The Sisters Grimm

By Michael Buckley

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Plot: Sabrina and Daphne Grimm have jumped from foster home to foster home after their parents went missing and were presumed dead. They are eventually taken in by their “Granny Relda” Grimm, who they decide must be crazy when she starts spouting fantastical stories about the town’s residents: Fairy tale characters! When a giant begins rampaging through town, they realize the Granny was right about the town, and they have to save it before it’s too late!

Writing: The writing is simple (in a good way) and doesn’t over complicate anything. The mysteries make sense and the conspiracies connect into an amazing web of twists and turns that are still exciting every time you reread them. The characters all have their own specific voice, and even when something goes wrong you love them all anyway.

Age Level: Anyone 8+ would love these books. Fairy tales are fun for everybody!

Overall: These books remain one of my favorites of all time. The way Buckley recreates these classic stories in ways other people couldn’t have imagined is amazing.

The Rithmatist

By Brandon Sanderson

Plot: Joel has alwasy wanted to be a Rithmatist, one of the wizard-like people who can use chalk to draw fortifications and weapons used to battle wild chalk-creatures. Joel has taught himself so much about the Rithmatic brand of magic, he knows that he probably knows and cares a whole lot more than the people who have the abilty! When Joel finally becomes an assistant under a great Rithmatist, he finds himself helping to unravel a plot that could mean the end or many great Rithmatics users. Continue reading “The Rithmatist”

Seraphina

By Rachel Hartman

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Plot: Seraphina is a normal girl… except for the fact that she is a halfblood, the spawn of a dragon and a human. Her society fears dragons and dragon look down on humans, but neither side feels much sympathy for half-bloods. When a rogue dragon infiltrates the royal court, Seraphina is the only one who can stop them. Continue reading “Seraphina”

Sherlock, Lupin, & Me

By Irene Adler

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Plot: “While on summer vacation, little Irene Adler meets a young William Sherlock Holmes. The two share stories of pirates and have battles of wit while running wild on the sunny streets and rooftops. When Sherlock’s friend, Lupin, joins in on the fun, they all become fast friends. But the good times end abruptly when a dead body floats ashore on the nearby beach. The young detective trio will have to put all three of their heads together to solve this mystery.” Continue reading “Sherlock, Lupin, & Me”

Jackaby

By William Ritter

Jackaby

Plot: Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby‚Äôs assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. Continue reading “Jackaby”