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The Yeti Files: Meet the Bigfeet

The Yeti Files: Meet the Bigfeet is a kooky story about a villainous cryptozoologist (a person who searches for mythical creatures) named George Vanquist. It’s also a story about the Bigfeet, a family of big, furry creatures that live all over the world and are trying to get together for a family reunion. As they search for Brian, the missing member of the Bigfeet family, Vanquist gets serious about making a discovery! It’s silly, it’s funny, and it’s got lots of cartoon-like illustrations that will make young readers smile. Readers who enjoy Captain Underpants will likely find some new friends in The Yeti Files.

Book: The Yeti Files: Meet the Bigfeet

Author: Kevin Sherry

Reviewer: Miss Courtney

 

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The Desperate Adventures of Zeno & Alya

When I was about twenty pages from the end of this book I thought to myself, “How is the author going to bring this all together?!” I’m happy to report that Jane Kelley pulls all the loose ends together by the last page. The very first chapter introduces us to Zeno, an African grey parrot (he balks at the term “pet”) unwittingly thrown into the great wide world. Soon we are introduced to Alya, a girl desperately in need of the freedom that hope can bring. Fate brings them together and wonderful things happen. Highly recommended!

Reviewer: Miss Courtney

Half Magic

When Jane finds a magical coin, she and her siblings are caught up in a series of crazy adventures. They travel through time and danger is everywhere! I found the beginning of the book a little slow which is why I rated it a 4. As the story progressed I grew to enjoy the book and found it a fun read. For girls ages 9-12.

Book:  Half Magic

Author:  Edward Eager

Reviewer:   Miss Kathy

Rating:  4 out of 5

The Witches

The Witches

In this story the “witches”, disguised as kindly old women, devise a worldwide plot to turn all the children into mice. A young boy and his grandmother decide to take them on and destroy their plans. I loved this book! It was great fun, caught my interest immediately and kept me guessing until the very end! Ages 9-12

Book:  The Witches

Author:  Roahl Dahl

Reviewer:  Miss Kathy

Rated:  5 out of 5

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

I love this book, just as much today, as I did when I was a ten! The story is a delightfully complex piece of historical fiction, set in 1687 during the time of the “witch trials”. Kit, a recently orphaned teenager from a wealthy family in Barbados sails to Connecticut to find her only remaining family. The strict Puritan lifestyle is radically different. She is eventually accused of witchcraft and placed on trial. A powerful story with a wonderful life lessons. Great choice for 9-12 year old girls or as a mother/daughter read.

Book:  The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Author:   Elizabeth George Speare
Reviewer:  Miss Kathy

Rating:  5 out of 5

 

 

 

Windcatcher

Windcatcher

“Windcatcher” is a great summer adventure for both boys and girls! Eleven-year-old Tony is off to spend summer vacation at the coast with his grandmother. He has saved enough money for a small boat and soon learns to sail. There are rumors that long age a ship, filled with treasure, went down in the nearby waters. Intrigued, Tony researches the history about the rumored shipwreck and sets off in search of it himself. Danger and mystery soon follow.
I loved this story because the setting immediately transported me to a warm summer’s day in a lazy seaport town. Then, before I knew it, I was in the middle of an exciting adventure filled with mystery, danger and suspense. For boys and girls ages 9-12.

Title:  Windcatcher

Author: Avi

Reviewer:  Miss Kathy

Rated:  5 out of 5

Trouble-Maker

Trouble-Maker

This story is about Clay, a middle-school student, who learns the hard way that mistakes made in his past can come back to haunt him.  I grew to love the main character as I watched him change from a “troublemaker” to a young man who was totally in control of his destiny.   I gave the book a 3.5 rating because it was slow to catch my interest.  Ages 8-12

Book:  Trouble-Maker

Author:  Andrew Clements

Reviewer:  Miss Kathy

Rated:  3.5 out of 5

 

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