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Quote of the Day – The Great Cake Mystery

All of us worry about what other people think, even if we do not have to. It was easy to tell somebody to ignore that sort of thing; it was much harder to put such advice into practice.

–The Great Cake Mystery by Alexander McCall Smith

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 Chocolate Touch

Catling, Patrick Skene - Chocolate TouchJohn Midas is usually a good boy, but his one weakness is candy. His parents beg him to keep to a balanced diet, but John continues to spoil his appetite and refuses to eat a proper dinner. When a magical curse begins turning everything he eats to chocolate, John realizes that his unhealthy habits come with some nasty side effects.

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Book Review – The Cat Who Went to Heaven

Coatsworth, Elizabeth - The Cat Who Went to HeavenWhen a poor artist’s housekeeper brings home a cat instead of food, it seems that it won’t be long before they all starve. But their luck begins to change when the artist is commissioned to create a painting of the Buddha for their village’s temple.

Sometimes the painting came easy, sometimes it came hard; sometimes the artist was pleased with what he had done, sometimes he was disgusted.

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Book Review – Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

Look, Lenore - Alvin Ho, Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary ThingsAlvin Ho is afraid of pretty much everything, and when he’s afraid, Alvin can’t speak. It’s hard to make friends at school when you can’t talk, but Alvin has a Personal Disaster Kit and a plan.

Not being able to talk in school is a terrible problem. But having a girl desk buddy is even worse; it is the kiss of death.

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Quote of the Day – Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

Not being able to talk in school is a terrible problem. But having a girl desk buddy is even worse; it is the kiss of death.

-Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look

Show & Tell – Book A Day in May

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My personal challenge to read a book a day in May has been slightly redefined this week to mean ‘starting a new book every day’, partly due to picking a slightly longer book (gotta read my library books before they’re due back!), and partly because I can’t help but read more than one book at once. Oh well.

Since last week I’ve added:

7. The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth
8. Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech
9. Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler
10. The Great Cake Mystery by Alexander McCall Smith
11. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look
12. Dessert First by Hallie Durand
13. The Wish by Gail Carson Levine

 

Question of the Day: What’s the first chapter book series you remember loving as a kid?

Show & Tell – Book A Day in May

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I’m working my way through a personal challenge to read one book every day in May. This, of course, works best if I pick shorter books. So far, I’ve had pretty great luck with finding some amazing lower middle grade books.

To date, I’ve read:

  1. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
  2. The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop
  3. The Fish in Room 11 by Heather Dyer
  4. Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson
  5. Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs by Betsy Hearne
  6. Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

 

Question of the Day: What are your favorite lower middle grade stories or chapter books?