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Book Review: A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron

Book Review: A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron

Title: A Spark Unseen Author: Sharon Cameron Series: The Dark Unwinding, Book 2 Publisher: Scholastic Hardcover: 335 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) When Katharine Tulman wakes in the middle of the night and accidentally foils a kidnapping attempt on her uncle, she realizes Stranwyne Keep is no longer safe for Uncle Tully and his genius inventions. She flees to Paris, where she hopes to remain undetected and also find the mysterious and handsome Lane, who is suspected to be dead. But…

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Book Review: Gabriel Finley and the Lord of Air and Darkness

Book Review: Gabriel Finley and the Lord of Air and Darkness

Title: Gabriel Finley and the Lord of Air and Darkness Author: George Hagen Series: Gabriel Finley, Book 2 Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Hardcover: 290 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Gabriel Finley is longing to find his mother, who vanished without a trace when he was just a baby. Along with Gabriel’s raven, Paladin–with whom he has a magical bond that enables them to become one creature and FLY!–and his three friends, he ventures back to the ruined underground city of Aviopolis to free…

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Book Review: Better to Wish by Ann M. Martin

Book Review: Better to Wish by Ann M. Martin

Title: Better to Wish Author: Ann M. Martin Series: Family Tree, Book 1 Publisher: Scholastic Hardcover: 226 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository In 1930, Abby Nichols is eight, and can’t imagine what her future holds. The best things today would be having a dime for the fair, keeping her Pops from being angry, and saving up eighty-seven cents to surprise her little sister with a tea set for Christmas. But Abby’s world is changing fast. Soon there will be…

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Book Review: P is for Pirate – A Pirate Alphabet by Eve Bunting

Book Review: P is for Pirate – A Pirate Alphabet by Eve Bunting

Title: P is for Pirate: A Pirate Alphabet Author: Eve Bunting Illustrator: John Manders Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press Hardcover: 40 pages Source: Chicago Overdrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) The word pirate means one who plunders on the sea, and piracy has been around for as long as men and women have longed for adventure and lusted for riches. But it wasn’t all fun and pillaging! Being a pirate was not an easy life. Written by award-winning author Eve Bunting, poetry and expository text are used…

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Book Review: A Properly Unhaunted Place by William Alexander

Book Review: A Properly Unhaunted Place by William Alexander

Title: A Properly Unhaunted Place Author: William Alexander Illustrator: Kelly Murphy Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Hardcover: 192 pages Source: ALA Annual 2017 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) From National Book Award–winning author William Alexander comes a wryly humorous story about two kids who try to save their town by bringing back its ghosts. Rosa Ramona Díaz has just moved to the small, un-haunted town of Ingot—the only ghost-free town in the world. She doesn’t want to be there. She doesn’t understand how her mother—a…

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Book Review: Superior Saturday by Garth Nix

Book Review: Superior Saturday by Garth Nix

Title: Superior Saturday Author: Garth Nix Series: Keys to the Kingdom, Book 6 Publisher: Scholastic Hardcover: 336 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository On the sixth day, there was sorcery. Arthur Penhaligan has wrested five of the Keys from their immortal guardians, the Trustees of the Will. But gaining the Sixth Key poses a greater challenge than any he has faced before. Superior Saturday is not just one of the Trustees – she is also the oldest Denizen and the…

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Book Review: The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Book Review: The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Title: The Yearling Author: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Publisher: Aladdin Paperback: 513 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Young Jody adopts an orphaned fawn he calls Flag and makes it a part of his family and his best friend. But life in the Florida backwoods is harsh, and so, as his family fights off wolves, bears, and even alligators, and faces failure in their tenuous subsistence farming, Jody must finally part with his dear animal friend. Buy from the Book Depository! Overall Rating:…

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Book Review: The Travelers – Book One by DJ MacHale and Carla Jablonski

Book Review: The Travelers – Book One by DJ MacHale and Carla Jablonski

Title: The Travelers Authors: DJ MacHale & Carla Jablonski Series: Pendragon Before the War, Book 1 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Hardcover: 240 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository Before Bobby Pendragon. Before Saint Dane. Before the war . . . Every territory of Halla has a Traveler. They lived for years—some even for decades—before learning of their true destiny. What was life like for Bobby Pendragon’s fellow Travelers before they joined him in the fight to save every…

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Book Review: Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins

Book Review: Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins

Title: Gregor and the Code of Claw Author: Suzanne Collins Series: Underland Chronicles, Book 5 Publisher: Scholastic Hardcover: 412 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository Everyone in the Underland has been taking great pains to keep the new prophecy, The Prophecy of Time, from Gregor. Gregor knew from the beginning that it must say something awful, but he never imagined just how awful: The prophecy calls for the warrior’s death. Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 This was a decent…

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Book Review: The Floating Island by Elizabeth Haydon

Book Review: The Floating Island by Elizabeth Haydon

Title: The Floating Island Author: Elizabeth Haydon Series: The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme, Book 1 Publisher: Starscape Paperback: 368 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Long ago, in the Second Age of history, a young Nain explorer by the name of Ven Polypheme traveled much of the known and unknown world, recording his adventures. Recently discovered by archaeologists, a few fragments of his original journals are reproduced in this book. Great care has been taken to reconstruct the parts of…

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