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Black Powder and Moonlight by Melanie Winter

After reading Black Powder and Moonlight together, neither my sons nor I are quite sure what it was about. There was an overly large number of characters to keep straight particularly considering the short length of the book. The “rules” of the world weren’t really explained much and that made it all the more confusing. What the storyline was, well, there were some characters missing and then they were found and that was about it. I do not recommend this book at all.

1 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 46
Pages Read in 2019: 11,759
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Andy McBean and the War of the Worlds by Dale Kutzera

Based loosely on the HG Wells book, Andy McBean and the War of the Worlds follows a boy, his friends, his father, and an alien and they try to save the world after alien invade earth. It’s pretty cute. It has a nice moral (don’t be embarrassed by your circumstances or what’s happened to you). It’s an excellent book to give to a middle grade age reader to read on their own. It also makes a good family read-aloud.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 43
Pages Read in 2019: 11,215
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Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

Odd meets some unusual animals and soon discovers they can speak because they are gods who have been transformed by the frost giants. Together, they must find a way to Asgard to defeat the frost giants and bring spring to Midgard. Odd and the Frost Giants is an absolutely adorable story with beautiful pictures scattered throughout. My 10- and 12-year-old sons (and I) enjoyed the book so much. My younger son was quite hopeful there would be more Odd books to read in the future, that’s how much he liked it. I very highly recommend this book to people of all ages! It makes a very excellent read-aloud.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 28
Pages Read in 2019: 7810
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The Boys of Earth-180 by Paul Samuelson

The Boys of Earth-180 is just not very good. The science is bad, the story is bad, and it’s just plain strange. You have to totally and completely suspend disbelief to accept that two twelve-year-old boys are being sent on a mission by a NASA-like organization simply because their fathers, both astronauts, are lost somewhere in space. Because somehow the boys are supposed to track them down or find the earth-like planet on the other side of the sun. One of those. The end is utterly ridiculous with absolutely no explanation of that ridiculousness. My ten- and twelve-year-old boys were glad when we finished reading the book. I don’t recommend reading it.

2 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 26
Pages Read in 2019: 7416
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Giggleswick: The Amadan Map by Matthew Mainster

The Amad├ín Map is the first book in the Giggleswick trilogy. It started out very interesting with a mysterious man looking for just the right family to invite to a hidden island. And then it kind of fizzled. It often dragged along and got downright boring, rehashing the same stuff over and over. My 10- and 12-year-old sons had no interest in continuing to read the books in the trilogy, so we will end our Giggleswick reading with this one. It’s not a horrible book, but it’s not one I’d really recommend either.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 15
Pages Read in 2019: 3813
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Jake and the Gingerbread Wars by EG Foley

A novella to go along with the Gryphon Chronicles, Jake & The Gingerbread Wars follows Jake and his group as they attempt to take a wayward elf back to Santa Claus. The story is fun and the outcome is sweet. My 10- and 12-year-old sons and I all enjoyed it. We haven’t read any of the rest of the series, and my 10-year-old asked me to please put them on our “books to read” list. Because we haven’t read any of the other books, there were occasions where things were referenced that we didn’t know about, but for the most part we didn’t have any trouble jumping into the middle of the series. I recommend reading this book to middle grade kids. It makes a great family read aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 8
Pages Read in 2019: 1766
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Supergifted by Gordon Korman

Supergifted picks up right where Ungifted leaves off, with Noah getting kicked out of the Academy and having to go to “regular” school with Donovan. The character development, especially of Noah, is fabulous. The way things are phrased is often very funny. My 10- and 12-year-old boys absolutely loved the book (and I enjoyed it, too). I highly recommend it to middle grade age kids. It makes a great family read-aloud, too!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 4
Pages Read in 2019: 701
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