Renee McGrath

Host and Book Reviewer

Renee McGrath is the Sunday morning program host on Montana Public Radio and is a rotating host for Morning Classics. She writes children's and young adult book reviews for The Write Question blog every Tuesday, and also helps out in the Development Office and with web site editing when needed. 

When she's not at the radio station, she can be found online at McGrath Editing, Renee's Reads, The Life I Have Imagined, or A Place and a Time. She lives in Stevensville with her husband, two daughters, and a small dog. 

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Book Review
4:11 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Children's Graphic Novel Book Review: 'Squish: Game On!' by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Squish: Game On!

by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Random House 2013

Squish is an amoeba, who lives in a world populated by amoebas that is otherwise much like our own. Game On! is the fifth book in the Squish series of graphic novels by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (the creators of Babymouse).

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Book Review
9:41 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Young Adult Book Review: 'Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer' by Katie Alender

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer

by Katie Alender

Point (Scholastic), 2013

I am not generally a big fan of young adult suspense or murder mysteries, but with a title like Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer, I had to read this book.

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Book Review
4:01 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Young Adult Book Review: 'Mojo' by Tim Tharp

Mojo by Tim Tharp

Alfred A. Knopf, 2013

When Dylan's friend Randy eggs on some bullies that throw litter at them from the window of a passing car, Dylan decides to hide in a nearby dumpster... never expecting that he will find the dead body of one of his classmates in there with him!

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Book Review
4:01 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Picture Book Review: 'Animals Upside Down' by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

Animals Upside Down

by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2013 

Steve Jenkins and Robin Page find another clever way to introduce young children to fun books about nature in Animals Upside Down

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Book Review
4:11 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Picture Book Review: 'Bugs in My Hair' by David Shannon

Bugs in My Hair! by David Shannon

The Blue Sky Press, 2013 

When I read the title of David Shannon's new book, I didn't realize it was going to be non-fiction. But yes, this very clever, delightfully illustrated children's book is about head lice. 

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Book Review
4:01 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Children's Book Review: 'In a Blink' by Kiki Thorpe

In a Blink

by Kiki Thorpe

illustrated by Jana Christy

Random House 2013

In a Blink is the first book in Disney's new early reader chapter book series, The Never Girls.

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Book Review
4:01 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Young Adult Book Review: 'Burning' by Elana K. Arnold

Burning

by Elana K. Arnold

Delacorte Press, 2013

I love the premise of Burning, aptly summarized in the tagline on the jacket cover:

Small-town boy. Gypsy girl. Desert Summer.

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