Book Review – Curse of the Werewolf Boy

Priestley, Chris - Maudlin Towers 1, Curse of the Werewolf Boy Mildew and Sponge attend the prestigious boarding school within Maudlin Towers, which is as boring as it is grotesque. But when the prized School Spoon goes missing, Mildew decides to put his detecting skills to the test, with Sponge close behind. Vikings, suspicious school masters, a ghost in the tower, and a series of secrets await them as they brave the mysterious and the unknown.

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Book Review – Diary of a Mad Brownie

Coville, Bruce - Diary of a Mad Brownie Angus Cairns is cursed to serve the McGonagall family as a household brownie (a magical person in charge of cleaning), a job he takes very seriously. Unfortunately, the next family in line lives in the United States. Packing up and leaving Scotland is hard enough, but being bound to tidy up after the world’s messiest girl? It’s almost more than Angus can take.

This is not the life for a brownie! I am supposed to be inside, keeping things tidy, not having an adventure!

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Book Review – The League of Beastly Dreadfuls

Grant, Holly - League of Beastly Dreadfuls Anastasia McCrumpet is as average as they come. Not at all like the flashy heroine in her favorite mystery series. But when she’s taken away by unknown relatives to an retired insane asylum, Anastasia will need to rely on all her detecting wisdom to find out why she’s there in the first place, or go mad trying to get to the bottom of it.

Anastasia’s day began with a funeral, and it went downhill from there.

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Show & Tell – Ye Olde Notice

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Quote of the Day – The League of Beastly Dreadfuls

Anastasia had read about orphans in storybooks. To an almost-eleven-year-old girl with two parents, orphans had been sort of a mythical figure, like unicorns and mermaids. A creature that lived in the pages of a book. And now she was one. An orphan, that is. Not a unicorn.

-The League of Beastly Dreadfuls by Holly Grant

Show & Tell – Summer Reading Bingo

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Up to six books read this month, but no Bingo… it seems that a little strategy might be called for in the second half of the month.

Categories added this week:

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Book Review – Dessert First by Hallie Durand

Dessert First by Hallie Durand

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Dessert Schneider’s new teacher encourages students to march to the beat of their own drum. This is no problem for Dessert, who has a lot of bright ideas and ambition, especially when it comes to sweets. But when Dessert takes things a little too far, she’s choc-full of regret and has no idea how to get herself back in good graces with her family.

I woke up the next day with a smile on my face. I could tell it was cold out because there was frost on my windows, but knowing there were Double-Deckers in the fridge put me in a good mood.

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Show & Tell – Book A Day in May

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A trip to the library this week means my stack of finished books is a little less impressive, but the new titles I picked up are providing plenty of incentive to keep up with my goal of reading a book a day.

Freshly added to the stack this week:

14. The Power of Poppy Pendle by Natasha Lowe
15. The League of Beastly Dreadfuls by Holly Grant
16. Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka
17. Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
18. Clementine, Friend of the Week by Sara Pennypacker
19. Dear America: So Far from Home by Barry Danenburg

 

Question of the Day: What genres do you read when you need a break from the usual?

Show & Tell – Emily Windsnap

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I think mermaids are my favorite mythical creatures, which is why the month of May is especially merry for me. Artists everywhere are participating in #MerMay, a month dedicated to drawing and designing these undersea beauties.

Question of the Day: Who’s your favorite fictional mermaid?

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Quote of the Day – Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

Penelope (the parrot) squawked, ‘I’ll do it because I want to but not because you tell me to!’ Mary was certainly surprised at that because she thought that she had made up that brilliant remark.

-Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald