A blog for reviewing YA, children's, classics and whatever I feel like.
Also for discussing developments in the the book world, specifically in the St. Paul, Minnesota.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mr. Chickee's Funny Money

Author: Christopher Paul Curtis
Reviewer: Sam
If you have ever read Christopher Paul Curtis, you have had a taste of his magic of imagination. Now, he gives us Steven who is given a 1,000,000,000,000,000 dollar bill by Mr. Chickee. At first, he is happy to have a quadrillion dollars. But then he finds out it is just trouble. With detective agents chasing him, he and his pals Russel and Zoopy, must find out the truth about the dollar.

It is true, money is the roof of evil, though, I have to admit, it can be hilarious.

A Plague Year

Author: Edward Bloor
Reviewer: Book Girl
The title of this year suggests a medieval plague, perhaps the bubonic plague.  But the real subject is even more frightening and real: meth.  The plague takes place in a small mining town in Pennsylvania and is chronicled through Tom's journal.  Towards the beginning it is only a few that are affected, then signs of the plague are everywhere, on street corners, and friends, and even their parents.  But Tom has many people to turn to for help: a drug counseling group that turns into something deeper, an English teacher who has them read books on plagues and even his bad- boy cousin.  But how can he stop the plague from killing the town, and everyone he knows?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Familiars

Author: Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson
Reviewer: Sam
Aldwyn the cat while being chased, hops into a store window to find many animals with many different talents. He is chosen to be a boy named Jack's familiar, and soon has the life of 3 people, in his paws. But for the plan to succeed, they need to use his magical abilities, which he does not have. Read the book to find adventure, magic, and so many twists and turns they could turn you inside out.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Smart Aleck's Guide to American History

Author: Adam Selzer
Reviewer: Book Girl
This was hilarious!  It is set up like a history textbook, but unlike a history textbook, it is full of jokes, funny captions and rhymes to help you remember history such as:

Roses are red, violets are blue
Benjamin Franklin
Invented the stove

This book actually engaged me and made me want to read more, unlike some other books about history that I have read in my free time that I have abandoned after the first chapter.  Read it!