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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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

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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Book Review: Wolf Hollow

Wolf Hollow
By Lauren Wolk

My Edition:
Hardcover, 291 pages
2016, Dutton Children’s Books
ISBN: 9781101994825

Annabelle’s town is a quiet one until Betty Glengarry arrives, staying with her grandparents and attending Annabelle’s school. Betty instantly dislikes Annabelle. Annabelle does her best to avoid the bully, but there’s a target painted on her back. But soon that target moves to Toby, the strange but quiet war veteran who lives the life of a hermit near Annabelle’s family farm. Annabelle might be the only one willing to stick up for Toby and she will need all her courage to stand up to the charges leveled against him.

I read this book because Danielle mentioned it on her IG feed. A Newbury Honor middle-grade that sounds like it could be depressing? Sign me up!

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Book Review: A Little Taste of Poison

A Little Taste of Poison
By R.J. Anderson

My Editon:
Paperback, 362 pages
2016, Atheneum
ISBN: 9781481437752

Isaveth is a talented spell-baker, but as a poor Moshite she never dreamed she’d see the inside of Tarrenton college to learn advanced Sagery – especially not after the recent scandal surrounding her father. When she’s offered the chance to attend on a scholarship, she accepts, though she knows it will be difficult given her background and the attitudes of the rich, elites who attend the college. Now, however, she has the chance to meet with her friend Esmond so they can continue to uncover the plot behind the crime Isaveth’s father was framed for. Attending classes turns out to be more difficult than she imagined and Isaveth soon finds herself in more trouble than ever before.

It’s a struggle to talk about this book without giving away too many details. You should, of course, read its predecessor, A Pocket Full of Murder, first. Then we can talk about how spectacular this middle-grade duology is!

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Book Review: Poison is Not Polite

Poison Is Not Polite
by Robin Stevens

My Edition:
Paperback,  321 pages
2016, Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781481422161

The Wells and Wong Detective Society is back in action while the girls are on holiday at Daisy’s family estate. Her mother has thrown her a birthday party, but amidst the festivities, one of the guests falls deathly ill. Due to a massive storm and flooding, the family and their guests are on their own for a few days, so the girls are determined to solve the case before the police arrive, and avoid being murdered themselves!

This was a charming sequel to Murder is Bad Manners (yes, I’m referring to middle-grade murder mysteries as charming) and as usual, I was totally stumped as to who the murder was.

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