Perhaps not surprisingly for a first novel, it was a little choppy and started slow; a little rough around the edges you might say. But once it gets going in has a pretty good pace and there is a flurry of activity and resolution at the end.Continue reading
An enjoyable middle grade novel, if a little thin in the world building. But perhaps that is the age/genre. Would recommend for young readers.Continue reading
A fantastical novella about a young girl’s journey into a dark netherworld to find her missing best friend. But is it a “dazzlingly imaginative adventure story and moving exploration of the power of friendship and the terror of loss” as the publisher claims?Continue reading
A middle-grade bedtime storybook written and illustrated in the tradition of classics. While adventures teach boys and girls importance of family and friendship in their lives, adults will love the good lessons about not making the wrong decisions when life offers challenges.”Continue reading
This inventive and accessible mystery-adventure is full of friendship, humor, and a curious cast of characters perfect for fans of Pseudonymous Bosch and R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series.Continue reading
Starts a little slow but picks up by the end. It is middle grade so has a simplicity necessary for younger readers. I listened to it on audio so not sure if that impacted the way I engaged with it. I liked it but didn’t love it.Continue reading
There is some interesting aspects of the plot and the world building but for me the story was too passive and lacked tension and suspense. For some reason the story just didn’t take off. It just sort of moved from one section to the next.Continue reading
Fun flow chart for middle grade readers from HarperCollins. Full size is here.