3 Hearts · Children's Literature · Young Adult Paranormal

Tridea’s Children by Kevin Peake

For as long as anyone in the world of Tridea can remember, large crystals have lined the landscape, possessing and exuding powerful magical energy. When a meteor crashes into Tridea and the crystals are infected by a darkness. The populace of elves, fae and feline races discover a great danger. A virus is released, capable… Continue reading Tridea’s Children by Kevin Peake

5 Hearts · Children's Literature · MG & Kids Lit · Middle Grade

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K Rowlings

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in… Continue reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K Rowlings

4.5 Hearts · Children's Literature · MG & Kids Lit · Middle Grade

The Secret of the Sphinx by Samuel Bavli

When Jon, a precocious and adventurous 14-year-old boy, encounters a sphinx on a class trip to the museum, little does he know that his life is about to change forever. Four and half thousand years ago, in ancient Egypt, an evil sorcerer captured Neb, the king’s magician, and imprisoned his soul in this sphinx. The… Continue reading The Secret of the Sphinx by Samuel Bavli

4.5 Hearts · Children's Literature · MG & Kids Lit

The Shakespeare Stealer (The Shakespeare Stealer #1) by Gary L. Blackwood

Synopsis Widge is an orphan with a rare talent for shorthand. His fearsome master has just one demand: steal Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet”–or else. Widge has no choice but to follow orders, so he works his way into the heart of the Globe Theatre, where Shakespeare’s players perform. As full of twists and turns as a… Continue reading The Shakespeare Stealer (The Shakespeare Stealer #1) by Gary L. Blackwood

5 Hearts · Children's Literature · MG & Kids Lit

The Green Ember by S.D. Smith Illustrated by Zach Franzen

Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives until calamitous events overtake them, spilling them into a cauldron of misadventures. They discover that their own story is bound up in the tumult threatening to overwhelm the wider world. Kings fall and kingdoms totter. Tyrants ascend and terrors threaten. Betrayal beckons, and loyalty is a broken… Continue reading The Green Ember by S.D. Smith Illustrated by Zach Franzen

Children's Literature · MG & Kids Lit

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein 

​​Personal Thoughts Synopsis  A New York Times Bestseller Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be… Continue reading Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein 

Children's Literature · MG & Kids Lit · Middle Grade

The Code of Magic by David D. Hammons

There’s a monster in Alex’s backyard. He doesn’t know how it got there, but with his parents refusing to help, Alex must capture it on his own. When he does, a monster hunting Keeper comes to claim it. Alex follows the Keeper to the world of Edin, a preserve for monsters run by magic-wielders. Aboard… Continue reading The Code of Magic by David D. Hammons

Children's Literature · MG & Kids Lit

Bumbling Bea by Deborah Baldwin

Bumbling Bea Synopsis  Level: 5 – 9Beatrice thinks she has no acting talent but that doesn’t stop her from auditioning for the annual middle school play. She has two missions-winning the role of Pocahontas (which guarantees her popularity with the cool kids, at least in her mind) and grabbing the attention of her estranged father.… Continue reading Bumbling Bea by Deborah Baldwin

Children's Literature · MG & Kids Lit

Piggy Sense!: Save it for a Rainy Day by Reed Moore

Synopsis  Piggy Sense! …. is a fun educational children’s book that will instill in children the basic fundamentals of work ethics, saving money, and spending wisely. Age Level: 4 – 11 Grade Level: P – 5. Parents will love reading this book to their children – Grandparents will love reading this book to their grandchildren,… Continue reading Piggy Sense!: Save it for a Rainy Day by Reed Moore

Children's Literature · MG & Kids Lit · Middle Grade

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket Reviewed by Syd Jack

Synopsis ​Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire were orphaned by a terrible fire. After that fire, they are thrust into an onslaught of miserable situations, ranging from being trapped by a group of poisonous mushrooms to steering a sailboat through a leech-infested lake during a hurricane. All the while, they are pursued by Count Olaf, an… Continue reading A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket Reviewed by Syd Jack

5 Hearts · Children's Literature

The Doublecross: And Other Skills I Learned as a Superspy by Jackson Pearce

The Doublecross: (And Other Skills I Learned as a Superspy) Twelve-year-old Hale is a member of the Sub-Rosa Society, a secret spy corporation. His parents are two of the best agents. But when Hale’s parents go missing (undoubtedly kidnapped by The League, SRS’s arch-nemesis), Hale decides to rescue them. But The League isn’t holding his… Continue reading The Doublecross: And Other Skills I Learned as a Superspy by Jackson Pearce

5 Hearts · Children's Literature · MG & Kids Lit · Middle Grade

Smile By Raina Telgemeier                                           

Personal Thoughts Synopsis Smile is a graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier, based on her [the author’s] experiences from late 6th grade to middle 9th. Raina wants to be an ordinary kid. But one evening, she has an accident and seriously damages her two front teeth. After that, she has to cope with several surgeries, headgear, an… Continue reading Smile By Raina Telgemeier                                           

4.5 Hearts · Children's Literature · MG & Kids Lit

Out of My Mind By Sharon M. Draper

From award-winning author Sharon Draper comes Out of My Mind, the story of a brilliant girl who cannot speak or write. “If there is one book teens and parents (and everyone else) should read this year, Out of My Mind should be it.” (Denver Post). Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or… Continue reading Out of My Mind By Sharon M. Draper

Children's Literature · MG & Kids Lit · Middle Grade

The Mysterious Benedict Society #1 by Trenton Lee  Stewart

  The Mysterious Benedict Society “Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?” Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children-two boys and two girls-succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret… Continue reading The Mysterious Benedict Society #1 by Trenton Lee  Stewart