Book Review “Charming Life of Izzy Malone” by Jenny Lundquist

Apr 02

Isabella Malone, Izzy for short, has one thing on her middle-grade agenda – to be part of the Dandelion Paddlers, a rowing club. She has a few problems, one being she visits the school principal, a lot. The other, her overachiever sister who casts a big shadow over Izzy. Her parents have had enough and decide to enroll Izzy in charm school. When the first assignment arrives by mail, and it’s not exactly what Izzy thought it would be, but if she completes the task she will get a cool charm to add to a bracelet. Being Izzy though, the tasks don’t go easy, and soon her hopes of getting all the charms and being a Dandelion Paddler begin to sink.

Fun, can’t put it down story of the underdog, the kid who seems to be misunderstood, friendship, family, and dreams.

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Book Review – Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Jan 09

“Three Times Lucky” is the fun and quirky tale of want to be detective Mo LoBeau.  Mo who’s real name is Moses, is set for a summer of adventure with her friend Dale.  Things change real quick in the tiny town of Tupelo Landing when the law shows up and someone is murdered.  Mo is determined to solve the crime.  Soon things turn topsy-turvy when Dale is suspected as the murderer, the Colonel leave town, and then Miss Lana goes missing.

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During all the investigations and helping Dale stay out of jail, we learn about Mo and how she was found by the Colonel during a hurricane.  Mo searches for her mother by throwing notes in a bottle, upstream of course.  The close-knit community always makes sure to take on of Mo’s bottles when they venture out of Tupelo Landing.

Three Times Lucky will appeal to any adventure lover and amateur detective.   Sheila has packed her novel full of characters you’d expect to meet if you ever travel to Tupelo Landing.  There’s suspense, a treasure,  fear, sadness, joy, and justice.  Mo is truly three times lucky.

Buy a copy here:  Amazon, Barnes and Nobel or ask for it at your local bookstore.

 

 

 

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Book Review: Took, A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn

Oct 17

Daniel and his sister Erica, along with their mother and father move to rural West Virginia.  Life is turned upside down for the family.  Mom and dad had stable jobs; they lived in a nice home in a well to do community.  Now, they live in a run down farm house.  Daniel and Erica are completely out of place at school.

 

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One day Daniel hears a story about a witch named Old Auntie and a girl that disappeared years ago from the same farmhouse he now lives in.  Strange things soon start happening.  Erica receives a mysterious doll.  She retreats to her room, staying alone with just the doll.   Mom and dad become unhappy. Dad shuts himself in his work room to play video games on his computer.  Mom is tired and has fits of anger.  Home cooked meals and the plans to renovate the house are replaced with cheap take out pizza and a constant mess.   Mom and dad don’t seem to care anymore.  Erica only talks to her doll.  The kids at school tease Daniel. Everything is a mess for Daniel.

And then, the unthinkable happens.  Erica disappears, and Daniel is blamed for not taking better care of her.  Daniel has to decide if the stories about Old Auntie are true or not.  If they are true, Daniel must risk everything to save his sister.

If you like creepy ghost stories, you’ll love “Took, A Ghost Story.

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Happy Birthday Shel Silverstein

Sep 25

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”
― Shel Silverstein 09/28/1930 to 05/10/1999

 

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Book Review: I Text Dead People, by Rose Cooper

Sep 19

Annabel Craven has moved to a new town.  All she wants to do is fit in with the rest of the students at the Acadamy.  Without a cell phone of her own, and living in her Uncle’s old musty house next to the cemetery are making it hard for her.   But when Annabel finds a cell phone in the woods, she thinks one of her problems is solved.

It doesn’t take long until she receives her first text, and it’s not from someone living.   Annabel is not sure what will happen if she answers, will it get rid of the ghost or only make things worse?  Annabel continues to get texts and mysterious visits all which make her life as the new girl in town miserable.

Any middle grader who loves a good ghost story will enjoy reading Annabel’s plight.   “I Text Dead People” is just the first book in the series.  Book two “The Ungrateful Dead” is available now for your scary reading pleasure.

 

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