Author: Michael Dahl

Book Review: Troll Hunters

Book Review: Troll Hunters

I was looking forward to this middle grade fantasy novel with lots of brilliant illustrations. I wasn't expecting this to be as epic of a fantasy novel as I thought it would be first glance. Definitely a book to rival The Spiderwick Chronicles and I am hoping to see a sequel or series sprout from this adventure. I loved the diversity of the four different characters. Two boys, two girls and of differing ages, each with their own unique abilities and personalities. And of course, the older, wizened mentor to aide the children on their way to defeating the enemy – […]

Posted October 20, 2012
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Book Review: Hocus Pocus Ho..

Book Review: Hocus Pocus Hotel

Dahl writes a lot of books for Capstone, so I was happy to see a bit of a thicker novel that involved magic in a hotel. I've always loved stories that take place in a hotel full of mysteries. This story was no exception. Ty is a big scary bully who tracks down Charlie to help him with a couple of mysteries happening in the Hocus Pocus Hotel. Charlie cannot help solving puzzles and even though he's a bit afraid of Ty, he agrees and together they figure out how a magician jumped out of a window and disappeared. More mysteries […]

Posted October 11, 2012
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Graphic Novel Review: Princ..

Graphic Novel Review: Princess Candy Sugar Hero

I love the start to this series Princess Candy – with a play off of the name Pandora from mythology and a box of goodies. The idea of candies that give you superpowers is lots of fun and a bit silly that it will definitely appeal to children. I love the extra goodies at the end of the book. They give a villain profile and make it look like a nutritional fact box you’d find on food. There’s also some great puzzlers that have the answers upside down. For the teachers and librarians, there are some great discussion questions, writing prompts […]

Posted January 14, 2010
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Graphic Novel Review: Princess Candy The Marshmallow Mermaid

Another great adventure in the Princess Candy series. I like how this superhero is just another kid who was given the gift of some superpowers. And she doesn’t have to be burdened with them all of the time. If she needs something, she just eats a piece of the candy and she has a new superpower. What a handy thing these candies are! Again, there are some great resources in this book for teachers – the discussion questions, writing prompts and glossary. Students will again get a kick out of the Villain Facts and more Princess Puzzlers! This book is […]

Posted January 14, 2010
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