Sunday, April 21, 2013

39 Clues Medusa Plot

By Gordon Korman

I had not read any of the previous 39 clues books but picked this up on a whim. My daughter (9) really enjoys them.

I was happy that the plot didn't seem too confusing to a newbie to the series. I really enjoyed the pacing of the story and the plot. I was a little concerned at the level of violence; while nothing ever really bad seems to happen to the main characters, there was a fair amount of violence and suspense to other characters in the book. For that reason I don't think I will be allowing my daughter to move on to the second series right away, and I will want to go back and read a couple of the original series to make sure they're not too violent.

I found the plot to be refreshing and enjoyable. While the kids are independent of adults, it's not because the adults are incompetent, as can be seen in other books, rather that the mystery is for kids.

Sunday, April 14, 2013


By Kathryn Littlewood

The Bliss family owns a magical bakery. When the parents leave town, the kids are in charge. A new aunt comes to visit and the question then becomes: "Is she really part of our family, or not?"

My favorite part of the book was how everyone worked together and how the Bliss family wants to use their powers for good.

There was an interesting intrigue throughout the book about whether the new aunt was really related to them. I like the overt thinking about how we decide to trust someone.

My 9 year old daughter absolutely loved this book and wanted to get more just like it.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Just Grace and the Flower Girl Power

by Charise Harper

Just Grace has a wedding in her life! Her friend is getting married, and Grace wants to be sure that everything goes just perfectly. I loved reading about all of the wedding adventures Grace went through.

I am really impressed with the Just Grace series in general, and this book was no exception. Grace is a sweet, likeable girl that any mom would be happy to have in her home. Yes, she finds a few mishaps along the way, but they are innocent and cute.

My daughter also really enjoyed reading this book.