January 29, 2019

#BookReview: A Friendly Town That's Almost Always by the Ocean! (Secrets of Topsea) by Kir Fox

Title: A Friendly Town That's Almost Always by the Ocean!
Author: Kir Fox
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Hardcover208 pages
Published: April 17th 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
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Synopsis:  Welcome to Topsea, the strangest place you'll ever visit. In this town, the coves are bottomless and the pier has no end in sight. There's a high tide and a low tide... and a vanishing tide. Dogs are a myth, but mermaids are totally real. And seaweed is the main ingredient in every meal-watch out, it might just start chewing you back!

New kid Davy definitely thinks Topsea is strange. His mom keeps saying they'll get used to life in their new town-it's just the way things are on the coast! But after his first day at Topsea School, Davy finds himself wondering: Why is his locker all the way at the bottom of the school swimming pool? Why can't anyone remember his name? (It's Davy!) And why does everyone act like all of this is normal?!

Through newspaper articles, stories, surveys, notifications, and more, follow Davy and the rest of Ms. Grimalkin's fifth grade class through the weird world of Topsea. (Whatever you do, don't make eye contact with the rubber ducks.)

About the Author: Kir Fox (Kirsten Hubbard) and M. Shelley Coats (Michelle Schusterman) are great friends, longtime critique partners, and ardent consumers of the strange and unusual. Kirsten is the author of the middle-grade novels Watch the Sky and Race the Night (Disney-Hyperion), and the young adult novels Like Mandarin and Wanderlove (Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books). She lives in Los Angeles. Michelle is the author of the middle grade series I Heart Band and The Kat Sinclair Files (Grosset/Penguin), and the middle-grade novel Olive and the Backstage Ghost and the forthcoming Spell & Spindle (Random House Children's Books). She's also the coauthor of the YA novel The Pros of Cons (Scholastic). She lives in New York City.

"In the style of Louis Sachar's Sideways Stories from Wayside School, this first title in the Secrets of Topsea series is replete with wittiness and absurdity, but a deeper look reveals universal themes of struggling to fit in, fearing new things, and coping with loss... Their inclusion, along with a diverse representation of families and social groups, make this story a gateway for children to see themselves and to feel seen."―Publishers Weekly

"Wonderfully weird... [A] celebration of individuality, friendship, and embracing your uniqueness."―Booklist

"A deft mix of chills and chuckles."―Kirkus Reviews

My Review: This was such a cute story that made us laugh so much.  This is just one of those books that even kids that hate reading would find so funny and dive right in.  I know we did! We read this together for three nights in a row and well most likely read it again tonight.  Dont let this one pass you by! 


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