Review: A Dastardly Plot by Christopher Healy

This autumn, Christopher Healy, author of the Hero’s Guide books—which made me chuckle uncontrollably in public—released the first novel in an all-new rollicking Middle Grade series: A Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem: A Dastardly Plot. It’s 1883—the Age of Invention! In the back of an unassuming New York City …

Blog Tour: Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

  “You know what I liked about your aunt?” Kiran said. “She always seemed like she knew exactly what she was going to do next. She made you feel like that it was possible, to know the right choice.” (p. 11) At the opening of Kristin Cashore’s Jane, Unlimited, Jane is …

Janet Recommends: The Blackthorn Key by @kevinsandsbooks

“Tell no one what I’ve given you.” Until he got that cryptic warning, Christopher Rowe was happy, learning how to solve complex codes and puzzles and creating powerful medicines, potions, and weapons as an apprentice to Master Benedict Blackthorn—with maybe an explosion or two along the way. But when a …

Review: Enola Holmes Mysteries series by Nancy Springer

Published by Philomel Source: Library/Purchased I read The Case of the Missing Marquess, the first in the Enola Holmes series in 2013 and kept meaning to pick up the next books in the series but somehow never managing to do so. Then I arbitrarily decided that January is going to be Girl Detective month …

Review: Friday Barnes, Girl Detective by R.A. Spratt, Phil Gosier (Illustrations)

Hardcover, 272 pages Expected publication: January 19th 2016 by Roaring Brook Press Source: Publisher “…no one likes working with children,” argued Friday. “They’re unhygienic and disrespectful, and they have a limited resource of information on which to draw their small talk.” “You’re a child,” Miss Harrow pointed out. “Which is how …

Review: Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick

Hardcover, 193 pages Published September 1st 2015 by Random House Books for Young Readers Source: Publisher Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth is a charming graphic novel from the incredibly talented and very versatile Judd Winick, who, to be completely honest with you, I hadn’t heard of until I …