Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Darkmouth: the Legends Begin by Shane Hegarty

Darkmouth: the Legends Begin by Shane Hegarty

"There are towns where the border between our world and the world of monsters--properly called legends--is thin. One of those towns is Darkmouth. There, our hero Finn is the son of the last remaining Legend Hunter--which means that one day soon he will be the last remaining Legend Hunter. Except...he's a bit rubbish at it. And in a spectacularly unfortunate coincidence, the terrifying leader of the monsters is in the midst of planning an all out attack on Earth...in Darkmouth."

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Moone Boy: the Blunder Years by Chris O'Dowd and Nick V. Murphy

Moone Boy: the Blunder Years by Chris O'Dowd and Nick V. Murphy

"Martin Moone is eleven and completely fed up with being the only boy in a family of girls. He's desperate for a decent wingman to help him navigate his idiotic life. So when best mate Padraic suggests martin get an imaginary friend--or "IF" for short--he decides to give it a go. His first attempt is Loopy Lou, a hyperactive goofball who loves writing rubbish rap songs.But Martin soon gets fed up with Lou's loopiness and decides to trade in his IF for someone a little less wacky. Enter Sean "Caution" Murphy, an imaginary office clerk in a bad suit with a passion for laziness and a head full of dodgy jokes. Sean is full of tips and tricks to guide Martin through the perils of the playground, from dealing with his sister's pranks to besting the Bonner boys. But getting rid of Lou is not that easy, and having TWO imaginary friends is a recipe for trouble!"

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Malcolm Under the Stars by W.H. Beck

"Now that Snip the cat is gone (but hardly forgotten) the classroom animals of the Midnight Academy are ready for things to get back to normal at the McKenna School. After all, protecting nutters (students) and lankies (teachers) is an around-the-clock job!

When a rare coin and a strange code are uncovered in the school, Malcolm and the Academy have another mystery on their paws. To find answers, Malcolm ventures into the dangerous outside world full of shady characters, new friends, and old enemies. Can Malcolm solve the mystery and save the school before it's too late? Join Malcolm and company as they take on their most challenging assignment yet."

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Monday, August 17, 2015

The Runaway's Gold by Emilie Christie Burack

The Runaway's Gold by Emilie Christie Clark

"In 1842, Christopher Robertson's family lives a difficult life as 'crofters,' farmers and fishermen so in debt to the landowner that they have no hope of ever breaking free.To make matters worse, Christopher also lives under the thumb of his morally questionable father and devious brother.When his brother frames him for the theft of their father's secret bag of coins, Christopher must leave his home and embark on a journey across the island to return the coins and clear his name. It's a journey that takes twists and turns, including stops in prison, on a smuggler's ship, and at the house of a beautiful girl - and it ends with him escaping to a new life in America, which has dangers of its own."

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Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord
All the Answers by Kate Messner

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Lost in Rome by cindy Callaghan

Lost in Rome is one of dozens of titles by Aldin Mix!, all aimed at middle grade girl readers. Think of them as basically Chick Lit for kids.  That said, they are still cute books that address issues like friendship, trust and family.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Return to Augie Hobble by Lane Smith

"Augie Hobble lives in a fairy tale--or at least Fairy Tale Place, the down-on-its-luck amusement park managed by his father.Yet his life is turning into a nightmare: he's failed creative arts and has to take summer school, the girl he has a crush on won't acknowledge him, and Hogg Wills and the school bullies won't leave him alone. Worse, a succession of mysterious, possibly paranormal, events have him convinced that he's turning into a werewolf. At least Augie has his notebook and his best friend Britt to confide in--until the unthinkable happens and Augie's life is turned upside down, and those mysterious, possibly paranormal, events take on a different meaning."

Return to Augie Hobble by Lane Smith

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Unleashed by Gordon Korman

Every time a certain truck goes by Savannah's house; Luthor the Doberman, a former attack dog, goes haywire! Griffin Bing and his archenemy Darren Vader compete in an invention contest.


Series: Swindle #7

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