Publisher: Walden Pond Press

Book Review: Sidekicked

Book Review: Sidekicked

Sidekicked is the story of Drew “The Sensationalist”, a sidekick in training whose hero, The Titan, is MIA. Drew is a teenager who has super senses – smelling, hearing, etc. Not the most glamorous powers to have, but it has him training with other sidekicks like his best friend Jenna, who is sidekick to the Fox. Jenna is supportive of Drew, but right of you can tell there’s a bit more that Drew feels for her. Full of teen angst, Drew tries his best to connect with his hero, but to no avail, he’s simply not interested and would rather […]

Posted March 29, 2014
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Book Review: The Real Boy

Book Review: The Real Boy

The Real Boy takes a wonderful new look at the story of Pinnocchio, but set in it’s own world with characters that made me fall in love with the book from page one. Oscar does not remember much before he started working for a wizard, grinding herbs and sneaking into the library late at night to learn more about them. The actual magician’s assistant is a somewhat cruel boy who goes out of his way to make Oscar miserable, but all in all he is happy with his life. Until one day, he is left all by himself to tend […]

Posted October 10, 2013
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Book Review: The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle

The first book in this series cracked me up and I could not wait to get my hands on the second to see what our League of Princes had in store next. I was happy to see them all reunited, especially when it involved the Bandit King, a foe who is equally as hilarious as he is deadly and dangerous. And not only do we see the Princes and their flaws, but the Princesses and their strengths as they help them along their quest. I especially loved seeing Liam's little sister Lila grow throughout this book and start to become […]

Posted May 3, 2013
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Book View: The Fourth Stall

Book View: The Fourth Stall

Short & Sweet: Mac is the man at his school, a sixth grader who takes care of minor problems for payment in money or favors. His best friend Vince helps him run the business, but when Staples shows up for real, Mac's business and life is in danger. I have to admit, I love the fact that the main characters are Cubs fans. I live near Chicago so I felt an instant connection, especially at their acceptance of constant disappointment. They have a game fund just for when they get to the World Series, a feat that does not happen […]

Posted April 25, 2013
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Book Review: The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

I love fairy tales and especially am a fan of retellings, so I was very excited to read this book, which looked like it would be a hilarious middle grade novel. I can't say which prince I loved more. They all had some odd qualities that made me laugh at times. None of them were all that normal in the way of princes. I loved how the princesses were at times a bit more on the strong side. The adventurous Cinderella, the evil Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel who saved herself and healed her prince. And as for storytelling, Healy does […]

Posted May 8, 2012
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Book Review: Breadcrumbs

Book Review: Breadcrumbs

Cover love. Period. End of story. Well, ok, the fact that it is based on The Snow Queen didn't hurt either.   Breadcrumbs… oh, how I wish I could write a song to your beauty. I have never really been a fan of middle grade type novels. The characters often are hard to relate to. Sometimes, they are annoying or not my cup of tea.   Anne Ursu, you have forever changed my opinion of middle grade books. Or at least spoiled me.   Hazel, our MC, was perfect. Not the perfect fit. Not the girl who just runs with […]

Posted November 1, 2011
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Book Review: Juniper Berry

Book Review: Juniper Berry

I had been eying this book since I had heard about it. The cover struck me first and then I just had to read it because it was a modern fairy tale, and I absolutely love fairy tales. It definitely looks a little frightening on the cover and was looking forward to an interesting read.   It's funny how something strikes you in a conversation. I remember a discussion about how authors write parents in MG and YA literature and how there's always an excuse to get them out of the way, whether they travel a lot, the child is […]

Posted September 2, 2011
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