Author: First Book Publish:2016 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:7.6 Characters: Secrets of Valhalla (Secrets Of Valhalla Book 1) First published: January 18th 2016Rating: 7.56 stars GoodReads:Secrets of Valhalla Review: A good choice for middle grade readers too young for Rick Riordan. Funny and exciting, and for once, a standalone book with a happy and tidy conclusion.
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Author: First Book Publish:2017 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.8 Characters: Dragonwatch (Fablehaven Adventure Book 1) First published: March 13th 2017Rating: 8.82 stars GoodReads:Dragonwatch Review: It’s too bad you couldn’t hear the squeals of excitement our daughters let out when this book showed up on our doorstep! I’m sure there were many other such squeals at other houses when this book came out last week. I know that our kids (okay, and me too!) have been waiting for this book to come out ever since it was announced that Brandon Mull would be writing a sequel series to his beloved Fablehaven series. I will admit that I can’t wait to introduce our little guy to these books in a few ye
Author: First Book Publish:2015 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:7.7 Characters: The Jumbies (The Jumbies Book 1) First published: April 27th 2015Rating: 7.66 stars GoodReads:The Jumbies Review: got this book part of the goodreads first reads. It is a good book. Good story, excellent balance on magic, lore and story. Passing of my copy to a good friend.
Author: First Book Publish:2012 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.7 Characters: Finding Zasha (Zasha Book 1) First published: December 31st 2012Rating: 8.72 stars GoodReads:Finding Zasha Review: In 1941 Twelve year old Ivan has to flee his home in Leningrad and joins a group of partisans. While spying on the Germans, he becomes attached to two German Shepherds. When it is time to leave, can he save both dogs and a fellow partisan who is imprisoned? This prequel to Saving Zasha is longer and would be good in the high school as well.
Author: First Book Publish:2013 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:7.1 Characters: The Gumazing Gum Girl!: Chews Your Destiny (Gumazing Gum Girl, #1) (Gumazing Gum Girl Book 1) First published: August 19th 2013Rating: 7.08 stars GoodReads:The Gumazing Gum Girl!: Chews Your Destiny (Gumazing Gum Girl, #1) Review: I’m sure that kids will love this new series. It should be especially fun for girls as most super heros are boys.
Author: First Book Publish:2014 Books in series: 4 Avg. Book Rating:8.6 Characters: The Lost Pony of Riverdale (The Riverdale Pony Stories Book 1) (The Riverdale Pony Stories Book 1) First published: January 5th 2014Rating: 8.46 stars GoodReads:The Lost Pony of Riverdale (The Riverdale Pony Stories Book 1) Review: Echt schönes Buch, aber mehr für jüngere Kids. Als Geschenk für 9-12 Jahre zum Englisch verbessern perfekt. Against all Hope (The Riverdale Pony Stories, #2) (The Riverdale Pony Stories Book 2) First published: July 30th 2014Rating: 8.9 stars GoodReads:Against all Hope (The Riverdale Pony Stories, #2) Review: I’ve always loved stories about horses and ponies but Amanda Wills’ Riverdale series has pony-related plots combined with engaging stories about the humans in Poppy’s life. In this book the plot focuses on mysterious new arrivals to the neighbourhood: Shelley Taylor and her daughter Hope. I enjoyed meeting these new characters, and although I guessed their secret rather early on I’m well above the target age range and I did enjoy seeing how Poppy dealt with it when she did figure it out. Into the Storm (The Riverdale Pony Stories Book 3) (The Riverdale Pony Stories Book 3) First published: January 7th 2015Rating: 9.04 stars…
Author: First Book Publish:2015 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:7.9 Characters: Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland (Little Nemo: Return To Slumberland Book 1) First published: May 25th 2015Rating: 7.9 stars GoodReads:Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland Review: I kind of went all nostalgic with this graphic novel. I remember loving the movie Little Nemo Adventures in Slumberland when I was young and I remember spending hours playing the video game with my brother.
Author: First Book Publish:2009 Books in series: 3 Avg. Book Rating:7.8 Characters: The Adventures of Julius Chancer: Volume One (Julius Chancer Book 1) First published: August 3rd 2009Rating: 7.52 stars GoodReads:The Adventures of Julius Chancer: Volume One Review: Fun, old-fashioned action and adventure as our hero Julius Chancer (historical research assistant) and beautiful sidekick Lily (silent-film actress) embark on a quest to find the rare, possibly imaginary, rainbow orchid. Fans of Tintin will really enjoy this! There are two more volumes on order at SPL. The Adventures Of Julius Chancer: The Rainbow Orchid V.2 (Julius Chancer Book 2) First published: December 31st 2016Rating: 7.92 stars GoodReads:The Adventures Of Julius Chancer: The Rainbow Orchid V.2 Review: I was drawn (ha, no pun intended) to these books as I’m a huge Tintin fan, and this series is clearly an attempt to do something similar. Plot-wise, Garen Ewing hits all the right beats, and it’s an exciting adventure so far, but the actual telling lacks Herge’s fleetness, with some pages so bogged down in exposition that there’s hardly any room for the pictures. The Adventures Of Julius Chancer: The Rainbow Orchid V.3 (Julius Chancer Book 3) First published: April 1st 2012Rating: 8.1 stars…
Author: First Book Publish:1964 Books in series: 4 Avg. Book Rating:7.5 Characters: Miss Havisham, Philip "Pip" Pirrip, Abel Magwitch, Herbert Pocket, Jaggers, Joseph "Joe" Gargery, John Wemmick, Dolge Orlick, Estella, Compeyson, Victor Frankenstein, Elizabeth Lavenza, William Frankenstein, Robert Walton, Henry Clerval, Alphonse Frankenstein, Caroline Beaufort Frankenstein, Ernest Frankenstein, Justine Moritz, Monsieur de Lacy, Safiye, Frankenstein's monster, Jim Hawkins, Billy Bones, Long John Silver, Doctor Livesey, Captain Smollet, Squire John Trelawney, Ben Gunn, Great Expectations (Top Five Classics Book 1) First published: December 29th 1964Rating: 7.48 stars GoodReads:Great Expectations Review: Definitely holds a place for me. I remember having this book read to me when I was six or so. The story of Pip and his mysterious benefactor. It is just some seriously good storytellingReally enjoyed it despite knowing the majority of the story beforehand. It was one of the easier Dickens’ I’ve attempted before and the characters were all so interesting. Frankenstein (Top Five Classics Book 2) First published: December 28th 1995Rating: 7.48 stars GoodReads:Frankenstein Review: Frankenstein’s monster did not have green skin, a flat topped skull, or bolts in his neck. If you are looking for that version, you will not find it in this incredible story. Treasure Island…
Author: First Book Publish:2007 Books in series: 2 Avg. Book Rating:7.4 Characters: Jim Lassiter, Jane Withersteen, Riders of the Purple Sage (Riders Of The Purple Sage Book 1) First published: August 31st 2007Rating: 7.38 stars GoodReads:Riders of the Purple Sage Review: My book club picked this book. My book club is made up of 80% Mormons, so imagine my surprise when I realized the bad guys of this book are none other than Utah Mormons in the 1800’s. The Rainbow Trail (Riders Of The Purple Sage Book 2) First published: May 15th 2012Rating: 7.66 stars GoodReads:The Rainbow Trail Review: The sequel to the famous “Riders of the Purple Sage”, Shefford returns to the West to find the lost Faye and rescue Jane and Lassiter, whom he thinks are sealed in a canyon (“canon” as Grey calls them) after a landslide Lassiter created to save them from Mormon bad guys.