Friday, February 28, 2014

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Review: Secret Kingdom Books 1 & 2 by Rosie Banks (ARCs)



Enchanted Palace.
by Rosie Banks.
2014 Scholastic.
ISBN: 9780545535533
Secret Kingdom is a brand-new series of paperback chapter books from Scholastic, which was originally published in the UK. The series focuses on the adventures of three girls - Ellie, Jasmine, and Summer - who stumble upon a mysterious old box with the power to transport them to the magical kingdom ruled by King Merry. The kingdom is in trouble, as the king’s sister, Queen Malice, is intent on making everyone as miserable as she is by hiding six thunderbolts around the kingdom. With the help of a pixie named Trixi, the three girls must work together to track down the thunderbolts and destroy them before they can make any trouble. In the first book, Enchanted Palace,the girls visit the king’s palace, where they help to save his birthday party from being ruined by the first thunderbolt. In the second book, Unicorn Valley, they help a group of unicorns put on the Golden Games, which are nearly canceled due to the second thunderbolt.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review: Gone Fishing by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Gone Fishing.
 by Tamera Will Wissinger.
2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
ISBN: 978047820118

 
Sam is really looking forward to fishing with his dad, just the two of them. When his sister, Lucy, decides she wants to join in, he’s sure the trip will be ruined with all her twirling, jumping, and playing. On the trip itself, though, Lucy and Sam surprise each other with their fishing abilities, and the bond they form as siblings. This book is told entirely in different forms of verse, in the voices of Lucy, Sam, and their dad.


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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Review: Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg (ARC)

Better Off Friends.
by Elizabeth Eulberg
2014. Scholastic.
ISBN: 9780545551458
When Levi and Macallan first meet in seventh grade, he has just moved from California to Wisconsin, and she has recently lost her mother to a fatal car accident. At first, they don’t really hit it off. Levi seems too much like a hippie, and Macallan has enough on her mind without trying to make friends. When they realize they both like the same obscure British television show, however, something immediately clicks, and soon they are inseparable best friends. As they leave middle school and enter high school, their friendship remains strong, but it also begins to develop into something more. By junior year, they each find themselves questioning whether they are truly better off friends.

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