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text 2017-04-04 09:16
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
Serafina and the Black Cloak - Robert Beatty

Ok, this book, Serafina and the Black Cloak, has been on my TBR list for a while now.

I have a niece and nephew who love to read so I tend to read a lot middle grade and YA books to see what they are interested in or maybe to help them find something new. And now that I belong to the local YMCA which has a before and after school program as well as a preschool, I seem to run into their Scholastic book fairs. I find it very difficult to not buy something. How can I resist? A good book and helping a school type program....And I am finding that there are many really good middle grade and YA Authors who I definitely enjoy reading.

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review 2013-03-31 07:06
Zombie Saturday Night (Confessions of a Teenage Vampire)
Zombie Saturday Night - Terry M. West,Steve Ellis I think this was a teenage vampire graphic novel series that ended too soon and showed some promise to it despite a rushed and not so thoroughly vetted plot. I won't say it was one of the better ones I've read, but I remember buying this from the scholastic ordering series back in middle school and my excitement in reading it. Several years later, I realize that it didn't fill me with as much excitement with respect to the story as it did just the general memory of what it could have been. Lily is a teenager coping with her newfound abilities from turning into a vampire, but finds that her nemesis, Sang, plans to unleash a plethora of zombies on Halloween night. I almost want to say this is more middle grade than it is YA. There's not a lot needed to understand it and its a simple story. But if I were to be honest about it - I remember this most not for the story but for the interesting artwork and characters. I just wish the series had more expansion.I'd give it a solid 2.5 stars, but the extra half star is primarily because I really liked the artwork of both books in the series.
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review 2011-08-18 11:19
I Choose You (Pokemon Chapter Book #1)
I Choose You - Tracey West I loved these back when everyone loved Pokemon. However, I wouldn't even bother with them now.
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review 2008-04-10 00:00
The Case of the Missing Mummy - Francess Lin Lantz Can I just say that I found it really strange that these Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley are written from the perspective of MK? I mean, I guess the Dualstar Writing Staff had to flip a coin or whatever, but to me it would make much more sense to have Ashley telling the stories, a) because duh, she'd be a much more reliable narrator, and b) because then we'd get more perspective on MK, who to me is the more interesting/quirky character/person/whatever. This is Storyteling 101 and I'm just surprised they handled it the way they did.

Anyways. The mystery itself is pretty decent, their 5th grade class goes on a field trip to a museum and the mummy is missing. It keeps turning up in different parts of the museum, but who's moving it? And why? Also there's some side mysteries happening at their school, like who hid all their art smocks?

I identified one of the prime suspects long before MK&A did, but I'm really good at mysteries, you guys, so no surprise there.

Sadly I found the ending lacking. You want that satisfying conclusion, of course, where the final piece clicks into place and you think back to that seemingly insignificant detail back 100 pages ago and you go AH YES, now I get it. But that wasn't the case here. The girls are like "hey what's that clue there, welp, we found the culprit." And it all gets solved while you remain watching from the sidelines. Which is probably how it is in real life, but still. You want to feel like you're more integral to the action. Gosh, maybe I'm just transferring my feelings about my relationship with Mary-Kate and Ashley. Who can say! Not me!
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review 1999-01-01 00:00
I Choose You (Pokemon Chapter Book #1)
I Choose You - Tracey West i remember reading this series while watching the show every saturday morning......glory days!!!!
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