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Quote of the Day – Zinnia and the Bees

I take off down the sidewalk in a panic, tripping over people and shoes and strollers. It’s like a terrible, ridiculous attack-of-the-bees sci-fi movie is being filmed—except no one else knows about it, and I am, unfortunately, the star.

–Zinnia and the Bees by Danielle Davis

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 – The Secret Destiny of Pixie Piper

All Pixie reFisher, Annabelle - The Secret Destiny of Pixie Piperally wants is to be normal. But it’s a little hard to blend in when your family is as eccentric as the Pipers. So, even though she’s got a knack for poetry, Pixie’s reluctant to participate when the school announces a contest to crown their own poet laureate. The last thing she needs is to stand out even more. But when her mother shares a family secret, Pixie realizes that normal might not be an option for her at all.

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Quote of the Day – Keeper

Keeper didn’t know anyone else who had a resident seagull. How great was that? And they’d had one for five years—ever since that night when Captain had crash-landed into their kitchen window.

-Keeper by Kathi Appelt

Show & Tell – Michelle Cuevas

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Hope, and magic, and adventure. Whimsy, and heartbreak, and self-discovery. Looking, and losing, and loving.

Question of the Day: Can you describe the book you’re currently reading in three words?

 

Show & Tell – Ye Olde Notice

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Book Review – Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs by Betsy Hearne

Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs by Betsy Hearne

cvr9780689863479_9780689863479_lgWhen Louise makes a careless wish upon the evening star, her brother, Willie, is turned into a pig. This isn’t the first sign of troubles at Tollivers’ Hollow, and certainly not the last. Out-of-hand magic and conspiring neighbors threaten their chances as Louise and her Mama try to find a spell to make everything go back to the way it was.

“That star is out to get me, Mama, honestly!”

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Quote of the Day – The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole

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

–The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas

Book Review – Confessions of an Imaginary Friend by Michelle Cuevas

Confessions of an Imaginary Friend by Michelle Cuevas

9780147514332Jacques Papier gets ignored a lot. In fact, if it weren’t for his twin sister, Fleur, he’d feel downright invisible. Jacques believes that everyone must hate himuntil he discovers the truth; he’s an imaginary friend.

 

Sometimes imaginary troubles are harder to bear than actual ones.

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Show & Tell – Book A Day in May

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Less than a week left in my book a day challenge. In a way, I can’t believe it. Time really does fly when you’re having fun, and, with so many adventures and stories piling up around me, it feels a bit surreal that I’ve accomplished so much reading in so little time!

This week I’ve added:

20. Falcon’s Egg by Luli Gray
21. Your Mother was a Neanderthal by Jon Scieszka
22. The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
23. The Classy Crooks Club by Alison Cherry
24. Dear America: A Light in the Storm by Karen Hesse
25. Clementine and the Family Meeting by Sara Pennypacker
26. The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas
27. Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

 

Question of the Day: Who are your favorite hidden gem/under-appreciated authors?