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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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Chomp

Chomp

Chomp

When’s the last time you got fed?” Beulah responded by clamping down on Mickey’s left foot and throwing a meaty coil around both his legs. “Easy, Princess,” he said. The Python wrapped upward with another coil, and then another. Mickey quickly locked both arms in front of his chest to protect his lungs from being crushed, but he was out of shape and Beulah was extremely powerful. “Wahoo!” he hollered. “Yo!” “What?” Called a voice from the house. “Get your butt out here!” (page 24)

Wahoo’s Dad Mickey is an animal wrangler. If there is an alligator, snake, lizard, bear or leopard in a movie, chances are Wahoo’s Dad was there during filming. The animals live on their property and Wahoo helps take care of them…when he remembers!

Times are kind of lean in the animal wrangling business and Wahoo’s family is having trouble making ends meet. When the reality television show “Expedition Survival” calls wanting to use some of the animals on an upcoming episode, Wahoo and his Dad can’t wait to get started…until they meet the show’s star – Derek Badger, “Mr. Show Business”. It’s going to take all of Mickey and Wahoo’s knowledge and patience to keep Derek alive, because they know what the animals are thinking, “All you stupid humans taste the same!” Author: Carl Hiassen

Some of Tomie’s Books You Might Remember:
Scat Hoot Flush Favorite Legends
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H.I.V.E. #6: Zero Hour

H.I.V.E. #6: Zero Hour

Zero HourH.I.V.E. arch nemesis Overlord is back from the dead and he is dis-pleased that Otto escaped his clutches in the last H.I.V.E. adventure. He is determined to capture Otto this time and he isn’t taking no for an answer. He has to get Otto for good this time because he’s dying. This is not supposed to happen to artificial intelligence!

To keep himself alive Overlord has to “occupy” a body (kind of like Voldemort) – and not just any body will do – he needs Otto’s. Overlord is a computer program and Otto has hardware embedded in his brain; a place for Overlord to “live”. Overlord’s getting by, surviving in his zombie like way hopping from one poor victim to the next, but the ordinary bodies keep wearing out and the process of getting another one is getting old. The ONE body in all the WORLD that can “hold” Overlord is Otto’s.

Otto cannot fall into Overlord’s hands, an not just because we like him. (We do!) It’s just that Overlord’s world domination is NOT an option. When Overloard manages to take over H.I.V.E., the one place in the world secure enough to keep Otto save, it is zero hour, do or die. Otto and his friends are in the thick of it again. Great super hero adventure with over the top technology and just a liiiiittle bit of kissing. Author: Mark Walden

Don’t miss H.I.V.E. #1, #2, #3, #4 or #5. Also try the kids of S.T.O.R.M. (Science and Technology to Over-Rule Misery) or The Trackers – all teams of highly intelligent kids with great gadgets.
H.I.V.E. The Overlord Protocol Escape Velocity Dreadnought
Rogue STORM The Infinity Code STORM The Ghost Machine STORM The Black Sphere
Trackers Shantorian
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Staff Pick: The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict

Staff Pick: The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict

The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas BenedictIf you know The Mysterious Benedict Society then you’ve already met Reynie (brilliant), Sticky (everything he sees, hears or reads…sticks), Kate (with her bucket of tools) and tiny, brilliant Constance. The children have been pulled together by their mentor and benefactor Mr. Nicholas Benedict, to use their considerable talents to follow clues, solve puzzles and figure out codes to keep bad guys in check. But where did Mr. Benedict himself come from? Why does he feel compelled to take on the world’s evils be assembling a brilliant group of kids? He could recruit Navy Seals or Marines, but no, he chooses kids. Why is that?

This book begins the answer to that question as you learn what Mr. Benedict’s childhood was like and how he became such an expert on, well, everything!

Smarts, friend loyalty, a mystery – it’s all there, just like in the other Mysterious Benedict Society Adventures. Author: Trenton Lee Stewart

Stewart has gone back in time 40-50 years to show us the early life of Nicholas Benedict, the quirky genius who started the MBS.   Nicholas is a nine-year old orphan, being shuttled to orphanages and foster homes, when he arrives at the orphanage of Rothschild’s End, known as “The Manor.”  Nicholas is already a genius, with a tremendous reading speed and an eidetic memory, able to remember anything he reads.  He is also undersized and has narcolepsy, meaning he is apt to fall asleep at particularly inconvenient moments.  He has never had a friend and understands nothing about the dynamics of a family.  The orphanage is in serious financial trouble, in danger of closing, and has several bullies and a staff severely deficient in the knowledge of how to take care of children.  Just surviving is going to be a challenge for Nicholas; but there is the rumor of a missing Rothschild treasure to spur him on. 

This is clever, can’t-put-it-down writing, with interesting characters and several nice twists at the end.  You could easily start with this one in the series or start with “The Mysterious Benedict Society.”

Recommended by, Steve Bridge – Irvington

More Staff Picks

  • The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict on CD
  • Amazon Look Inside The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict
  • GoodReads: The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict

Don’t miss the first three books of The Mysterious Benedict Society! Nicholas took his extraordinary education and did some adventuring with it!
The Mysterious Benedict Society The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma
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Cold Cereal

Cold Cereal

Cold Cereal

When sixth grader Scottish Play Doe starts a new school he prefers to go by “Scott”. Wouldn’t you? Erno and Emily are twins in Scott’s class. They are wicked smart – especially Emily. This makes them “weird”, kind of like Scott the new kid with the funny name, so they end up sitting together on the bus. The three of them discover that smart is something they have in common. That, and the fact that Scott’s Mom and Erno and Emily’s foster Dad both work at the Goodco Cereal Company.

On a field trip to the city, Scott catches a tiny little man…a leprechaun (like the Lucky Charms guy) trying to steal his backpack. Mick the leprechaun, or clurichaun as he prefers, claims Scott can rescue him from the evil people at Goodco who steal his magic to “fortify” their cereal. After all “There’s a Little Bit of Magic in Every Box!” What else can Scott and his friends do but help the little guy?

Erno and Emily’s foster Dad is wicked smart too, just like Emily. He might just be plain old wicked though, because he disappears just when the kids find out that Emily has been the test subject for the stuff Goodco uses to fortify cereal. She is, in fact, a human experiment.Then some bad guys from Goodco come after Emily – they want to dissect her to study the effects of their experiment. Erno and Scott suspect that evil is afoot at Goodco and that whatever Emily has been given to make her wicked smart is related to the magic that has been stolen from Mick and some of his magical cereal box friends. Scott and Erno take Emily and make a break for it, determined to get justice for Emily and their new magical friends.

Adam Rex comes up with the craziest scenarios but he makes the characters SO likeable and SO funny…who cares if breakfast cereal characters have come to life? And besides, I love a careening adventure that has as it’s core exposing people who will do anything to anyone to make a sale. Looking forward to books #2 and #3 for some magical, kid fortified justice! Favorite character? The sassy clurachaun Mick and Biggs, Erno and Emily’s 8 foot tall Butler. When you are being chased by goons it’s always good to have a cereal fortified giant on your side.  Author: Adam Rex

Here are some more books that feature adventurous, brave kids who use their intelligence to outsmart evil corporation or organizations that have evil plans…you know…adults!
The Secret of Zoom The Name of This Book is Secret The Mysterious Benedict Society The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy
The Blue Shoe
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