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Kid Review: Mariana and the Merchild

Kid Review: Mariana and the Merchild

Mariana and the Merchild

A childless old woman is given a merbaby to raise until the child can safely return to the sea.

Brianna says,

“I have just read this book and I thought it was great. The author brings you close to the sea, just by how she describes the scenes. The illustrations are beautiful and the words of the author are heart-worming. I would definitely recommend reading this tale from Chile.”

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I haven’t read this one but Brianna makes it sound like one to try. I do like stories about mermaids – like Ariel and the sassy mermaids in the Peter and the Starcatchers series. Mermaid stories always have that tension that happens when you care about people between two worlds. Even though mermaids aren’t real, we can relate to their problem – how do you manage when people you care about pull you back and forth between two worlds? For them, the difference is between the land and the sea, but for us the difference might be between two friends or the difference between two parents. I can relate to mermaids because of this and if you think about it, you probably can too. 

I have started Keeper but haven’t finished it yet – it’s a new mermaid story for 2010. If you like mermaids, try Keeper or one of these:
Keeper Emily Windsnap and the Siren's Secret The Islands of the Blessed Ingo
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Kid Review – Pee Wee’s Tale

Kid Review – Pee Wee’s Tale

Pee Wee's Tale

When his owner’s parents let him go in Central Park, a young guinea pig learns to survive in the natural world with the help of a “park-wise” squirrel while trying to find his way back home.

D.R. says:

Peewee’s Tale is a great book about a guinea pig named Peewee that gets given to a little boy for his birthday by his uncle, which his parents dislike greatly. When the boy goes on a sleepover at his friend’s house, his parents let the guinea pig run away. Read Peewee’s Tale to find out if Peewee finds his owner or if he’s on his own.

:If you like Pee-Wee’s adventures trying to survive in a human world, try these:
I Freddy Streg Nona: Her Story A Cricket in Time's Square Charlotte's Web
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Kid Review: The Second Siege

Kid Review: The Second Siege

The Second Siege

Twelve-year-old Max and his allies risk much as they seek to acquire the Book of Origins, an artifact of unimaginable power, in hopes of halting the ancient evil that is bringing the world to its knees. Series: The Tapestry Author: Henry H. Neff

Here’s what Samantha has to say about The Second Siege:

This book is amazing! I absolutely loved reading it. At dinner I got yelled at for reading at the table, I couldn’t put that thing down! Henry H. Neff is an awesome author and if you liked the Harry Potter series then you will find these books highly appealing. But BEWARE Henry has only written two of these and is in the process of writing the third. He left the story a cliff hanger and you won’t wanna miss the first two.

And here’s more from Samantha about The Hound of Roman:

The Tapestry series are great! This book was fabulous! So, sit back as thrilling main characters take you on an adventure you’ll never forget! The sequel to this book is The Second Siege. Don’t miss this thrilling novel and check it out at your local library!

 

The Tapestry Series:

#1: The Hound of Rowan Available on CD
#2: The Second Siege
#3: The Fiend and the Forge Available on CD
#4: The Maelstrom
#5: The Red Winter Available Fall 2013

Here is the first Tapestry book, The Hound of Rowan, plus two more adventures in worlds where monsters, trolls & demons are alive and well:
The Hound of Rowan The Beyonders The Ring of Solomon
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The Two Princesses of Bammare Review by Mattea

The Two Princesses of Bammare Review by Mattea

The Two Princesses of Bamarre

With her adventurous sister, Meryl, suffering from the Gray death, meek and timid Princess Addie sets out to find a cure. Author: Gail Carson Levine

This book was a very good mix of fantasy and adventure. The main plot is about Addie,a princess,who always relied on her sister Meryl to provide protection from spiders and other things she was scared of. This all changes when Meryl falls victim to the Gray Death, a plague that has no known cure. With the help of her friend Rhys, a sorceror in training, Addie sets out on a quest on which she gets captured by a dragon, fooled by a specter, battles an ogre and defeats gryphons. The end is so surprising, it was a real page-turner! -by Mattea

Thanks Mattea for the great review.  I haven’t read that one yet but will add it to my list.

If you like reading about Addie, try these other princess heroine stories by Gail Carson Levine. Perhaps you have heard of Ella Enchanted, it was made into a movie starring Anne Hathaway (the actress who played Mia in The Princess Diaries). The book is better!
Fairest Ella Enchanted Ever The Fairy's Return
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Kid Review: Horns and Wrinkles

Kid Review: Horns and Wrinkles

Horns & Wrinkles

“Along a magic-saturated stretch of the Mississippi River near Blue Wing, Minnesota, twelve-year-old Claire and her bullying cousin Duke are drawn into an adventure involving Bodacious Deepthink the Great Rock Troll, a helpful fairy, and a group of trolls searching for their fathers.”

I haven’t read this one but Delaney sure makes it sound good:

Delaney Says: This book is awesome!!!It is full of adventure,excitement, and laughter!!!

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