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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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Ungifted by Gordon Korman

Ungifted is a cute story about a boy who is not gifted accidentally ending up at the school district’s gifted school. The interactions between the kids are really well done. The constantly changing viewpoints are sometimes confusing, but tell the story really well. My 10 and 12 year old boys and I all enjoyed it a lot. I highly recommend it to middle grade age kids. It makes a great read-aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 140
Pages Read in 2018: 36,348
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Battle for the Land’s Soul by LRW Lee

The final book in the Andy Smithson series, Battle for the Land’s Soul, ends pretty much as expected, but waits until the last couple chapters to finally answer some questions (particularly: Is Razen a good guy or not?). The end is on a hopeful note even while honoring all the many characters who died along the way. My 10- and 12-year-old boys and I all enjoyed this book, and the whole series, very much. The editing is excellent and there is just the right amount of action and adventure. I highly recommend it to people of all ages. It makes a great family read-aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 139
Pages Read in 2018: 36,055
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Vision of the Griffin’s Heart by LRW Lee

The fifth Andy Smithson book, Vision of the Griffin’s Heart, is just as wonderful as the previous four. My 10 and 12 year old boys loved it, of course, as did I. The end was a bit of a shock that none of us were expecting. This one is a little harder/darker than the previous four books. Andy is getting older and things are getting more serious as he nears the point where he’ll have to lift the curse and take over as ruler of Oomaldee. I highly recommend this book and the whole series. They really have made an excellent read-aloud/bedtime story for my boys.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 125
Pages Read in 2018: 32,769
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Resurrection of the Phoenix’s Grace by LRW Lee

After a frustrating year with no contact from his father and friends, Andy begins to be hunted by zolt crossing into his world. When he finally is transported back to Oomaldee, he must find the next ingredient to break the spell: a phoenix feather.

Resurrection of the Phoenix’s Grace is just as good as the previous three Andy Smithson books. My 10- and 12-year-old boys and I all loved it and of course will continue reading the series. I highly recommend this book and the whole series. It makes a great family read-aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 120
Pages Read in 2018: 31,157
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Disgrace of the Unicorn’s Honor by LRW Lee

After learning who his mother is and the truth of who he is, Andy is very happy to return to Oomaldee when Daisy arrives to fly him there. His assignment this time is to retrieve a unicorn’s horn which is much easier said than done. After being caught by the unhealthy Abaddon, Andy, along with Alden and Hannah, must track down the unicorns to save their family and friends.

As with the previous two Andy Smithson books, my 10- and 12-year-old boys and I really enjoyed Disgrace of the Unicorn’s Honor. It’s exciting without being too scary. The character development that has continued throughout the series is excellent. I highly recommend this book (and the whole series) to middle grade age kids and up. It makes a great family read aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 116
Pages Read in 2018: 29,906
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