Publisher: Stone Arch Books

Book View: Crash Landing

Book View: Crash Landing

Short & Sweet: The first in a series, Crash Landing starts with John, a human boy who gets on the wrong bus and is sent to Hyperspace High. Finding himself the only human in the intergalactic school, he finds some allies and friends right away, but also makes some enemies. The problem at hand is how he will get back home, something that cannot happen for a time due to the way the spaceship is traveling. What he finds is that he likes how he fits into the school and by the time it is time to go back to […]

Posted January 19, 2014
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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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Book Review: Say Cheese, Me..

Book Review: Say Cheese, Medusa!

How could I resist another funny tale about mythology from the amazing Kate McMullan? I couldn't. Another book in the Myth-o-Maniac series, Hades is again the narrator and commentator on this tale of how Medusa got a headful of snakes. It was all because of a party after all. And an angry goddess of course. These books are written in such a humorous way and definitely bring the myths down to more of an elementary level so that younger students can read these books. I definitely enjoyed this story of Perseus and Medusa and the humorous spin put on it […]

Posted October 13, 2011
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Book Review: Nice Shot, Cup..

Book Review: Nice Shot, Cupid!

I decided to read this book from Netgalley for a few different reasons. I'm a huge fan of Capstone and Stone Arch books and love buying them for my library. Also, I've been looking for more books to buy that deal with mythology. The book also looked like a fun read, so I gave it a try.   I just love the fact that Hades is the narrator of this book. I've been a wee bit ruined by Disney, so I of course pictured him right off as the character from Hercules, but this book did a great job of […]

Posted October 11, 2011
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Graphic Novel Review: Eek a..

Graphic Novel Review: Eek and Ack vs The Wolfman

I have to admit this book cracked me up. Eek and Ack travel to earth in their spaceship – that really looks like a washing machine – to discover why it is so hard to conquer. Their disguises are hilarious – one wearing a tutu and the other in a hooded robe of sorts. They end up traveling to earth on Halloween and meet up with a wolfboy. Let’s just say, they’re not staying long on this Earth. This graphic novel is comical and fantastical, elements that I both enjoy. These books will be great for kids who like something […]

Posted January 24, 2010
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Graphic Novel Review: Perse..

Graphic Novel Review: Perseus and Medusa

A great retelling of the famous myth in graphic novel format. Perseus and Medusa is a Stone Arch publication so it has all the extra goodies teachers and librarians want to see at the back as well – more about the myth, discussion questions, writing prompts, and a glossary! Definitely a fun story for kids to read about and a great way to learn about mythology. And did I mention it was a graphic novel? *loves graphic novels* Recommended for 3rd grade and up.

Posted January 18, 2010
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Graphic Novel Review: Monst..

Graphic Novel Review: Monster in the Outfield

Monster in the Outfield mixes reality with fantasy. Obviously, monsters do not exist in the real world, but it’s fun for kids to see what it could be like if you had a pet monster that went to school with you. The graphics are great and the reading level is great for struggling readers. For kids there is a glossary of words in the graphic novel they may not know the meaning too. Also, there’s also instructions of how students can draw their very own monster. For teacher and librarians, there is a great set of discussion questions and writing […]

Posted January 14, 2010
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