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In this sequel to Princess of the Midnight Ball, we get to hear the story of Poppy who we met in the previous book.  Three years have passed since Poppy and her sisters defeated the King Under Stone and stopped having to dance nightly with his sons.  Now, Poppy is visiting her cousin and hoping to have a nice time meeting new people.  But everyone is amazed that she won’t dance and there are rumors that she and her sisters can do magic.  Poppy still manages to find some good friends, but when another curse threatens to ruin those friendships, she knows she will have to unravel another curse.  This time, it is based on the tale of Cinderella, but Poppy is not Cinderella.  It is a wonderful tale.  George is an exceptionally good writer and manages to make fairy tale retellings come to life.

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The second book in the new Percy Jackson series.  In this book, we catch up with Percy as he enters a camp of other kids like him.  He ends up with a bunch of kids that are the children of Roman gods, but he can’t remember who he is or where he comes from.  Slowly though, his memory starts to come back.  But, before it can really come back, he and a few of his new friends must go on a quest to save the world.  A good sequel that sets the stage for what promises to be big action in the next books.

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I liked this book, but wasn’t overly enamored of the author’s reading of it.  I thought it was quirky and harkened back to bygone children’s books.  Our heroine, September, is plucky and full of a spirit of adventure.  She meets many marvelous creatures on her trip to fairyland and even vanquishes a great evil.  It is very reminiscent of the Wizard of Oz and I think kids will love this book.  However, while I thought the book was fabulous, I didn’t care for the way the author narrated it.  If I had to do it over again, I would just read it.

 

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Darke by Angie Sage

In the most recent Septimus Heap book, most of the action takes place in and around the castle which is interesting as that is not usually the case. Sptimus must complete a Darke week in which he enters the Darke to complete a task. Marcia Overstrand has accidentally banished the ghost of Alther Mella and Septimus decides that for his task he will get him back. But before he can do that, a Darke domain enters the castle and everything is thrown into chaos. The audio version of the book was superb and made the story even better than if I had read it. A thrilling installment in the series.

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Great children’s adventure novel.  The second in the series, The Emerald Casket details the further adventures of Gerald, boy billionaire.  Gerald and his two friends, Ruby and Sam, have recovered from their harrowing experiences a few weeks before.  So, when an opportunity comes to travel to India and relax, they take it.  But soon weird things start happening and Gerald and his friends will need to use all their cunning to unravel clues, outwit the bad guys and uncover the treasure.  A solid sequel.

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As always, Bauer’s books are wonderful.  Close to Famous is no different.  She deals with real life with all its joys and sorrows.  She doesn’t write down to kids and really seems to portray life as it is.  Foster and her mom have moved to Culpepper, a small, small town, in order to escape from her mom’s scuzzy ex-boyfriend.  Foster immediately finds her way into the hearts of the town with her scrumptious cupcakes.  She is a very talented baker.  But she is hiding a terrible secret, she can’t read.  But with her new friends, perhaps she can overcome her fears and learn how to be happy.  A great read that makes the characters leap off the page.  Another gem from Bauer.

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In the latest Erec Rex installment, Erec is on a mission even more important than the quests to make him king.  His best friend, Bethany, has been kidnapped by Bastania, an evil sorcerer.  But the fates know what is up and going on his next quest will be the only way to save Bethany.  More secrets are unveiled and Erec is faced with even harder tasks.  What is great about these books is that we see, in each one, Erec grow as a person.  In that regard, they remind me a lot of the Harry Potter books.  Erec is not perfect, but he has some amazing friends and family who help him achieve his goals.

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