Posted in MG Novels, So Many Good Books

A Snicker of Magic

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday
SnickerofmagicA Snicker of Magic (Scholastic Press, 2014) by Natalie Lloyd reminds me a bit of Savvy by Ingrid Law–I think it’s Natalie’s wonderful use of language. I like the fullness of hope in this story, too.
Felicity Pickle sees and collects words from everywhere, like magic. And magic might just be what she is looking for. She and her little sister Frannie Jo are facing yet another new town and new school. But this time is different–Midnight Gulch is the town where their mother grew up. Maybe they’ll get to stay. And, maybe Felicity can undo the curse that sent the magic away all those years ago.
This is author Natalie Lloyd’s first book, but according to her blog we can expect more as she’s working on revisions… Yea! And you should take a look at her blog just to see pictures of her dog Biscuit.

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Posted in Award Winners, MG Novels, So Many Good Books

Three Times Lucky

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday
3timeslucky.jpgThree Times Lucky (Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin, 2012) by Sheila Turnage is a murder mystery that won a Newbery Honor. I love how it opens: “Trouble cruised into Tupelo Landing at exactly seven minutes past noon on Wednesday, the third of June, flashing a gold badge and driving a Chevy Impala the color of dirt.” 11-year-old Mo and her best friend Dale don’t know it, but they’re going to get mixed up good in the trouble that has come to town.
A sequel came out this year, The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, which features Mo and Dale working to solve another mystery in their unusual small town. I haven’t read it yet, but am looking forward to it!ghosts.jpg
On her website, author Sheila Turnage has a page for Questions Kids Ask Me AKA Report Homework–it’s fun. Plus on her site you can read about her other books.

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Posted in So Many Good Books, YA Novels

Suspect

suspect.jpgSuspect (Peachtree Press, 2010) by Kristin Wolden Nitz is a great read for cozy mystery fans. And if you don’t know what that means, read her book and you’ll get the idea. Here’s the set-up:
17-year-old Jen doesn’t want to help her grandmother at her Victorian bed-and-breakfast, but when Dad tells her that Grandma Kay thinks Jen’s mother is dead instead of having left her daughter and husband, she agrees to go and keep an idea on her grandmother. Unfortunately, the mystery weekend is focused on this family mystery and Jen finds out some unpleasant truths.
On the author’s site, Nitz Bits, Kristin has a Blog Hop post on July 2nd, that gives some background to why she wrote this book and her others. And this post talks about what was blooming the weekend that Suspect was set. I love hearing about this attention to detail.

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