Every Thing On It is a posthumously released collection of poems by Shel Silverstein. Much like Silverstein’s other famous collections of poems, likeEvery Thing On It is a posthumously released collection of poems by Shel Silverstein. Much like Silverstein’s other famous collections of poems, like Where the Sidewalk Ends, this collection is filled with whimsical poems and drawings that are delightfully silly. Although not quite as cohesive as Silverstein’s other poetry collections, Every Think On It is a fun, simple read that Silverstein fans will enjoy.
I absolutely loved Shel Silverstein’s books as a kid, so I was happy to find this new collection of his poems. However, I did not enjoy this book as much as I’ve enjoyed his other works. I suspect there is a reason some of these poems went unpublished when Silverstein was still alive. Even though I am a lot older now than I was when I first discovered his poems, my sense of humor has not changed that much, and I think this is a good but not great book of poems....more
Georges is not having the greatest time lately. He is bullied every day in middle school, his dad has just been laid off, his mom works all the time,Georges is not having the greatest time lately. He is bullied every day in middle school, his dad has just been laid off, his mom works all the time, and they’ve just had to sell their house and move into an apartment. Things start to look up when he befriends an unusual boy in his apartment building named Safer. He joins Safer’s “Spy Club” and together they spy on their neighbor, Mr. X. As Georges and Safer become closer friends and get more involved in their investigation of their neighbor, Georges starts to wonder if Safer is being completely truthful with him.
After reading Rebecca Stead’s other novel, When You Reach Me, I was eager to read her newest book. While the style of Liar and Spy is much different than When You Reach Me, it has the same spirit and is equally enjoyable to read. The characters are easy to relate to, and the end of the novel takes a slight unexpected twist. ...more
11 year old Moses LoBeau, Mo for short, lives with her adoptive parents in the town of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina. Her dad, or the Colonel as he i11 year old Moses LoBeau, Mo for short, lives with her adoptive parents in the town of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina. Her dad, or the Colonel as he is known, found her washed up in a hurricane as a baby. Ever since, Mo has been sending messages in bottles to her “upstream mother”, hoping she will come back looking for her. One day, one of Mo’s neighbors is murdered. Visiting detective Joe Starr takes the case; so does Mo. Along with her best friend Dale, Mo sets up a detective agency and is determined to find the killer herself. Filled with hilarious characters, and plenty of twists and turns, Three Times Lucky is a funny mystery, perfect for tween readers.
I read this book very quickly. It was really funny and suspenseful. It combines the best of humor and crime novels. I enjoyed learning about the unique characters that make up the southern town of Tupelo Landing, and look forward to reading the next book in the series....more
One day, as Sammy Keyes is looking out the window her grandmother’s apartment with binoculars, she sees a thief robbing one of the hotel rooms in theOne day, as Sammy Keyes is looking out the window her grandmother’s apartment with binoculars, she sees a thief robbing one of the hotel rooms in the building across the way. What’s more unusual is that Sammy decides to wave at him. The thief looks familiar, but Sammy can’t seem to place how she knows him. Sammy tries to tell the police what she saw but no one seems to take her seriously. Sammy figure out who the hotel thief really is, before the cops decide to blame her instead!
This was a very entertaining and funny mystery. Sammy Keyes is a very capable and clever kid sleuth. I think tweens will enjoy reading about Sammy’s mystery solving as well as her struggles with everyday middle school life. The writing style of this book is very conversational, and makes the novel go by quickly. ...more
One day on the school bus, while being beat up by school bully Dana Matherson, Roy Eberhardt notices a strange boy running barefoot next to the bus. ROne day on the school bus, while being beat up by school bully Dana Matherson, Roy Eberhardt notices a strange boy running barefoot next to the bus. Roy is instantly curious about who the boy is, and is determined to learn about him and help him. Meanwhile, in another part of town, the construction of a new location for Mother Paula’s Pancake House is severely delayed by a series of pranks and vandalisms on the construction site. Roy’s pursuit of the mysterious boy will lead him to the construction site, new friends, and the rescue of tiny burrowing owls. Hoot is a environmentally-themed mystery, filled with a cast of strange and unforgettable characters.
Working in the library, I always see this book pass through my hands. I am glad a finally read it! Hoot is as funny as it is heartwarming, and I really enjoyed all the characters. While it is a mystery, it is pretty light-hearted and silly enough to appeal to tweens and teens....more
When Dan and Amy’s wealthy grandmother Grace passes away, people from all sides of the family gather to hear if they have been left any inheritance. AWhen Dan and Amy’s wealthy grandmother Grace passes away, people from all sides of the family gather to hear if they have been left any inheritance. A select few members of the family are invited to the reading of Grace’s will, where they find out they have a choice of what they inherit: they can take a check for one million dollars, or they can take the first of 39 clues that will lead one person to a treasure that would make them the most powerful person in the world. Dan and Amy take the clue, but they are not the only ones. Other members of the family also decide to go on the clue hunt, and they don’t play very nice. Dan and Amy must follow the clues around the world, and try to outwit the conniving members of the extended Cahill family. The Maze of Bones is the first book in the 39 Clues series, and it is a suspenseful, action-packed adventure for tween readers.
I picked this book up because The 39 Clues series is extremely popular at the children’s library I work at. I can immediately see why kids are hooked on these books; they are exciting, puzzle-filled stories, loaded with cliff-hangers. The series also has a website where readers can play along with the clue hunt online. This first book in the series really draws readers in and makes them want to read more about Amy and Dan’s adventures, and follow the clues themselves. I just wonder if the rest of the series will maintain the same quality, since each book is written by a different author....more
7th grader Moose Flanagan has just moved with his family to Alcatraz Island. His dad is a new guard and electrician at the prison, and his mother is d7th grader Moose Flanagan has just moved with his family to Alcatraz Island. His dad is a new guard and electrician at the prison, and his mother is determined to get his sister Natalie into the Esther P. Marinoff school for children with mental challenges. Moose is not happy about the move. Now he has to start over at a whole new school, make friends with the few other kids living on Alcatraz, and deal with Piper, the pretty but obnoxious daughter of the prison warden. Will Moose ever adjust to living on Alcatraz? And will he ever get a glimpse of the prison’s most famous inmate, Al Capone?
The funny title of this book is a little misleading. It is a humorous novel, but also deals with a lot of serious topics like mental disabilities, growing up, and realizing that people can be more complex than they seem. I really enjoyed this story, and especially liked hearing about life for kids on Alcatraz Island. The novel is a great mix of humor and serious themes. ...more
Percy Jackson has gone through most of his life being labeled a juvenile delinquent. He has been kicked out of every school he’s ever attended, and itPercy Jackson has gone through most of his life being labeled a juvenile delinquent. He has been kicked out of every school he’s ever attended, and it doesn’t help that he is dyslexic and had ADHD. He just hasn’t been able to keep out of trouble. Things become even more difficult when he starts to notice strange things happening around him: monsters following him and teachers keeping mysterious secrets. Percy soon learns he is actually the son of a Greek god, and monsters really are following him! Percy has been accused of stealing Zeus’s master bolt, and must go on a quest with fellow half-blood Annabeth (daughter of Athena) and Grover (a satyr) to find the stolen object and stop a war between the gods.
I had heard many positive reviews of this book before reading it, so I was excited to check it out. I felt like it lived up to its hype; it was exciting, fast-paced, and highly enjoyable. I listed to the audiobook, and I found the reader very easy to listen to. I think older tweens will really enjoy this book, and it might get them to read more about Greek mythology.
For kids in Harry Potter withdrawal, I think this book would be a good recommendation. It has a somewhat similar plot and themes (young kids facing dangerous, supernatural obstacles). ...more
It is Chinese New Year, and Taiwanese-American Pacy is celebrating the Year of the Dog with her family. This is the year when one is supposed to findIt is Chinese New Year, and Taiwanese-American Pacy is celebrating the Year of the Dog with her family. This is the year when one is supposed to find themselves, and Pacy (also known as Grace) is determined to figure out her calling by the end of the year. Pacy goes to school, makes new friends, and discovers a new talent in this charming book. Based in part on the author’s own experiences growing up, this book is a realistic story that kids, especially Asian-American kids, will really relate too.
This was a really cute book that I think both kids and their parents will be entertained by. It is a great, realistic depiction of an Asian-American family, filled with likable characters and funny stories. I especially liked Pacy’s mom’s flashback stories to her life growing up in Taiwan....more
Young Hiccup is a Viking and is about to undergo his tribe’s ritual for inducting new members: steal and train a dragon. Unfortunately Hiccup is not aYoung Hiccup is a Viking and is about to undergo his tribe’s ritual for inducting new members: steal and train a dragon. Unfortunately Hiccup is not as tough and brave as his father, leader of the Viking tribe and is not at all confident that he will succeed. Hiccup some how manages to steal himself a dragon, but the dragon is a tiny, common dragon, with no teeth and a bad attitude. It seems like Hiccup will never be able to train him in time. But when two enormous sea dragons awake from a centuries-long coma, it is up to Hiccup and his dragon, Toothless, to save the entire Viking tribe.
I picked up this book because I had seen the movie adaptation when it came out and was curious to read the original story. This book differs almost completely from the film, but was still a fun read. The text is interspersed with crude pencil drawings and pages from guide books on dragons, which give the book a homemade quality that I think kids will enjoy. Although this is one of the rare occasions where I enjoyed the movie more than the book, I think this novel will entertain young kids....more