Quote of the Day – The Best at It

We lean in for a BRiC, which is a secret high five that the three of us invented, named after our initials: Bhai, Rahul, and Chelsea. We had to throw in the i because we needed a vowel to make it a word. I beat u in a three-way tie.

–The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy

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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Quote of the Day – One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street

In nature, orange means good things, like pumpkins, and juice, and autumn leaves, and sunsets. But when you paint something orange it usually means something not-so-good. Except, of course, if it’s Halloween. And even Halloween is scary sometimes.

–One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin
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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 – Jeremy Bender vs. the Cupcake Cadets

Luper, Eric - Jeremy Bender vs. the Cupcake Cadets  When Jeremy accidentally ruins the engine of his dad’s boat, he and his best friend, Slater, go under cover as Cupcake Cadets in order to enter a cash-prize contest. But the boys quickly realize that being a cadet will require a lot more than a uniform and memorizing baking-themed pledges.

Jeremy stripped to his underwear and tugged on the dress. It felt a little snug, but something about the brass buttons and military-type emblems made him feel official, like a general.

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Show & Tell – Summer Reading Wrap-Up

It’s been a great summer of reading. In total, I’ve plowed through about 30 books in the last 3 months! I owe a lot of my success to the various reading challenges that went up this summer, mainly from #MGBookVillage and #MGCarousel.

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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