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What a Trip!: Around the World in Eighty Days by Tony Abbott

Devin and Frankie are off on another book adventure, this one based on Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days. The Cracked Classics series makes classic books accessible and fun for a younger audience. My boys and I enjoyed What a Trip! very much. I recommend this book to middle grade kids. It makes a great family read-aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 69
Pages Read in 2019: 18,702
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Mississippi River Blues: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Tony Abbott

In Mississippi River Blues, Frankie and Devin find themselves in yet another book, this time The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. They read their way through it, participating in all of Tom’s adventures and learn enough to ace their tests back in Mr. Wexler’s English class. The Cracked Classics books are super fun and excite kids to read the “real” version. I very highly recommend this book and the whole series (no need to read them in order) to people of all ages. They make excellent family read alouds.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 57
Pages Read in 2019: 15,262
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Trapped in Transylvania: Dracula by Tony Abbott

When two slacker kids get stuck in Dracula, they discover that the chubby book is actually pretty exciting. Trapped in Transylvania is a fun, and often funny, book that hits the highlights of Dracula and just might get your kid interested in reading the real thing (my ten-year-old said we should definitely read Dracula now). I highly recommend it to people of all ages. It makes a great family read aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 53
Pages Read in 2019: 14,177
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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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