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Book Spotlight: Picture Perfect #5: All Together Now


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About the Book: Being one half of a BFF heart necklace is serious business—and in the Picture Perfect series, each story tackles a tough friendship challenge. Through the ups and downs of life in middle school, through braces and boy bands, family feuds and fashion disasters, your best bud is there. But what happens when friendship suddenly gets complicated? Tween readers will adore these sweet, accessible stories about the power of friendship.

Gracie Hardwick has always wondered what it would be like to have siblings—which is why she is so excited to go skiing with her best friend, Mari, and Mari’s big, boisterous family. It is sure to be an amazing weekend spent riding the chairlift, building snowmen, and drinking hot chocolate with Mari and her brothers.

The thing about siblings, though, is that they are always around . . . even when you need alone time with your BFF to talk about things like your secret crush. And Mari is too busy racing her brothers down the slopes, racing her brothers to the car, racing her brothers to see who can finish their dessert first to notice that Gracie really needs some one-on-one time. In fact, it sort of feels like Mari cares more about beating her brothers in the latest competition than hanging out with her friend.

When everything in Mari’s house is a high-stakes contest, how can Gracie compete for her best friend’s attention?

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Picture Perfect (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (January 5, 2016)
  • Cost: $6.99

https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062336767/picture-perfect-5-all-together-now

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 4, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Book Review: Picture Perfect #4: Between Us


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About the Book:  Being one half of a BFF heart necklace is serious business—and in the Picture Perfect series, each story tackles a tough friendship challenge. Through the ups and downs of life in middle school, through braces and boy bands, family feuds and fashion disasters, your best bud is there. But what happens when friendship suddenly gets complicated? Tween readers will adore these sweet, accessible stories about the power of friendship.

Bailey Broadwell and her best friend, Olivia, are going to have the greatest year ever in middle school! Bailey has it totally figured out. All they need to do is follow her foolproof list of ways to make sixth grade epic. But Bailey’s plan doesn’t include her aunt and cousin Hannah unexpectedly moving to town.

Though Bailey hasn’t seen Hannah since they were little, she sets out right away to make her cousin feel welcome. And right from the start, Hannah and Bailey seem to enjoy similar things. Only, it’s a little strange how Hannah likes everything that Bailey does. And it’s weird when Hannah starts joining all the clubs that Bailey’s in. Soon, she starts dressing like Bailey. And agreeing with everything Bailey says!

Bailey tries not to let Hannah’s copycat behavior bother her, until it seems like Olivia and the rest of Bailey’s friends like Hannah more than her. How can Bailey have the best school year ever if Hannah is taking over her life?

 

 

 

My Review: Bailey and her best friend Olivia planned on having an epic first year of middle school. Their plan was to go to the mall and check out what the 7th and 8th graders are wearing. Then shop! Start getting up at time you need to get up for school. Eat breakfast so that their stomach wouldn’t grumble. Smile at people and more.

She was set for middle school, until her mother told her that her cousin Hannah and aunt are coming to stay. Bailey promised her mom to help Hannah fit in and plan to make her feel incredibly welcome. She planned on giving her the tour of the school, take her to S&I for ice cream, introduce her to her friends, take her to the mall and many more. When Hannah turned up, Bailey started to enjoy Hannah’s company enjoying similar things. After awhile, Hannah started to dress like Bailey, joined the clubs she’s in and agreeing with everything Bailey says. It soon done on her that Hannah was a copycat, and that all her friends likes Hannah more than her.  Bailey needs to come up with a plan before Hannah take complete control of her life.

A book every middle school grader will love to read, full of fun and will appeal to young girls.

 

 

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.

 

 

About the Authors: Cari Simmons and Melinda Metz

Melinda Metz: Melinda Metz is the author of over sixty books for teens and kids, including the YA series Roswell High (based on the TV show Roswell) and Echoes. Her middle grade mystery Wright and Wong: The Case of the Nana-Napper (co-authored by the fab Laura J. Burns) was a juvenile Edgar Award finalist. Melinda lives in Concord, North Carolina, with her dog, Scully, a pen-eater like the dog who came before her.

 

 

 

 

 

July 4, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Spotlight: If You Were Me and Lived in … Renaissance ITALY


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About the Book: Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series. Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Elizabethan England, and what Colonial American children did for fun. If You Were Me and Lived in…does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

http://www.caroleproman.com/

 

Pages: 52

Cost: $14.99

 

 

For review visit https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30146437-if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-renaissance-italy?from_search=true&search_version=service

https://www.amazon.com/Lived-Renaissance-Introduction-Civilizations-Throughout-ebook/dp/B01GP454L4?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc#nav-subnav

 

 

July 1, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Spotlight: If You Were Me and Lived In…Colonial America


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About the Book: Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series. Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Elizabethan England, and what Colonial American children did for fun. If You Were Me and Lived in…does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

http://www.caroleproman.com/

Pages: 52

Cost: $14.99

 

For reviews visit

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30096742-if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-colonial-america?ac=1&from_search=true

https://www.amazon.com/Colonial-America-Introduction-Civilizations-Throughout/dp/1523234075?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc

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Book Spotlight: If You Were Me and Lived in …. Ancient Greece


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About the Book: Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series.

Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Elizabethan England, and what Colonial American children did for fun.

If You Were Me and Lived in…does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture.

So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

 

For reviews visit: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29630236-if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-ancient-greece?from_search=true&search_version=service

 

https://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Greece-Introduction-Civilizations-Throughout-ebook/dp/B01DFTM49C?ie=UTF8&qid=1467387494&ref_=la_B008ZOXI0W_1_9&s=books&sr=1-9#nav-subnav

 

 

http://www.caroleproman.com/

 

Pages: 52

Cost: $14.99

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Book Spotlight: If You Were Me And Lived In…. Elizabethan England


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About the Book: Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series.

Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Elizabethan England, and what Colonial American children did for fun.

If You Were Me and Lived in…does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture.

So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you. http://www.caroleproman.com/

 

Pages: 52

Cost: $14.99

 

For reviews visit https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29837703-if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-elizabethan-england?ac=1&from_search=true

 

https://www.amazon.com/Elizabethan-England-Introduction-Civilizations-Throughout/dp/1523229365/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

July 1, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book/Author Spotlight: The Nerdy Dozen. Book #2 and #3


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20,000 Nerds Under The Sea. #2

About the Book: In this exciting sequel to The Nerdy Dozen, Neil Andertol and his gang of dorky gamers are once again called on to fly a top-secret mission—one that is literally out of this world. This time, rescuing mankind means heading into outer space. A top-secret spacecraft has been stolen, and NASA needs the best pilots in the universe to get it back—the Nerdy Dozen. It’s a race against time to stop an earth-shattering disaster. Can the twelve geeks save the day again—or will it be game over?

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Nerdy Dozen (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (March 10, 2015)
  • Cost: $16.99

https://www.amazon.com/Nerdy-Dozen-Close-Encounters-Nerd/dp/0062272659/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

 

 

 

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20,000 Nerds Under The Sea. #3

About the Book: Can the nerds handle the high seas? It’s anchors aweigh for this motley crew of middle grade, video-gaming heroes. In the exciting third book of the Nerdy Dozen series, Neil Andertol and his friends are in for their toughest mission yet!

Neil and his crew have reunited at Reboot Robiski’s video-game convention in order to try the brand-new underwater game Captain Jolly’s Shark Hunt. Except that their win only leads to trouble.

Neil, Sam, and Biggs are captured by the real Captain Jolly, who needs their video-game skills so she can destroy the world. As they embark on an underwater adventure, can the Nerdy Dozen save the day before everything is KO’d? http://jeffmillerbooks.com/

 

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About the Author: Jeff Miller is a tall drink of water from Kent, Ohio. He is a big fan of snow, camping, taking steps two at a time, and LeBron James—but he likes writing books best. He lives and performs in Chicago, where he tells funny stories about working at summer camps and drinking far too much lake water as a child. http://jeffmillerbooks.com/

 

 

June 24, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Spotlight: Bridget Wilder: Spy to the Rescue. #2


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About the Author: Middle school meets Mission: Impossible in the second hilarious adventure of a girl whose life is turned upside down when her long-lost father recruits her to be a superspy.

When the top-secret spy agency that recruited Bridget turns out to be a fake, Bridget hopes her superspy father will teach her his tricks, stealth codes, and martial-arts moves (WRONG!). Instead of drop-kicking evil villains and shooting laser beams from her lip gloss, he wants to bond over normal (aka BORING!) stuff like TV, fro yo, and boy talk. But when Bridget gets framed for stealing cheerleading secrets and ruining the most glamorous party of the birthday season, her spy instincts kick in: she’s being set up. And when her spy dad goes missing, Bridget knows she’s the only one who can bring him back alive—official spy or not.

Now Bridget’s back in the spy game and on a plane headed straight to New York City with her best friend by her side and a crafty nanomarble sidekick that does everything from hacking phones to taking down the fiercest enemy agents. Can Bridget ditch her annoying older brother/chaperone, squash a budding crush, and prevent global disaster before her mom texts to check in? Or are Bridget’s days as a spy over—for good?

It is no secret—Bridget Wilder: Spy to the Rescue is part of an explosive new series packed with humor, high-tech gadgets, and best of all: girl power.

https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062382696/bridget-wilder-2-spy-to-the-rescue

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Bridget Wilder Series (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen
  • Cost: $16.99

 

 

June 21, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book/Author Spotlight: Bridget Wilder: Spy-in-Training #1


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About the Book: Middle school meets Mission Impossible in this hilarious tween series about a girl whose life is turned upside down when she discovers her father is a superspy.

Up until Bridget’s birthday, the most exciting moment in her life was when Dale Tookey maybe, sort of smiled at her one time. But that was before—before she found a mysterious gift bag at her doorstep, before she was transported to a covert CIA agency called Section 23, and before she became Bridget Wilder: Spy-in-Training. Now Bridget’s busting boys out of detention, being chauffeured by a talking car, and infiltrating the popular girls’ clique to steal secret codes, all while under cover as a semi-awkward middle school girl. But will she be able to keep up with her new action-packed life while hiding it from her family and friends? And what if Section 23 is keeping secrets of its own?

It is no secret—Bridget Wilder: Spy-in-Training is the start of an explosive new series packed with gadgets, humor, and, best of all: girl power. http://www.jonathanbernsteinwrites.com/

 

 

 

 

About the Author: I am the author of Bridget Wilder: Spy-In-Training.
Bridget Wilder is an adequate daughter, an unexceptional student and a mediocre friend. She’s just found out she’s also the biological daughter of one of the world’s most lethal and notorious spies, the legendary Carter Strike.

Now Bridget lives in two worlds. One, where her family forgets her birthday and so-called class clowns call her Midget Wilder to her face. And another world, where she’s trained by a covert CIA department to become a fast, smart, fearless ,gadget-toting secret agent who’s tough enough to take on the most fearsome of bad guys.

How many secrets can she keep? And how many secrets are still being kept from her. When you’re a a spy-in-training, do you ever really know who you can trust? http://www.jonathanbernsteinwrites.com/about-the-author

June 21, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Spotlight: Stick Dog. Tries To Take The Donuts #5


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About the Book. The Stick Dog series continues in Tom Watson’s hilarious Stick Dog Tries to Take the Donuts!

Stick Dog and his team of strays are off on another outrageous canine caper. To snatch some breakfast treats for his hungry pals, Stick Dog will need to stop a moving truck, outfox a man on a telephone pole, and calm down a very caffeinated Karen. But that’s not all. He’ll also need to manage the greatest confrontation in history when his good friend Poo-Poo comes face-to-face with the ultimate enemy—a squirrel.

With Stick Dog’s smarts, daring, loyalty—and patience—he just might lead his buddies to the best breakfast ever. Perfect for fans of Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the previous Stick Dog books.

It’s morning. The dogs are hungry. It’s time to take the donuts! http://www.stickdogbooks.com/

For reviews visit Goodreads and Amazon

June 21, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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