I was hooked from the start. One – the main character is a girl named Jess. Two – she has to survive on her own, alone – out in the Canadian wilderness. It’s just Jess, her father’s dog, and the unforgiving wilderness.
Jess lost everything; all she has left are the daily reminders with her scars and broken body, from a car accident that killed her mom. Having no one else, Jess is sent to live with her absentee father, who prefers to live alone, far away from anyone else. Jess is angry at first, while at the same time feels a little sorry for herself. She pays little attention to her father as he teaches her about living in the wild, things that could literally save her life. After her father is killed and the small cabin burns, Jess learns to survive.
This is more than a survival story. It’s a story of change, determination, and love.
4 out of 5 Bookmarks (it’s good – only Harry Potter has 5)
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This is Young Adult in nature. There are several shooting deaths and other forms of violence, so not recommending for a younger audience.
Esme’s Wish is a beautifully written, enchanting novel about fifteen-year-old Esme Silver. At the start, we are introduced to Esme, her objections to her father’s new marriage. No one seems to care that her mother has gone missing and is presumed dead.
Esme believes there is something suspicious about her mother’s disappearance and sets off to investigate for herself. Guided by a mysterious bird and her mother’s art, Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia where she discovers new friends and the truth.
It the perfect package of a mystery wrapped in an enchanted world. Middle-grade readers who love fantasy will enjoy. I am not a fantasy fan, but I found myself enthralled and with Esme’s story and couldn’t put the book down.
Oh did I mention there are dragons, Sirens, and magic?
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.
“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.
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.
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