Every year, the Life is Sweet candy factory sponsors four 12-year-old contestants to compete in the Confectionary Association’s candymaking contest. EEvery year, the Life is Sweet candy factory sponsors four 12-year-old contestants to compete in the Confectionary Association’s candymaking contest. Each contestant’s goal is to create a new and different candy that, if chosen as the winner, will be made available worldwide.
This year, Logan, the son of the Life is Sweet’s head candymaker, is old enough to participate and he doesn’t want to let his parents down. Also competing is Miles, a quiet boy whose oddly light backpack never leaves his shoulder; Daisy, who reads aloud from her romance novel whenever she’s alone; and Philip, a snobby boy who never misses a chance to make fun of someone. Will this peculiar group stay out of each other’s way long enough to make an awesome new candy?
I enjoyed this book very much, and I think both boys and girls will have a good time reading it. Plus, who doesn’t want to read about what goes on in a candy factory? Each contestant tells his/her own story, so the point of view switches in each section of the book, starting with Logan. Recommend this book to those who enjoyed The Mysterious Benedict Society books (Stewart). ...more
Stevie and Susan Carol, both high school freshmen who have been writing special sports columns for publications such as The Washington Post ever sinceStevie and Susan Carol, both high school freshmen who have been writing special sports columns for publications such as The Washington Post ever since they won a writing contest, are invited to write about the annual Army (West Point) versus Navy (Annapolis) football game, which is special that year because President Obamba will be in attendance. Each of them is also allowed to get to know some of the players and coaches, along with learning about the heightened security measures that are going to be in place due to the president’s appearance. Excited about this opportunity, Stevie and Susan Carol plunge into their investigating.
Because Stevie and Susan Carol shadow the Army and Navy teams two weeks before the actual game, they are invited to attend their games against other colleges—which is thrilling to them. However, they notice (along with the crowd, coaches, and players) that the calls the officials make seem unfair, though there’s nothing much anyone can do about it. When unfair calls are made by the same group of officials at the important Army versus Navy game, Stevie and Susan Carol resolve to get to the bottom of it.
This is a story that has a little bit of everything: sports, mystery, a touch of romance, and suspense. This book is actually the fifth book in the Steve and Susan Carol Sport Mystery series, but reading books 1-4 isn’t necessary to understand the plot; in fact, this book stands solidly on its own. Readers who enjoy this series might also enjoy The Million Dollar series (Gutman)....more
This is the second book in the Red Blazer Girl series. I listened to the first book and surprisingly enjoyed it (I normally don't like mysteries). I tThis is the second book in the Red Blazer Girl series. I listened to the first book and surprisingly enjoyed it (I normally don't like mysteries). I think a lot of it had to do with the reader of the book on cd being very good. So, when book two came out, I thought I'd give it a try.
There's nothing wrong with the story or anything like that; maybe my heart wasn't wholly into listening to another mystery or something...but I found my mind wandering during the story--not so much that I wasn't following the story, but enough where I felt that maybe I shouldn't listen to any more books in this series.
This story involves the same four girls as in the first one; this time they start out trying to find out who is mysteriously cleaning their school after hours, which then turns into a need to discover who stole a violin from the shop where Margaret goes...which is going on while Margaret receives a bow from an unnamed source that leads to the girls needing to solve a whole other set of clues provided by the sender (that would probably be impossible for most adults to solve, but that's beside the point!).
Maybe I got lost in the three big storylines, along with the bunch of new characters that are added to the ones from book one. It was kind of a lot to keep track of! Again, it's not impossible, but I suppose all of this added together soured me a bit on the story (and I want to know how these girls have so much energy--they go from meeting at the coffee shop before school, attending school all day, stopping at someone or other's house, practicing with their band, doing homework, etc., etc. EVERY day...it's simply exhausting to think about! Maybe I'm just jealous).
All in all, girls who enjoyed the first one will undoubtedly enjoy this one. Not only do the girls have mysteries to solve; there are also snotty classmates and boys to handle as well!...more
This is a sweet story that I enjoyed--and I normally can't stand mysteries. It was well-written with very likable characters.
Sophie is a seventh-gradeThis is a sweet story that I enjoyed--and I normally can't stand mysteries. It was well-written with very likable characters.
Sophie is a seventh-grader who is close friends with Margaret and Rebecca; they all attend St. Veronica's, a private school in New York City. While sitting in class one day, Sophie thinks she sees a figure in one of the windows of the church across the way in a place she thought was unused. She and her friends check it out and end up meeting a kind, if not odd, old lady who asks them to do her a favor.
The favor involves figuring out the series of clues that the old woman's father left for her daughter nearly 20 years earlier for her birthday, but were never solved. The girls accept the challenge and begin working together to solve each of the clues, which begin with a note and end with a ring!
Have a problem that needs solving? Jack Lime is your guy! Readers follow along as Jack solves three different cases: the first involves a missing bikeHave a problem that needs solving? Jack Lime is your guy! Readers follow along as Jack solves three different cases: the first involves a missing bike (that belongs to the brother of a gorgeous girl); the second is about a kidnapped hamster; and the third is about students that have gone mysteriously missing. Jack doesn’t work for free, of course, but rather than work for money, he collects favors that he can use later on.
Jack’s one weakness is his narcolepsy; when situations get stressful, his body wants to fall asleep—and it often does! He doesn’t let this stop him though; he is serious about being the private eye students go to for help (although he does, at times, wake up in the hospital!).
This is a funny book—readers are bound to like Jack immediately. The three cases are told using entries that note the day, time, and location Jack finds the information he shares. This book would be great for readers who enjoyed the Chet Gecko series when they were younger. ...more
Matt Stevens is the guy to go to when you need to solve a mystery at Franklin Middle School. Jenny hires him to find out who “took out” her sister usiMatt Stevens is the guy to go to when you need to solve a mystery at Franklin Middle School. Jenny hires him to find out who “took out” her sister using a well-aimed stream from a SuperSoaker watergun. When kids are “taken out,” they become social outcasts. Jenny is determined to know who did it so she can get revenge on her sister’s behalf.
Matt only has a couple of days before the start of the weekend to find the person who did it because, after the weekend, the trail usually goes cold. Between having to deal with Vinny Biggs, the leader of uncover operations at school (such as creating fake hall passes and selling contraband candy) and being confused over his feelings for two different girls, Matt has a lot on his plate. Plus, he needs to be extra cautious during his investigations so that he doesn’t get “taken out” too!
This is a really fun book. Readers who don’t normally care for mysteries will find that the twists and turns—along with the humor—make this a quick and enjoyable read despite its mysterious elements. Matt is a very likable character who wants to do the right thing not only in his investigative duties, but also in his personal life. ...more
Sixth-graders Tommy, Calder, and Petra are drawn to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House (built in 1910) after their eccentric teacher tells their class tSixth-graders Tommy, Calder, and Petra are drawn to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House (built in 1910) after their eccentric teacher tells their class that the house will be “murdered” and that its pieces will be sent to various museums around the world. When sharing this news, she asks the class to wonder whether or not this house is a piece of art and what the ramifications of splitting it apart would be.
Determined to save the house from destruction, the two boys and one girl form their own group: The Wright 3. Each member has a role throughout the story; Tommy uses his searching and digging skills to find clues, Calder uses his pentominoes (small letter-shaped tools used by mathematicians) to sort out ideas, and Petra uses the copy of The Invisible Man she finds to help guide her thoughts. One might think that saving a house from ruin would be a safe little endeavor; however, The Wright 3 find themselves in dangerous situations both on their own and as a group more than once. Someone…or something…doesn’t want this house demolished!
The Wright 3 is a sequel to the book Chasing Vermeer, but you don’t have to read that first to understand this book. And the illustrations of the house by Brett Helquist are great! The three kids risk a lot to save the Robie House…would you do the same? ...more