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Archive for August, 2010

Frederick Lincoln is an orphan and he is thrilled when he is hired as a boot boy in the Big House in town.  He has an unlikely ally in Billy Bly, a brownie.  Soon though, strange things are happening and Frederick finds out that maybe magic has more of a place in his world than he ever realized.  Magic Below Stairs is a great fantasy for kids since it is not too long and has great characters.

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Talibah and Adom are with their father on a trip to Egypt.  Talibah has always wanted to visit because of her Egyptian heritage, and is thrilled when they finally arrive.  But soon strange thigns are happening and she must solve a centuries old mystery tohelp the past and future.  With cryptic messages and terrifying dreams, Talibah and her brother will jjourney through the land of the Pharaohs and work together to right an ancient wrong. 

Marissa Moss wrote the Amelia books which are very cute, but Pharaoh’s Secret is not anything like them.  It was a very well crafted book that gripped the read almost from the first page.  I was very impressed and greatly enjoyed reading this after having finsihed Riordan’s Red Pyramid series.

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Travis Raines receives a blue envelope in his locker.  Is it possibly from The Legend?  The infamous group who holds fun events at the middle school and helps the community.  Perhaps, but perhaps not.  Travis continues to get in trouble for things he isn’t doing, but how can he prove it is not him?  As assistant principal Mrs. Pinchon says,  “Everything is not always as it appears.”  The reader finds this to be true time and time again throughout the book as Travis pieces together the clues he receives.  A great book with vivid characters, The Seventh Level can be read on many different levels and will be enjoyable for many.  I hope there will be more books about Travis and his friends.

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This book is hysterically funny.  It tells the tale of three fluffy bunny aliens who come to take over and eat everyone on Earth.  Kevin and Joules are twins whose parents drop them at camp while they go to a SPAM cooking competition.  Yep, SPAM.  Camp is not what they expect, especially when the adults all get eaten by 7 foot tall bunnies who force the kids to eat sugar.  The twins and their friend Nelson must save the day.  Much hilarity ensues and then the world is safe once more.  A great book that is perfect for reluctant readers.

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I love Vaughn’s other books and was excited when this one came out.  It tells the story of a future in peril where a young woman, Evie Walker, goes back to visit her dying dad.  She learns that her family is the caretaker of magical items from myth and legend.  Some people come to get items who are entitled to them, but there are some who seek to steal the items.  Evie learns all of this as the world is going to pieces.  But she is a strong person and handles it very well.  It is the first book in what will be (if this book is any indication)  a great series!

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I liked this book….I think.  It is told through letters written by Bax, the main character, to different people in his life.  It starts out with him recently released from jail, but soon becomes a tale of magic, danger and excitement.  Bax is a likable character, but portrays himself as the evil brother which I never quite get.  Wolfe’s writing is evocative and compelling, but I don’t know that I necessarily understood the end.  It was rather random to my mind, but despite that, I enjoyed the tale and loved meeting all of the people in it.  A well wrought story.

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Dragongirl_AnneMcCaffrey.jpg 27 Jul (US)/ 6 Aug (UK) image by mischievouscherry I have enjoyed the series thus far by Todd, but Dragongirl didn’t draw me in the same way the others in the series have.  Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood, but the whole long triangle thing was a bit much and I didn’t really care for the characters the way I have before.  Nothing much seemed to happen in this one….well that isn’t quite true.  Things happened, but I didn’t really feel invested and so I didn’t much care.  I will not buy it the way I do most of the series.  This is one that I know I will not re-read and so what is the point?

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