Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

Court of Fives by [Elliott, Kate]
Totally fun to read young adult fantasy novel! Jessamy and her 3 sisters have lived sheltered lives as Patrons with their lovely mother, who is a commoner, and their father who is a Patron war general.  While her father is away at war, Jess has often sneaked out and learned to be a competitor in the game of Fives, an athletic event in five sections rather like the American Ninja Warrior course.  Then her father comes home unexpectedly, and Jess is recognized competing in her first Fives game.  There is action and romance as she is thrust into a new life and must rescue her mother and sisters with the help of a handsome prince.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Jack Staples and the Ring of Time by Mark Batterson, Joel N. Clark

Jack Staples and the Ring of Time (Jack Staples #1)
This is a fun first book in a middle grade fantasy adventure series.  Jack is 11 years old and after he mysteriously survives a fire at the circus, he learns that he is part of a world that he did not know existed - and coincidentally - or perhaps not - Alexia, a girl who was performing in the circus is also part of the mystery.  His ageless teacher, a boy named Wild, and another boy named Arthur are all part of the magical story. I think that middle grade children will enjoy this book!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Best Man by Richard Peck

The Best Man by [Peck, Richard]
This is an absolutely fantastic book!  I give it 10 stars on a 5 star scale.  Archer tells his story from elementary through middle school about his friends, family and school.  The book is funny and heartwarming and just totally wonderful.  I highly recommend it for middle grade readers!

Friday, March 17, 2017

If Our Bodies Could Talk by James Hamblin

This book contains a wide variety of interesting facts about the human body. From why don't tattoos wear off to why do ears ring, what is gluten, are we made to eat meat, how does flouride work, how does gender transitioning go and more, you will find easy to read and understand explanations and some cute illustrations.  I think that lovers of trivia and facts about the human body will enjoy reading this book.

Matylda, Bright & Tender by Holly M. McGhee

In this very sad book, Sussy and her best friend Guy get a gecko from the pet shop that is kept at Sussy's house because Guy's mother says there is not room for a pet at his house.  Then, while they are on a bicycle trip to the pet store, Guy is hit by a car and killed.  For the rest of the story, Sussy struggles to deal with the death of her best friend and tries to keep Matylda,the gecko alive and well.

Proof of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallach

Proof of Lies
This is a totally amazing suspense filled young adult mystery with a bit of romance!  I read it all in one day because I could not put it down. Anastasia is a junior in high school, living with her older sister, Keira since their parents had died in a tragic accident several years before.  When Keira disappears and is presumed to be dead due to the amount of her blood that was at the scene, Anastasia refuses to believe her sister is dead and sinks into a deep depression.  Then, evidence turns up that Keira may be alive and Anastasia is determined to find her.  She is sent to Europe with Marcus, a boy from her high school whose parents and brother work for the same company her parents worked for.  There is lots of action and plot twists and this is the first book in a series and I look forward to reading the rest when they come out!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Faerie Tree by Jane Cable

This story is told alternately by Robin and Izzie, who have met one another again twenty years after the first time they met. They become involved with one another and both remember the past, but their memories are different.  Izzie and her teenage daughter, Claire are still mourning the death of Claire's father, and Robin has been living on the streets.  We later learn why he was living as a homeless person as the story gives clues to both of their pasts.  The story is a mystery and a romance and a story of two lost people who find one another.