Into the Book


Posts by Alisha Joyce

  1. In an effort to chip away at my ever-growing “To Read” list, I sat down the other day and picked up The Lightning Thief, first book in the series of “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” by Rick Riordan. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. After all, elementary kids these days are crazy about Percy Jackson, which can either mean it’s a really great book, or a really lousy one. As I read through the book almost in one sitting (with a good night’s sleep about halfway through), I found that I was rather surprised by the book. It was a fun and engaging read, and I see why kids love it! But there were many parts that made me question whether The Lightning Thief is for everyone. (more…)

  2. Most people see the world on a single plane, known as the temporal (Waking World). But really, there is much more to life than the temporal. No one knows this better than Archer Keaton, one of three human beings specially selected to be guardians of another realm: the Dream. Archer’s job is relatively simple. He must protect the two worlds by keeping them from colliding. But now, a rift has been formed between the Dream and the Waking World, and chaos has erupted. Archer’s epic dreamtreading saga comes to a head in this conclusion to the fantasy trilogy: War for the Waking World. (more…)

  3. A Monthly Column for Young Readers and their Families

    Welcome to the February issue of Just Getting Into the Book. Today we look at the presidential elections, and call for great writing from inspired kids! Dive into the table of contents just below: (more…)

  4. Archer Keaton is an ordinary boy with an extraordinary gift: the power to manipulate his dreams. But Archer’s gift comes with a great burden. Archer lives within two worlds: this realm, and the Dream. As a Dreamtreader, he must protect the world from the evil forces that operate within the realm of the Dream. Now, these forces threaten to rip apart the fabric that separates the two realms, bringing confusion and chaos to the world, which would be the end of life as we know it. But Archer is determined not to let that happen. This is The Search for the Shadow Key. (more…)

  5. Have you ever had that dream where you were flying? What if you could actually experience it? What if you were the master of your dreams, so things weren’t just happening to you, but you were making them happen? Archer Keaton has that power. But for him, it’s more than just a way to have fun. (more…)

  6. A Monthly Column for Young Readers

    Here at ItB, we love stories. Stories have the power to connect people. They have the power to take you places you’ve never been, to see things you’ve never seen. To be a reader is to be an explorer. All you need is a book and a good imagination! If you are young (or young at heart), this column is for you. Come with us and discover the best and brightest of children’s literature. (more…)

  7. Piper Hill is an only child. While she does love her little family with their quiet routines, she has always wondered what it would be like to have siblings. One day, her dream comes true, through a rather unfortunate turn of events. When her family expands to include her three cousins and their rowdy dog, Piper begins to learn that family bonds are very complex things. Throughout her first year of being in a blended family, Piper has a lot of growing up to do. But through it all, she learns some very valuable lessons. The Hopper Hill Family is a glimpse into the life of a young girl learning to see, and a family learning to love one another. (more…)

  8. Flora Belle Buckman is a self-proclaimed cynic. She lives with her mother, a divorced writer of romance novels, and visits her father on the weekends. She spends her days reading comic books (much to her mother’s chagrin), and it is from these stories that Flora acquired her life motto: “Do not hope; instead, observe.” But you have to admit, hoping is so easy when impossible events are happening every day, particularly when those events involve a squirrel with superpowers.


  9. This is a poem on being alive, and on living fully.