My first book review is up on the KidLit Network.
Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities by Mike Jung
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The Shadows (The Books of Elsewhere #1) by Jacqueline West
My rating: 4 of 5 stars!
I love Olive Dunwoody!
Eleven-year-old Olive has recently moved into a new house with her loving, but slightly clueless, mathematician parents. While they’re off being grown-ups, Olive is busy discovering there’s more to their new home than meets the eye. Measuring up in equal parts of cleverness, bravery and innocence, Olive slowly learns their new home has some dangerous old secrets.
With the help of a pair of unique spectacles, Olive soon discovers she’s able to travel into the many unusual paintings hanging around the house. And she makes some very interesting new friends along they way. In order to save her family and herself from the evil resulting from the series of events she has unwittingly initiates herself, Olive is forced to face some of her own worst fears and then to try and overcome them.
The Shadows features an engaging plotline with characters and descriptions that being the story to life. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where else the Elsewhere books will take us. And Olive, of course!
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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Beautifully written and elegantly woven, like the Old Man of the Moon’s red threads of destiny, the story of Minli’s quest to change her family’s fortune takes her on an incredible journey of child-like mystery and self-discovery.
Reminiscent of The King of Ireland’s Son, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a delicate weaving together of many stories into a single tapestry of magic, hope, friendship and thankfulness. Simply told and powerfully experienced this is definitely my vote for our next family read-aloud.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is the winner of the 2010 Newbery Honor and the 2010 Josette Frank Award.
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