Category: Middle Grade

The Size of the Truth by Andrew Smith

I can probably count on my ten little fingers the number of authors whose complete published oeuvre I’ve read. On just one hand, or five little fingers, I can fit those whose books I pre-order as soon as I hear there’s a new one…

A Garden, A Maze, A Sematary*

In this second “potpour-reads” post, I share some quick thoughts on three recent reads, all of which were completed in May. The Secret Garden was a title on my Classics Club Challenge list. The Burning Maze is third in the Trials of Apollo series…

Zan-Gah by Allan Richard Shickman

Zan-Gah is a prehistoric adventure tale of young Zan, a tribal boy and twin brother, who earns his name “Zan-Gah” after fearlessly slaying a dangerous lioness and, in the eyes of the local clans, proves himself a hero and future leader. The book spans…

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

“The town was full of trees. And dry grass and dead flowers now that autumn was here. And full of fences to walk on and sidewalks to skate on and a large ravine to tumble in and yell across. And the town was full…

Recent Fiction Reads: Goosebumps, Boy, and The Book of Dust

Welcome to Dead House by R.L. Stine (3.0 out of 5.0)  Welcome to Dead House is the first book in the infamous Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine. This one tells the tale of two young siblings and their parents. The family move to a new…

Review: Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull Final Verdict: 3.0 out of 4.0 YTD: 22 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. Fablehaven is book One in a 5-book series by the same name.  After a death in the family, Kendra and Seth’s parents agree to…

Review: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

 Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 13 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. Diana Wynne Jones’s Howls Moving Castle came about when a young boy asked the author to write a story about a castle…

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