Book Review – A Light in the Storm

Hesse, Karen - A Light in the Storm The Martins take refuge in a lighthouse off the East coast after Amelia’s father is stripped of his title and career. Tension between her parents, whose political views differ to the extreme, put a heavy strain on Amelia as she works to keep the lighthouse running and her family together.

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Book Review – The Emperor’s Ostrich

Berry, Julie - Emperor's OstrichResponsible dairy maid, Begonia, sets out to retrieve a runaway cow. The fussy to-be-emperor disappears without a trace from his bedchamber. But these two disconnected events might not be as unrelated as they seem. Guided by unexpected friendships, flighty pets, magical gifts, and the hand of the ancestors, a simple chore becomes the twisting adventure of a lifetime.

It was the kind of fresh, sparkly morning that might make a young girl forget the milk oozing over her scalp and the ache in her bottom.

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Book Review – The Three

Kinde, Christa - FS, The ThreeBenaiah is shunned by the people of Israel because he’s different. Forced to take odd jobs on battlefields and burial grounds, Ben jumps at the chance to quit working behind the scenes and ally himself to a shepherd boy with a giant destiny.

Tossing aside his pick, Ben winced when it clunked dully against some guy’s head. Not that the dead man could feel it. Judging by the snarl on the corpse’s rigid face, the last two things he’d felt were rage and a Philistine javelin through the chest.

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Book Review – The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Valente, Catherynne M. - Fairyland 1When the opportunity explore a land of adventure presents itself, September doesn’t hesitate to leave home behind to take up the adventure of a lifetime. Aided by a dutiful jacket, partly-educated dragon-kin, and a pair of magic shoes, September navigates the most dreaded, delightful, and deadly places in Fairyland.

Stories have a way of changing faces. They are unruly things, undisciplined, given to delinquency and the throwing of erasers. This is why we must close them up into thick, solid books, so they cannot get out and cause trouble.

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Book Review – Who Could That Be at This Hour?

Snicket, Lemony - Q1

Apprenticed under the unpredictable and equally unimpressive S. Theodora Markson, young Snicket is swept off to a small town under orders to find and return a valuable artifact to its owner. While Theodora gets busy with the case, Lemony has problems of his own to solve.

Even in the dim room, I could see the insignia on the letter, which matched that of my letter of introduction. I’ve never cared for it.

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Book Review – The Tea Dragon Society

ONeill, Katie - Tea Dragon 1After rescuing a lost dragon, Greta is invited to learn more about the rare but feisty creatures known as Tea Dragons, whose magical leaves can evoke memories. Though the tradition is fading, the few who remain pass down their expertise to Greta and her shy new friend, Minette.

 

 

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Book Review – The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop

Saunders, Kate - The Whizz Pop Chocolate ShopWhen the Spoffards inherit a candy shop, they never expected to move in. But there’s something magical and mysterious about the old place. Twins, Oz and Lily, aren’t sure what to think, especially when they meet the strange immortal inhabitants of their new home.

 

Oz wasn’t too scared of rats in general, but this rat was different—it was smoking.

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Book Review – Eight Cousins

Alcott, Louisa May - Eight Cousins

Rose is pampered and protected by her fussy aunts, whose odd cures have left her just as fussy and unhappy as they are. Ready to prove that the simplest medicine is the most effective, Uncle Alec steps in and introduces Rose to the things she needs most. Fresh air, good food, hard work, and the company of her many rambunctious cousins.

 

If you dear little girls would only learn what real beauty is, and not pinch and starve and bleach yourselves out so, you’d save an immense deal of time and money and pain. A happy soul in a healthy body makes the best sort of beauty for man or woman.

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Book Review – The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole

Cuevas, Michelle - Care and Feeding of a Pet Black HoleWhen a black hole follows Stella home one night, it’s up to her to care for the tiny, hungry phenomenon. Having a pet black hole can be convenient for getting rid of things that trouble her: Brussels sprouts, her brother’s annoying music, and things that remind her of her dad. But the more that goes into the void, the bigger her problems seem to grow.

 

I had a hunch that if Mom found out I was entertaining a space phenomenon in my room, she wouldn’t approve.

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Book Review – Wizard at Work

Velde, Vivian Vande - Wizard at WorkIt’s summer, and all the wizard wants to do is relax now that school is out. But, of course, that doesn’t happen. With princesses to rescue, dragons to chase, and ghosts to hunt down, a wizard’s work is never done. Continue reading “Book Review – Wizard at Work”