Making Friends with Billy Wong

This title caught my eye! I have a family connection. My grandson’s grandfather is Chinese American with the last name Wong. The SOUTHERN words… Azalea, Paris Junction, Arkansas, Grandma Clark, The Guiding Light…that was all I needed to dive right into this story. And true to her words and her writing, Augusta Scattergood does it again! She… Read more »

The Word Collector

…. by Sonja Wimmer Illustrated by Sonja Wimmer Translated by Jon Brokenbrow Published by Cuento de Luz 2011 Luna, whose name means “Moon” in Spanish, was a little girl that lived high up in the sky. She was passionate about words and collected them. She collected “funny words that tickle your palate when you say… Read more »

Southern Bound Books

Welcome to SOUTHERN BOUND BOOK SHOP Biloxi’s only independent book shop! New location in Ocean Springs now open for business! UPCOMING EVENTS We are happy to announce that children’s author Patricia Vermillion will join us for story time. She will read her latest picture book, “Hound Dawg”. Ms. Vermillion is an award winning children’s author and… Read more »


Shelia Turnage, my new favorite author. Why I have not read this book before now, it beats me. I did read through social media about the vocabulary Turnage used in THREE TIMES LUCKY. It was real Southern, and that always attracts my interest. When I read the protagonist name, Bo LoBeau, I knew I was… Read more »


John Rocco and Jay Primiano’s middle school novel is about friendship,family, and adventure. I believe John was an actual quahogger growing up. A must read for all who enjoy tales about clamming, fishing, friendship, family and competition.

ECHO by Pam Munoz Ryan

Ryan’s historical fiction tells the story of Otto’s and his magic harmonica and how it’s music weaves into the lives of three different people in three different countries, many years later. And OH, the music…Brahms’ Lullaby, America the Beautiful, Auld Lang Syne, and Some Enchanted Evening. A beautiful diverse book written with compelling language. Have… Read more »

HONEY by Sarah Weeks

I just finished reading “HONEY” by Sarah Weeks. It was a delicious story about ten year old Melody, her good friend Nick, and a dog named Mo. Melody was hoping her father would find someone to marry, since her mother died way back when. But when she hears her father calling someone “Honey,” she was… Read more »