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Staff Pick: Dragon Slayer’s Academy #1: The New Kid at School

Staff Pick: Dragon Slayer’s Academy #1: The New Kid at School

The New Kid at SchoolWiglaf is off to Dragon Slayers’ Academy and in for a first day of school he will never forget.

Author: Kate McMullan

“In the time of dragons, castles, and wizards a young boy named Wiglaf seems just a bit out of place at home with his rowdy brothers and medieval parents. A strange prophet comes along and lets Wiglaf know he is destined for more than being the family wimp.

With dreams of being a hero Wiglaf heads to the Dragon Slayers Academy to become The New Kid at School. With fun twists and turns Wiglaf discovers he may not have what it takes to be a hero all alone, but with a little bit of team work he may just be able to slay a dragon.”

Recommended by: Kamara McKinney, Spades Park Library

More Staff Picks

If you liked Dragon Slayers Academy try some of these other series about kids that go to very special boarding schools:

Character Series/School Specialty
Harry Potter Series: Harry Potter School: Hogwarts Witches & Wizards
Connwaer Series: The Magic Thief School: Academicos Potential Wizards
Wiglaf Series: Dragon Slayer’s Academy School: Dragon Slayer’s Academy Dragon Slayers
Charlie Bone Series: Charlie Bone School: Bloor’s Academy Gifted Children
Max McDaniels Series: The Tapestry Series: Rowan Academy Secret Mystics
Will Treaty Series: The Ranger’s Apprentice School: Halt’s Apprentice Rangers
Charlie Series: Nightmare Academy School: Nightmare Academy Monster Fighters
Cody Mack Series: Splurch Academy School: Splurch Academy Kids into Monsters
Otto Malpense Series: H.I.V.E. School: Higher Institue of Villainous Education Evil Geniuses
Percy Jackson Series: Percy Jackson & the Olympians School: Camp Halfblood Demigods

 

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43 Old Cemetery Road #4: The Phantom of the Post Office

43 Old Cemetery Road #4: The Phantom of the Post Office

The Phantom of the Post OfficeJust like books #1-3, this one doesn’t have any chapters in it. It’s a collection of letters and notes with a few newspaper articles thrown in here and there. You have to figure out who is who and what is going on by reading the letters the characters write to each other and by reading the newspaper articles that report the strange happenings at 43 Old Cemetery Road.

One thing I don’t like in books is when an author TELLS me what a character is thinking. I want them to SHOW me the character by having the character say or do things that reveal who that character is. This book is GREAT for that because the author as a narrator is absent. All you read are texts and letters from the characters to each other. There is no chance for anybody else, like a narrator, to get in the way!

This time around Olive is determined to keep letter writing alive. She loves getting fan mail about the books she writes with Iggy and Seymour. She is suspicious of cell phones in particular and is not happy at all that the post office in Ghastly is going to close. When threatening fan letters begin to arrive with the return address of a post office box at the Ghastly post office Iggy is concerned…and when more alive, becomes determined to find out who is behind the letters before Olive gets hurt. (Can a ghost get hurt?!) Love this one too although #1 is still my favorite.

Author: Kate and Sarah Klise

 

All of the 43 Old Cemetery Road series books are original and funny. You might especially like reading Book #1, Dying to Meet You, that way you can find out how Iggy, Olive and Seymour became a family in the first place. When you get done with these, try Billy Bones – he’s another ghost in hiding with a fun family.
Dying to Meet You Dying to Meet You Til Death Do Us Bark Billy Bones a Tale from the Secret Closet
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The Council of Mirrors

The Council of Mirrors

The Council of Mirrors

If you haven’t tried any of The Sisters Grimm series, I’ll fill you in a little. Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sisters who find out The Grimm Brother stories are actually a history of all the crimes committed by fairy tale characters. The girls are part of a long line of detectives from the Grimm family whose job it is to investigate the fairy tale crimes. In each book the girls do some sleuthing to figure out which fairy tale characters have been behaving badly.

In this very last book in the series, Book Nine The Council of Mirrors, the Grimms and their fairy tale character friends still hope to save the people of Ferryport Landing from the evil plans of the Magic Mirror. To get help, the seek the advice of….OTHER magic mirrors. Of course there is more than one! Find out what happens to Sabrina, Daphne and all the other Everafters.

An exciting conclusion filled with all of your favorite sassy characters like Pinocchio (“I was NOT A PUPPET!”) and Puck (“Smell you later!”). My advice – start at the beginning…that way you can keep all the characters straight!

 

#1 The Fairy-Tale Detectives (This one is a bonus book – 30 points!)
#2 The Unusal Suspects
#3 The Problem Child
#4 Once Upon a Crime
#5 Magic and Other Misdemeanors
#6 Tales from the Hood
#7 The Everafter War
#8 The Inside Story
#9 The Last Council

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Kid Review: Fairy Lies

Kid Review: Fairy Lies

Fairy LiesHalf-fairy Tamisin and her boyfriend, Jak, have been arguing over whether she should return to the land of the fey when Oberon, king of the fairies, kidnaps her and Jak must return to that place of fairies, goblins, and sphinxes to rescue her.

Lily says:

“This book is awesome! It’s a countinuation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and I LOVE the kid’s versions of it.”

 

This is a sequel to Wings, which you also might like…and as Lily says patterned after Shakespeare’s famous play A Midsummer Night’s Dream:
Wings A Midsummer's Night Dream A Midsummer's Night Dream A Midsummer's Night Dream
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If You Like the Avengers

If You Like the Avengers

The Avengers Ultimate GuideMarvel.com Avengers Ultimate Guide

Avenger Things To Do:

Avengers Assemble Marvel Avengers The Avengers Movie Storybook Avengers The Origins
Iron Man and Thor Pt 1 Captain America Pt 1 Young Justice Flash and Flame
Sidekicks NERDS HIVE Sky High
How to Draw Superheroes Heroes Draw Your Own Superheroes How to Draw Justice League How to Draw Comic Book Heroes
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