Monthly Archives: September 2014

Feedback by Robison Wells

Feedback is the type of series that will rise or fail based upon the choices made for the final reveal. After book one, there was going to have to be one heck of a surprise to explain the high level … Continue reading

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The League of Seven by Alan Gratz

The League of Seven is an imaginative mid school read featuring a wild steampunk world full of menacing monsters and soaring steamships. But oddly passive main characters rarely rise to meet the challenge of the worldbuilding and the horror is … Continue reading

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The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato

The Clockwork Dagger presents an interesting dilemma: in a world built more upon a fantasy setting than an alternate universe Victorian Earth, in which faith in God is the antidote to technology that is used to maim and murder, is … Continue reading

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The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud

The Whispering Skull continues smoothly from the first book: the Lockwood and Co crew will have a new assignment to solve, rivals to beat, confront the reality that the The Problem is escalating in unexpected ways, and learn more about … Continue reading

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Lockwood and Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Lockwood and Co is a rare animal: a thoroughly enjoyable middle grade story that has the depth and interest to appeal to all ages, especially adults. Characters are nuanced, the plot intriguing, mysteries build upon mysteries, and there is an … Continue reading

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Della Fattoria Bread by Kathleen Weber

Della Fattoria Bread was a pleasant surprise. What I thought would be a book full of odd artisan recipes is actually a bread making book that answered a lot of the questions I had as to why my breads seemed … Continue reading

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The Swap By Meagan Shull

The Swap is a sweet and engaging middle school (the main characters are 12 and 13) read. Although the premise is very tired, the author’s great use of dialogue and situations (as well as avoidance of turning this into a … Continue reading

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