The Mysterious Benedict Society

Reynie Muldoon is average in almost every way, except for the fact that he is incredibly smart. He lives in an orphanage and is bullied everyday by the other kids. But he has a 40605329.jpgtutor, Ms. Perumal, who helps him get through the day. Stickie Washington is a brainiac, he remembers everything he’s ever seen. Kate Wetherall is very strong and athletic, and carries a bucket wherever she goes. Finally there’s Constance who is the smallest and very stubborn. When an ad in the newspapers draws many children together to take a series of tests, these four pass all of the tests and make it to the other end. Soon they will discover a terrible truth and infiltrate a school with a leader planning a terrible plan. The four children will have to learn how to work together in order to save the world.

The Mysterious Benedict Society is an enticing novel that keeps you reading. It’s smart funny and well-written, definitely a must read.

 

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Goblin Secrets

In the town of Zombay, acting is forbidden, and if you are caught acting, bad things may happen to you. So when Rownie’s older brother, Rowan disappears, nobody is surprised. 12809970.jpgBut Rownie won’t let this happen, so he sets off on a mission to find his brother. Naturally the best way to find Rowan is to join an acting group. So Rownie joins up with a group of goblins who put on slightly illegal shows. The goblins also want to find Rowan because he has a secret, a secret that can save the town from being flooded. So the goblin group and Rownie must team up and work together to find Rowan and save the day. It’s not as easy as it sounds though, because everything they do is against the law, and the masks they hide behind onstage don’t do much to protect them from the real danger. Will Rownie and his friends manage to find Rownie’s brother Rowan before it’s too late?

Wolf Brother

In a story that takes place six thousand years ago, Torak’s father is dead, mauled to death by a demon bear. Now twelve year old Torak is on the run, alone in the wilderness. He 295305.jpgand his father always traveled alone, avoiding the large tribes that live in the forest. But now Torak is alone and scared. Then, a few days after his father’s death, Torak stumbles onto a wolf cub. After a quick investigation of the scene Torak sees that Wolf’s pack is dead, drowned by a flash flood. Hesitant at first, but more and more interested, Torak starts befriending the small wolf cub. And soon the two are inseparable. Traveling and hunting together. So when the demon bear that killed Torak’s father starts showing up again and murdering people and animals from other tribes, the two get caught up in a mission to defeat the evil in the land.

Wolf Brother is a fantastically written novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole journey.

Silverwing

Shade is a bat, he lives in a large colony and is, unfortunately, the runt; however, he is determined to prove himself by making the annual migration to Hibernaculum. 857920.jpgDuring the migration however, a fierce storm kicks up and Shade is separated from his mother and the rest of the colony. Shade ends up on an island, where he meets another stranded bat name Marina. The two decide to team up and together, they set out on a journey to find Shade’s colony. The journey is fraught with danger with many near death experiences. And along the path they meet many new bats. One is a giant carnivorous vampire bat named Goth who is trying to hunt them down. But the adventure will only bring Shade and Marina closer together as the travel through the country, avoiding predators and dodging Goth the whole way. Will Shade make it to the Hibernaculum and will both he and Marina survive to the end?

Silverwing is a fantastic novel full of intrigue and great characters, an amazing read.

The Apothecary

Moving to new cities can be tough, as fourteen year old girl, Janie, knows all too well. It’s 1952 and she’s just moved to London from America with her family. She soon meets a10481268.jpg boy name Benjamin, whose father is the local Apothecary. There is something strange about Benjamin, who talks a lot about spies and such stuff. But when Benjamin’s father is kidnapped, Janie finds herself getting wrapped up in a mission to save him. Benjamin and Janie must search through London, following the clues left behind. This leads the two on a magical adventure from birds, to plants, Janie must let go of everything she thinks is real and embrace the magic that keeps her and Benjamin alive. But the two must hurry, because the clock is ticking and the race to save Benjamin’s father is on. Hopefully they find him before it’s too late.

Goodbye Stranger

Bridge shouldn’t be alive. When she was young, she was scootering along the side walk with her best friend when she crossed a street without looking. She was hit by a car and 23615709.jpgby all rights, should’ve died. But she didn’t. Bridge is in seventh grade now and things are changing around her. Her friends Emily and Tabitha are changing as well. Emily’s body is developing and gaining attention and Tabitha is a supporter of women’s rights. Bridge starts wearing black cat ears to school every day and Emily starts flirting with older boys. The three friends have one rule, no fighting.  But as the year goes on, and difficult situations arise, the three are finding it more and more difficult to keep their promise to themselves. As the year goes on the three friends start to drift apart and must find a way to stick together or be torn apart forever.

Goodbye Stranger is an amazing book about middle school by the same author of When You Reach Me. If you enjoyed When You Reach Me, you will love this book.

From Twinkle, with Love

Twinkle Mehra is a filmaker in high-school. She wants to tell her stories, and show to the world what she can do. Twinkle is in is love with the idea of becoming a well-known 36373464.jpgfemale director for movies, and follows all of the female directors in Hollywood. Twinkle isn’t exactly the most popular person in her school so when her best friend leaves her to hang out with the ‘cool kids’ Twinkle feels the lost all the more painfully. But when Sahil Roy, a fellow classmate approaches Twinkle with an idea of making a play based around the movie Dracula, Twinkle is dragged into a project that will truly test her directing skills. Twinkle is initially very excited for this project, not only is it a chance for the whole school to see her skills, but it’s a chance to get closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy, Sahil’s twin brother. As the film develops, and more and more problems arise, Twinkle’s skills will be tested to their fullest extent.