Spring is coming and I am coming out of my cocoon of winter cold, winter blah and winter manuscript work. As a writer of YA and Middle Grade fiction, I of course read it. Lately I have read a good number each different but each good. So why not review them?

The first is A Bone to Pick by Gina McMurchy-Barber. In this, the fourth in her Peggy Henderson Adventure series about archaeology for middle grade readers, Peggy is at the Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadow in Newfoundland. Shades of Kate Ellis’s Wesley Peterson mysteries, there is always a parallel story about the particular place where the dig is occurring but set back in time. In this case it concerns Sigurd, a Norse young woman, who wants to become a female warrior, and as ususal, I prefer this story line.

I particularly appreciate two aspects of the series, that Peggy grows from book to book and so does the writing of McMurchy-Barber. I look forward to the next.