Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Lies Come Easy by Steven F Havill

It begins with a two and a half year walking along the road in the snow, his parents no where around.  When they find his father, he hasn't much to say.  To jail he goes...

Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.

There's a missing range tech, his girlfriend is dead from a gunshot, the father of the young boy has died of a gunshot and all the cops have are questions.    They are pretty sure the range tech is dead, too.  The problem is that everyone in the small village lies.  They tell tales to protect others in the village.  When they are caught at it, they play dumb.  It's hard to find facts when no one cooperates.

The cops don't give up.  They talk to those they can and then go to talk to the man they believe is the killer.  He has an ugly industrial accident right in front of them and they have to try to talk to him in the hospital.  All he can do is write notes.  Is he telling the truth now?

This was a well-put-together mystery.  As they piece things together, they work out who the killer is.  It doesn't make you happy but life is like that.  Bad choices have a backlash.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Sophie Washington: Secret Santa by Tonya Duncan Ellis

When Sophie gets a package in the mail, there's no return address on it.  When she opens it, it has a gift and a motivational note in it.  She didn't sign up for a Secret Santa this year.  Who could be sending it?

Goddess Fish Blog Tours and the author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you). It's on sale for only 99 cents during this tour, so you can grab a copy now.

Sophie is a fun character to read about.  She's determined to find out who is sending the gifts and looks over her classmates for clues.  She's sure the girls aren't doing it.  How about the two boys she's friends with?  She eliminates one of them but isn't sure about the other.  He keeps trying to ask her questions and they keep getting interrupted.  Might it be him?

These stories have a good flow, are uplifting and have subtle messages in them.  In this case, it's someone trying to thank them for being nice in the past.  It's a real surprise to both of them.  Any middle grader should enjoy this book, I did and I'm way past that time in my life...

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Good luck and happy reading!  

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Lackbeard by Cody B. Stewart and Adam Rocke

The youngest brother has dreamed of being a pirate since he was small.  His mother told him he had the heart of one.  But she died before he was very old and he and his older brother are in an orphanage.  The bad news?  They are being moved, separated, and being sent quite a distance from each other.  He refuses to do it.  He's going to become a pirate.

Common Deer Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).   It will be published December 3rd.

This story is a bit silly and a bit far-out but it's very entertaining.  They begin by raiding a pirate exhibit and sneaking out a map and an ancient artifact.  Then they have to escape the home they are in.  When they do, the other orphans hitch along for the adventure.  The older brother doesn't know that but the younger brother doesn't give them away.  Next, they steal a boat...

The first thing that happens is that they run into some pirates that want the boat they stole.  They escape them and head for the island with the treasure.

They end up on the island with not only the other pirates but the military man who wants the older brother and the crazy old man who lived next door to them at home.  It makes for an exciting encounter that could go any which way!

It was busy, made me laugh in places, and it was great fun to read.  Your middle graders should love this one.

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

She's an orphan and she's a girl.  She's sad to have no home but isn't worried about being a girl until she finds out the folks who were going to take her into their home wanted a boy...

Sweet Cherry Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

This is a classic story from the past that I read long ago and liked.  I didn't remember much about it so I decided to read it again and see how it stood up after so many years.  It's still a very good read no matter what age you are!

While she's not a boy, the man bringing her home is fascinated by her chatter.  She names things magical things, tells him about herself and asks questions here and there.  He enjoys it so he asks his sister to let her stay.  She says she has to go back.  She takes her to the lady who chose her for them and asks why they didn't get a boy.  That wasn't the message she got from the message carrier, but she says she can place her.  There's a woman with lots of children who is looking for a caretaker for her children.  She's not a nice woman.  She agrees she would take her and gives Anne a big list of does and don't right there in the living room.  Marilla takes Anne home with her.  Matthew will be happy and they'll adjust.  It's good that she feels that way because there is a lot of adjustment to do...

Anne makes friends with the neighbor girl.  She goes to school.  She learns to cook.  And she gets in trouble a lot.  She has a fantasy world she escapes into and it often happens right at the wrong time.

Parts of this book will make you laugh and part will make you cry but Anne perseveres and it's a pleasure to watch her growing up.  She bring life and love into a cheerless home that brightens up with her as an addition.

This was still a very good read even if it is an old classic.  It's a great book for middle graders. 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Hooks Can Be Deceiving: A Crochet Mystery by Betty Hechtman

Molly Pink has enough to do with an upcoming TV show, a crafter's group that meets, and her regular job at the book and yarn shop.  But when a young woman who is a companion to another dies on the lawn from electrocution, she's not sure the young woman was the intended victim.  The lady she worked for is worth a lot of money and her brother wants the property.  She took a walk around the property every evening.  Was she the intended victim?

Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 11th.

The more she digs into the mystery, the worse it gets.  She gets threats.  She's working with her old boyfriend and they still have feelings for each other.  Her new boyfriend is very busy with his job, so he's not around as much as he should be.  She keeps digging.   And she keeps working on accommodating the TV crew.  They keep making changes to improve the set where the shoot will take place.  There's also a celebrity that doesn't crochet who is going to host the show.  There's a problem.  She said she's an expert at crochet but doesn't even know how to do it.  Can they teach her in time?

This was a pleasant cozy with lots of odds and ends tied together.  I found it to be an enjoyable read.  It has an exciting ending, too.  Give it a try.  

Friday, November 16, 2018

The Polar Bear Explorers' Club by Alex Bell

She wants to go on an expedition with her father but girls are not allowed.  He refuses to take her until her aunt wants to send her to finishing school.  She's got her scheduled to start as soon as Felix leaves.  He tells her no and foils that plan by taking Stella with him.  She is going on the expedition!

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

Stella has no idea how exciting and scary this trip will be.  When her father is bedridden by seasickness, she wanders the ship and finds herself around a bunch of caged wolves.  Her trip is almost cut short by a storm they enter.  She gets thrown overboard!

There are three other young adults on the trip.  One is a friend from home, one is the wolf whisperer, and the other is a member of the Squid Explorers and he's not very friendly or nice.  She decides she doesn't like him.  But when they get separated from the adults because the Squid wolf squad is not very well trained, they just have themselves to depend on.

They meet frost fairies, find an ice palace, get chased by a Yeti, and visit a bandit's tavern.  There are plenty of adventures and, in time, a friendship builds between all of them.

This middle grade book will hold reader's attention and has enough excitement to make it a fun read.  Share it with your young one and I won't tell if you read it, too.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

No Place for Wolverines by Dave Butler

Jenny is sent in undercover to check out a proposed ski lodge.  There was a ban against them and then the legislature removed it.  Now there's a proposal for a huge development.  It'll take Jenny home and she can check on her mother so there's a personal benefit, too.  But she has no idea just what she's taking on when she accepts the assignment.

Dundurn and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

The first thing she finds is a burnt building where a wolverine researcher was killed.  That's concerning but it should haven't anything to do with the ski lodge, should it?  That's just the beginning of the questions.

She finds herself caught up in politics, threatened by the ski lodge administrators and her temporary boss, and ends up with her mother being kidnapped and threatened.  She refuses to back down but it just gets more dangerous.

The worst part is that much of this story sounds like it could be the truth.  There are corrupt people everywhere.  She trusts people she shouldn't.  If the ski lodge goes in, it will kill the wildlife that lives in that area but the lodge is being pushed and the environmental studies take too long.

Then there is talk of a new highway (right through a pristine forest) and a pipeline accompanying it.  All the investors get excited.  It's getting worse all the time.  Can Jenny stop it?