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Book Review: The House With a Clock in Its Walls

The House With a Clock in Its Walls
By John Bellairs

My Edition:
Paperback, 179 pages
2004, Puffin
ISBN: 9780142402573

Lewis, newly orphaned, moves in with his uncle Jonathan. He soon finds that Jonathan and his eccentric but kind neighbor, Mrs. Zimmermann, are more than they seem – they’re witches! Jonathan is happy to perform acts of magic to amuse Lewis, but he’s distracted by the constant ticking of a clock hidden somewhere within the walls of the house. Jonathan has a hunch the clock is evil and when Lewis accidentally resurrects the former owner of the home, they learn she means to use the clock to destroy humanity.

I’ve been listening to Richard talk about his love for Bellairs’s books for quite some time. But what sparked me to buy the book was the preview for the movie with Jack Black (which I might watch someday). I saw it and thought, hey, that book is probably pretty good! Turns out I should have taken Richard’s recommendation ages ago!

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Book Review: 5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior

5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior
By Mark & Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller and Boya Sun

My Edition:
Paperback, 250 pages
2017, Random House
ISBN: 9781101935880

In the city of Chrysalis, Oona Lee is training to become a sand dancer, though she’s clumsy and doesn’t have a way with her magic the way her older sister does. Her older sister who ran off without a trace and only recently contacted Oona once more. When the city falls under attack, Oona finds herself teamed up with An Tzu, a poor boy with some amazing friends and Jax Amboy, celebrity athlete. The kids soon find themselves wrapped up in a plot that spans the five worlds of their galaxy and Oona must delay her reunion with her sister if she wants to save her friends and her home.

I purchased this on a whim and I’m so pleased I did! I absolutely loved the mix of sci-fi and fantasy elements, the protagonists and the art style!

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Book Review: Spirit Hunters

Spirit Hunters
By Ellen Oh

My Edition:
Paperback, 279 pages
2017, Harper
ISBN: 9780062430090

Harper, forced to move from NY to DC with her family, hates the stupid old house she now lives in. It’s too hot and something about it sets her on edge. Things get worse when Michael, her four-year-old brother, starts talking about his friend Billy that Harper can’t see and acting strange. Harper has her own problems, however – she’s missing memories. She knows there was an accident at school and then something bad happened to her afterward, but she doesn’t know what and her family won’t tell her. As strange and scary things start happening around the new house, Harper begins to realize her missing memories might have something to do with what’s happening to her little brother – but she’ll have to remember if she wants to help him.

I was really hankering for some middle-grade and Spirit Hunters really hit the spot! It’s dark, genuinely creepy and touching, plus it’s written by an own voices author – everything I love in my MG!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Oddfellow’s Orphanage

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent – I created this feature to highlight and appreciate the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many wonderful editions!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Snow & Rose

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Book Review: First Class Murder

First Class Murder
By Robin Stevens

My Edition:
Paperback, 303 pages
2017, Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781481422192

Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells are back – during a vacation on the famous Orient Express, the girls find themselves in the midst of another murder mystery and theft.

I continue to be impressed with this series, from the character development to the plot. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series! This is right up at the top of my favorites list with Enola Holmes. The world needs more middle-grade series that are a mix of fun, important topics and bright, empowered youngsters.

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Hello, Universe

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Wild Robot Escapes

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Book Review: The Wild Robot Escapes

The Wild Robot Escapes
Written & Illustrated By Peter Brown

My Edition:
(Personalized & signed) Hardcover, 279 pages
2018, Little Brown
ISBN: 9780316382045

Roz has left the island she calls home due to badly needed repairs and now finds herself working on a farm. As she tends to cows and plots her escape, Roz comes to know the farmer and his two children. But she still misses her goose son, Brightbill, and she is determined to be with him once more. Roz must hide her creative, inquisitive side and her ability to speak to animals, if she hopes to see her son again and return to the wild.

This will come as a surprise to absolutely no one, but I loved this book and thought it was adorable. Not quite as strong as its predecessor, true, but still a strong sequel with illustrations that I’d love to see in color!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Night Parade & Hear the Wolves

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