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Book Spotlight: Nancy Clancy #7. Seeks a Fortune


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About the Book: Nancy Clancy learns all about starting a business and making a fortune in the seventh chapter book in the Nancy Clancy chapter book series by New York Times bestselling team Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser! How great would it be to be wealthy—that’s elegant for rich. Nancy Clancy sure thinks so, and with the help of her best friend, Bree, she sets out to make a fortune one way or another.

But when things don’t go as planned, Nancy learns something even more valuable—some of the best things in life are free. https://www.fancynancyworld.com/books/hardcover/fancy-nancy-nancy-clancy-seeks-a-fortune/9780062269690

 

  • Age Range: 6 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 5
  • Cost: $9.99
  • Series: Nancy Clancy (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (June 7, 2016)

 

Book Review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27036766-fancy-nancy?ac=1&from_search=true

August 22, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Spotlight: Nancy Clancy #6. Soccer Mania


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About the Book: Nancy Clancy takes the field in New York Times bestselling team Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser’s sixth Nancy Clancy chapter book. Normally Nancy doesn’t like dressing like everyone else. But wearing a soccer team uniform—well, that’s different. Nancy adores being on the Green Goblins—she loves cheering for her teammates, sharing refreshments, and painting her fingernails bright green before every game. If only she wasn’t cursed with slow legs! All Nancy wants is to be mediocre—or maybe even a little better than average. Will she reach her goal? Here’s a brand-new chapter book with plenty of humor and sports action, written expressly for kids like Nancy who aren’t the star of their team.

Fans of Fancy Nancy will love joining Nancy Clancy in the latest edition to the chapter book series!

 

  • Age Range: 6 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 5
  • Cost: $9.99
  • Series: Nancy Clancy (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (September 8, 2015)

 

 

Book Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23866336-fancy-nancy

August 22, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Spotlight: Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket.


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About the Book: Are you ready for Ivy Pocket? The wickedly funny, completely unreliable maid of no importance returns—this time as a coffin maker’s daughter—in this action-packed sequel to Anyone but Ivy Pocket. School Library Journal says, “Fans of . . . Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will love Ivy Pocket’s zany adventures.” Featuring extensive black-and-white interior art by Barbara Cantini throughout.

Everyone seems to want a piece of Ivy Pocket. Her adoptive parents keep trying to get her to clean the funeral home, even though Ivy’s certain she’s already the picture of a perfect daughter. A beautiful heiress named Estelle wants Ivy to uncover the dark truth behind her brother’s death. Her new friend, Miss Carnage, keeps asking Ivy the most curious questions (the poor, clueless dear). To top it all off, Ivy must protect the Clock Diamond from the evil Miss Always, who seems to be lurking around every corner! A fast-paced and hilarious follow-up to Anyone but Ivy Pocket, which Booklist praised as “a droll chapter book with a Victorian setting and a one-of-a-kind protagonist.” This is the second of three books about Ivy Pocket! https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062364371/somebody-stop-ivy-pocket

 

 

Book Review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26074158-somebody-stop-ivy-pocket

August 22, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Author/Book Spotlight: Anyone But Ivy Pocket #1


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About the Book: Ivy Pocket is a twelve-year-old maid of no importance, with a very lofty opinion of herself. Dumped in Paris by the Countess Carbunkle, who would rather run away to South America than continue in Ivy’s companionship, our young heroine (of sorts) finds herself with no money and no home to go to … until she is summoned to the bedside of the dying Duchess of Trinity.

For the princely sum of £500 (enough to buy a carriage, and possibly a monkey), Ivy agrees to courier the Duchess’s most precious possession – the Clock Diamond – to England, and to put it around the neck of the revolting Matilda Butterfield on her twelfth birthday. It’s not long before Ivy finds herself at the heart of a conspiracy involving mischief, mayhem and murder.

Illustrated in humorous gothic detail by Barbara Cantini, Anyone But Ivy Pocket is just the beginning of one girl’s deadly comic journey to discover who she really is …  http://www.ivypocketbooks.com/

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Ivy Pocket (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Cost: $17.99

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20809112-anyone-but-ivy-pocket

 

Book Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20809112-anyone-but-ivy-pocket

 

 

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About the Author: Caleb Krisp lives in an abandoned cottage deep in the woods. For many years he has devoted himself to writing about a twelve-year-old lady’s maid of no importance. His only communication with the outside world is via Morse code or kettledrum.

August 22, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Spotlight: Backyard Witch #2: Jess’s Story


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About the Book: The second book of the Backyard Witch series, by acclaimed authors Christine Heppermann and Ron Koertge, starring Ms. M, the witch who the Horn Book calls “a combination of Mary Poppins and a stand-up comedian.” A must-have for newly independent readers and fans of Ivy + Bean, Clementine, and the Food Network!

Jess is a superstar on the field and on the court. Soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis—you name it, she loves it. But she’s a disaster in the kitchen, much to the dismay of her chef mother. When Jess’s mom gets a chance to work in a famous kitchen for a week, Jess and her friends, Sadie and Maya, try to help out by making dinner. And . . . let’s just say that it goes up in flames. Enter Ms. M, the mysterious witch who appears right when you need her! Ms. M is a heroine to rival Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Ms. Frizzle. She doesn’t save the day herself, but she helps everyone save it for themselves.

Short chapters filled with illustrator Deborah Marcero’s striking, lively black-and-white illustrations make the Backyard Witch series a must-have for young middle grade readers. Includes a recipe and information about cooking and gardening.

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Backyard Witch (Book 2)$
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Cost: $16.99

 

https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062338419/jesss-story

 

Book Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27246854-jess-s-story

August 22, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Author/Book Spotlight: Backyard Witch #1: Sadie’s Story


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About the Book: A must-have for newly independent readers and fans of Ivy + Bean and Clementine! The first of a new series, starring three young girls and a mysterious visitor who appears exactly when you need her–with just the right amount of magic.

Sadie has two best friends: Jess and Maya. But Jess can only take one friend on vacation with her, and Sadie is the one who gets left behind. How will she ever survive the days of loneliness and boredom? But wait . . . what is that in her old playhouse in the backyard? A witch has moved in! A kind and funny witch, who’s looking for her own two lost friends. Together, Sadie and the witch have a curious adventure, one that makes Sadie see her neighborhood–and herself–with new eyes. Acclaimed authors Ron Koertge and Christine Heppermann–writing together and for younger readers for the first time–have created a heroine to rival Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Ms. Frizzle. Short chapters, a satisfying mystery, gentle humor, magical dazzle, and adorable black-and-white illustrations throughout by debut artist Deborah Marcero make this an ideal pick for readers of Ivy + Bean, Just Grace, and Kate DiCamillo’s novels for younger readers.

 

 

Book Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23460956-backyard-witch-1

https://www.amazon.com/Sadies-Story-Backyard-Christine-Heppermann/dp/0062338390/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

 

 

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About the Author: Christine Heppermann grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. After graduating from an all-girls Catholic high school she went on to study philosophy and literature at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She has a masters degree in children’s literature from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She has written about children’s literature for many years and currently reviews  young adult books for the Chicago Tribune. https://christineheppermann.com/

Christine lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her two daughters, two cats, and one husband. She can be reached via email at info@christineheppermann.com.

 

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About the Author: Ron Koertge is the author of many celebrated novels, including Stoner & Spaz, Strays, and The Brimstone Journals, all American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults; Shakespeare Bats Cleanup, and American Library Association Top Ten Sports Books for Youth Selection; and The Arizona Kid, an  American Library Association pick for “one of the ten funniest books of the year.” A two-time winner of the PEN Literary Award for Children’s Literature, Ron lives in South Pasadena, California. https://ronkoertge.com/about/

August 22, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | Leave a comment

Author/Book Spotlight: Ms. Bixby’s Last Day


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About the Book: Everyone knows there are different kinds of teachers. The good ones. The not-so-good ones. The boring ones, the mean ones, the ones who try too hard. The ones you’ll never remember, and the ones you want to forget. But Ms. Bixby is none of these. She’s the sort of teacher who makes you feel like the indignity of school is worthwhile. Who makes the idea of growing up less terrifying. Who you never want to disappoint. What Ms. Bixby is, is one of a kind.

Topher, Brand, and Steve know this better than anyone. And so when Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she is very sick and won’t be able to finish the school year, they come up with a plan. Through the three very different stories they tell, we begin to understand just what Ms. Bixby means to Topher, Brand, and Steve—and what they are willing to go to such great lengths to tell her.

John David Anderson, the acclaimed author of Sidekicked, returns with a story of three kids, a very special teacher, and one day that none of them will ever forget.  http://www.johndavidanderson.org/ms-bixby.html

 

Book Review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27064348-ms-bixby-s-last-day?ac=1&from_search=true

 

 

 

 

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About the Author: John David Anderson is the author of many books for young readers, including Sidekicked and The Dungeoneers. A dedicated root beer connoisseur and chocolate fiend, he lives with his wife, two kids, and perpetually whiny cat in Indianapolis, Indiana.

http://www.johndavidanderson.org/about-the-author.html

August 22, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Big Nate Doodlepalooza


 

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About the Book:  Big Nate himself would love Big Nate Doodlepalooza by Lincoln Peirce, a super-cool activity book that’s jam-packed with over 150 boredom-blasting activities. Big Nate is a self-described genius. Instead of doing homework, he’d rather do these all-new brain-busting crossword puzzles, mazes, Sudoku puzzles, secret codes, and famous scribble games. Big Nate is the king of cartooning, so he’d love the goofy cartoons of his BFFs, Francis and Teddy, know-it-all Gina, his archrival, Artur, and un-favorite teacher, Mrs. Godfrey, a.k.a. Godzilla. And as a kid who thinks highly of himself, he’d be totally excited to take a trivia challenge all about, well, him. The Big Nate Doodlepalooza is a wonderful addition to the bestselling collection of Big Nate books, sure to be enjoyed by all aspiring cartoonists and fans of Big Nate.

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Big Nate Activity Book (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Act Csm edition (May 17, 2016)
  • Cost: $6.99

 

My Review: This is an awesome activity book which includes Nate – Tastic Trivia. Get to know Nate’s world, with movie madness by filling in the speech bubbles and decide what happens. Mascot Madness by circling the best mascot in each row, Word scrambles, Mazes, Puzzle, Crosswords, Scribble games and many more. Find all the answers to the trivia questions at the end of the last few pages.

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from HarperCollins in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

August 10, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Fart Squad #4: The Toilet Vortex


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About the Book: It’s the fourth adventure from the belly-bloating, plunger-toting, pants-exploding . . . fearless FART SQUAD! This laugh-out-loud chapter book series is perfect for Captain Underpants fans. With black-and-white illustrations throughout and a butt-load of bathroom humor, young readers will be giggling from start to finish.

Something is rotten in the plumbing of Harry Buttz Elementary School, and it’s kidnapped Janitor Stan!

It’s up to the Fart Squad to dive into the toilet vortex to save their scent-sei from the World of the Royal Flush. Grab a match, because this stink just got real. Only the Fart Squad has the guts, the gall, and the gas to flush this round brown mound before he overflows his toilet kingdom on the world.

 

  • Age Range: 6 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 5
  • Series: Fart Squad (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 3, 2016)
  • Cost: $4.99

 

My Review: The fart squad are back and this time they are out to find the missing janitor Stan. They discover that he has fallen through a toilet vortex.

When Stan asked Darren for help with a running toilet, Darren couldn’t say no. As they got to the last toilet they notice water just kept running, forming a swirling vortex in the center of the bowl. Stan decided to stick his hand in the bowl then it got stuck. He tried to free his hand, even Darren tried pulling Stan out and lost his grip as Stan’s legs went through, and the janitor disappeared down the pipe.

Now its up to the fart squad to find janitor Stan and save the world from the royal flush of number 2. Fine illustrations by Stephen Gilpin which helps tell the story.

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from HarperCollins in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

 

August 10, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Spotlight: The Fairy Bell Sisters #6: Christmas Fairy Magic (The Fairy Bell Sisters #6)


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About the Book: The Fairy Bell Sisters get in the Christmas spirit in this sixth book in Margaret McNamara’s delightful chapter-book series about Tinker Bell’s little sisters, perfect for kids ages 6 to10 who enjoy Disney Fairies, The Never Girls, and Rainbow Magic.

There are only ten days left until Christmas, and the Fairy Bell Sisters couldn’t be more excited: this year, their big sister Tinker Bell is coming home to visit! Tink says she’s going to treat her sisters to the very best Christmas by bringing presents and decorations from Neverland. Then she makes her sisters promise not to do anything to prepare for the holiday—they work hard enough already!

But as Christmas draws nearer—and Tink still has not arrived—Clara, Rosy, Goldie, and Sylva find it harder and harder not to join in the Fairyland festivities. And on top of everything else, baby Squeak has started acting rather strangely. . . . Will the season be ruined? Or will the Fairy Bell Sisters find enough faith in one another to make this the most magical Christmas ever?

 

 

  • Age Range: 6 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 5
  • Series: Fairy Bell Sisters (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Cost: $15.99

 

Book Review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20359691-the-fairy-bell-sisters-6

https://www.amazon.com/Fairy-Bell-Sisters-Christmas-Magic/dp/0062267248/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

 

About the Author: Margaret McNamara is the Christopher Award–winning author of more than two dozen books for young readers, including the Robin Hill School series. The Fairy Bell Sisters series is inspired not only by her love of the classic sisterhood novel Little Women but by her own experiences growing up with older sisters (and a baby brother). Margaret and her family live in New York City, but they spend part of their summer on an island in Maine very much like Sheepskerry Island.

August 3, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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