Funny
Framed!
by Frank Cottrell Boyce Nothing happens in the town of Manod.  In fact, it’s so boring, the town newspaper only comes out once a month. Dylan Hughes keeps the log book for his family’s petrol (gas) business, the Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel, but things are about to change for him and his family. Mysterious white vans have begun passing the Oasis on their way to the abandoned slate quarry on the mountain, and Dylan wants to know what’s going on. This book could be a bit challenging to American readers because of British terminology and some Welsh words, but it’s...
The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy
This was to be my next book for review here, but my 10-year-old literary advisor has taken off with it, so I won’t get it back for a couple of days. From what I was able to get from the cover, it’s about a boy growing up in a town where everyone has super powers. Everyone, that is, except for the boy. If you like this, you might like: Whale Talk Framed! Uglies, Pretties, and Specials...
Surviving the Applewhites
What happens when the bad kid from the city moves in with a homeschooling North Carolina family of artists? Jake starts to find out he’s not who he thought he was, and non-artistic E.D. finds out her talents are just as valuable as those of her family. A cute, funny novel that kids under the age of about 13 will love. If you like this, you might like: Neverwhere Alt Ed Review: The Ear, The Eye, and the Arm...
Ella Enchanted
Ella Enchanted
Ella of Frell has been given the gift of obedience by a well-meaning fairy Godmother. She would like nothing more than to be rid of the gift, especially when her classmates learn they can tell her to do anything and she’ll have to do it. If you like this, you might like: Heir Apparent...
The Year of Secret Assignments
The Year of Secret Assignments is a fun novel about tenth graders at rival schools who begin a pen pal assignment for school. Lydia, Emily, and Cassie are each paired with a boy from Brookfield High. They exchange letters that soon lead to pranks, mysteries, love, and a major fight. Will their friendships survive this assignment? If you like this, you might like: Whale Talk Chasing Vermeer...
Feed
Feed by MT Anderson looks at life in a frightening near future, where people have the Internet imbedded in their head, and the hottest new thing are oozing lesions caused by environmental toxins. Titus is comfortable with his life until he meets a girl who decided to fight the feed. If you like this, you might like: Review: The Ear, The Eye, and the Arm Uglies, Pretties, and Specials...
The Westing Game
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin is a fun puzzle of a book about eight heirs (and a mistake) trying to solve the mystery of a man’s death so they can inherit his millions. The heirs, who live in the same apartment building, are paired up and given bits of clues to try to find out who killed Sam Westing. Meanwhile, strange messages are left on the building’s impromptu message board, and someone appears to be trying to blow the heirs up. Who will solve the mystery? Who killed Sam Westing? Although this is a book for younger readers (age...
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