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Book Recommendation: The Wingfeather Saga, book 1: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, by Andrew Peterson. READ THIS BOOK!!!

Hi! OK, I don’t know what took me so long, but I’m going to FINALLY recommend the first book of my FAVORITE series! On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is an awesome book. I admit that the first half is sorta-kinda slow, but it is still an amazing story!

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The story starts by introducing a world called Aerwiar, a magical land that has been taken over by a nameless darkness that happens to be named Knag (the book is filled with goofy things like this, so if you find those things really annoying, you probably won’t be able to read this). The main character, Janner Igiby, lives in a small town that is constantly under the shadow of this darkness. Human-sized lizards called fangs mistreat the human citizens, cruel laws limit their freedom to a ridiculous extent, and every once in a while, a black carriage comes and drags off children to who knows where. When Janner and his younger siblings Tink and Leeli find themselves tangled in the fate of the mysterious jewels of the long-lost kingdom of Anniera, they must fight to keep all the’ve ever known and end the darkness once and for all.

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Yeah, so that’s a basic summary with no spoilers! The key element to the series is revealed at the end of this book, so I can’t be much more specific. If you get a little bored in the beginning, remember this:

  1. What book have you read that DOESN’T have any boring parts?
  2. THE ENDING TO THE LAST BOOK IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AMAZING, YOU WON’T EVEN CARE IF SOME OF THE PARTS ARE SLOW!!!😄

Age the book is good for: 7+ (although kids ages 9-14 are the most likely to enjoy it)

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐4.5 stars!

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There isn’t much violence in this book, besides a few battles with swords, bows and such. The fangs enjoy killing citizens (and each other) for fun, but none of it is described very graphically. I read this book when I was nine, and my sister when she was seven.

Ok, that’s just about all I have! Read it, and you won’t regret it. And after you read it, post some comments on what you thought of it! (please no major spoilers for those who haven’t read it yet!)

From one book-loving kid to another, “In the immortal words of Loshain P’stane, ‘If anyone reads this without permission, he will be most certainly and brutally slain. Or at the very least I’ll chop off a finger or two. Or three.” (ok, that quote wasn’t very relevant, but who cares?😋)

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The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart book Recommendation

Today I’m going to recommend to you one of my favorite books. When I was in fifth grade this was my favorite book. Since then I’ve read a LOT of books, and therefore made new favorites (the Warden and the Wolf King by Andrew Peterson), so it isn’t in that position anymore, but I still love it.

The Mysterious Benedict Society is about four kids that, after going through a bunch of tests, are chosen by a man named Mr Benedict to go on a secret mission to a school that definitely contains more than meets the eye. Each child is smart, resourceful, and (at times) funny, so the book is lots of fun to read. Reynie, the main character, is a twelve-year-old who is great at solving puzzles. He loves books, and was eager to leave the orphanage where he had often been teased. Kate, another twelve-year-old, left the circus where she had lived since her father disappeared to contribute her resourcefulness and gymnastic ability to the team. She always carries a red bucket filled with rope, a slingshot, marbles, and other things that could come in handy. Sticky has a perfect photographic memory, and decides to join the society after running away from his parents. Constance, well, she’s definitely creative, but no one really knows why Mr Benedict chose her for the team.images (1)

The story is fun, and it has something many books don’t: strategy behind it. The kids are smart, and so is their story. From morse code messages to chess to giant mazes, the book is full of components that add thinking to the fun plot. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐4.0 stars

This book is for ages: 7+ (it’s more enjoyable for older kids, though!)

If you like this book, you might like: The Penderwicks, by Jeanne Birdsall, Wildwood, by

Colin Meloy, Chasing Vermeer, by Blue Balliett, and The Candymakers, by Wendy Massimages

If you like books about smart kids who go on big adventures to uncover some crimeor mystery, than this book is one I can almost guarantee you will enjoy. I loved it, and the sequels (and prequel about young Mr Benedict) are very good as well.

So, what more can I say? Give it a try, I’m sure you’ll love it. Reply and tell me what you thought of this great book!

From one book-loving kid to another, bye!tumblr_lyvarzpybp1qhztfzo1_500

Book Recommendation for A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning, by Lemony Snicket

Hello, book-loving friends! Wow, have I got a book for you today! If you haven’t caught on yet (or if this is the first of my posts that you’ve read), I have a bit of a soft spot for funny kids books. Oh, yes, The Bad Beginning could possibly be the funniest book in the history of literature. Maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but it is very, very funny. Lemony Snicket is probably the only author of all time to attract readers by telling them to put down the book immediately and seek reading material elsewhere.

Dear Reader,

I am sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children.Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings live lives filled with misery and woe… In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast… there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that kind of thing.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Isn’t it great? That is an abridged version of the back cover of The Bad Beginning. The inside is the same. If you aren’t laughing already, than just wait, just wait.

If you’re thinking, ‘okay, it’s funny, fantastic. What’s it about?’, then your wonderings can end now. Here’s a brief summary of the basic jist of the plot. The Baudelaire siblings,

 

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So there it is, in a nutshell. It’s a great book. Here’s my rating:

⭐⭐⭐⭐4.5 stars!

What age should read it: 7+

There really isn’t much inapropriate content in this book. There is some drinking mentioned once, but that’s about it. If you plan on reading the other twelve books, there are some murders that might scare younger kids, just a fair warning.

If you like it, which I’m sure you will, there’s more! Here are some unfortunate ways to learn more about the Baudelaire orphans dismal lives:

  • Read the other books! There are thirteen books in the series; I myself have only read four of them, but am working on the fifth. The Reptile Room is my favorite so far.
  • Watch the movie! There is a Series of Unfortunate Events movie. As it usually goes, the movie isn’t as good as the book, but it’s still fun. I’ll just give one complaint: Klaus doesn’t have glasses. Why, Hollywood, WHY? Anyways, it includes the first three books, so read them first.
  • Watch the Netflix series! Wow, that series is good! The first series has the first four books, each split into two episodes around fourty-five minutes to an hour long each, and there’s a new season on it’s way. In this one, Klaus has glasses. Thank you, Netflix, THANK YOU!
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Here’s the Netflix version. It’s great! Watch it!
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Ah, and the movie. Not as good as the Netflix, but good all the same.

Ok, I guess I have to stop rambling on or you’ll never get to actually read it. Oh, here’s a little warning: Since the Netflix version just came out, it’s kind of hard to get the books at the library. Your best bet will be to borrow it from a friend. Kids, check and see if your language arts teacher has a copy you can borrow, that’s what I’m doing!

From one book-loving kid to another, have a very unfortunate day! (just kidding! have a nice day.)

Harry Potter by JK Rowling Book Series Recommendation

Hi! I’m back! Okay, today I’m going to recommend one of the most popular books of all time (The Deathly Hallows is actually number 21 of any book ever published), so pleeeeease don’t roll your eyes. Why? Because Harry Potter, the entire series, is awesome. If you haven’t read it, you’re missing out.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐4.7 stars

What age should read it: It depends on the book. Here’s my list:

The Sorcerer’s Stone, The Chamber of Secrets: 9+

The Prisoner of Azkaban: 10+

The Goblet of Fire: 11+

The Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince, The Deathly Hallows: 12+

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Here’s a quick summary: Harry doesn’t know he’s a wizard. His aunt and uncle, whom he live with, have told him his parents died in a car crash, not from the wrath of an evil wizard. But on his 11th birthday, Harry learns the truth. He’s a wizard, and the wizard that killed his parents tried to kill him too. Harry is ‘the chosen one’. He goes to Hogwarts, the school of witchcraft and wizardry, and has many magical adventures. Now for the editorials: This book series is GREAT! The early books are whimsical. The later books are darker, but full of fantastic magical adventure that makes you race through the pages, and leaves you wanting more. I, personally, am a huge fan.

If you liked this you may like: The Hunger Games* (this one’s more similar to the later books), Inkheart

What else can I say? Read it. Love it. Reread it. Relove it.

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Me dressed up as Hermione for Halloween. If you don’t love the books enough to want to do this, there’s something wrong with you.

*See my earlier review on this great book : )

From one book-loving kid to another, goodbye (there, there… it’s not really goodbye at all)

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