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.  T...

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...

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...

This is the first book of the three book Forbidden Library series If you’ve ever felt like a good book transports you into the story then this is a book for you. The book is about a girl named Alice who is a normal girl who overhears a conversation that changes her life.  After the tragic loss of her father (which she struggles with emotionally in the story) she is sent to live with an uncle she doesn’t know.  She discovers that he...

This is the second book in the Forbidden Library series This book is much stranger than the first book.  The library apprentice is driven mad  and becomes the bad guy of book. Alice and her friends are forced to fight the monsters from every book in order to stop an evil plot. I didn’t like that the author chose to make the apprentice the brother of Alice’s friend.  This makes the story have a sad, uneasy undertone.  Other characte...

Be warned: the first two chapters are kinda slow and not very exciting but the rest of the book is fun filled and action packed.  I wanted to stop reading it at the end of chapter one but my mom convinced me to keep reading and I’m glad I did.   The book is full of mysterious puzzles and interesting gadgets and gizmos.  As soon as you enter the library you feel like you have gone to another world.  The author describes the library really...

I liked this book a lot.  The story is about a very optimistic boy named Crater who is stuck working as a Helium 3 miner on the moon.  When he is sent on a special assignment to a city on the other side of the moon he discovers a plot that might put Crater and everyone with him at risk.  The author addresses some difficulties of living on the moon and consistently uses the setting as part of the story.  Helium 3 mining on the moon is something...

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The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler
Action and Adventure , Fantasy , Fiction , Series / June 26, 2016

This is the first book of the three book Forbidden Library series If you’ve ever felt like a good book transports you into the story then this is a book for you. The book is about a girl named Alice who is a normal girl who overhears a conversation that changes her life.  After the tragic loss of her father (which she struggles with emotionally in the story) she is sent to live with an uncle she doesn’t know.  She discove...

The Mad Apprentice by Django Wexler
Action and Adventure , Fantasy , Fiction , Series / June 26, 2016

This is the second book in the Forbidden Library series This book is much stranger than the first book.  The library apprentice is driven mad  and becomes the bad guy of book. Alice and her friends are forced to fight the monsters from every book in order to stop an evil plot. I didn’t like that the author chose to make the apprentice the brother of Alice’s friend.  This makes the story have a sad, uneasy undertone.  Othe...

The Enchanted Palace by Rosie Banks
Fantasy , Fiction , Series / June 22, 2016

The first book in the Secret Kingdom series This book has a lot of things in it that I like such as fairies and unicorns. The girls are normal kids who discover fairies. This is the first book of the series where the girls get to know the fairies.  The fairies in this book are different than in some of the other series that I have read because they don’t have wings and use much less magic.  They are more like regular people who...

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The Magic Half by Annie Barrows
Fiction , Mystery / June 21, 2016

First let me say this book is nothing like the Half Magic series by Edward Eager.  I thought it was one of those books but its completely different. I think The Magic Half was a good book.  It was about a girl who was the middle child with twin brothers and twin sisters.  Miri always felt left out until she finds an object that allows her to visit the girl who lived in her room in the year 1935.  Most of the book is about the girls b...

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Action and Adventure , Fiction , Series / June 21, 2016

Be warned: the first two chapters are kinda slow and not very exciting but the rest of the book is fun filled and action packed.  I wanted to stop reading it at the end of chapter one but my mom convinced me to keep reading and I’m glad I did.   The book is full of mysterious puzzles and interesting gadgets and gizmos.  As soon as you enter the library you feel like you have gone to another world.  The author describes the libr...

Crater by Homer Hickam

I liked this book a lot.  The story is about a very optimistic boy named Crater who is stuck working as a Helium 3 miner on the moon.  When he is sent on a special assignment to a city on the other side of the moon he discovers a plot that might put Crater and everyone with him at risk.  The author addresses some difficulties of living on the moon and consistently uses the setting as part of the story.  Helium 3 mining on the moon is...

The Fire Within by Chris D’lacey
Fantasy , Series / June 7, 2016

This is the first book in the Last Dragon Chronicles. This book is about a lodger named David who finds himself living in a family’s house who have a mysterious secret. Elizabeth and her daughter, Lucy can create clay dragons that come to life!  The Pennykettle’s give David his own special dragon, Gadzooks, as a gift.  The book is mostly about David’s life with the Pennykettles.   Lucy loves squirrels and so David s...