The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg

Stars: **** This book was read for the Newbery Project (1997) and the Initials Challenge. I read this right after I read From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler which was a while ago so I don’t remember very much. Summary: In this novel, four sixth grade children, Noah Gershom, Nadia Diamondstein, Ethan… Read More »

Blossom Culp and the Sleep of Death by Richard Peck

Stars: **** Yes again this is not the cover of the version I have but it was all I could find. The cover pictured here does look more interesting though. I read this book for the What’s in a Name Challenge (the first one). Blossom being the name of a flower. Summary: Teenage psychic Blossom… Read More »

Jack London’s Dog by Dirk Wales

Stars: **** Illustrations by Barry Moser Great Plains Press 2008 Children’s Fiction I received this book for review. I’ll also be counting it towards the What an Animal Challenge. Jack London is the author of Call of the Wild and other books. The story Call of the Wild was based on his dog in the… Read More »

Survivor: The Outback #4 by Tracey West

This is a choose your own adventure type book. Stars: *** I picked this up on a whim at the library, I love Survivor and I love Choose Your Own Adventure books. I enjoyed reading/playing the game and on my first time going through it I won! I prefered the beginning where you choose what… Read More »

Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan

Stars: ***** This book is being counted towards the Africa Reading Challenge, The Countdown Challenge and the Book Awards II. It is a winner of the National Book Award. Summary: Listening for Lions is a breathtaking story of tragedy, deception, and triumph against all odds. National Book Award-winning author Gloria Whelan sets this richly historical… Read More »

The Night I Was Chased By A Vampire and Other Stories by Kaye Umansky

Stars: *** This book was read for the A to Z challenge 2008. (U Author) I only picked this up because I need a book by a U author that wouldn’t take me long to read. It’s children’s fiction for ages 7-10 and would make a good Halloween read. It’s a small chapter book of… Read More »

The Christmas Rat by Avi

Stars: *** Children’s FictionPublisher: Aladdin Paperbacks Simon & Schuster 2000133 pagesAges 9-12 This book is being counted towards the Winter Holiday Reading Challenge. Summary: A boy, a rat, and an exterminator — three players in a game of survival.Christmas vacation is supposed to be a blast. Or so Eric thinks. But with all his friends… Read More »