Grayling’s Song

Uncategorized ‐ June 07, 2016

Rated: 3.6 on the KART Kids Book Scale – Juniors ( 8 – 12 ) ~ 4 stars

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Nick and Tesla’s Solar-Powered Showdown (# 6)

Uncategorized ‐ May 09, 2016
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Bad Luck

Bad Luck

By Pseudonymous Bosch
Bad Luck is a classic adventure story combined with the awkward peer pressure struggles and sharp, witty dialogue of middle-grade kids looking to assert their independence. With allusions to everything from Lord of The Flies to King Kong, The Hobbit to Despicable Me, Bad Luck indulges the readers’ tastes but never patronizes them. It’s a book unafraid to throw in a word like ‘legerdemain,’ willing to deliver a disdainful sideswipe at consumer excess, and clever to embrace the alluring fantasy of a dragon worthy of any medieval bestiary.

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Nick and Tesla’s Special Effects Spectacular (# 5)

Nick and Tesla’s Special Effects Spectacular (# 5)

By Bob Pflugfelder and By Steve Hockensmith
Nick and Tesla Holt (a brother-and-sister team) together with their friends Silas and DeMarco (and DeMarco’s pesky little sisters) are making a movie starring aliens; however, when the children are invited to visit a real movie set downtown by Aunt Zoe, a movie producer, the real adventures begin. As the team races to figure out who is trying to sabotage the movie, they and the reader meet a whole cast of characters that invade the story along the way. From Zomboids, the super-hero “Metalman,” to a suspicious-looking props guy and a Sudoku-crazy security guard, the DIY-gadget-designer duo and their friends track clues with the help of their brilliant homemade devices.

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Horace Helfin’s Horrifying Halloween

Horace Helfin’s Horrifying Halloween

By John Philip McCarthy

Happy Halloween!

All is right in Somertown. What Could Go Wrong? WELL … The evil Goblin King is determined to rule the world in McCarthy’s second novel within his action-packed adventure series. Somertown has been tricked with treats, and it looks like a zombie apocalypse. No one is immune to the decadent allure of the Goblin King’s spell. He will make sure that nothing gets in his way; especially Horace, Sally, and their friends. Horace and his team must prepare for a showdown to save Somertown, but will they be able to defeat the darkness of the Goblin King or will they succumb to his demonic despair?

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Luminous Mountain

Luminous Mountain

By Marcela Grant
An interesting combination of writing in the style of the ancients together with contemporary child-friendly terminology…Engaging and insightful, this is one of those priceless gifts that children will remember for years to come.

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The Boy Who Learned Upside Down

The Boy Who Learned Upside Down

By Christy Scattarella
This exciting, real-life story of a boy’s brave journey of determination is sure to interest and inspire any child who experiences difficulty with reading… it graphically describes what it’s like to overcome obstacles when learning to read and to spell.

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Paris Hop!

Children (0 – 7), Fiction, Under 100 pgs ‐ September 18, 2015
Paris Hop!

By Margie Blumberg
Young minds are extraordinarily sensitive to new languages and young imaginations are entranced by foreign places, sounds, and environments. That’s the promising premise for Paris Hop!, an illustrated introduction to the marvels and mysteries of French language and culture. For young linguists, Paris Hop! makes language come alive in a fresh and entertaining fashion, with a visual flair that sets it apart from mere textbooks. It’s a fun story, but the charm of the illustrations makes Paris Hop! a real joy to read.

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Slim

Slim

By Caron Sisko
This tale is that rare treat, a story where the words and illustrations are perfectly complementary. The simple rhyming text is immediately given additional resonance, humor, and color by drawings that combine the feel of a classic morality tale with a stylish contemporary expressiveness. There’s an understated wit at play here; a lightness of touch that will ensure repeat readings.

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Sam and the Dragon

Children (0 – 7), Fiction, Under 100 pgs ‐ September 14, 2015
Sam and the Dragon

By Eric B. Thomasma
After centuries of hiding due to fear of extermination, the dragon species have been forgotten and reduced physically to the size of a small boy. Enter Sam and his family – or rather, exit. Sam, a boy who is “dragon sized,” refuses to migrate south for the winter like the rest of his family and town. “There is no such thing as winter or dragons,” Sam thought. With that state of mind what could go wrong?

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