaret Dilloway. This is a wonderful book about a girl managing anxiety, a heart condition, and being an introvert whose best friend just moved away. I’d read it again any day! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:48
May 14, 2022
Recipe For Disaster
Recipe For Disaster
Hey! Today, on Hook of a Book, I review Recipe For Disaster, by Aimee Lucido! This is a great book about understanding your identity. Written in prose and verse, Recipe For Disaster is a book to be cherished! Email me at hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:23
May 07, 2022
Barakah Beats
Barakah Beats
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review Barakah Beats, by Maleeha Siddiqui. This book is absolutely amazing! I fell in love with the main character, Nimra, and her journey. If you like music, or have ever been caught up in a web of lies, this is the book for you! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:27
April 30, 2022
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
Hey, y’all! Today, I review a listener request sent in from Carly—The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, by Julie Edwards Andrews. (Yes, the actress! As in, Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music.) This whimsical, fantastical tale is great for kids of all ages! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:33
April 23, 2022
The Jigsaw Jungle
The Jigsaw Jungle
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review a novel told through texts, calls, emails, and video transcripts—The Jigsaw Jungle, by Kristin Levine! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
09:36
April 16, 2022
New From Here
New From Here
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review New From Here, by Kelly Yang. This book is amazing, and it taught me so much about what it was like overseas, particularly in Hong Kong, when COVID-19 struck. I didn’t quite realize how much COVID had devastated Europe and Asia before reaching North America! Kelly Yang’s new book is funny, sweet, and a great family story. Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:09
April 09, 2022
The Kate in Between
The Kate in Between
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review The Kate in Between, by Claire Swinarski! This book was a wonderful tale of how right and wrong aren’t always black and white. I highly recommend this book to middle grade readers! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:55
April 02, 2022
Where the Red Fern Grows
Where the Red Fern Grows
Let me start off by saying this: I had no idea I could get so emotionally attached to a book. 😬 This listener request was sent in from Annabelle, and I’m SO GLAD she sent me the request! Where the Red Fern Grows is just amazing. Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:25
March 26, 2022
The House That Wasn’t There
The House That Wasn’t There
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review The House That Wasn’t There, by Elana K. Arnold. I had heard some good things about this book, but it was complete luck that my mom happened to pick it out for me at the library. I’m SO glad she did! Listen to hear more. Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:11
March 19, 2022
Maybe He Just Likes You (Giveaway Winner Announced!)
Maybe He Just Likes You (Giveaway Winner Announced!)
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review Maybe He Just Likes You, by Barbara Dee. Whoa, guys—this book is totally amazing. It talks about an issue rarely addressed that we need to spread awareness about. Listen to the episode to hear more! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
09:45
March 12, 2022
The World Ends in April
The World Ends in April
Hi! Welcome back! Today, I’m reviewing an amazing book by the author of The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl—The World Ends in April, by Stacy McAnulty! This is another book I found on the shelf of the library, and I’m so glad I did! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
09:06
March 05, 2022
Every Soul a Star
Every Soul a Star
Hey guys! Today, I’m reviewing a fantastic novel by Wendy Mass, the amazing author of 11 Birthdays and The Candymakers—Every Soul a Star! Seriously. Read. This. Book. Email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
09:36
February 26, 2022
Help Me Raise Money for the Malala Fund! (Bonus: Giveaway Details)
Help Me Raise Money for the Malala Fund! (Bonus: Giveaway Details)
Hey guys! For those of you who follow Hook of a Book on Instagram, you already know what this is. For those of you who don’t, well, Hook of a Book is raising money to help the Malala Fund. If you’d like to be entered in a raffle to win a free copy of ANY book that I’ve reviewed on the show, listen to the episode to hear how! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
02:32
February 21, 2022
Normal: One Kid’s Extraordinary Journey
Normal: One Kid’s Extraordinary Journey
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review a moving book by Nathaniel and Magda Newman—Normal! This book will make you giggle. This book will make you cry. This book will make you think. This book is a book that will stay deeply with me for a long time—and I’m so glad that I got the opportunity
08:34
February 19, 2022
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, by Stacy McAnulty! This is a listener request sent in from Julia. (Thank you, Julia!) Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:47
February 12, 2022
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer
LISTENER REQUESTS ARE BACK! I’m so sorry for taking a 10+ week listener request break, but I’m getting back into the swing of things! This is a great book recommended by E.V., and you’ll love it! It’s actually by the same author as Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Rick Riordan) and has a few moments that tie in with Percy Jackson. Thank you, E.V.! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
09:46
February 05, 2022
The Chance to Fly
The Chance to Fly
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review The Chance to Fly, by Ali Stroker and Stacy Davidowitz! This is a really amazing book about life with a disability, theater, and more specifically, the musical Wicked! (Wicked happens to be my all-time favorite musical.) As always, email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
09:02
January 29, 2022
Everything I Know About You
Everything I Know About You
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review Everything I Know About You, by Barbara Dee, the author of Halfway Normal, which I reviewed on an earlier episode. This is a great book that I think everyone would enjoy! As always, if you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
09:00
January 22, 2022
Out of My Heart
Out of My Heart
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review Out of My Heart, by Sharon M. Draper. This is the sequel to the amazing book Out of My Mind, which I reviewed on an earlier episode! I’m so glad I get to share this book with you! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:57
January 15, 2022
I Am Malala: Young Readers Edition
I Am Malala: Young Readers Edition
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review a wonderful book by Malala Yousafzai—I Am Malala: Young Readers Edition, a terrific autobiography written by the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala Yousafzai is such an inspiration, and her story is incredible. Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
09:04
January 08, 2022
Charlotte’s Web (Feat. Claire!)
Charlotte’s Web (Feat. Claire!)
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White! Charlotte’s Web is a renowned book that was published in 1952. Actually, I was recently in the play version of Charlotte’s Web as Wilbur, the pig! Claire, who you’ll hear from later in the episode, played Templeton, the rat. Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
15:24
January 01, 2022
Mustaches for Maddie
Mustaches for Maddie
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review the sensational book by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown, Mustaches for Maddie! Email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. Merry Christmas to everyone listening on Christmas Day! Have a happy New Year!
09:31
December 25, 2021
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review the first book in the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief! This is a great book for fans of mythology, and I’m so glad to share it with you! Email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:01
December 18, 2021
Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers
Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers, by Michelle Obama. Michelle, a former First Lady, has recently adapted her memoir for younger readers, and I’m so excited to share it with you! Email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
07:45
December 11, 2021
Annie B., Made For TV
Annie B., Made For TV
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review Annie B., Made For TV, by Amy Dixon. This book is perfect for the inventor in all of us, and you’ll love it! Email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
07:26
December 04, 2021
Ways to Make Sunshine
Ways to Make Sunshine
Today, I review a great book by Renée Watson—Ways to Make Sunshine! This is a good book for younger kids, but even older kids like me would really enjoy it! Renée Watson is a Newbery Honor author, as well as the winner of a Coretta Scott King award! Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
07:48
November 27, 2021
A Good Kind of Trouble
A Good Kind of Trouble
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review A Good Kind of Trouble, by Lisa Moore Ramée. This book is really current and relates to the Black Lives Matter movement! Email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
07:34
November 20, 2021
Focused
Focused
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review Focused, by Alyson Gerber. This book is phenomenal, and really explains ADHD in an easy-to-understand, lighthearted way! It’s perfect for tweens and teens who may be struggling with that condition. Email me: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
07:49
November 13, 2021
Room to Dream
Room to Dream
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review Room to Dream, the newest addition to the Front Desk series, by Kelly Yang. I’m so excited to share this book with you! Email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
07:34
November 06, 2021
Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus
Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus, by Dusti Bowling. This is the sequel to Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, which I reviewed on an earlier episode. I love this book, and I’m sure you will, too! If you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
07:11
October 30, 2021
Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers
Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers, by Celia C. Pérez. This was a listener request sent in from Leah, and it’s a fantastic book! If you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
07:05
October 23, 2021
Keeper of the Lost Cities (Feat. Bella!)
Keeper of the Lost Cities (Feat. Bella!)
Today, I review Keeper of the Lost Cities, by Shannon Messenger. This was an anonymous listener request, and I love this series!!! It’s so good. I also have a special guest on the show: Bella from the podcast Bella’s Book Store. If you want to hear her podcast, here’s the link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bellas-book-store/id1573508025. If you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
15:29
October 16, 2021
The One and Only Ivan (Giveaway Winner Announced!!)
The One and Only Ivan (Giveaway Winner Announced!!)
“I am Ivan. I am a gorilla. It’s not as easy as it looks.” These are the opening lines to an amazing book by Katherine Applegate: The One and Only Ivan. This is a rare type of book—it appeals to both boys and girls, to both younger kids and older kids, and even adults! The One and Only Ivan was also recently made into a movie. It’s a powerful story of friendship, and will leave you feeling inspired. Also, listen until the end of the episode to hear who won Hook of a Book’s very first giveaway!! If YOU have a book you want me to review on the show, you can email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:08
October 09, 2021
Starfish
Starfish
On today’s episode of Hook of a Book, I review Starfish, by Lisa Fipps. This book was amazing. Just amazing. It was a listener request sent in from Maeve, and I read it all in one day! I just couldn’t put it down! If you like books written in verse, I couldn’t recommend this book more! If you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. You can also send in a voice message that might be featured on a future episode!
08:17
October 02, 2021
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell (Giveaway Continues!)
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell (Giveaway Continues!)
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, by Chris Colfer. This was a listener request sent in from Mackenzie. It was really good, and I’m so excited to share it with you! If you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
08:09
September 25, 2021
When You Trap a Tiger (Bonus: GIVEAWAY!!!)
When You Trap a Tiger (Bonus: GIVEAWAY!!!)
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review When You Trap a Tiger, by Tae Keller. This book was really awesome, and it just won the Newbery Medal, which is a HUGE award in the literature world. This book was phenomenal! I’m so glad I get to share it with you. Also, BIG announcement: Hook of a Book is having it’s very first giveaway! This was made possible by a generous donation from the Girls To Women Health Clinic. If you’d like to win a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card, email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. Put “Giveaway” in the subject line and tell me your name, age, and your favorite book of all time. Email by October 2 at midnight, and you’ll be entered in a random drawing for the gift card! You’ll be notified by email if you win. (If you win, I will ask for your address so I can mail the gift card to you. I will NEVER reveal addresses/last names on the show.) Good luck!
08:38
September 18, 2021
Roll With It
Roll With It
Today, I review Roll With It, by Jamie Sumner! This book was STUPENDOUS, and I’m glad that I can share it with you guys! If you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
05:54
September 11, 2021
Lily’s Promise
Lily’s Promise
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review a listener request sent in from Riya—Lily’s Promise, by Katheryn Erskine. This book is an amazing story of family, loyalty, and friendship. I would recommend it for anyone who wants a great book that will make them feel! If you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
07:07
September 04, 2021
More to the Story
More to the Story
Today, I review a listener request sent in from Lucy, More to the Story, by Hena Khan. This book was so good, and I’m glad I can share it with you! Thirteen-year-old journalist Jameela Mirza wants to prove that she is worthy of the title of features editor for the school newspaper, but when her younger sister has serious health problems, her world is turned upside-down! Can Jameela piece it back together? If you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
06:39
August 28, 2021
The Thing I’m Most Afraid Of
The Thing I’m Most Afraid Of
Today, on Hook of a Book, I reviewed The Thing I’m Most Afraid Of, a new book by Kristin Levine. Kristin Levine also wrote The Lions of Little Rock, which I reviewed on Hook of a Book’s very first episode. Anyway, it’s 1993. When 12-year-old Becca’s dad takes a job in Austria, Becca is worried. She has anxiety, and she is scared of airplanes, riding a bike, soft-boiled eggs, Ferris wheels, crowds, sickness, bruises….you get the idea. When Becca comes to visit her father, she finds that he has a new girlfriend, Katarina, whose son, Felix, prefers books to people. And, what’s more, Becca’s father found Becca and Felix an au pair for the summer, which is basically a very young nanny. Becca feels that she’s too old for a nanny, but her au pair, Sara, turns out to be a refugee who fled the Bosnian War. Sara doesn’t have a work permit, and she could get in a whole bunch of trouble if she is caught as an au pair. And Sara’s family is missing. Becca really wants to help Sara, but to do that she just might have to face some of her biggest fears. If you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. You can also send in a voice message below!
07:00
August 21, 2021
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
Could you escape from a millionaire’s wacky library? Well, that’s precisely what Kyle has to do in Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. This is no ordinary library, though—it’s equipped with hover ladders, gaming rooms, and mysteries…and to win a fantastic prize of fame and glory, Kyle has to break out of the library in under 24 hours. Can he do it? Email me! Send in your book requests to hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. You can also send in a voice message that might be featured on a future episode!
07:06
August 14, 2021
The 47 People You’ll Meet in Middle School
The 47 People You’ll Meet in Middle School
Middle school can be weird, but Augusta (Gus for short) Reynolds doesn’t know how weird it will be until she starts sixth grade…and she meets a teacher with a baseball bat named Lorenzo, a kid who talks to his lunch box, Sadie Hawkins, a DJ, and her old best friend’s new best friend. And when Gus and her friends are wrongfully accused of something, can Gus prove them innocent? Email me! Send in your book requests to hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. You can also send in a voice message that might be featured on a future episode!
07:00
August 07, 2021
Dress Coded
Dress Coded
Today, on Hook of a Book, I review Dress Coded, by Carrie Firestone. I heard about this book from a friend, and OMG, it was amazing. When Molly’s friend is dress coded for wearing a tank top to school, Molly starts a podcast that shares stories of girls who have been dress coded. Her goal? To do away with the dress code, or at least revise it to make it less strict. The dress code targets certain girls’ bodies, and Molly disapproves. However, it isn’t as easy as Molly thought to start a revolution, and she has to deal with family troubles too—her older brother, Danny, vapes, and Danny tries to sell vape pods to middle schoolers. Meanwhile, more and more girls are being dress coded every day, and Molly is itching to do more than just a podcast. Can Molly help Danny and do away with the dress code? If you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. You can also send in a voice message that might be featured on a future episode! The link is below. Remember, stay safe, stay healthy, and keep on reading!
06:26
July 31, 2021
A Place at the Table
A Place at the Table
Today on Hook of a Book, I review A Place at the Table, by Laura Shovan and Saadia Faruqi. When Sara and Elizabeth are paired together in an after school cooking class, they don’t exactly hit it off at first. At all. Elizabeth finds Sara serious and not fun, and Sara, who’s Muslim, finds Elizabeth confusing and hard to predict. However, when the two girls try to come up with a unique, cross-culture dish, they become friends. Sadly, friendship comes with a price. Can the girls withstand haters, racism, and social challenges to build a better bond? This book was really awesome, and I read it for four hours straight one day! I highly recommend it. If you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. You can also send in a voice message that might be featured on a future episode of Hook of a Book, just like Juniper and Bea’s was today! Remember, stay safe, stay healthy, and keep on reading!
07:14
July 24, 2021
Posted
Posted
Words can mean a lot. They can build you up or tear you down. The book Posted really makes you think about that! This book was a listener request, recommended by Claire. When Frost and his friends Wolf, Deedee, and Bench start leaving sticky notes around the school for each other when cell phones are banned, other students quickly catch on and start leaving notes of their own. However, the sticky notes soon become rude and mean, and Frost and his friends must put a stop to this before anyone is seriously hurt. Meanwhile, a new girl, Rose Holland, is changing the way the boys live. Can the friends stop the sticky note war and maintain their friendship? If you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. You can also send in a voice message! By the way, thank you to everyone who’s visited Hook of a Book’s Instagram. I love that you want to stay up-to-date with the podcast! Again, thank you to Claire for requesting that I review Posted. It really is a wonderful book, and I hope you check it out! Stay safe, stay healthy, and keep on reading! Ellie out!
06:38
July 17, 2021
Counting By 7s
Counting By 7s
Today, I review Holly Goldberg Sloan’s Counting By 7s! This book was incredibly good. When genius Willow’s parents die in a car crash, she has to readjust to life in a new way, living with her friend Mai, Mai’s mother, Pattie, and Mai’s brother, Quang-ha. However, soon Willow will be forced to go into the foster care system, and she doesn’t want that. Willow, Mai, Pattie, Quang-ha, and Willow’s counselor, Dell, and a taxi driver named Jairo have to band together to keep Willow from going into the foster care system. Can they successfully do that? If you have a book you want me to review on Hook of a Book, email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. You can also send in a voice message! I’ve been hard at work reading all sorts of listener requests, and I’m excited to share more amazing books with you soon! Also, happy late Independence Day to all of my American listeners. I hope you enjoyed your 4th of July on Sunday, and have a great rest of the week! Remember, stay safe, stay healthy, and keep on reading!
07:03
July 10, 2021
Shaking Up the House
Shaking Up the House
When you live in the White House, every day is sure to be an adventure! Sisters Winnie and Ingrid have lived in the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, for eight years. Inauguration Day is approaching, and they’re getting ready to say goodbye to the home forever. When their dad, the president, makes a surprising announcement, the girls find that their last weeks in the White House are sure to be memorable! If you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. Have a great week!
07:20
July 03, 2021
The Mysterious Benedict Society
The Mysterious Benedict Society
Today, I’ll review a book I got 2 separate listener requests for. (Thank you, Winnie and Annaleigh!) The book is a New York Times bestseller, The Mysterious Benedict Society! If you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
07:15
June 26, 2021
The Magic Misfits
The Magic Misfits
On Hook of a Book today, I review The Magic Misfits, by Neil Patrick Harris. When street-magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find magic and mystery in the sleepy little town of Mineral Wells. Also, I turned 12 this week! *Yay!* If you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. Or you can send in a voice message!
06:33
June 19, 2021
The Science of Breakable Things
The Science of Breakable Things
On today’s episode of Hook of a Book, I review Tae Keller’s The Science of Breakable Things. Natalie’s mother has been struggling with depression, and when Natalie enters an egg-drop competition, she knows that the prize money will help her mother. Can she win? If you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. You can also send in a voice message. Be sure to check out our Instagram page to stay up-to-date on upcoming episodes and giveaways! Have a wonderful week!
06:14
June 12, 2021
365 Days to Alaska
365 Days to Alaska
In today’s episode, I review 365 Days to Alaska, a listener request sent in from Lucy. When Rigel has to leave her home in Alaska, she makes a pact with her dad: If she can stick it out for one year in Connecticut, he’ll bring her home. Can Rigel do it? If you have a listener request you want me to review, email me at hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. You can also send in a voice message. To stay up-to-date on Hook of a Book’s latest reviews and giveaways, check out our Instagram!
06:53
June 05, 2021
The Comeback
The Comeback
In today’s episode of Hook of a Book, I review a wonderful story by E.L. Shen—The Comeback! Maxine is a wonderful ice skater, but she isn’t so good at standing up to bullies. When a mean boy starts bullying Maxine about her Chinese heritage, Maxine has trouble standing up to him. She also wants to place at the regional ice skating competition, but a new girl, Hollie, is also trying to place, and Hollie is really good. If you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. Or you can send in a voice message below!
06:14
May 29, 2021
Wishtree
Wishtree
In today’s episode of Hook of a Book, I review Katherine Applegate’s book, Wishtree, a listener request sent in from two sisters, Sophie and Olivia. Red is a tree that is very old. Red has witnessed many things in life, but when a new family moves into the neighborhood, Red finds that people aren’t kind to them. If you have a book you want me to review on the show, you can email me at hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. You can also send in a voice message with your request on it.
06:10
May 22, 2021
Halfway Normal
Halfway Normal
Hey, listeners! In today’s episode of Hook of a Book, I review Barbara Dee’s Halfway Normal. When Norah Levy completes her two-year treatment for leukemia, she can’t wait to get back to school. She soon realizes that it isn’t easy readjusting back into her normal life—and when she is moved to eighth grade math and science, she meets a cute boy who doesn’t know about her leukemia, but Norah finds that it isn’t easy to hide cancer from him. When something happens to upset Norah, hiding her cancer is harder than ever. Will she pull it off? If YOU have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. I LOVE getting listener requests from you all! Have a great weekend, everyone! (Or week, I don’t know when you’re listening to this episode.)
06:25
May 15, 2021
The List of Things That Will Not Change
The List of Things That Will Not Change
Today, I will be reviewing The List of Things That Will Not Change, by Rebecca Stead. When 10-year-old Bea hears that her dad is getting remarried, she is super excited. But, will anything go as planned? Bea’s future sister doesn’t seem to like her, and that makes Bea sad. Thank you to Maeve for requesting this book! If you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. Thanks!
06:31
May 08, 2021
Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Sideways Stories from Wayside School is a book that is funny, sweet, and it has been read for decades. I love this series for younger kids, and I still reread it! These books tell the story of Mrs. Jewel’s class, and their school that was built the opposite way it should have been. I enjoy the humor, the creative chapters, and the unique writing voice Louis Sachar gives the books. Have a great week! If you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com.
07:35
May 01, 2021
Tune it Out
Tune it Out
Hello, and welcome back to Hook of a Book! Today, I’ll be reviewing an anonymous listener request: Tune it Out! It’s about a girl named Lou. I LOVED this book, and I hope that you enjoy it, too! If you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. See you next week!
06:52
April 24, 2021
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (Feat. Nora and Malen)
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (Feat. Nora and Malen)
What would you do if you just learned that you had to be the governess to children who were raised by....wait for it....wait for it....wolves! Today, I will be reviewing The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place with my cousins, Nora and Malen. This series follows Miss Penelope Lumely, a 15-year-old girl in the 1800s who has just graduated from Swanburne Academy. She soon learns that she will be governess to children raised by wolves! However, at Ashton Place, where Penelope now works, she notices some strange going-ons. What is happening? Is there a mystery? Penelope has to get to the bottom of the mystery before Lady Constance’s annual holiday ball, all the while teaching these incorrigible children to behave! Can she do it? If you have a book to recommend, email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. If you want to voice message me, use this link: https://anchor.fm/ellie-mano/message. Stay safe, stay HEALTHY, and keep on reading! Ellie out!
13:48
April 17, 2021
From the Desk of Zoe Washington
From the Desk of Zoe Washington
Hello, folks! In today’s episode, I review From the Desk of Zoe Washington, a listener request sent in from Norah. I love this book a lot! When Zoe Washington finds out that her dad was sent to prison wrongly, she decides to try to free him, all while trying to get on the Food Network’s baking show, Kids Bake Challenge. Can she do both? This book is super interesting, and again, thank you Norah for requesting it! If you have a book you want me to review, email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. You can voice message me here: https://anchor.fm/ellie-mano/message. Stay safe, stay healthy, and keep on reading!
06:47
April 10, 2021
Other Words for Home
Other Words for Home
In this novel, told in verse, readers get a peek into the eyes of Jude, a young Syrian refuge coming to America for the first time. As Jude starts a new school, takes ESL classes, and tries to explain to people that she wears a hijab by choice, she learns that not everyone is as accepting as she had thought. Is America really the place that Jude had thought it was? If you like acting, you’ll enjoy reading about Jude’s quest to be in the school’s production of Beauty and the Beast. As always, if you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you to all of the people who have requested books already!
07:09
April 03, 2021
Blended
Blended
In today’s episode, I review the book Blended, by Sharon M. Draper. I have received two separate listener requests for this book—one from a listener named Chelsey, one from a listener named Claire. I also have a guest review today—I invited my friends Anne, Audrey, and Mackenzie to review this book with me. As always, if you have a book request, email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. Have a great day!
11:15
March 27, 2021
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Today, I’ll be reviewing From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg. When Claudia runs away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she and her younger brother, Jamie, find themselves stuck in a mystery that they absolutely have to solve! If you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. Until next week, stay safe, stay healthy, and keep on reading!
06:03
March 20, 2021
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus
In this book, Aven Green, age 13, shares her life’s story after being born without arms. When her parents take a job at Stagecoach Pass, a rundown amusement park, her life changes forever. I loved this book, and I got two listener requests, one from a girl named Caroline and one from a girl named Sienna. Thanks, Caroline and Sienna! Remember, if you have a book you want me to review on the show, email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. Stay safe, stay healthy, and keep on reading!
06:07
March 13, 2021
Welcome to Hook of a Book!
Welcome to Hook of a Book!
This is a trailer episode, to give you a gist of what my podcast, Hook of a Book, is about!
00:54
March 12, 2021
Out of My Mind
Out of My Mind
Out of My Mind, by Sharon M. Draper, is a book about a girl with cerebral palsy. Melody is starting fifth grade, and when she finds a device that allows her to speak, she learns that not everyone is ready to hear her voice. Some kids are mean, and Melody has to overcome her unique challenges. Again, if you have a book that you want me to review on the show, email me at hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com. See you next week!
06:17
March 06, 2021
Front Desk/Three Keys
Front Desk/Three Keys
Hey guys! This is a double episode, and a listener request from a girl named Julia. The Front Desk series is about a girl named Mia, who immigrated from China a few years ago. Now she helps her parents out at the Calivista Motel, where she manages the front desk. But, it’s hard work, and can Mia keep up with the customers? Again, thank you Julia for requesting this episode, and I am so excited for you all to hear it! Again, if you want to email a request, email me at: hookofabookpodcast@gmail.com Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy this DOUBLE episode!
10:53
February 27, 2021
The Name of This Book is Secret
The Name of This Book is Secret
Hello, guys! By the way, I’m not tricking you with the title of this episode. That really is the title! Anyways, in this episode of Hook of a Book, I review Pseudonymous Bosch’s mystery, The Name of This Book is Secret. I hope you enjoy!
06:42
February 20, 2021
Wonder
Wonder
In this episode of Hook of a Book, I review Wonder, a book about a boy with extreme facial differences. This book is very moving, and I hope you feel inclined to read it!
05:59
February 15, 2021
The Thing About Jellyfish
The Thing About Jellyfish
Today, I’ll be reviewing my favorite book of all time...The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin. When Suzy’s best friend drowns, Suzy sets out to find out if it really was a natural drowning...or did it have something to do with jellyfish? I hope you enjoy!
06:57
January 30, 2021
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street (Feat. Nora and Malen)
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street (Feat. Nora and Malen)
This time, on Hook of a Book, I review the book The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, with my two oldest cousins, Nora and Malen Mano. Enjoy!
12:24
January 11, 2021
The Lions of Little Rock
The Lions of Little Rock
In the first episode of Hook of a Book, I will be reviewing Kristen Levine’s Lions of Little Rock!
05:43
January 02, 2021