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  • Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil by Anne Zoet

    Mon, 05 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Purrball travels with his family wherever they go.  Father works in different locations so they move a lot.  There's never been a problem.  But they've never been at the airport during an earthquake either...PR By the Book and the author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 9th.This is the first children's picture book I've read where a cell phone has been part of the story.Purrball worries about riding inside the plane.  After all, his human's feet might stink.  He survives and they are gathering their luggage and getting Read More
  • Guide Me Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

    Mon, 05 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's a hill girl.  Their house is small and money is tight.  They raise their own food and all of the children help around the house, garden and animals.  Rebekah's mother is still mourning the death of her son and Reb feels even more guilt because of that.  She was reading and her brother was bothering her.  She told him to get lost and leave her alone because she was reading.  (I have done the same thing with my brother.)  He went into the Mammoth Caves and fell to his death.  Reb feels like she killed him.  The only thing Read More
  • A Family Under the Christmas Tree by Terri Reed

    Sun, 04 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Her grandmother has sprained her ankle badly, so she takes some time off to help her out and spend some time with her favorite relative.  What she doesn't discover until she gets there is that Grandma also has some matchmaking in mind...Howard Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.Sophie is a photographer and travels all over the world.  She's trying hard to get a contract with a ski wear company.  It would look really good on her resume and would bring her other jobs.  She's only going to Read More
  • The Bear Who Wasn't There: And the Fabulous Forest by Oren Lavie and Wolf Erlbruch

    Sun, 04 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This picture book is different from those we see most of the time.  The artwork is unique, the story line is interesting, and the German influence shows.  It's a bit more serious than a regular picture book in illustrations but the story is a bit silly.  It's odd but interesting.Akashic Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.This bear grew from an itch.  Yes, that's what I said.  An itch went over to the tree to scratch against it and it turned into a big bear.  The poor Read More
  • The Thief's Apprentice by Bryan Methods

    Sat, 03 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's always been a bit afraid of the butler, Mr. Scant.  He's tall, has an almost military bearing, never smiles, and he takes no nonsense.  He just tries to stay out of his way.  Then he sees something he shouldn't and he's in a bad situation...Carolrhoda Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.Oliver happens to see Mr. Scant with an odd mechanism on his hand; it looks like a claw.  He's been reading about robberies in the paper and the claw has been mentioned there.  When Read More
  • The Iron Hand by Scott Chantler

    Sat, 03 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    They are princesses and princes from various lands that have been kidnapped.  They are being gathered together to control them and their kingdoms in the future.  But not all of them are giving up without a fight...Kids Can Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this graphic novel for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.One princess is going to find her brother who got separated from her.  When they pick up a wounded knight, he loses his arm but not his life.  She's ready to take his life for what he has done but when Read More
  • Flash Point: A Psychological Thriller by Colby Marshall

    Fri, 02 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a creepy book.  Someone is playing games with her but she doesn't even know it.  When everyone in the bank is randomly and grossly killed, you have to wonder why.  They didn't even take any money.  They did take the videos, though.  And they gave them to the press...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.Jenna is paranoid.  She has a good reason to be.  Her mother is out of jail and rehab and she's still after her.  She has special codes to prove her Read More
  • Mabel Jones and the Doomsday Book by Will Mabbitt

    Fri, 02 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Mabel and her family got separated when the big blast happened.  She's in the Noo World and the rest of the hoomans have disappeared.  She has lots of animal helpers.  And she's trying to find the Doomsday Book with hopes that she will be able recover her family and the rest of hoomans.Viking Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 4th.As you can see, there are some made up words in this story.  It's written for middle graders and it's a fun read.  Mabel Read More
  • Smile and Be a Villain: A Dorothy Martin Investigation by Jeanne M. Dams

    Thu, 01 Sep 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dorothy and her husband might just as well give up on the idea of a vacation.  Even when they set things aside and visit a small island, they run into death.  But was it an accident or murder?Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.  Dorothy and Alan are on a walk when they find someone who has fallen on the rocky trail.  The man is dead and they learn he is the assistant preacher at the church they attended in the morning.  He had been missed at church Read More
  • Little Tails in the Jungle by Frederic Brremaud, Federico Bertolucci (By (artist)), Mike Kennedy (Edited by)

    Thu, 01 Sep 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a mix of comic-like characters on the top of the pages with their observations about where they are exploring and rich vibrant and color illustrations on the bottom that show you what they see.  That's a unique technique (to me) and it really sets off what they are teaching the young ones.  There are dangers in the jungle as well as beauty...Magnetic Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 11th.This a real low key educational book.  You have Chipper and Squizzo traveling about in a Read More
  • Downfall: A Brady Novel of Suspense by J. A. Jance

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Joanna's plate is pretty full.  She's pregnant, burying her mother and her step-father, sending her oldest off the college, worrying a bit about the election in the fall, and now they have two dead bodies at the bottom of Geronimo's Peak.  She goes off to check on the bodies.  There's no way to know that the killer is as close to her as he is...William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.What Joanna sees are two dead women.  They are laying on top of each other.  Only one had Read More
  • Monsters Go Night-Night by Aaron Zenz

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a fun book to read but I'm not sure it's a good bedtime book.  Your child will be laughing too hard to settle down easily...Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.This is a bit like the word games where they give you several words and say, "Which one doesn't fit?"Monsters don't act like humans.  They don't eat the same things (obviously) and you spend your time snickering while you watch what they do choose.My very favorite was what they Read More
  • Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne

    Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Andrea is perfectly happy with her new life in Haven Point.  She has a nice house, her children are happy, she's friends with most in the community and life is good.  She's widowed and she's survived a stalker and she's fine on her own.  She misses her husband but she's not looking for a new man.  She sure never expected to find one next door...HQN Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 27th.When she gets a call from her neighbor about the fact that her brother is Read More
  • Jak Barley, Private Inquisitor and the Case of One Damned Thing After Another by Dan Ehl

    Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jak calls himself a Private Inquisitor.  That's like a private eye in our day and age.  His acquaintances call him the ferret.  I don't think that's so bad.  After all, he does ferret things out.  But he hates it!Mr. Ehl graciously sent me a copy of his book so I could read it for review.  It's been published, so you can get a copy now.  I've read this whole series and always enjoy reading the next one he's conjured.  His writing is fantastical, with creatures out of this world, and Jak just barely getting away from one crisis to another.  The Read More
  • A Sister's Wish: The Charmed Amish Life, Book Three by Shelley Shepard Gray

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Amelia has had a crush on him for years.  She's younger and beautiful but he couldn't live at home anymore.  His parents were abusive.  His older brother and his sister had both left home as soon as they could.  He was following them.  She didn't understand but she knew she had to let him go.  She just didn't expect him to return...Avon Inspire and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 27th.  Amelia has heard the stories about Simon during his time away from their Amish village.  She also know Read More
  • The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrated by)

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Sit down, clear your mind of all notions, and commence reading a tale that combines magic, religion and more.  This tale is not like any you've read before.  After all, have you read a tale about a dangerous farting dragon?Dutton Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 27th.We begin with a baby that is left with a dogsitter.  A greyhound is left to protect the baby.  The dog kills a deadly snake.  The parents think the blood is the baby's and they kill the Read More
  • Dandelion Dead: A Natural Remedies Mystery by Chrystle Fiedler

    Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Willow is a holistic doctor who owns a pet food store and runs a restaurant within it.  They cater and it's a big wine tasting event that has them scheduled today.  It doesn't look good when one of the guests drops dead after eating one of their hors devores.  Who would have killed Amy?  Or was it David they were trying to kill?Pocket Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 27th.Willow and her partner Jackson, who is an ex-cop, know the drill.  They touch nothing, answer the police officer's Read More
  • The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel by Natasha Lowe

    Sun, 28 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Nora hears a noise on the front porch and goes out to see what it was.  What she finds is a baby in her planter.  She doesn't know who left her.  Her first thought is that she would turn her over to the authorities but as soon as she picks her up and the baby snuggles, she's lost that thought.  She never had children.  She'll raise this one and name her after her mother, Mabel.Paula Wiseman Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 30th.Mabel is a typical little Read More
  • Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Flavia is twelve and dauntless.  She's been thrown out of school because she's not a good fit, her family doesn't like her, and she likes finding dead bodies.  I love reading her stories.  In this one, she runs an errand for the vicar's wife.  When she reaches the house, there's no answer at the door.  She goes in to find the man the message is for.  What she finds is a dead body suspended on the back of the bedroom door.  What she has opened is a can of worms...Delacorte Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this Read More
  • Fishbone's Song by Gary Paulsen

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Fishbone is the nickname of the old man who is raising an orphan boy.  He tells tales.  There are three or four about how he got his name just like there are three or four stories about how the boy first appeared.  He doesn't really know how to raise a child, so he just tells him stories about the past.  The stories are sometimes fantasy, sometimes fact, and most always have a lesson.Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 27th.Mr. Paulsen has Read More
  • Hocus Pocus, It's Fall! by Anne Sibley O'Brien, Susan Gal

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Hocus Pocus, what a beautiful book!  Ms. Gal's illustrations are rich and warm.  The story is sweet and the gatefold pages make it unique.Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so check with your local bookstore for a copy now.Gatefold means that the interior pages have a two page illustration and then open up to another full page illustration.  It really shows off the artwork and makes it fun to look at.  The rhyming text flows smoothly and offers a rhyme that feels good.Here is unique way to see the Read More
  • The Ominous Eye: The Nocturnals Book 2 by Tracey Hecht, Kate Liebman

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The Nocturnal Brigade has a new quest:  To stop the deadly beast who is trying to take over their land.  When they meet a strange new animal that has a third eye and says she can see the future through it, they're not sure what to do...Fabled Films Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 20th.The fox is cool, the pangolin could use a bit more self-confidence, and the flying squirrel has an elephant sized ego!  He's always going to save everybody.  When danger shows up, you Read More
  • Solstice HC by Steven T. Seagle, Moritat

    Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:35:00 Permalink
    Russell Waterhouse has an obsession. He wants to find the Fountain of Youth.  He'll do anything to acquire it, even prostitute his son...Image Comics let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 5th.The father doesn't care what it costs or where it takes them, he's determined to find this mysterious fountain.  He has more than one kind of a cancer.  Only this might help him live longer.  He's not even concerned about the people who die on his expeditions; they're just collateral damage.The son would like to go to college, maybe do some artwork Read More
  • Miss Seeton Cracks the Case by Hamilton Crane

    Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    The gossipy old ladies have won a trip and are off on a bus ride.  When the bus is stopped much in the same manner as the coaches by the highway men in the past and their valuable are stolen, they know they'll be in the paper and on the news and will have their fifteen minutes of fame.  But it doesn't work out that way and they're sure Miss Seeton must have made that happen.  After all, she's the most suspicious person living in the village...Farrago and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  Read More
  • Death in Profile by Guy Fraser-Sampson

    Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    They're looking for a serial killer but they're looking in the wrong place...Urbane Publications sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can pick the book up now.This was a very interesting read.  The killer was a twist I didn't see coming.  There's also a psychologist who pulls back into a fantasy world to deal with the how the case is going and because he's losing his girlfriend.  There is more than one mentally off person in this book.The case has been ongoing for some time, so a new Read More
  • The Reader by Traci Chee

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sefia was living the typical life of a child until she comes home from playing at the neighbor's house and finds her father tortured and dead on the kitchen floor.  She knows the plan and has practiced it enough she doesn't even have to think.  She grabs her supplies and opens the secret door and heads out to what she hopes is safety.  It takes her back to the berry patch and she goes to Aunt Nin for help.G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be Read More
  • Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger, Paul Dellinger

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Imagine a robot that can feel emotions.  It doesn't seem real, does it?  In this story, it's possible.Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It's been published and you can grab a copy now.They are sending this robot to school.  It's to teach him interactions with humans, to use his own logic to program himself to respond in the appropriate manner, and to finish his training period.  He's named Fuzzy because he uses fuzzy logic.  (After reading about it, I think I do, too.)He has one student assigned to him as a Read More
  • Killer Punch: A Killer Wasps Mystery by Amy Korman

    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Kristin is looking forward to summer and hanging out with her best buds.  At the moment, the tomato festival is coming up and everyone around is helping out.  The famous TV chef bursts in on the scene and says he'll do the cooking and banishes the other cook.  Then a famous painting disappears off the wall.  The painting is worth six digits, so the owner wants it back.  Kristin knows the local cop isn't going to be much good at locating it, so she calls on her friends.  What they learn is that even their small local town can be Read More
  • All My Treasures: A Book of Joy By Jo Witek

    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    When she gets a real pretty porcelain box from her grandmother, this little one wants to fill it with treasures.  But which ones?Abram Appleseed shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It is being published today so you can grab a copy now.This is a casebound board book.  That means it looks like a regular oversized picture book but the pages are thicker inside.  The best touch are all the little flaps. With little fingers carefully opening up the flaps they will find treasures to go in the box!She thinks of adding raindrops, bubbles she blows, treasured memories Read More
  • The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White

    Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is not a nice orphanage.  The orphans have chores to do, some work in the coal mines, and they only get enough to eat to keep them alive.  When they turn thirteen, they're ejected from the school.  If they are lucky, they can be accepted into a quest academy and begin training.   If not, they go away to another work crew, who knows where.  They don't have much but it's better than nothing.  Anne has Penelope as a friend and they are determined to go on an adventure.  Boy, do they!Little Brown Book for Children sent me an ARC Read More
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