Strikeout of the Bleacher Weenies: And Other Warped and Creepy Tales
The Unwilling Witch: A Monsterrific Tale (Monsterrific Tales)
If you are looking for a book that has a lot of chapters that are only a few pages long, then this is the book for you! It isn’t a big book and there are a couple black and white pictures throughout it also. It isn’t until halfway through the book that Angie realizes she just might actually be a witch and she has power. Now all she had to do was figure out how to use it and for good to prove she was really a good person and not bad. I am not sure if this is a book that is part of a series or not. It mentions her brother having been a vampire, but there wasn’t anything in the story about it. And I was confused a little why she gave out the power.
This was a fun book. I really liked Angie and her brother and how they tease each other. This book teaches about friendship, being nice, and overcoming bad situations. I would recommend this book to tweens who are looking for a quick book to read!
In a town called Split Rock, the members of certain families have super powers. Every leap year, at 4:23 pm, each child in these families who is ten years or older receives his or her unique super power. At age 13, Rafter and Benny finally get theirs, which turn out to be worthless.
They try to learn how to be super heroes despite their terrible powers. They fight crime, like robbery and jaywalking. They need to find out who has sabotaged their powers, however. They have a plan to track down one of the so-called bad guys in the library of their school. This is dangerous because the library has moving bookshelves and the villain has disabled the safety mechanism that keeps people from getting squished. One night, they see a light at the dump at the same time that everyone else’s powers also turn worthless, so they go to the dump to investigate. What happens next is exciting.
There is not a lot of adventure at the beginning of this book, but it is very funny and interesting, which makes you want to read on. Once you are about halfway through the book, the adventure is compelling and you want to get to the end. I recommend it to children who like super hero stories and also to kids who like Eragon, Percy Jackson and HIVE.
Warriors: The Ultimate Guide
Warriors: The Ultimate Guide is a very good book for helping you keep track of the characters in the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. It is easy for me to forget which kits (kittens) belong to which cats. The illustrated pictures are so detailed I thought I was looking at a photo sometimes. I would recommend it for kids currently reading the series, as well as people who want to know more about it before starting. The free poster is a nice bonus! I would like it if the author made one for the Survivors series and one for the Seekers series as well. The guide was very detailed, and I felt more like I’m part of the stories than just reading about them in the books. I’m glad she added a map and map symbols as well as each cat’s clan. This makes it a helpful reference as you progress from book to book. I hope she continues the Warriors series. This would make an ideal Christmas or birthday gift!
Roller Girls: Hell’s Belles is the second book in the Roller Girls series and is about how nobody has been coming to the Liberty Belles bouts. The team decides to have a Halloween bout but it’s on the same day as the Halloween dance. I love this book because it has a great message about choice, and is complete with a happy ending. Another thing I really liked is how it’s about a girl in high school who had the chance to become popular but turned it down in order to be the girl she wanted to be. It is a very powerful lesson in standing by our own choices and not falling into the trap of peer pressure. Again we see strong girls making good choices. I would recommend reading the first book in the series, Falling Hard, first for it to make more sense. I would recommend it for older kids because there is some mild language, but if this doesn’t bother you, I highly suggest it! Another great book by Megan Sparks and I’m looking forward to the next in the series!
Grave Images is a book about a girl named Bernie and the events that took place during her summer break. Her dad works crafting gravestones, while her mom stays in bed, battling depression. Once upon a time, Bernie’s family was happy – until a man named Abbot Stein comes and asks for work. People in the town start dying – all people whom have had their portraits etched by Mr. Stein. Will the mystery be solved or will people keep dropping dead like flies?
I loved Grave Images. It is a mystery book with romance at the most awkward times. The book was very funny and it felt like a ghost story you would hear around the campfire at summer camp. The author created characters that were very funny and while there were some characters I found annoying, I found myself missing them once they had died. There were a few parts of the story that were a little slow and hard to get through; it felt like there was a little bit of repetition;however a great story, and a happy ending, make this a five star book!