Kilroy Was Here! by: Douglas Quinn Book Review


Kilroy Was Here! is the second book in The Adventures of Summer McPhee of Ocracoke Island series by Douglas Quinn. Summer McPhee is introduced to a new student enrolled at Ocracoke Island school, Jimmy Wade. Jimmy was born with spina bifida and mild cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. This by no means impedes his intelligence.

After the school computers boot up to read, Kilroy was here, Summer learns Jimmy is a computer genius. At lunch he tells her how someone could get around the school’s security system and add new code. Then Summer’s friend, Angie, suggests they solve the computer problem, and Summer replies; “I don’t know blasé-blasé about computers.” (p 49) She soon finds out she doesn’t have to know how the prank was done to figure out who pulled it off.

The Adventures of Summer McPhee of Ocracoke Island – Kilroy Was Here! by Douglas Quinn is a fun, fast-paced, mystery for children. I enjoyed reading it. I was born with mild cerebral palsy and found Jimmy to be an accurate representation. Quinn made the character’s disability believable, balancing his trepidation with determination. By the end of the book, Summer and Jimmy are friends, but do they find the mysterious Kilroy? Read the book to find out. 😀


Kilroy was here

Who hacked school computers

Summer McPhee is on the case


Shares his knowledge of computers

Will they find the hacker

Mystery solved

Fast friends


If at all possible you should pick up this book for your young reader to enjoy on DEAR day this Saturday April 12th.


A Little Book of Craftivisim – Review

The other day I posted a couple of my concrete poems for the #somum chat. I enjoy participating in live twitter chats. It gives you an opportunity to connect with like-minded people, and sometimes you may even get free goodies.

IMG_4637 I was sent a copy of A Little Book of Craftivism by Sarah Corbett for participating in the September #somum chat.

So… What is craftivism? The introduction tells us Betty Greer coined the term in 2003 – “a way of looking at life where voicing opinions through creativity makes your voice stronger, your compassion deeper.” And wouldn’t you know it? I have a craftivist in my own home.

bethechange My husband has made several “be the change” pennies, handing them out to people who need (or want) change.

IMG_4638 This is the page, that as a poet, caught my attention. Yes, even poetry can change the world – 100TPC.

I have not attended a 100TPC event yet. 1) No one in my local area has put one together and 2) I am not bold enough to organize an event myself. I do dabble in poetry for change though. Septolets for October:

brings awareness
to women
battered and bruised

Stand up
say No to

paints the world
all month long

Women fighting
breast cancer
triumph in

If you are an activist tired of just signing your name on the dotted line of petitions or marching in a protest rally the government doesn’t acknowledge, you will enjoy reading A Little Book of Craftivism. It has great pictures and how to instructions to help you get crafty about your activism.