Friday Barnes

By R.A. Spratt

“When Friday Barnes solves a bank robbery, she uses the reward money to send herself to Highcrest Academy, the most exclusive boarding school in the country – and discovers it’s a hotbed of crime! Soon she’s investigating everything from disappearing homework to the terrifying Yeti haunting the school swamp. But the biggest mystery yet is Ian Wainscott, the handsomest (and most arrogant) boy in school who inexplicably hates her. Will the homework be found? Can they ever track down the Yeti? And why is Ian out to ruin her?” Continue reading “Friday Barnes”

Pavi Sharma’s Guide to Going Home

By Bridget Farr

“Twelve-year-old Pavi Sharma is an expert at the Front Door Face: the perfect mix of puppy dog eyes and a lemonade smile, the exact combination to put foster parents at ease as they open their front door to welcome you in. After being bounced around between foster families and shelter stays, Pavi is a foster care expert, and she runs a “business” teaching other foster kids all she has learned. With a wonderful foster family in mom Marjorie and brother Hamilton, things are looking up for Pavi. Then Pavi meets Meridee: a new five-year-old foster kid, who is getting placed at Pavi’s first horrendous foster home. Pavi knows no one will trust a kid about what happened on Lovely Lane, even one as mature as she is, so it’s up to her to save Meridee. With help from Hamilton, brooding eighth grader Santos, and Hamilton’s somewhat obnoxious BFF Piper, they set off on an important mission with life-changing stakes. Pavi will stop at nothing to keep Meridee from the home that still haunts her nightmares.” Continue reading “Pavi Sharma’s Guide to Going Home”

Lockwood & Co

Book One (American cover, I think)

By Jonathan Stroud

“When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in . . . For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions. Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive. Set in a city stalked by specters, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humor and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again . . .” -Official summary Continue reading “Lockwood & Co”

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

By Suzanne Collins

Overview: This prequel was really fun to read, even if I wasn’t captivated by all of the characters. Coriolanus is just so deliciously murderous and controlling. His imminent sanity break was obvious the whole time, and every time he did something sneaky I was just thinking, There’s the President Snow we all love to hate. Probably best for kids ages twelve and up. Same amount of violence and blood, definitely a couple of graphic scenes. (I mean, this is a Hunger Games prequel, what do you expect?) I think there were a couple bad words, but nothing too bad. Continue reading “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes”

Keeper of the Lost Cities

Book One

By Shannon Messenger

Overview: So much awesome adventure and mystery and suspense is packed in here! This was soooo good! It’s my absolute favorite. The series is so complicated and the worldbuilding was so good that even after reading and rereading all the books over ten times I still find stuff that I didn’t see the first times through. Perfect for 8 and up. This book is middle grade and there are no bad words or mature topics. However, there is a lot of violence, though the elves can’t kill people or even hurt people because they will go insane, so I guess that teaches kids not to do bad stuff? The book definitely is for younger kids, though it feels like it gets older and older as the series goes on. Continue reading “Keeper of the Lost Cities”

An Enchantment of Ravens

By Margaret Rogerson

Overview: I thought this book was really sweet and fun, a little more fluff than was probably necessary, but otherwise it was really good. I loved it, and I’m sure you will too! It was super creative and a fantastically suspenseful book! Kids ages 13 and up will love. Content is kind of high and the faerie political stuff might be hard for younger kids to understand. Continue reading “An Enchantment of Ravens”

The Revenge of Magic

Book One

By James Riley

Overview: If you are looking for a fun read with a few fantasy elements set in the real world, this book would be perfect for you! I wasn’t really a fan, but a lot of people have different tastes, and I bet other people would like it. Perfect for ages 10 and up. No bad words or anything, a little bit of violence but it’s mostly okay. Continue reading “The Revenge of Magic”

Unearthed

Book One

By Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

Overview: Overall, it was a really fun read! There was a lot of action and suspense, and it was a really creative idea. It even got philosophical, and there are a bunch of deep thoughts from these characters that will probably hit you right in the feels. I give it five stars! There were a couple parts that got a little slow, however. Those were hard to trudge through, but the plot sped up again quickly! I’d recommend it to kids ages 14 and up. Content level and reading level are both pretty high. Continue reading “Unearthed”