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 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 – 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
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Quote of the Day – Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs

You took what you had and you took what you knew and what you felt and what you guessed and you mixed them all together, and remembered to look out the window and listen to the birds sing while you were doing it. Plus, it didn’t hurt to count your blessings while you were beating the batter. Louise thought this might be the recipe for the whole world.

-Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs by Betsy Hearne

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?

 

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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Show & Tell – Summer Reading Bingo

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To keep things interesting, I’m using book bingo to help me get through my summer reading pile.

Categories completed so far:

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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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