Monthly Archives: May 2018

The Case of the Mysterious Mr. Jekyll by Daniel Kenney and Emily Boever

A group of sixth graders are asked by the police to solve their second case. They love math and use it to help in their detective work. When suspicion turns on them, it is a race against time to clear their names.

My 9-year-old enjoyed The Case of the Mysterious Mr. Jekyll. The kids in the book call themselves the Math Inpectors, but very little math was used in solving the crimes. The police were rather ridiculous in their reasons for suspecting them and there was no innocent until proven guilty for the kids with the school board. It’s an okay book, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to read it.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 49
Pages Read in 2018: 11,954
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

Every time I return to them, the Harry Potter books are like getting reacquainted with an old friend. Getting to know the wizarding world through the eyes of Harry is so exciting and, truly, magical. I very highly recommend reading this book and the whole Harry Potter series to people of all ages.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 48
Pages Read in 2018: 11,756
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Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

Called to a distant planet to speak for the dead, the simultaneously young and ancient Ender uncovers way more than he ever expected. What he finds just may redeem him and what he did to the Buggers.

Speaker for the Dead starts out very slow, but picks up just before the halfway point. The characters are very well developed, including the piggies. The use of so much Portuguese was pretty unnecessary and sometimes distracting. The last about 1/3 was excellent. I recommend reading this book to anyone who loved Ender’s Game.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 47
Pages Read in 2018: 11,434
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Squirrel Girl: 2 Fuzzy, 2 Furious by Shannon Hale

Squirrel Girl is back and fighting crime along with her Squirrel Scouts. Doreen, on the other hand, is still not quite sure how to handle middle school. Everything about the new mall points to Hydra, so Squirrel Girl, Ana Sophia, and Doreen’s squirrel friends are determined to stop them before it’s too late.

Squirrel Girl: 2 Fuzzy, 2 Furious is as cute as the first Squirrel Girl book, though not quite as funny (but still filled with humor). I read it to my 9- and 11-year-old sons for their bedtime story and they enjoyed it so much. I highly recommend it to kids and adults alike. It makes a good read-aloud, though it is a little difficult to read the text messages and message board postings out loud.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 46
Pages Read in 2018: 11,015
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Atlantia by Ally Condie

Long after the Divide, when the air became too polluted to survive and so some people moved to an undersea city, Atlantia is breaking apart and those Below need those Above to save them. Secrets plague Atlantia and distrust from those on the earth may mean the end of the city.

Rio is an unlikely heroine who slowly unfolds the mysteries of her city in her efforts to save it, and to fulfil her dream of reaching the Above and her sister, Bay. Atlantia‘s character are very well-developed, including the character of the city itself. It’s very well-written and by 1/3 of the way through I was totally invested in the characters and the story. I highly recommend reading it to teens and up!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 45
Pages Read in 2018: 10,770
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