Showing posts with label AlexisR. Show all posts
Showing posts with label AlexisR. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

#BookReview: 24 Hours in Nowhere by @Dusti_Bowling

Synopsis: When you come from Nowhere, can you ever really make it anywhere? Author Dusti Bowling (Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus) returns to the desert to create a gripping story about friendship, hope, and finding the power we all have within ourselves.​

Welcome to Nowhere, Arizona, the least livable town in the United States. For Gus, a bright 13-year-old with dreams of getting out and going to college, life there is made even worse by Bo Taylor, Nowhere’s biggest, baddest bully. When Bo tries to force Gus to eat a dangerously spiny cactus, Rossi Scott, one of the best racers in Nowhere, comes to his rescue—but in return she has to give Bo her prized dirt bike. Determined to buy it back, Gus agrees to go searching for gold in Dead Frenchman Mine, joined by his old friends Jessie Navarro and Matthew Dufort, and Rossi herself. As they hunt for treasure, narrowly surviving everything from cave-ins to mountain lions, they bond over shared stories of how hard life in Nowhere is—and they realize this adventure just may be their way out.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

#BookReview: Ruby and Olivia by @LadyHawkins

Synopsis: A spooky middle-grade story that's full of fun, friendship, and humor--perfect for fans of Ingrid Law and Lisa Graff.

Ruby is best friends with Emma, but she and Emma's twin sister Olivia are definitely not friends. Unfortunately, Emma will be away for the summer, while Ruby and Olivia are going to be stuck at a community service day camp for troublemakers--together. 
To kick off the spirit of service, the campers are outfitted with bright pink polka-dotted t-shirts with smiley faces on the front, then tasked with cataloging the contents of an abandoned mansion. Sorting through objects in an old house sounds boring, and working with each other is that last thing the girls want to do, but the stuff is actually pretty cool. There's everything from mink stoles to golf clubs to stuffed deer heads . . . and . . . wait . . . is that stuffed deer head watching them? 
When the taps run freezing cold and doors slam inexplicably, Ruby and Olivia wonder if the other campers are having a bit of fun, or if the abandoned mansion is looking for new residents. To solve the mystery, Ruby and Olivia will have to put their grudges aside and figure out how to be a team with or without Emma.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

#BookReview: Dog Show Disaster (Princess in Camo #3) by Missy Robertson, Mia Robertson, Jill Osborne

Synopsis: In the third book in the Princess in Camo series—Dog Show Disaster—just maybe, reality TV star Allie Carroway is in over her head! When Allie is unanimously elected by her schoolmates as the Student Project Manager of this year’s end-of-the-year school carnival and fundraiser she is excited. Her friends and family love her idea of having a dog show as part of the festivities and know it will be the perfect way to raise money for the local animal shelter.

But almost immediately things start going haywire. Big and small disasters start to happen, one after the other, and soon Allie cannot imagine how the Ouachita Middle School Bark Fest can possibly be a success. But with the super support of the Carroway cousins, family, and friends, and a strong faith and trust that God knows exactly what is needed and when, things start to turn around … but not without a few hurdles, including a bit of bullying and rivalries, along the way!

This third book in the Faithgirlz Princess in Camo series is the perfect addition to this unique storyline about a fun and faith-filled family in a world of class and camouflage.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

#BookReview: Bug Boys by Laura Knetzger

Synopsis: Join two bug friends as they learn about the science of the world around them and the meaning of friendship in this early graphic novel series perfect for fans of Narwhal and Jelly!

Rhino-B is a brash, but sweet guy. Stag-B is a calm and scholarly adventurer. Together these two young beetles make up the Bug Boys, best friends who spend their time exploring the world of Bug Village and beyond, as well as their own - sometimes confusing and complicated - thoughts and feelings.

In their first adventure, the Bug Boys travel through spooky caves, work with a spider to found a library, save their town's popular honey supply from extinction, and even make friends with ferocious termites!

What challenges will these two earnest beetles face? Whatever it is, you can be sure that Rhino-B and Stag-B will face it together -- with the power of friendship behind them.

This title will be released on February 11, 2020.

Friday, December 13, 2019

#BookReview: The Runaway Princess by Johan Troïanowski

Synopsis: This princess can't resist the lure of adventure, but her parents aren't quite on board in this fantastical graphic novel perfect for fans of Princess in Black and Phoebe and Her Unicorn!

Robin? Robin? Robin?! Where are you?

She couldn't have gone far. . . .

Princesses don't run away to have their own adventures. Right?

Princesses stay quietly and obediently at home. They would never want mermaids and swamps and pirates and getting kidnapped to be a part of their lives.

Not this princess!

Adventures await when Robin (bored of princess-ing all the time) embarks on the best adventure of her life--meeting friends along the way as she travels through the magical landscape of her country. But her parents aren't so pleased--and they're coming to find her and bring her back to the castle, no matter how she feels about it!

This title will be released on January 21, 2020.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

#BookTour: The Changeling King (Estranged #2) by @EthanMAldridge @JeanBookNerd #Giveaway

Enter a world of faerie magic and epic adventure in this spellbinding sequel to Estranged—a rich fantasy graphic novel perfect for fans of Amulet.

After years of pretending to be human, the changeling Edmund Carter has assumed his rightful role as Cinder, king of the World Below. But not everyone at the royal palace is happy about his return.

Meanwhile, Ed is adjusting to human life in the World Above. His birth family treats him with a kindness he never knew growing up in the Fay court, but Ed misses the sense of purpose he had as a knight.

When a mysterious new threat emerges in the World Below, Cinder must call on Ed and their older sister, Alexis, for help. But nothing can prepare them for the family secret that awaits at the end of their perilous quest.

With over two hundred pages of gorgeous watercolor paintings, The Changeling King invites readers on an epic journey through a magical world—one they will not soon forget.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

#BookReview: Aster and the Accidental Magic by @ThomPico

Synopsis: A fun, action-packed fantasy adventure about a girl, her dog, and magic gone wrong!

Quiet . . . birds . . . nature. . . .

That's what Aster expects when her parents move their whole family to the middle of nowhere. It's just her (status: super-bored), her mom and dad (status: busy with science), her brother (status: has other plans), and . . .

. . . magic?

In her new home, Aster meets a mysterious old woman with a herd of dogs who gives her a canine companion of her own. But when she and her dog Buzz are adventuring in the forest, they run into a trickster spirit who gives Aster three wishes. After wishing for the ability to understand and talk to her dog, she becomes only able to talk in dog language . . . and the trouble she gets into is just starting.

Maybe the middle of nowhere will be more interesting than Aster thought.

"Crisp, vibrant artwork." -The AV Club

Thursday, November 28, 2019

#BookTour: ESTRANGED by @EthanMAldridge @JeanBookNerd #Giveaway

Edmund and the Childe were swapped at birth. Now Edmund lives in secret as a changeling in the World Above, with fae powers that make him different from everyone else—even his unwitting parents and older sister, Alexis. The Childe lives among the fae in the World Below, where being human makes him an oddity at the royal palace, and where his only friend is a wax golem named Whick.

But when the cruel sorceress Hawthorne takes the throne, the Childe and Edmund realize that the fate of both worlds may be in their hands—even if they’re not sure which world they belong to.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

#BookReview: Undercover Thief (The Victoria Institute #1) by @HTKingBooks

Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Pamela Torres is an exceptional girl. After her parents abandoned her at the tender age of nine, she had to be to stay alive. But Pam has come a long way from stealing food from the supermarket and huddling beneath shop windows for shelter. Now, Pam and the band of fellow misfit kids who took her in, are some of the most notorious thieves in Underground London. She has a home, a family, and a killer wardrobe, to boot. Life is pretty good. 
But when her parents suddenly return to Pam’s childhood home after years of zero communication, Pam’s world is turned upside down. They steal her away from her home and chosen family to enroll her into the Victoria Institute: an American boarding school for spies. 
Desperate to get back to the world she knows and loves, and wholly unfamiliar with the concept of homework, Pam does not take the strict, disciplinary vibe of the Victoria Institute – or to her parents, government spies themselves, who seem to have developed a newfound sense of responsibility for Pam’s wellbeing. What would they do if they knew her true, unlawful identity? What’s more is that something seems off about one of Pam’s classmates… something that could threaten not only the school, but also international government relations and the lives of millions… 
Full of humor, heart, and a healthy dose of sass, UNDERCOVER THIEF is a story of adventure, family, and redemption – a must-have for any teen’s book collection. 

Saturday, November 16, 2019

#BookReview: A Tale of Witchwood Park by S.W. Develin

Synopsis: “I am older than you can comprehend. I am eight.” – Emily Spellmaker.

Emily Spellmaker is missing. She didn’t return to Witchwood Park Elementary this year and Kendra, the shy little girl she befriended, is heartbroken. Kendra waits alone on the park bench after school each day until the Tuesday a troll walks out of the woods. He chooses Kendra, Jimmy (the school bully), and Daniel (an outcast) to come on a magical journey where they must overcome an evil queen and her Army of the Faceless to free an enslaved land. In the process they learn who they really are and what friendship means, while getting closer to solving the mystery of Emily Spellmaker.

Saturday, November 02, 2019

#BookReview: Forest of Secrets (Warriors #3) by Erin Hunter

Title: Forest of Secrets (Warriors #3)
Author: Erin Hunter

Published:  October 5, 2004
Publisher: HarperCollins 
Pages: 312
Synopsis: Allegiances are shifting among the Clans of warrior cats that roam the forest. 

With tensions so delicately balanced, former friends can become enemies overnight, and some cats are willing to kill to get what they want.

Fireheart is determined to find out the truth about the mysterious death of brave ThunderClan warrior Redtail. 

But as he searches for answers, he uncovers secrets that some believe would be better left hidden. 

Friday, November 01, 2019

#BookReview: Fire and Ice (Warriors #2) by Erin Hunter

Title: Fire and Ice (Warriors #2)
Author: Erin Hunter

Published:  June 1, 2004
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 317
Synopsis: Fireheart could hear a roaring around him, like wind in tall trees. 

The acrid stench of the Thunderpath stung his nostrils, together with a new smell, sharper and more terrifying. Fire!
Book Two of WARRIORS continues Fireheart's quest to be a true warrior, when he finds new danger lurking in the woods as the chill of winter sets in.
WindClan is missing, and hostilities between the remaining three clans place all the cats in peril.

Illness and tragic accidents weaken the camp, and ThunderClan needs all its warriors to defend itself - but Fireheart suspects that certain cats may not be as loyal as they appear.

Monday, October 28, 2019

#BookReview: Into the Wild (Warriors #1) by Erin Hunter @KatieThreeCats

Synopsis: For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their warrior ancestors. 

But the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger, and the sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. 

Noble warriors are dying-- and some deaths are more mysterious than others. 

In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary house cat named Rusty . . . who may turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all. 

Saturday, October 05, 2019

#BookReview: Metal Mouth: Lightning Can Strike Twice by @thewriteengle

Synopsis: Don't you hate losing your place in your bathroom book? 

The Toilet Papers, Jr. is a short-story collection separated by word count so you can read a full story whether you have to go a little or a lot, with stories so funny and so scary, you'll have to read them on the toilet.

 From the imagination of award-winning author Jaimie Engle, author of The Toilet Papers: places to go, while you go, this is the perfect book for readers ages 8+ including excerpts from her popular novels for teens and preteens.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

#BookReview: Diary of a Roblox Noob: Bee Swarm Simulator by Robloxia Kid

Synopsis:  Over 3,500 positive ratings on Goodreads for RKID series!
Beekeeping is easy! Said no one ever.
Poor old Roblox Noob is failing miserably at his latest obsession – beekeeping. And it doesn’t take long for him to get frustrated with his bad luck and to chase away his bumblebee Nate. But once Noob realizes his mistake, he goes on an exciting adventure to get Nate back. Along the way he will need the help of his nervous bee Kaz, the successful beekeeper Mario and an unlikely ally… Might they stumble upon a legendary item that could turn Noob’s fortune around? Read Noob's diary to find out!
With almost 4,000 positive ratings on Goodreads, Robloxia Kid books have taken the Roblox gaming phenomenon and extended it to create a bridge to the important skill of reading. Parents and middle school teachers are on board with RKID books because in addition to being superbly entertaining, they provide educational value. In the RKID series, metaphors, idioms, historical facts, and moral lessons are introduced and explained within the Roblox world. Kids love Roblox and its characters, so even reluctant readers are motivated to learn more about their adventures in Robloxia Kid books.
Noob's Diary is perfect for fans of video game books like the Trapped in a Video Game series and Cube Kid books.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

#BookReview: Garfield's Guide to Creating Your Own Comic Strip by Marco Finnegan

Synopsis: Readers will learn what goes into making a comic strip--from creating characters to adding visual details and lettering--all while enjoying examples from Garfield comic strips and hilarious commentary from Garfield himself.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

#BookReview: Garfield's Almost-As-Great-As-Lasagna Guide to Science by Rebecca E. Hirsch

Synopsis: Come along with Garfield and explore breakthroughs in science, from the very beginning of astronomy--when people believed Earth was the center of the universe--to modern times and into the future, when scientists might create an invisibility cloak. All along, Garfield adds his own hilarious comments on each breakthrough. Join in to laugh and learn!

Monday, September 09, 2019

#BookReview: Garfield's Almost-As-Great-As-Doughnuts Guide to Math by Rebecca E. Hirsch

Synopsis: Come along with Garfield and explore breakthroughs in math, from the very beginning of numbers--when people counted on their fingers and toes--to modern times and into the future, when students may use video games to help them learn math concepts. All along, Garfield adds his own hilarious comments on each breakthrough. Join in to laugh and learn!