Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Little Monsters

Title:  Little Monsters

Author:  Kara Thomas

Published:  2017

Pages:  322

I found out about Little Monsters from BookTuber JesseTheReader in his Favorites of 2017 video.  I love hearing about favorites from the previous year because they are usually more available at the library.  Or, you won't have to pay full price on Amazon.

This YA book was a riot!  Right from the beginning we are thrown into a midnight run to the barn for a spooky seance.  Why is Kacey so reluctant to sneak out with her friends Bailey and Jade?  And why in the world do they let Kacey's little sister Lauren come along?

As Kacey adjusts to her new life in Broken Falls, she wonders why people are so welcoming and why Jade and Bailey are willing to let her into their tight circle.  When Bailey soon goes missing, the questions continue to grow.  Clear your calendar for the day and ride along this mysterious journey in Little Monsters.




Thursday, July 5, 2018

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Title:  Nevermoor:  The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Author:  Jessica Townsend

Published:  2017

Pages:  480

I've started following BookTuber Zoe in ReadbyZoe.  This was one she recommended from last year.  I ordered the large print edition from my library and it was 617 pages long!  

As Morrigan Crow, a cursed child living in Jackalfax, nears her eleventh birthday she knows that she is going to die.  She is enjoying her favorite dinner of lamb chops, roast parsnips, and minted peas when a knock comes at the front door.  Hearing footsteps coming down the hallway Morrigan thought..."Is this it?  Is this Death, come to take me?  Does Death wear boots?"

Death may or may  not wear boots, but Jupiter North does as he whisks her away to a magical city called Nevermoor.  Morrigan gets to ride on a giant spider, is housed in a shape shifting room, and befriends a gigantic cat.  But the real adventures begin with the four trials she has to go through.  

Even though Nevermoor was listed as Fiction, I would really say it borders on Fantasy.  Either way, I know you'll enjoy the humor, adventure, and mystery of this WUNDERFUL book!  (just read the book and you'll know why I spelled it that way)   


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Eddie Red Undercover, Mystery on Museum Mile

Title:  Eddie Red Undercover, Mystery on Museum Mile

Author:  Marcia Wells

Published:  2014

Pages:  240

It isn't often that a sixth grader gets to join the police force, but leave it to Edmund Xavier Lonnrot to pull it off.  Quickly tagged as "Eddie Red," Edmund gets a rare inside look at the workings of real detective work.  

With his photographic memory and excellent drawing skills, Eddie Red is able to help out with a complex case involving stolen pieces of art on Museum Mile.  

If you're a kid, there are three things you need in order to solve a police investigation:

1. A unique crime-fighting talent
2. A best friend who is a genius
3. A boatload of dumb luck

Well, luck might have a little bit to do with it, but Eddie Red is just getting started on his journey of undercover work.  Grab your IPODICU (i-pod-I-see-you), and join along with this adventure.  It would be a crime not to!


Friday, December 22, 2017

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

Title: The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

Author: Karina Yan Glaser

Published: 2017

Pages: 293

I recently came across a book review on this one, and I couldn't wait to pick it up.  Apparently a lot of other people were thinking the same because I had to wait for it on hold at the library for about a month.  

When the Vanderbeeker family is faced with having to move out of their beautiful brownstone apartment in Harlem, the kids put their brains (and their hearts) together to come up with a plan.  

The Vanderbeeker's home - a humble red brownstone with a weathervane that spun on windy days - sat in the exact middle of the street.  Among the many people who had visited it, there was quite a bit of debate about what it was like, but general agreement about what it was NOT:  Calm, Tidy, Boring, Predictable. 

Join Isa, Laney, Jessie, Oliver, and Hyacinth along with their pets Franz, George Washington, and Paganini as they come up with bad idea after bad idea to try to win the affection of their landlord Mr. Beiderman.  Will they be able to save their beloved apartment?  With a grouchy landlord and clumsy kids, what could possibly go wrong?


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Getaway

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Getaway

Author: Jeff Kinney

Published: 2017

Pages: 217

Hey there fellow readers!  Sorry I haven't posted on this blog in a while.  I picked this one up from the library yesterday, read it, and just had to do a post about it!

Jeff Kinney is such a good writer.  I just love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.  No matter what I've got going on, I always find time to pick these up.  Humor does this reader a lot of good. 

When the Heffleys want to spend Christmas break in a warmer climate, they head out for a six hour flight to the tropics.  Isla de Corales promises to be a luxurious paradise vacation.

Of course traveling on Christmas Eve turns out to be a challenge, and once they get there it turns out a lot of other people were thinking a winter vacation in the tropics was a great idea too.  

Join Greg and his family as they run through airports, get sun burned, fall off boats, and are chased by huge spiders!  Be sure to check this one out or even add it to your Christmas wish list!





Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Making Mistakes on Purpose

Title: Making Mistakes on Purpose, Sequel to Ms. Rapscott's Girls

Author: Elise Primavera

Published: 2016

Pages: 354

Last month while we were on Spring Break, we had a severe thunderstorm roll through, and that morning I had just read in the book..."The girls woke to a cold, dark morning, grim with rain and thunder." 

Our storm flooded the carport and we even had a power outage...Ms. Rapscott would have been thrilled!

When Ms. Rapscott's girls come back for another school term, they will be learning how to get to the Top.  But of course Ms. Rapscott will take them to the Bottom first so they can appreciate it more...."in order to go far in life you have to get used to disappointment."  

Ms. Rapscott yanked on her raincoat and grabbed her backpack. 

"But it's sunny today."  Annabelle couldn't understand why they'd be needing raincoats.

Ms. Rapscott paid no attention to Annabelle and flung open the door to march outside.  The girls wiggled into their raincoats and backpacks.  They scrambled after the curious teacher just to see what she would do next. 

Along with disappointment, the girls have to learn how to climb a tree, build a fort and toast a marshmallow.  They have very busy parents you see, so they weren't taught these things.    

To say that I am very thankful for stumbling into the world of Elise Primavera would be quite an understatement.  This author really has a pulse on humor, adventure, and holding the reader's attention.  

I hope you won't be too busy to check this one out!



Friday, April 21, 2017

Running Girl

Title:  Running Girl

Author: Simon Mason

Published: 2014

Pages: 420

I noticed the cover of this one in the Teen section of the library and just had to check it out.  I also want to know what my kids are going to be reading in a few years.

Sixteen year old Garvie Smith might have really poor grades in school, but he does have the highest IQ at Marsh Academy.  So what's the deal?  Is he just a bored teenager showing off his angst?  

Well, when a classmate Chloe Dow is found dead things begin to change in Eastwick Gardens.  Garvie went out with Chloe a while back, but that was forever ago.  Why is he even more interested in her now that she is dead?  

The annoying yet charming and comical Garvie will insert himself into the investigation and grow on you like a toenail fungus...just give the poor chap a chance.  Be sure to grab your running shoes and check this one out...don't let it pass you by!