Fantasy, Juvenile Fiction

Myth Conceptions by Robert Asprin

Aahz and Skeeve managed to score an easy relaxing job as the magician to the king of a nearby kingdom, the first task in their easy job? Defeat an entire Army by themselves. They go to the bazaar at Deva to try and hire some mercenaries, and Skeeve accidentally hires 5 people with all of their money. So now it’s down to strategy to figure out how to win.
I really enjoy these books, they’re quick and easy read but the solutions are often a quirky twist that have a lot of real life in them. Plus they’re funny, and you actually get to see the characters grow!

~Naomi

Juvenile Fiction

Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale illustrated by Nathan Hale

In this Rapunzel was raised by Mother Gothel who controls the land by draining the plant life from places in people who don’t pay her lots of money and only allowing those who pay her to grow crops. When Rapunzel figures this out she rebels and Mother Gothel trapped her in a tree. When she escaped she teams up with a man named Jack together they set out to rescue her mother and take down Gothel, using only their wits and her cowboy tricks with her long long braids.
I enjoyed it, the art was good the story was sweet. Overall it was good.

~Naomi

Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Juvenile Fiction

Little Miss Evil by Bryce Leung and Kristy Shen

Fiona’s father is an World Famous villain, she wishes she could just be a normal kid at school, but that’s not going to be. On her 13th birthday her father gets kidnapped, and she gets a message saying if she doesn’t deliver the NOVA (a doomsday device) in 24 hours he will be killed. Fiona doesn’t want to be evil, but she has to embrace that side of herself if she wants to save her father.
This was a quick fun read that I really enjoyed. It plays with tropes and cliches without getting stuck in them.

~Naomi

Fantasy, Historical, Juvenile Fiction, Mystery, Short Stories

The Arabs in the Golden Age by Mokhtar Moktefi and Veronique Ageorges

This book describes the Arab civilization during their golden age during the 600’s-1100’s AD.

~Timmy

Other books:
Improve Your Survival Skills- Usborne (non-fiction)

Biographies:
With Two Hands- Rebecca Davis
Mary Slessor- Janet and Geoff Benge

Donald J. Sobol Encyclopedia Brown series (a favorite):
Finds the Clues
Case of the Two Spies
Case of Pablo’s Nose
Case of the Treasure Hunt
Case of the Secret Pitch
Solves Them All
Cracks the Case
Saves the Day
Tracks them Down
Case of the Disgusting Sneakers
Boy Detective
Case of the Sleeping Dog

John D. Fitzgerald Great Brain series:
The Great Brain
More Adventures of the Great Brain
Me and My Little Brain
The Great Brain at the Academy

Gertrude Chandler Warner Boxcar series:
Boxcar Children
Mystery of the Spider’s Clue
Surprise Island
Also: The Boxcar Children Beginning by Patricia MacLachlan

Other random fiction books:
Wild Man Island by Will Hobbs
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene d Bois
Stuart Little by E.B. White
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
The Story of Doctor Doolittle by Hugh Lofting
Animal Inn by Paul Dubois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender
Belle Prater’s Boy by Ruth White
Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum by Ashley Bryan
A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer
King of the Wind by Marquerite Henry
Seven Daughters and Seven Sons by Barbara Cohen and Bahija Lovejoy

Fantasy, Juvenile Fiction

The Magic Misfits: The Second Story by Neil Patrick Harris

In this book we learn a little about the ever positive Leila’s past. She has a key from her birth parents and a lot of dark memories from the orphanage before she was adopted by the Vernons. A woman from her father’s childhood magic group arrives in town, a famous psychic who is acting a little strange. And someone keeps trying to steal a ledger book from Mr Vernon. Then two people come forward saying they are Leila’s birth parents and would like her back, but there’s something off about them. Leila and her friends find themselves knee deep in the mystery that keeps coming back to Mr. Vernon’s old magic group.
I love the way this book is written, it has asides to teach magic tricks, it’s full of codes and ciphers with a key in the back so you can work them out for yourself, and sometimes the author talks directly to the reader, and he’s always nice to you!

~Naomi

Banned Book, Fantasy, Juvenile Fiction

Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove, and other books Timmy read

Sophia’s uncle Shadrack has just been kidnapped and her house destroyed. She finds a note that he wrote he that said, “Go to Verresa.” So she sets off on a train, but her uncle’s kidnappers chase her, for she has brought with her the valuable tracing glass. But will she make it?

Other banned book titles read in September:

Blubber by Judy Blume
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

More Roald Dahl:
Esio Trot
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Matilda

George E. Stanley:
Third Grade Detectives #4 Cobweb Confession
Third Grade Detectives The Mystery of the Hairy Tomatoes
Third Grade Detectives #10 The Mystery of the Stolen Statue

Michele Torrey:
The Case of the Gasping Garbage
The Case of the Crooked Carnival
The Case of the Mossy Lake Monster

Fuzzy Mud by Loius Sachar
Half Magic by Edward Eager
My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons
Tornado by Betsy Byars
Book Scavenger: The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
The Secret of Zoom by Lynne Jonell
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Rudolf Wyss
The Death Cure by James Dashner
Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster
Lord Peter Complete series by Dorothy Sayers
Teresa of Calcutta by D. Jeanene Watson
William Carey Obliged to Go by Janet and Geoff Benge
A Moment Comes by Jennifer Bradbury

 

~Timmy

Juvenile Fiction

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

I got told I would love this book a lot when I was about 12, so many times that I avoided it for a long time. I’m glad I read it now. I enjoyed it even though I’m older than its target demographic. It’s very cute.
The Penderwicks sisters and their Dad rent a cottage for a summer trip. They make friends with the boys who live there and each sister has her own adventures and journey. They end up helping Jeffrey whose mother owns the house they rented, and making lifelong friends. Also featured with unique and fitting personalities are a big dog, two rabbits, and a bull.

~Naomi