Half Magic by Edward Eager
Fantasy / June 29, 2016

This is the first of Edward Eager’s books I read.  I have really liked all of them but this one is the best.  The story is about 4 siblings who find a magic coin that grants them exactly half of whatever they wish for.  Just imagine how complicated that could get.  The author has a lot of fun choosing which half of the wish the kids get. The story takes place a long time ago, like when our great grandparents were kids.  I don’t think the story would be too different if it took place today other from the language the author uses and the freedom the kids have.  I actually like the way the kids talk.  The book is full of words we don’t use very much like vexed and cross (angry).  The kids are funny and creative.  This book is a little slower read because of the wording but the story moves quickly.  I would highly recommend it and all the other books in the magic series. AR Points: 5.0 Lexile level 830 Percy read at age 7

Queste by Angie Sage
Fantasy , Fiction , Series / June 29, 2016

This is the fourth book in the Septimus Heap series. My favorite thing about this book series is that the author gives each book an interesting storyline with a beginning, middle and end.  Each book is interesting on its own but is so much better because of how she ties in different details from the last books and carries them forward.  I love the plot of this book with Septimus being sent on a quest that no one has ever returned from but some parts of the story were kind of strange.  I didn’t like the way the book began, it doesn’t flow as well as the rest of the books and the concept is odd.  I’m not a fan of the reoccurring use of evil ghosts interfering with our characters but it works and it is becoming a bigger part of the larger story.  I did enjoy this book, even though there were things I didn’t like about it. Ms Sage has some interesting ideas about a place where all times (past, present and future) converge and she uses this to send Septimus and his friends on an exciting adventure.  There is more talk about boys and girls liking each…

Physik by Angie Sage
Fantasy , Fiction , Series / June 29, 2016

This is the third book in the Septimus Heap series In this third installment Ms Sage adds some new twists including traveling back in time and an evil ghosts who is trying to return to the world of the living.  Now, before you decide to stop reading this series here let me say that at first I didn’t really like the direction she took in this book however the more I read the more sucked in I got and by the end of the book I thought her approach was really smart.  The author creates an opportunity for Septimus to learn long forgotten magical skills and she lays foundations in the past for story elements she uses in the future (and continues to use in the other books).  This book is a little bit darker and more ominous than the last two with some, scary or at least anxiously suspenseful parts. The book has a satisfying ending but leaves you wondering what will happen to Septimus and his friends next. AR Points 17.0 Lexile Level – not rated Percy age 9

Flyte By Angie Sage
Fantasy , Fiction , Series / June 28, 2016

This is the second book in the Septimus Heap series This story picks up right where the last left off with young Septimus Heap beginning his apprenticeship with the Extraordinary Wizard.  In this story we learn a lot more about magic and the life of a wizard as well as life in the castle.  This story introduces even more characters to the already large cast including a dragon, a wolf boy and a funny scribe.  This story takes you on a wild ride that includes kidnappings, sibling rivalry and witches.  Mom says there is some boy/girl stuff in this book with the witches but I just thought they were weird, its not like there is a bunch of kissing or romance.  This book was almost as good as the first with a great storyline of its own.  Make sure you keep reading at the end to find out fun tidbits about each character.   Overall this is another really great book! AR Points 16.0 Lexile Level 950 Percy age 9

Magyk By Angie Sage
Fantasy , Fiction , Series / June 28, 2016

This is the first book in the seven book Septimus Heap series. First let me say that I love this series.  There are so many great characters that anyone should find one that they identify with.  The author has a great ability to give each character a distinct voice and backstory.  She is able to keep many points of view and individual story lines going simultaneously without the story feeling strained.  The author takes a new approach to magic in this series making it almost scientific.  Magic must first be discovered before it can be used.  The story takes place in a time where magic is still part of daily life but so much of its secrets have been lost.  The bad guys are ruthless and pursue our heroes through many different settings making the story exciting and fast paced.  There is some killing and violence but it is not detailed.  The story progresses well leaving enough clues for you to have some insight into the climax however there is still an exciting reveal at the end.  Ms Sage must have a vivid imagination because she paints a storyline that is so rich in detail that you feel like you’re…

The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
Action and Adventure , Fantasy , Fiction , Series / June 26, 2016

This is the first book in the Secret series I really like the way way he writes these books because he is talking to you but wants to keep story details secret.  The main characters are Cass and Max-Ernest, two kids who struggle to make friends, who get thrown into an adventure they know nothing about.  When someone from their school gets kidnapped they have to follow the clues to a mysterious spa where they find out about a secret society.  They have to rescue the their school mate and figure out what the society is up to.  The book is a medium pace that ends off in a really exciting spot.  There are some parts that talk about making mummies, kinda gross, but not too much.  There is no boy/ girl stuff.  This book makes a mystery that spands the past, present and future. AR Points 9.0  Lexile level 810 Bob age 8

If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late by Pseudonymous Bosch
Action and Adventure , Fantasy , Fiction , Series / June 26, 2016

This is the second book in the Secret series. The book is written in the same fun style where the author is talking to you.  The book starts by giving you some insight into what the bad guys are doing.  Then it resumes with Cass and Max Ernest.  They find a magical object that draws them deeper into the mysterious society.  Once again they are following clues, this time to find the source of evil.   They are only beginning to discover how they are linked to this ancient group.  I liked this one as much as I liked the first book.  I like how the kids have to use problem solving skills to figure out what the clues mean and follow them to the answer. The kids sneak out, which is not good but mostly they are good role models.  I will  get back to you soon with my review of the next book. AR Points 9.0 Lexile Level 760

Rani in the Mermaid Lagoon by Lisa Papademetriou
Fantasy , Fiction , Series / June 26, 2016

This is one of my favorite Disney Faires books. I like all of these books because they do job helping you understand how the characters feel.  You can also pick up any book in the series and it makes sense without reading the others.  Rani is a main character in all three of the Disney Faires illustrated novels but this is the first one of the smaller books I’ve read that is about her.  I really like Rani a lot because she is adventurous and kind.  Rani leaves Fairy Haven on her own because she is struggling with her water talent.  She ends up finding the mermaid lagoon and making new friends that help her understand where she belongs.  This story has a lot of twists and turns and I really like the ending. AR Points 1.0 Lexile level 610 Rosie age 6

The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz
Fantasy , Fiction / June 26, 2016

This book is about a little night fairy who has to learn how to take care of herself.  I like the way the author describes the fairy and the animals she meets.  The story is exciting and really fun.  The fairy has magic but she has to discover how it use it along the way.  One thing that is very different about this story is that fairies live on there own and we  Some parts are funny and others are a bit sad.  The only thing I really didn’t like about the book was how it ends.  I was expecting the story to go on and then its just over. Rosie age 6 AR Points: 2.0 Lexile Level 630

The Palace of Glass by Django Wexler
Action and Adventure , Fantasy , Fiction , Series / June 26, 2016

This is the third and last book of the The Forbidden Library series This book picks up where the last book leaves off with Alice angry and seeking revenge.  I didn’t like that revenge was the driving force however the author is clever in slowly redirecting her anger.  Eventually Alice discovers that getting revenge doesn’t make you feel any better.  The themes of friendship and teamwork continue in this book.  The whole book builds to a climactic end and is really a journey about learning to leave anger behind and focus on the people are in your life.  The author doesn’t talk about feelings and stuff, they just let your see Alice’s path through the action.  There are lots of good action and the story was really smartly written. I like the ending a lot and even though the second book was not the best the series all together was excellent. Lexie Level 780 AR points 10 Percy age 9