The very beginning of this book is a bit slow, but stick with it. The pace picks up, and the book is quite exciting. The ending is almost impossible tThe very beginning of this book is a bit slow, but stick with it. The pace picks up, and the book is quite exciting. The ending is almost impossible to put down....more
I know everyone else thinks this is the greatest book ever, but I only sort of enjoyed it. I thought the overall premise intriguing, but the actual boI know everyone else thinks this is the greatest book ever, but I only sort of enjoyed it. I thought the overall premise intriguing, but the actual book was a bit confusing in some ways. I also wished that the main character had a more active role in defeating the Jacks and that the Jacks motivation had been clearer.
I've read a short story version of this book (it was the bit where the boy is trying to get a headstone for the girl buried under the tree just outside the cemetery) that I enjoyed much more....more
The controversial second volume of the Sacred Books Series where the twins have to work together to destroy the Book of Nonsense. But are they reallyThe controversial second volume of the Sacred Books Series where the twins have to work together to destroy the Book of Nonsense. But are they really working together?...more
Amusing idea, fun cover, not that great of a book. I found the characters to be flat and the situations they find themselves in silly but not interestAmusing idea, fun cover, not that great of a book. I found the characters to be flat and the situations they find themselves in silly but not interesting. Sadly, I was disappointed overall and won't read the rest of the series....more
I originally became interested in this book when it joined the latest Bluebonnet List for this year. Also, it has an adorable cover, a cute premise, aI originally became interested in this book when it joined the latest Bluebonnet List for this year. Also, it has an adorable cover, a cute premise, and Meghan vouched for it. So, I added it to my Should Read List. And then when it came time for me to read it, we kept selling out! I couldn't believe it.
But I've now read it, and I must say it is a fabulous book. It follows Leo and Amanda, former best friends with the same birthday. In the past they've always shared their birthday parties, but because of something Leo said a year ago, the two of them haven't spoken since, and are having separate parties for the first time ever. Amanda couldn't think of anything worse than having to live through her eleventh birthday -- until she has to live through it 10 more times. Amanda and Leo find themselves stuck in a time loop with no idea how to get out.
Amanda and Leo are loveable characters. They both show growth and learn many important things about themselves during their shared ordeal. In fact, the whole experience brings them closer together. The situation is also explained in a way that doesn't seem far-fetched (although it does require believing in magic.) Finally, the overall book is just a charming tale. I can see why it made the Bluebonnet List.
I would recommend this for kids 9 & up and for class and book group discussions....more
This book is drop down, fall out of your chair, roll around on the floor hi-lar-i-ous.
The book follows Tommy as he tries to decide whether or not theThis book is drop down, fall out of your chair, roll around on the floor hi-lar-i-ous.
The book follows Tommy as he tries to decide whether or not the great advice Origami Yoda gives is because the Yoda is really wise or if it's just coincidence. Origami Yoda is a folded paper finger puppet shaped like Yoda worn by Dwight, the loser of their grade. Dwight is considered a total dweeb, but the advice he gives supposedly coming from Yoda is good. Tommy has to decide if he wants to take that advice and risk exposing himself to the girl he has a crush on.
This book is written in multiple first persons by the people Tommy has asked to document their experiences. At the end of each section are comments by Tommy and his friend about what has happened to the people. There are also many little drawings (a la Diary of a Wimpy Kid) to illustrate the text.
Now, I must confess that like I've said before I'm not a big fan of the multi-first person point of view book. However, it works in this book. There's so much more depth to each antecdote having them come from different people. In fact, I'm not sure this story could be written any other way.
This super funny, super great story is good for kids 9 & up although younger ones should be able to read it comprehension-wise. However, the somewhat romantic subplot may turn younger readers off. Great for boys and girls, I would also recommend this as a great book club book....more
In 13 Treasures, Tanya can see fairies. And they aren't the cute little Tinkerbells. These things are the traditional, amoral, fey creatures of legendIn 13 Treasures, Tanya can see fairies. And they aren't the cute little Tinkerbells. These things are the traditional, amoral, fey creatures of legend. They don't grant wishes. They torment.
And they often torment Tanya.
After a particularly bad night, her mother, who can't see the creatures, sends Tanya off to stay with her grandmother at her creepy, old, fairy-infested manor. While there, Tanya discovers there is more to the fairy/human relations than just her. Others can see them too. And life gets much more complicated as Tanya puts her new knowledge to the test and tries to save a girl from the fairies.
I enjoyed the compelling characters in the book and the way the fairies are portrayed. It's nice to see fairies that are not sweet little girls in dresses, but they are also not sexily, smoldering elves like you find as part of the never-ending supply of supernatural hotties over in teen. Also, I liked how even though the book left room for a sequel, it has a complete and total plot on its own. The author could never write another word in this series, and I wouldn't feel completely gypped -- disappointed, yes. But gypped, no.
This book is an excellent next read for kids who have finished all of the Spiderwick books. It's the next step up reading-wise, and the fairies and scariness of the situations is on the same level. I would recommend this book for 9 & up....more
In The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, governess Penelope Lumley is engaged to raise three feral children found by Lord Ashton in his woods. ThIn The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, governess Penelope Lumley is engaged to raise three feral children found by Lord Ashton in his woods. The two brothers and their sister begin to learn English and the manners appropriate for polite society. However, completely abandoning your wolfish ways can be difficult, especially if someone is determined to reveal them.
This book is the kind that makes you wish you already had the sequel. Just as the mystery is really getting going and clues have been left dangling in the most tantalizing manner, the book goes and ends. But until I can get the sequel next year, I will have to content myself with sharing my enthusiasm for this book. It is funny, quirky, and Penny and the children are endearing characters.
I would recommend this book to any kid 9 & up. They should all be able to read this without any problems....more
It’s the tale of Hiccup, the reluctant hero of his Viking clan. He and his fellow Viking kids must train their dragons before Thor’s Day Thursday or rIt’s the tale of Hiccup, the reluctant hero of his Viking clan. He and his fellow Viking kids must train their dragons before Thor’s Day Thursday or risk being exiled from their tribe forever. Unfortunately, the only way to train a dragon is to YELL, something Hiccup has never excelled at. Thor’s Day Thursday doesn’t go well, and then the next day a huge dragon arrives from the sea determined to eat the whole village. Hiccup may be the worst dragon trainer in dragon history, but he might be the only one who can save them all.
The book is funny, cute, charming and a good beginnning of the series. Hiccup is a nice underdog kind of character, and his dragon reminded me of every stubborn cat I’ve ever met. It was a very quick read that practically flew by. I would recommend this book to anyone aged 8 & up. ...more
Goldie Ruth lives in Jewel, a place where fear has become so rampant that helicopter parenting is institutionalized. In this world people so fear thatGoldie Ruth lives in Jewel, a place where fear has become so rampant that helicopter parenting is institutionalized. In this world people so fear that children will run off, get lost, be kidnapped, or some other dire disaster that the children are literally chained to an adult or to a surface at all times. When the book begins, Goldie has just reached the age where she will no longer have to wear a silver handcuff, a day that impatient Goldie has been awaiting her whole life. But just as her cuff is removed, an explosion rocks the city leading to the cancellation of her separation. Unable to bear the idea of being chained again, Goldie runs away. However, to disappear in such a well-ordered, law-abiding city proves to be difficult. The only place Goldie can find refuge is at the Museum of Dunt, an odd, shape-shifting place where only a person with a thief’s mind can hope to survive.
Now, every child I’ve ever met (including me) has at some felt like their parents were dominating his/her entire life. So, I think everyone can relate to Goldie’s oppression and her need to escape her city’s repressive regime. In fact, the world Tanner builds is not an entirely unrealistic view of what our world could look like if certain forms of “helicopter” parenting were taken to the extreme. It’s a relief when Goldie discovers a while different world contained in the museum. It’s true that this world contains many of the dangers that had been eliminated from Jewel, but at the same time, it also contains much of the creativity, joy, and fun that Jewel has lost in its all-consuming fear.
Obviously, I found the spectacular world-building of this book to be its best feature. It’s true that there is a great adventure and some interesting characters, but the twist and turns of the city of Jewel and the museum it contains overshadows everything else. It’s a fun, intriguing book that I found I couldn’t put down. I would recommend this book for kids ages 9 & up. There is a fair amount of violence, so I wouldn’t go younger or use the book as a bedtime story for highly imaginative kids....more