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The Jumbies

the jumbies coverThe Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
Recommended for: Grades 4 – 6

Corinne La Mer is a brave island girl who does not believe in tales of the jumbies who haunt the forbidden forest. Living alone with her fisherman father, she tends her mother’s precious orange trees and sells the fruit at market. A beautiful stranger named Severine comes to market one day and soon becomes friendly with Corinne’s father. Corinne fights to keep Severine away from her home but finds Severine’s magic too powerful. Corinne’s bravery inspires her friends to band with her when the jumbies and other dangerous creatures decide to attack the village. What does the mysterious Severine want with Corinne and her father and why does she wish to destroy the village?
Tracey Baptiste creates an eerie atmosphere with her menacing creatures of the forbidden forest inspired by Caribbean folktales.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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The Screaming Staircase

the screaming staircase coverThe Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
Recommended for: Grades 5 – 7

Since the Problem, ghostly hauntings are a nightly phenomenon in and around London. There are nightly curfews, homes are well stocked with well-known ghost deterrents, and psychic detection agencies are hired to deal with the hauntings. Soon after Anthony Lockwood, young owner of Lockwood & Co. hires a new operative to assist him and his partner, George, they have a disastrous setback. In order to avoid ruin and regain their reputation, Lockwood & Co. is forced to take on London’s most well-known haunted house. Other agencies have already tried and failed at this job. Will the psychic talents of the three investigators be enough to keep them alive through the night?
Book 1 of Lockwood & Co. Series

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

inquisitors tale coverThe Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz
Recommended for: Grades 5 and up

“1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children. Their adventures take them on a chase through France: they are taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon. On the run to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious and holy texts from being burned, their quest drives them forward to a final showdown at Mont Saint-Michel, where all will come to question if these children can perform the miracles of saints.” (Amazon.com) This book is so many things: funny, gross, gory, complex, informative, emotional, historical AND relevant to our times. It is truly an epic adventure.
2017 Newbery Honor Book

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girls Beats Up the Marvel Universe

squirrel girl coverThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe Written by Ryan North, Drawn by Erica Henderson
Recommended for: Grades 5 and up

I love the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl! I also love comics, but I’m not a huge Marvel fan. You don’t need to know a lot about various Marvel characters to enjoy this graphic novel, although it wouldn’t hurt. Doreen, AKA Squirrel Girl, is a computer science college student who is funny, kind, and generally kick-butt in many ways. When she accidentally gets cloned, and her clone turns evil (surprise!), she will have to use both her super punching abilities and her compassion to save the day. I highly recommend this funny, exciting, and fast-paced graphic novel to all comics fans, ages 10 to 100!

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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The Witch’s Boy

the witch's boy coverThe Witch’s Boy  by Kelly Bramhill
Recommended for: grades 4 – 6

In his village, Ned’s mother is known as Sister Witch. She has been the guardian on an ancient, unruly magic which somehow attaches itself to Ned.
In another kingdom lives Aine, daughter of the Bandit King. Aine loves her father, but he has changed since her mother died. Now he leaves Aine alone while he builds a following of fellow bandits and plans to gain Sister Witch’s powerful magic.
Distrusting each other when they meet, Ned & Aine learn they need each other to survive their quest to cross the enchanted forest between their two kingdoms. They encounter good and evil on their journey and are torn between their budding friendship and loyalty to family. Will their kindness and courage be enough to resolve all the obstacles they face on their quest? Can Ned keep control over the magic he possesses? Can Aine trust Ned’s goodness to overcome the forces against them?
Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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The Wild Robot

wild robot coverThe Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Recommended for: Grades 3-6

A robot named Roz washes ashore on an island when her shipping container gets tossed overboard in a storm at sea.  She studies her environment and learns from the animals how to communicate and survive in the wilderness.  She adopts a baby goose and eventually makes friends with the other animals of the island.  But one day, other robots come looking for her, and it is up to Roz and her island friends to decide her fate.  Can technology ever truly mesh with nature?  This story was exciting, interesting, unique, and touching.  It features some illustrations by the author, as well.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Loot

Loot coverLoot by Jude Watson
Recommended for: Grades 4 – 7

March watches his father Alfie McQuinn, a famous jewel thief, fall to his death during the theft of a special moonstone. Now alone in the world, March knows he must quickly move on. Following his father’s last words, March learns that he has a twin sister.  Together they decide to go after the rest of the “cursed” moonstones and eventually learn why Alfie didn’t want them to find each other until after their 13th birthday.
Loot is a fast-paced adventure, as March, Jules and their new friends Izzy and Darius race to steal back the other six moonstones, while trying to avoid capture and death.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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Fuzzy Mud

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
Recommended for: Grades 3-5

To escape the wrath of class bully Chad, Marshall and Tamaya take a hidden route home through the woods adjoining their school. Undaunted, Chad finds them, and in their defense Tamaya throws a handful of woodland mud at him. The plot thickens when this mud, found to be tainted by waste from a nearby research facility, grows “fuzzy” and painful on contact. Parents, doctors, nurses, teachers and students contend with the consequences on the homefront, while the U.S. Senate holds the ‘Heath Cliff Disaster Hearings’ in order to prevent future environmental disasters. This intense story was a real page-turner, and I couldn’t wait to see how it would turn out.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Wettergreen

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Shadows of Sherwood

shadows of sherwood coverShadows of Sherwood: a Robyn Hoodlum adventure by Kekla Magoon
Recommended for: Grades 5-7

Overnight, Governor Crown, with help from a certain Sheriff, has engineered a takeover of the government. All members of Parliament and their families who might have opposed the takeover are imprisoned or killed, with one exception: 12-year old Robyn. Robyn comes home to find her family gone, and an ominous pool of blood on the kitchen floor. Now she is a fugitive. She needs to evade capture by government agents and try to find and rescue her parents. Luckily, she finds friends – other kids, each with unique talents that help the group. Together, they band together and do what they can to help others survive this new, militaristic state. Can the ancient legends about the moon help them? I loved this futuristic Robin Hood story.  It’s the first in a new series.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Teixeira

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Murphy, Gold Rush Dog

Murphy, Gold Rush Dog by Alison Hart
Grades 3 – 6

Murphy escapes from his cruel owner, and the harsh conditions of being a sled dog pulling supplies to Nome, Alaska.  Murphy encounters Sally and her Mama, also new to Nome, and stays with them.
The Gold Rush is drawing all sorts to Nome, and daily life is very dangerous and hard.  Sally’s Mama soon feels they should return to San Francisco, but Sally, who has saved some money of her own, sets out with Murphy to stake her own claim to mine for gold so that they can stay in Alaska.  Sally and Murphy encounter harsh weather and many dangers while on their own, including an encounter with Murphy’s previous owner.  Will they even be able to make it back to Nome? I loved  this exciting adventure of a determined young girl and her loyal dog.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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