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”

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”

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”

Impyrium

By Henry H. Neff

Overview: I was absolutely blown away by this amazing book! It took me a few chapters to get really hooked, but only because there was SO MUCH world building involved. This is such a rich universe, and I loved reading about it. Once I slipped into the reading trance, I didn’t come out of it until like, midnight. I’m not sure I have ever been this entranced by a single-book fantasy, it was that good. This book would be great for anyone ages 10 and up. Content level is fine, there are a few bad words and a little bit of violence though. Continue reading “Impyrium”

Harry Potter

Book One

By J.K. Rowling

Overview: I doubt anyone needs me to tell them to go read Harry Potter! This series is insanely good. The characters are well developed and all go through their own character arc. Anyone ages eight and up will absolutely love it! Content level is okay the first few books, it gets a little more violent in the later books but it’s pretty okay for younger, advanced readers. Continue reading “Harry Potter”

Best Babysitters Ever

Book One

By Caroline Cala

Overview: This book was the funniest thing I’d read in a while. Malia may have “stolen” someone’s idea, but the rest of it is totally original and hilarious. Kids ages 10-13 will definitely love it. Content is fine for younger kids, but the reading level is more for tweens, and there is a lot of business lingo that younger kids may not be familiar with. Continue reading “Best Babysitters Ever”

I Am Princess X

By Cherie Priest

Overview: The mystery was so well written, and I was glued to my seat the whole time! The characters and relationships were well-written, and the art was so beautiful that now I want a full Princess X comic book! This book is great for kids twelve and up. It’s kind of a murder mystery, but other than that everything should be okay for younger readers if they are advanced. Continue reading “I Am Princess X”