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The Angel Knew Papa and the Dog by Douglas Kaine McKelvey

People seem to love The Angel Knew Papa and the Dog, but I’m just kind of meh about it. It was a relatively sweet story, but I never really cared much about what happened to any of the characters. The angel part was very anti-climactic. It’s very short, so if you want to read it, it’s not much of a time investment, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to do so.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 94
Pages Read in 2018: 21,841
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Blast of the Dragon’s Fury by LRW Lee

After finding a mysterious trunk in his attic, Andy Smithson suddenly finds himself in the magical land of Oomaldee, a land cursed with eternal fog and a king who will never die. Andy is told he may be the one who is able to finally break the curse, but, first, he must get the scale of an adult male red dragon. Will all his time spent playing video games have prepared him for the battle?

I read Blast of the Dragon’s Fury to my 10- and 12-year-old sons and we all loved it! It’s funny and exciting. The end is a bit of a cliffhanger and the boys immediately told me I had to get the next book to read to them. I highly recommend it to upper elementary/middle school age kids. It’s makes a great read-aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 91
Pages Read in 2018: 21,252
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Bug Island by RG Cordiner

When a cruise ship blows up near an uncharted island, the survivors are attacked by giant (as in 9 foot long) bugs.

Bug Island is a very strange book. Mostly, we (my 10- and 12-year-old sons and I) really did not like it. Often, there were random strings of letters representing sounds. What some of those sounds were supposed to sound like or represent, I have no idea. It was pretty graphic and often gross. Finding out what the bugs were was a bit disturbing and then the end was kind of sudden. The writing, however, was decent. The storytelling jumped between people/groups of people and that was quite effective. Those redeeming qualities just aren’t enough for me to recommend this book. It’s one you’ll probably want to skip.

2 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 79
Pages Read in 2018: 18,773
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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator is really, really strange for the first half. The second half is also strange, but a little less so. My 10-year-old son liked it. I don’t think it’s especially worth taking the time to read, though.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 68
Pages Read in 2018: 16,465
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to my 9- and 11-year-old boys and they both loved it. The rooms Willy Wonka shows the children and the Oompa Loompa songs are very clever. There is a lot of humor (much of it a bit dark) sprinkled throughout the book. I highly recommend reading it to kids and adults. It makes a great family read-aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 57
Pages Read in 2018: 13,716
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The Mystery of Hollow Inn by Tara Ellis

Visiting her aunt and uncle, Sam and her friend Ally discover a legend about missing gold and set out to find it.

The Mystery Of Hollow Inn is very predictable and written rather awkwardly in the present tense. It is, however, a cute story with a good amount of tension and mystery for a book aimed at kids. The bad guy, though, was kind of thrown in from left field which was a little strange. It’s a good enough book that can be handed to a kid to read, but there are better out there.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 51
Pages Read in 2018: 12,462
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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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