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Title: Castle Hangnail
Author: Ursula Vernon
ISBN: 9780803741294
Publish Date: 2015-04

Just Add Pumpkin Spice... Great Fall and Halloween Books to Read and Share

by Julie

Posted on October 18, 2017 11:34:53 PM UTC
Advanced Elementary, Children, Middle Grades, Misc, Picture Books, Young Adult


In the midst of all the chaos that seems to be churning constantly around us (and for some, it has hit right at the center of home), the upcoming Halloween holiday is still showing up at the very same time this year. For me, it kicks off the whole fall/winter holiday season, and I give myself an extra little treat by packing all my favorite seasonal books with the décor: when we are done with the decorating, we mix up a little hot chocolate and amp up the vibe with some cuddly story time.

There are so many great fall and Halloween books for kids and families. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Title: The Secret School
Author: Avi
ISBN: 9780152046996
Publish Date: 2003

The Secret School by Avi

by Julie

Posted on October 17, 2017 12:52:55 AM UTC
One School One Book, Children, Advanced Elementary


Dear Ida Bidson, at the tender age of 14, has her heart set on becoming a teacher, and no one is going to get in her way – especially not the local school board, who has decided to close their little country school early for the year when the teacher is called to another state for a family emergency. So Ida and her schoolmates decide to continue to hold class, climbing through windows to open the locked building each day. Ida tells her parents honestly what they are doing and why, but when they raise (valid!) concerns, Ida firmly stands her ground. And wins. Every time.

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Title: A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, Book One)
Author: Jessica Cluess
ISBN: 9780553535938
Publish Date: 2017-09-05

A Shadow Bright and Burning By Jessica Cluess

by Pumpkin

Posted on October 5, 2017 10:24:47 PM UTC
Pumpkin's Page, Review, Young Adult, Middle Grades


This is one of my favorite books I have ever read. I was looking for a quick read in the library that would only take me a few days. Only this book was more than quick. I finished this book in less than a day. It excited me from the beginning of the book and right to the end. On the afternoon I finished, I set a reminder on my phone telling me when it’s sequel to came out. I think a lot of people would enjoy this book. The book is about a girl named Henrietta Howel who discovers she has uncontrollable power to ignite herself on fire. A sorcerer called Agrippa comes to investigate fires that seem to be started by a young girl (Henrietta works at a boarding school), looking for the sorcerers chosen one who is prophesized to be a female sorcerer ( there hasn’t been one for hundreds of years ) and to be their savior from the Ancients.

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Title: Ruby the Foster Dog
Author: Jimmy Wayne
ISBN: 9781424554089
Publish Date: 2017-11

Ruby the Foster Dog by Jimmy Wayne

by Julie

Posted on October 3, 2017 2:06:53 AM UTC
Advanced Elementary, Children, Review


I rarely write negative book reviews, and it is particularly difficult to write a bad review for an ARC (or Advance Review Copy) that was so graciously extended to me by the author and/or publisher. However, I think feedback is always important, and potential readers should have information from a variety of viewpoints.

Jimmy Wayne, author of “Ruby the Foster Dog”, has a good heart and an interesting story to tell. A former foster child, he is also a country music artist, and has written (or co-written) two other books. In an effort to raise awareness about the struggles faced by kids who age-out of the foster care system, he embarked on a walk halfway across America in 2010. “Ruby” is his semi-autobiographical account of this event, written specifically for children.

The illustrations in the galley copy that I received were detailed and beautiful, full of action and emotion. With a few more pictures, you might not even need the words to tell the story (and in this case, it would be an improvement).

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Title: Greetings from Witness Protection!
Author: Jake Burt
ISBN: 9781250107114
Publish Date: 2017-10-03

Greetings from Witness Protection! by Jake Burt

by Julie

Posted on September 30, 2017 2:10:59 AM UTC
Advanced Elementary, Middle Grades, Review


Is there a real Witness Protection Program in the U.S.? Is it successful? What kind of witnesses do they protect? It seems a little far fetched to me, but still fascinating, so I was intrigued when I first read the teaser for Jake Burt’s upcoming release, “Greetings From Witness Protection!”

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