There’s a Stinky Goblin in the Shed by Andrea Kaczmarek; Illustrated by Eva Künzel

There’s a Stinky Goblin in the Shed by Andrea Kaczmarek; Illustrated by Eva Künzel

Surprising and Delightful

ISBN: 978-1542805629

When twins Jerry and Jacob visit their Gran, they end up with more than they bargained for.

More work—cleaning out her old shed.

More fun—turning that shed into a secret hideout.

And more trouble—thanks to Hob the Goblin.

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The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles

The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles

A Quick, Colorful Read

ISBN: 978-0692508411

The Kingdom of Oceana is a classic story of sibling rivalry—a novel based on action and adventure that we’d recommend for readers twelve and up. Set in a fantasy version of a timeless Hawaii, it has fire walking and surfing and sharks and zombie fish… plenty of thrills to capture the imagination.

It also has magic, mystery, and a message of environmentalism weaving a natural thread throughout the story. Many books for younger readers attempt to merge entertainment with education, but few do it well. This one does.

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The Dragon Dreamer by J.S. Burke

The Dragon Dreamer by J.S. Burke

A Gentle, Utopian Tale of Science and Magic

ISBN: 978-0996042505

This is a gentle story, appropriate for young readers. The lessons about friendship are magnificent. The science is well within the understanding of a young mind and at the same time flies above and beyond anything ordinarily found in a child’s fictional tale. A+ for the author on both counts. Continue reading “The Dragon Dreamer by J.S. Burke”

Simon Cup’s Box by A.B. Syed

Simon Cup’s Box by A.B. Syed

Funny and Brilliant!

ISBN: 978-1477638804

(A note from Erin: I stole this one out of our in-box and never gave it back. Hey, you snooze, you lose. Middle-grade books go by middle-grade rules.)

This book wasn’t next up in my review list. I know. It wasn’t. So here’s what happened…

I got a review copy by email. Yay! Love those! I opened it–you know, just to make sure it would open. Then I read a paragraph or two because I’m a compulsive reader, and after all, it was right there in front of me. I can’t be blamed for that. It was clearly not my fault.

An hour later, I finished it. I couldn’t put it down, which was also not my fault. I blame A.B. Syed. And, obviously, I blame Simon Cup. (It’s okay. He’s used to it.) The book made me grin like a little kid. In several places it made me laugh out loud. People looked at me oddly, yes, but I laughed out loud anyway. It’s that kind of book. Continue reading “Simon Cup’s Box by A.B. Syed”