Saturday, April 20, 2019

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord


Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

Lucy and her family have just moved to a cottage on a lake in New Hampshire. Just to be clear both the cottage and the lake are in New Hampshire. There are kids next door who are visiting their grandmother for the summer. This is a story about a dad who is gone a lot for his job, a grandmother who is getting older, secrets, and the loons. Everyone deserves half a chance.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen


Hatchet by Gary Paulsen                              A three hour read

Brian is having a rough time. His parents have split up. He knows his mother is having an affair but he doesn’t tell his dad and if all that isn’t bad enough he is in a two-person plane flying over the endless forest of Canada with a non-talking farting pilot. Oh, it does get worse, the pilot dies. Brian will spend fifty-four days alone in the wilderness before the end. The plane crashes and sinks in a lake. Brian escapes with little more than the clothes on his back and his hatchet.  How would you do in such a situation? Do you know enough to survive? Could you learn enough to survive? Would you want to survive?

Capture the Flag by Kate Messner


Capture the Flag by Kate Messner

The flag in this story is the one Betsy Ross made during the Revolutionary War which happened even before I was born. Anna, Jose, and Henry don’t know each other at the beginning of the story. They are in seventh grade and too young to leave home alone and too old for a babysitter so they have to go to the fancy party at the Smithsonian Museum. It’s at that party where the flag is stolen. And it will be the three of them who expose the real criminals. They also learn about the Jaguar society.

The Last Grand Adventure by Rebecca Behrens


The Last Grand Adventure by Rebecca Behrens

Beatrice is having trouble blending in with her father’s new family. It just doesn’t work for her to have a little sister. When the option comes for her to stay two weeks with a grandmother, she hardly knows in a retirement village in Arizona her dad and stepmom don’t seem sad to see her go. Anyway, her grandmother is Amelia Earhart’s sister. Amelia Earhart was an aviation adventurer who disappeared forty years before this story started. But the grandmother claims to have letters from Amelia and has plans for her and Beatrice to travel to Kansas to meet up with her.  They don’t plan to tell anyone, and they don't intend to let their lack of money or grandmother’s lack of mental clarity get in their way.

Friday, March 22, 2019

The Last Grand Adventure by Rebecca Behrens

Beatrice is having trouble blending in with her father’s new family. It just doesn’t work for her to have a little sister. When the option comes for her to stay two weeks with a grandmother she hardly knows in a retirement village in Arizona her dad and stepmom don’t seem sad to see her go. Anyway, her grandmother is Amelia Earhart’s sister. Amelia Earhart was an aviation adventurer who disappeared forty years before this story started. But the grandmother claims to have letters from Amelia and has plans for her and Beatrice to travel to Kansas to meet up with her.  They don’t plan to tell anyone and they don't intend to let their lack of money or grandmother’s lack of mental clarity get in their way. 

The Missing Book 1 – Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

This is a complex and exciting story. What if you knew you were adopted, but then you got a strange letter in the mail and then you went snooping in your parents’ papers and you found there was a mystery. And then another letter seemed to be threatening, would you tell your parents. Jonah doesn’t. And it just gets stranger and stranger after that. Did I tell you it all started with a plane full of babies?

The Land of Stories The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer



If you aren’t quite ready to leave behind Goldilocks, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and the never named Prince Charmings and if in fact you want to know more about them this is the book for you. Goldilocks’ is a fugitive and Jack is unhappily betrothed and we finally find out who is the man in the mirror. And we learn a lot more.  It is a very fun retelling and more importantly addition to these great tales. These stories are a bit more intriguing than the fairy tails of your youth.