Amelia Fang and the barbaric ball { Kids review }

It’s almost Halloween, time for a spooky read. Amelia Fangs fits right in there, and my kids were pretty excited to review this fun series !

Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball is a funny book, that takes place in Nocturnia city in the kingdom of the dark. Amelia Fang’s Mom, Countess Frivoleeta, is holding the annual Barbaric Ball again. Amelia hates the ball but she might finally have someone her own age, Prince Tangine. The King and the Prince have not left the palace since Prince Tangines Mom was eaten by a fairy. But when Tangine comes to school he’s a spoiled sprout! Amelia is put in charge of the Prince and is supposed to show him around the school but he’s late for school every night! Prince Tangine and his father (The King) come over to Amelia’s house (The Fang Mansion) to eat dinner with her and her family. Prince Tangine steals some stuff from her house even Amelia’s pet pumpkin, Squashy! Amelia and her friends Florence Spudwick (Hates being called a beast ,she is a rare breed of yeti!) and Grimaldi Reaperton (Is a Grim Reaper ,deals with small deaths ,like squashed toads.) go on a mission to go get Squashy (Pumpkin, Dislikes being away from Amelia) back from Tangine . . .

What I liked about this book was that it was funny and the pictures were outstanding. I recommend this book to ages 8 and up!

I also give this book five stars.

{ book review } The Magic Misfits: The Minor Third

I first spotted this new series at our local library and thought, oh this must be a fun new read. We actually got it as an audio book and started listening to it all together at breakfast and we all laughed and enjoyed the story so much. After that we couldn’t wait for book two and three ! I surely hope there will be many more adventures by the misfits and more books from this great author ! Read what my girls had to say !

The Magic Misfits, the minor third  is the third book in the series by Neil Patrick Harris. Theo and the other misfits are back in another summer adventure and they are performing on a talent show. They make it all the way into the finale and then they can’t decide who should perform. The misfits start to fight, but then the weird ventriloquist with a doll comes to Mineral Wells, and he looks exactly like the one from Carters old pictures of the evil “ emerald ring” gang!
The kids also meet a new kid in town, Emily. She comes to help the group of friends one afternoon while they are all playing at the park and the locally bully tries to anger the group. But Ridley isn’t too sure about Emily, is she really who she says she is?
Will Callahan, the leader of the Emerald ring”, who we met in the first book, come back? Who is the weird ventriloquist, really?
I absolutely love this book series, and this third edition has been a wonderful read once again. The author has a wonderful way of mixing great storytelling, humor, and magic all into one amazing story. Even before you start reading the story.. it makes you laugh out loud, because of how he named all the chapters. I love that there are magic tricks to learn all throughout the book. All the characters are very well thought out and portrayed. Each character plays an important part in the group of friends and with each book, you get to know them a bit better. The illustrations were also lovely once again.
I would recommend this book to any kids 8 and up that love a great adventure….

{ Book review } Mr. Lemoncello’s All Star Breakout Game

The fourth book in this amazing series is finally out..

Mr. Lemoncello’s All Star Breakout Game is an enthralling novel about Kyle Keeley breaking out of Mr. Lemoncello’s Library once again.

This time Mr. Lemoncello has multiple teams competing for the prize, a chance to star in a kids game show. The teams are Kyle and his friends, Charles Chiltington and his book works and a team of kid celebrities from Mr. Lemoncello’s TV network.

At the Library, Kyle and his friends (the lemon heads) will play a VR roleplay invented by Lemonchello and his Imagineers. This will involve playing different genres of fiction, overcoming obstacles and of course many, many puzzles.

I agree with Mr. Lemoncello that books are the best role-playing games ever invented! I really enjoyed reading this novel and the puzzles throughout the book were fun and interactive.

Another thing I enjoyed was all the references to many different books and the list to see how many you have read (currently I have read twenty-three of them). I really enjoyed the entire series and I would recommend this book to ages ten and up.

This one is a good one for sure, one you might want to think about pre-ordering. We have had some wonderful discussions because of this book.  Release date looks to be September 3rd !

Property of the Rebel Librarian is an exciting book about June Harper’s journey against banned books. It all starts when June’s parents discover her book The Makings of a Witch; they immediately think it’s too scary and contact the principal and school librarian, from whom June had gotten the book. A few days after, June finds out that the school librarian was fired, and the school enacts a rule that states that all books will be monitored, and June soon sees many of her most favorite books leave the school library on the banned list.

With the help of some friends, June finds herself in a huge movement to fight for the freedom of books. I felt really passionate about this book and found myself often empathizing with June. I am thankful my parents don’t monitor my reading and let me have freedom of choice. I loved this book and finished it in like three days! I recommend this books for kids ten and up !

Book review SHRED GIRLS : Lindsay’s Joyride

Shred Girls is an exciting book about a group of girls that ride BMX bikes together.

Lindsay is thrilled about her summer break, and really just wants to read her comics and become a superhero but her parents have other plans and have to go on a work trip. So Lindsay has to go stay with Phoebe the supervillain AKA her cousin. During her stay with Phoebe, Phoebe shows her BMX bikes, teaches her how to ride! Lindsay meets lots of new kids and even makes great new friends.  When JOYRIDE, the club they meet,  announces a competition Lindsay is super nervous but when she finds out all her friends will compete too she feels more confident. The group of girls learns to stick together more than ever to prove that girls can ride BMX  just as good as boys!

This book was a wonderful read. It made me laugh out loud a lot, I was able to relate to Lindsay a lot and she was a likable character throughout the story. I learned that when you are confident and believe in yourself, you can achieve anything

Book review : The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, the Secret of the Realms is an amazing take on a classic story. This book follows multiple perspectives, one is from Clara who receives a small egg-shaped box for Christmas from her late mother. Another is from Marie, Clara’s mother.

When Clara gets the box it’s locked. She can’t even open it with her tinkering skills, there is no key either. Every year on Christmas their “ Grandfather” holds a grand party. It was originally Marie’s idea. Clara soon finds the realms and discovers that they are in need of help.

Back in time, Marie’s parents and most of her belongings have been lost in a house fire. Her next option is to go to Drosselmeyer, a friend of her father’s. He takes her in and helps her learn to tinker and engineer objects. One day she stumbles upon a room that leads to the realms. Marie uses imagination and engineering to create the realm. Through the realms and the journey itself, Clara learns to enjoy life more and accept her mother’s death.

I loved this story because it expands into the original story of the Nutcracker. It had many twists and turns complete with a satisfying ending. I thought the cover and illustrations inside are beautiful. I would recommend this enjoyable book for ages ten and up.

Book review : Brick Who found herself in Architecture

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What a cute, adorable book. My kids have always loved Legos since they were little. They  have played hours and hours long with all kinds of legos and other bricks through the years and often many amazing buildings have sprouted from their creativity. And that’s how I got curious about “Brick” .. it’s and easy tie in, while Littles are playing with certain bricks, or a fun quick book for older kids, who can understand the connections to real historic buildings….  But here is what my daughter thought of the book :

When Brick was small her mother would tell her “great things, start with small bricks”, so when Brick is an adult she sets out to find her place. At first, she visits many castles all around the world. Soon her travel takes her to many places of worship, including Saint Basils Cathedral, Malwaid Minaret, and others. She also visits ordinary apartments, the suburbs, and then the Great Wall of China until she finds her place.
This book was lovely because it teaches kids about finding your place in the world while reading about amazing places and buildings the world has to offer. I also thought the illustrations were adorable and beautifully done. Another great part is the detailed description of the buildings in the back. I would recommend this read aloud to kids 5 and up.

 

Cloud and Wallfish { kids book review by 10 yr old }

Cloud and Wallfish

Cloud and Wallfish is a book about a boy and a girl during the time of the Cold War. Noah finds himself in a crazy and dangerous event when his parents decide to go on a trip to East Berlin. His whole life completely changes, and he has to forget his past of quiet, small-town living and take on a new secret identity. He also has to live by the new rules, like Rule #1: They are always listening!

The book was so well written that I felt that I, myself, was there. I was able to understand Noah and feel his fears. I loved this historic fiction novel and that it had true events and facts stored inside it. Some things were hard for me to understand, but it makes me want to learn more about this time. I loved the secret files at each end at the chapter; it helped me know more about what was going on. I would recommend this amazing book for people ten and up.

Cloud and Wallfish is a book full of secrets, codes, and friendships!

 

Parent note ” This was a really great book and I am happy my daughter picked to read this.  Since I am from Germany myself, this was a subject dear to my heart and I am always wondering how I can teach her more about this time back then. Since we also had the opportunity to travel to Berlin the year before, it was really great to have another opportunity to talk about many events. I think the author did a great job of keeping a certain mood and mystery in the book. It wasn’t necessarily an easy read ( not so much because of events in the story but more because of  the bit complicated story line and characters). I think my daughter really enjoyed it though and it helped her understand some of the history.

Reading Challenge 2016

 

 

Both my girls, now 7 and 10 are avid readers.They both started reading and an early age and we have read to the both of them since before they were born. Reading came easy to them and they read with pleasure to this day forward. Especially through homeschooling we have become aware of the important role of books in our life and have become big supporters of reading in general ! This year has been very challenging for us in Oregon, and we have met many difficulties. Books gave us a safe haven and made it easier for the girls to understand some things. More to our challenges and why I haven’t posted much lately, will follow in another blog post soon. For now I want to share their wonderful reading accomplishment with you and I hope that it might inspire you or your children to pick some of these up as well. There are so many amazing books out there just waiting to be read ! Some of the books on the lists will appear on both , since they now have reached the age where they are able to switch books with each other 🙂 I love their little book discussions, how they discuss events and characters ! If you have any questions to any titles, feel free to ask 🙂 Some of these are older editions ( library) but newer ones might be available or you can always find a great deal used on abebooks.com or if you half a half price book store around the corner, you will most likely find them there… Also since they are still a few days left in the year, the list is most likely still to grow.. so check back for additions 😉

Our goal was to read as many chapter books as possible so i mainly just logged those. I wish I could have added all the picture books as well and some of our non-fiction books are missing , I tend to forget the titles of those too fast and picture books are still sooo beneficial even for older kids ! It has been so fun to log all these books and be able to look through the lists and see what they have read. It’s been a lot of fun.. I hope you enjoy the list 😉 I think we will try to continue keeping our reading log year round 😀

I will start with my oldest daughter. She read these books between the age 9-10.

  1. The Never girls # 1 in a blink
  2. Never girls # 2 the space between
  3. Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures (Pip Bartlett #1)
  4. The Enchanted Files #1: Cursed
  5. American Girl Meet Kirsten
  6. american girl kirsten learns a lesson
  7. American Girl Kirstens surprise
  8. Rebecca and the Movies
  9. Candlelight for Rebecca
  10. A Brighter Tomorrow: My Journey with Julie
  11. Rebecca and Ana (American Girl )
  12. Meet Julie
  13. Nicki (American Girl)
  14. The View from Saturday
  15. Kayas Hero ( American girl)
  16. Beforever Kaya
  17. Nevergirls Far from the shore
  18. The Clue in the Crossword Cipher (Nancy Drew, Book 44)
  19. Meet Caroline ( american girl)
  20. Happy Birthday Kirsten
  21. Geronimo Stilton Mouse overboard #62
  22. A Fabumouse School Adventure (Geronimo Stilton, No. 38)
  23. The Lemonade War
  24. Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King (The Guardians)
  25. Ramona and Her Father
  26. James and the Giant Peach
  27. Fantastic Mr. Fox
  28. A Surprise for Caroline (American Girl
  29. Caroline takes a chance
  30. Carolines Battle
  31. Meet Addy: An American Girl
  32. Kaya shows the way
  33. Full speed ahead my Journey with Kit
  34. Turning things around A kit classic
  35. Addy learns a lesson
  36. Runaway Ralph
  37. The Mystery Across the Secret Bridge ( greetings from somewhere series )
  38. The Mystery of the Lion’s Tail (Greetings from Somewhere)
  39. The Mystery of the Icy Paw Prints (Greetings from Somewhere)
  40. Addy’s Surprise A Christmas Story
  41. Kaya and lone Dog
  42. Ivy and Bean No news is good news
  43. Missing Grace A Kit mystery
  44. Changes for Kaya: A Story of Courage (American Girl)
  45. The Runaway Friend A kirsten Mystery
  46. Ralph S. Mouse
  47. A lemonade Crime
  48. A house of Tailors
  49. The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure
  50. The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken: The Next Misadventure
  51. Changes for Caroline
  52. Happy Birthday Samantha
  53. Samantha learns a lesson
  54. Meet Samantha
  55. Story thieves
  56. Samantha saves the day
  57. Charlie and the chocolate factory
  58. Nellies promise
  59. The Cay
  60. Changes for Samantha
  61. The Stolen Sapphire: A Samantha Mystery
  62. The Curse of Ravenscourt: A Samantha Mystery
  63. Ramona the pest
  64. Samantha’s Surprise
  65. Ramona and her mother
  66. Greetings from somewhere the mystery of the suspicious spices
  67. What was Ellis Island
  68. Ramona’s World
  69. The Mystery in the Forbidden City (Greetings from Somewhere)
  70. Changes for Kirsten
  71. Kirsten saves the day
  72. Nevergirls #9 Before the bell
  73. Anna & Elsa #4: The Great Ice Engine
  74. Nooks and Crannies
  75. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
  76. Geronimo Stilton the Mummy with no name
  77. Cinderella Smith
  78. Violet Mackerel’s Pocket Protest
  79. Violet Mackerel’s Remarkable Recovery
  80. The Bell Bandit
  81. Beforever Julie the big break
  82. A Brighter Tomorrow: My Journey with Julie
  83. Soaring High: A Julie Classic Volume 2
  84. Lights, Camera, Rebecca!: A Rebecca Classic Volume 2
  85. The Candy Smash ( Lemonade War )
  86. The Magic Trap ( Lemonade War)
  87. Ivy and bean the ghost that had to go
  88. The Glow of the Spotlight: My Journey with Rebecca
  89. .Matilda
  90. Thea Stilton Mountain of fire
  91. Midnight in Lonesome Hollow: A Kit Mystery
  92. The Island of Dr. Libris
  93. Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism
  94. The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion
  95. On the Far Side of the Mountain
  96. Classic Starts™: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  97. Frightful’s Mountain
  98. A snicker of magic
  99. The Magical Animal Adoption Agency, Book 1 Clover’s Luck
  100. Nevergirls On the trail
  101. Charlotte in Paris
  102. Wonder at the Edge of the World
  103. Balto of the Blue Dawn (Magic Tree House (R) Merlin Mission)
  104. Stink and the World’s Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers
  105. Judy Moody saves the world
  106. Welocme to Kirstens World
  107. Emmy and the Rats in the Belfry
  108. Molly Moon & Morphing Mystery
  109. Molly Moon Monster Music
  110. Judy Moody Triple Pet trouble
  111. Spirit animals Book 2 Hunted
  112. Spirit Animals Book 3 Blood ties
  113. PAX
  114. The Berlin Wall: An Interactive Modern History Adventure
  115. Where is ALCATRAZ ?
  116. The night gardener
  117. Geronimo Stilton Welcome to Moldy Manor
  118. Ghosthunters #2: Ghosthunters and the Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost
  119. My Sister the Vampire, No. 1: Switched
  120. Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat (Emmy and the Rat)
  121. Who Was Paul Revere
  122. Bite sized Magic Blis
  123. Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter
  124. Land of Stories An Author’s Odyssey
  125. .27 Magic words
  126. The witch of blackbird pond
  127. Adventures from the Land of Stories Boxed Set: The Mother Goose Diaries and Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide to Royalty (2 )
  128. The Wild Ones: Moonlight Brigad
  129. Story thieves the stolen chapters ( bk2)
  130. Eden’s Wish
  131. Who was Susan B. Anthony ?
  132. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  133. Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage: A Mystery with Hoverbots, Bristle Bots, and Other Robots You Can Build Yourself
  134. Eden’s Escape (Eden of the Lamp Book 2)
  135. Judy Blume Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
  136. Beware! Space Junk! (Geronimo Stilton Spacemice)
  137. American Girl GRACE
  138. Who was Sacagawea ?
  139. Ranger in time Rescue on the Oregon Trail
  140. Cloud and Wallfish
  141. Hamster Princess: Ratpunzel
  142. A boy called Christmas
  143. Thorfinn and the Raging Raiders (Thorfinn the Nicest Viking)
  144. The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
  145. Sammy and the Headless Horseman
  146. The Cay
  147. Princess in black
  148. Harriet the Spy
  149. Sideways Stories from Wayside School
  150. The Summer gang
  151. Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince
  152. Nick and Tesla’s Special Effects Spectacular: A Mystery with Animatronics, Alien Makeup, Camera Gear, and Other Movie Magic You Can Make Yourself!
  153. Nick and Tesla’s Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove: A Mystery with a Blinking, Beeping, Voice-Recording Gadget Glove You Can Build Yourse
  154. The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard Edition (Harry Potter)
  155. The Cheese Experiment (Geronimo Stilton #63)
  156. Bella Donna
  157. No Ordinary Sound: A Classic Featuring Melody (American Girl Beforever Classic)
  158. Star Wars: Jedi Academy
  159. Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Return of the Padawan (Book 2)
  160. The Phantom Bully (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #3
  161. A New Class (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #4)
  162. Star Wars Rebels: Rebel Journal by Ezra Bridger
  163. The four fingered man ( The Gateway series 1 )
  164. Geronimo Stilton Flight of the red bandit
  165. Tig Ripley Rock’n’Roll Rebel
  166. WARRIORS OF BRIN-HASK, THE (Gateway BOOK 2)
  167. MIDNIGHT MERCENARY, THE ( Gateway BOOK 3)
  168. The bad guys
  169. Shadowsmith
  170. Return of the Jedi

 

 

This is the list of my younger daughter

. She read these between the ages 6-7.

  1. Fantastic Mr.Fox
  2. Lilo and Stitch.
  3. Magic Treehouse Tigers at Twilight
  4. Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt
  5. The Berenstain Bear Scouts Meet Big Paw
  6. Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker
  7. The Race Against Time (Geronimo Stilton Journey Through Time #3)
  8. Mouse Overboard! (Geronimo Stilton #62)
  9. Thea Stilton and the Tropical Treasure: A Geronimo Stilton Adventure (Thea Stilton #22)
  10. James and the Giant peach
  11. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  12. Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed (Junie B. Jones, No. 8)
  13. Junie B. Jones Is a Party Animal (Junie B. Jones, No. 10)
  14. The Mystery of the Suspicious Spices (Greetings from Somewhere)
  15. The Mystery of the Lion’s Tail (Greetings from Somewhere)
  16. Lotta on Troublemaker Street
  17. The Mystery Across the Secret Bridge (Greetings from Somewhere)
  18. Blizzard of the Blue Moon (Magic Tree House, No. 36)
  19. Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren (Junie B. Jones, No. 7)
  20. Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook (Junie B. Jones, No. 9)
  21. Junie B Jones and that Meanie Jim’s Birthday
  22. Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket (Junie B. Jones, No. 15)
  23. Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book #3: Amelia Bedelia Road Trip!
  24. Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book #4: Amelia Bedelia Goes Wild!
  25. Petsitters Club
  26. The Mystery in the Forbidden City (Greetings from Somewhere)
  27. The Mystery of the Gold Coin (Greetings from Somewhere)
  28. Danny the Champion
  29. The Mystery at the Coral Reef (Greetings from Somewhere)
  30. The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken: The Next Misadventure (The Chicken Squad)
  31. Amy Wild The secret necklace
  32. The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure
  33. Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth
  34. Doll Hospital
  35. Violet Mackerel’s Natural Habitat
  36. Ivy and Bean no news is good news
  37. The Mummy with No Name (Geronimo Stilton #26)
  38. Anna & Elsa #4: The Great Ice Engine
  39. Thea Stilton and the Mountain of Fire
  40. Violet Mackerel’s Pocket Protest
  41. Violet Mackerel’s Remarkable Recovery
  42. The Magical Animal Adoption Agency, Book 1 Clover’s Luck
  43. Dinosaurs: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark
  44. Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Star of Stage and Screen
  45. Violet Mackerel’s Possible Friend
  46. Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot
  47. Violet Mackerel’s Personal Space
  48. By Herman Parish – Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book #2: Amelia Bedelia Unleashed
  49. The adventures of Robin Hood
  50. Anakin Skywalker (Star Wars: Episode 1: Journal)
  51. Jasper John Dooley: Public Library Enemy #1
  52. Amy Wild the Vanishing Cat
  53. Cinderella Smith
  54. Cinderella Smith: The Super Secret Mystery
  55. The BFG
  56. The Twits
  57. Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Secret Admirer
  58. Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy Sees the Future
  59. Geronimo Stilton Spacemice #2: You’re Mine, Captain!
  60. Ivy and Bean and the Ghost that Had to Go (Ivy & Bean, Book 2)
  61. Ivy and Bean Doomed to Dance (Book 6
  62. Classic Starts Peter Pan
  63. DK Readers L3: Star Wars: I Want To Be A Jedi
  64. DK Readers L3: LEGO Friends: Friends Forever
  65. R2D2 and Friends
  66. Adventures of C 3PO
  67. No Prisoners (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
  68. Amy Wild The great sheep race
  69. Judy Moody Triple Pet Trouble
  70. Judy Moody goes to College
  71. Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk
  72. Sideway Stories from Wayside School
  73. Little Dragon Coconut and the Black Knight .
  74. The Ghost at the Fire Station #6 (The Haunted Library)
  75. The Ghost in the Tree House #7 (The Haunted Library)
  76. Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise
  77. Mercy Watson Thinks like a Pig
  78. Mercy Watson goes for a ride
  79. Cars Storybook Collection
  80. Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt
  81. The Secret Room #5 (The Haunted Library)
  82. The Cheese Experiment (Geronimo Stilton #63)
  83. LEGO Friends: Mystery in the Whispering Woods (Chapter Book #3)
  84. LEGO Friends: Lights, Camera, Girl Power! (Chapter Book #2) (Lego Friends Chapter Books)
  85. Amy Wild Furry Detective
  86. Geronimo Stilton Special Edition: The Hunt for the Curious Cheese
  87. Fire Ring Race (Star Wars: Adventures in Hyperspace)
  88. Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery
  89. The Haunted Library #1
  90. Geronimo Stilton Welcome to Moldy Manor
  91. The Order of the Unicorn (The Imaginary Veterinary
  92. The Sasquatch Escape (The Imaginary Veterinary)
  93. A New Class (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #4)
  94. Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Return of the Padawan (Book 2)
  95. The Phantom Bully (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #3)
  96. Star Wars Rebels: Rebel Journal by Ezra Bridger
  97. Star Wars Rebels Ezra’s Gamble
  98. The Phantom of the Subway (Geronimo Stilton, No. 13)
  99. Five Go off to Camp (Famous Five)
  100. Tornado
  101. Adventures from the Land of Stories Boxed Set: The Mother Goose Diaries and Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide to Royalty
  102. Star Wars: Jedi Academy
  103. The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories)
  104. Usborne Fairytale Collection SET ( 20 books )
  105. The Peculiar Pumpkin Thief (Geronimo Stilton, No. 42)
  106. The Enchantress Returns (The Land of Stories)
  107. Sarah Plain and Tall
  108. The Land of Stories 3: A Grimm Warning
  109. The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms
  110. Hamster Princess: Ratpunzel
  111. Ella Diaries Dreams come true
  112. Ella Diaries I heart pets
  113. Who was Helen Keller
  114. Read All About It: A Kit Classic Volume 1
  115. The Princess in Black and the perfect Princess Party
  116. The Muddily-Puddily Show (Wellie Wishers)
  117. The Riddle of the Robin (Wellie Wishers)
  118. Ashlyn’s Unsurprise Party (Wellie Wishers)

 

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The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow { Book review}

Recently I told you all about my journey of becoming part of the Usborne Book family. It has been so much fun for me and my kids.  I love children’s books and I love having an official excuse for reading even more of them 🙂
While Usborne has an amazing selection for younger kids I was concerned upon joining about the selection for a bit older kids.  Those concerns were washed away with the last big release of new titles. I have been so excited to read this big stack of books  !! We have found many books that have made our homeschool days easier and more fun !

The Mystery of the clockwork sparrow is a really fun mystery for advanced readers, from about age 9 and up into middle school.  It plays right in the heart of London in the Edwardian time era, so right before WWI .  The book gives a beautiful impression of this time , it  shows the difficulties many people faced and also gives you an idea how this time modernized their lifestyle. We meet several characters in this  mystery but the main character Miss Sophie together with Miss Lilian Rose stand out with strong heroic character traits. Both girls meet when they start working at the newest Department Store London has to offer. It is one of the hottest, new places and the whole city is waiting anxiously for the big opening ceremony and all of London’s high society is invited. The whole store works nearly around the clock to have everything beyond perfect.

Our main character Miss Sophie starts her new l working life in the millinery department. While not everything is as easy as it might could be ,she is loving her job and also starts making friends throughout the big store. But even before the big event, the actual opening of the store, things take a bad turn. There is a huge break in, and Sophie and her new friends get caught in the middle of the mystery. Together with the help of her new found friends, they continue to find out the truth about the robbery, the mysterious clockwork sparrow, break secret codes, and also stumble right into the arms of one of London’s biggest gang and it’s leader ” THE BARON “.

The book is about 300 pages + long and only contains a few pictures here and there. Overall it is written in a fun and easy to follow way, but the plot does take a few turns which might make it harder for younger readers to follow through. While a good mystery is certainly for boys and girls, I think girls would possibly enjoy this quite a bit more since our main character works in the fashion department and a few fun facts about hats and other fashion attire is also shared in between.

I wished the book would contain even more details about the time era and London itself, but after all this is still a kids novel and too much info like that would take away from the story itself. Both my girls ( 7 and 10 ) love a good mystery and I am very excited for them to start reading this series. They both have read many stories from the Famous Five, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys. This will be a refreshing book for my little detectives !

I love combining great books with real life time events and places , this book gives a great opportunity to dive deeper into this time era .They possibly have no idea that department stores originated in the UK ! So why not talk with your kids a little bit more about  it and let them connect more real history to this fun fiction novel !!