Book Review – More Than Marmalade

Through every beloved character shines their creator’s spirit. More Than Marmalade is an approachable history lesson about writer, Michael Bond, and his famous bear.

Michael’s mother read even more than he did. Every week, she went to the public library to check out new books. Michael always tagged along. The wide aisles filled with thick hardbacks thrilled him. He slowly wandered through the stacks to see what might catch his eye.

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Book Review – My Life as a Potato

My Life as a Potato by Arianne CostnerBen Hardy has been cursed by potatoes. Moving to Idaho seemed like a bad sign — and sure enough, a catastrophe in the cafeteria soon lands him a job as the substitute mascot for their school. Which is (you guessed it) a friendly spud. With learning how to maneuver in a musty old costume, sorting out his plans for the big school dance, and keeping his identity under wraps, Ben’s life as a potato is anything but bland.

Out of all the mascot options — the Cougars, the Eagles, the Saber-Toothed Tigers — my new school just had to be the Spuds.

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Book Review – Where the Woods Grow Wild

Where the Woods Grow Wild by Nate PhilbrickGoing into the woods the first time was a mistake. A mistake for which Martin paid dearly. Going into the woods the second time was an accident. Separated from his best friend, Martin ventures deeper into forbidden territory to find help before Elodie before she meets the same fate he did.

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Book Review – Everything on a Waffle

Everything on a WaffleWhen Primrose’s parents are lost at sea, the only thing she knows for certain is that they can’t be dead. Everyone else in Coal Harbour believes she’s not quite alright in the head after their accident, and being danger-prone doesn’t help matters. Making friends with a stubborn short-order cook, helping her ambitious Uncle Jack turn her sleepy hometown into a tourist attraction, and dodging the opinionated Miss Honeycut’s attempts to put her in foster care are just the start of Primrose’s adventures as she waits for her parents to reappear.

She made about a million waffles while I sat there. She had to make about a million every day because at The Girl on the Red Swing they served everything on a waffle. Not just the kind of food that went with waffles—not just ham and eggs on a waffle or strawberries on a waffle. No, at The Girl on the Red Swing if you ordered a steak it came on a waffle, if you ordered fish and chips it came on a waffle, if you ordered waffles they came on a waffle.

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Book Review – The Classy Crooks Club

Cherry, Alison - Classy Crooks Club Spending four weeks at Grandma Jo’s house is going to be torture. AJ is everything her strict and proper grandmother can’t stand; athletic, adventurous, and unrefined. But when AJ discovers that Grandma Jo’s bridge club is just a front, her summer takes an unexpectedly interesting turn.

“A lady strives for perfection. What’s the point of doing anything unless you do it as well as you possibly can?”

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Book Review – The Prince and the Dressmaker

Wang, Jen - The Prince and the Dressmaker.jpgWhen her controversial design catches the eye of an eccentric client, Frances is whisked away and given the opportunity of a lifetime. The kind of job that could launch her dressmaking career. The catch: Frances’s work for “Lady Crystallia” must be kept secret.

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Book Review – The Detective’s Assistant

Hannigan, Kate - The Detective's AssistantCornelia Warne is taken to live with her unwilling Aunt Kitty in Chicago after disaster takes the last of her closest kin. Ingratiating herself to her aunt is the only way to keep from being dropped off at the closest orphanage, but Aunt Kitty’s only focus seems to be for her unusual occupation.

I say gossip is just like a newspaper, only written in whispers instead of ink. Sure you can’t always believe everything you hear, but isn’t that the same with the newspaper?

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Book Review – Island of the Aunts

Ibbotson, Eva - Island of the Aunts When Etta, Coral, and Myrtle come to the realization that they need help taking care of their magical island home, they set off to kidnap some children to train in for the job. Minette and Fabio are deemed worthy of the task, but the aunts’ plot doesn’t go quite according to plan. Continue reading “Book Review – Island of the Aunts”

Book Review – Kristy’s Great Idea

Telgemeier, Raina - BSC1, Kristy's Great IdeaKristy Thomas is quick to pick up on a business opportunity, and the Baby-Sitters Club is born. Members Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, and Stacey tackle starting a business, forming new friendships, and pooling their resources. But Kristy’s determined to avoid one client in particular. Continue reading “Book Review – Kristy’s Great Idea”

Book Review – Love That Dog

Creech, Sharon - Love That DogJack doesn’t want to write poetry. Poetry is for girls. Poetry doesn’t make any sense. But as Miss Stretchberry introduces the class to new poems, Jack begins to see how simple ideas jotted down on a piece of paper can become something beautiful.

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