Odder – Read It and Rate It

Odder by Katherine Applegate Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) What is life like for a wild otter? Living off the coast of California, near the Monterey Bay Aquarium (though it is called Highwater in her world), Odder delights in play. “Water means play, and play is their purpose.” When she was a child, barely a few months old (though otters grow much faster than human children) a storm swept … Read more

Auggie & Me – Read It and Rate It

Auggie & Me (sequel to Wonder) by R.J. Palacio Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) “Auggie & Me” consists of three new chapters from three different characters that were in the book, “Wonder.” It takes place after the book and follows bully Julian, Auggie’s oldest friend Christopher, and his classmate Charlotte. It gives an insight into how Auggie has touched their own lives and where they go and what they … Read more

Diper Overlode – Read It and Rate It

Diper Overlode Diary of a Wimpy Kid #17 by Jeff Kinney Funny Illustrated Fiction Realistic Fiction Grades 5+ Review #1 * * * Stars (Pretty good) This book is about Rodrick, the older brother, and his band. Rodrick and his band want to be very famous so they decide to enter a competition. They practice a lot, but at one poin tthey stop because they think it has gotten too extreme for them. Rodrick now … Read more

Lines of Courage – Read It and Rate It

Lines of Courage by Jennifer A. Nielsen Historical Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) One wrong turn. That was all it took to fire Austria-Hungary and Germany into war after the assassination of their Archduke. Of course, this war grew as other countries joined their allegiances. The war was titled, “The War to End All Wars.” WWI. The story is told from five different points of view. Felix Baum – a … Read more

Strong Poison – Read It and Rate It

Strong Poison Lord Peter Wimsey series, book #6 by Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Lord Peter is solving another mystery. This time, it’s the mystery of mystery novelist Harriet Vane – who supposedly murdered her own fiancée. But as he is investigating the mystery, Peter finds himself falling in love with Harriet. Before long, he is racing to prove her innocence – and get her … Read more

Thrones and Dominations – Read It and Rate It

Thrones and Dominations Lord Peter Wimsey series, book #12 by Jill Paton Walsh and Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * Stars (Pretty good) Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet have returned from their slightly chaotic honeymoon and are now moving into life together. Before they come back they meet a couple in Paris – Rosamund and her husband who backs plays. Wimsey’s slightly incorrigible sister organizes a dinner for them to … Read more

How to Get Away with Myrtle – Read It and Rate It

How to Get Away with Myrtle Myrtle Hardcastle series, book #2 by Elizabeth C. Bunce Adventure Mystery Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Myrtle Hardcastle is fuming. Though she solved the mystery of Redgraves, her father has sent her and Miss Judson packing off to the seashore for a “relaxing vacation,” or in Myrtle’s knowledge, to get her away from her Morbid Obsession with Death. Additionally, to further lengthen the … Read more

Cold-Blooded Myrtle – Read It and Rate It

Cold-Blooded Myrtle Myrtle Hardcastle series, book #3 by Elizabeth C. Bunce Adventure Mystery Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Myrtle is back in her town for Christmas. However, when Myrtle is around somehow crime will be around also. Before she has to deal with another murder, Myrtle also has to deal with what is happening at home. Like how Miss Judson and her father are arguing and mad at each … Read more

Premeditated Myrtle – Read It and Rate It

Premeditated Myrtle Myrtle Hardcastle series, book #1 by Elizabeth C. Bunce Adventure Mystery Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Myrtle Hardcastle has grown up around crime. After all, her father is the town prosecutor and her mother was a doctor. However, when crime appears nextdoor, Myrtle’s father does not want her poking around. Elusively, Myrtle and her governess, Miss Judson, investigate the crime anyway. Miss Judson, though more of a … Read more

Captive Kingdom – Read It and Rate It

The Captive Kingdom Ascendance series, book #4 by Jennifer A. Nielsen Adventure Thriller Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) This book takes place before the epilogue of the third book. Jaron, Imogen, Tobias, Roden, and Amarinda are all sailing on an Avenian Pirate ship, loaded with weapons Carthya despearately needs. Before they reach safety, they are overtaken by a ship commanded by a ruthless captain. The captain is taking them to a land … Read more