Posted in Fantasy, Series

Royal Institute of Magic: Elizabeth’s Legacy by Victor Kloss

In this book we meet teenagers Ben, Charlie, and Michael. In the first chapter, Michael is being told a great but dangerous secret by Queen Elizabeth. Then we fast forward to current day, for Charlie and Ben’s story. Ben’s parents left him 2 years ago, so now he doesn’t have a home. He lives with his step-grandma on the weekends, but on weekdays he secretly sleeps in his friends’ houses. When Ben and Charlie discover a letter in the ruins of Ben’s old ruined home, they uncover the Unseen Kingdoms and the Royal Institute of Magic. Ben and Charlie decide to explore this unknown world through the Dragonway, what will they find? I like this book because it is set in a world of magic, and the first chapter is set in the 17th Century. This is the 1st book in a six book series.

 

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Posted in Historical Fiction

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

In this book we meet Sophie, who is an orphan. Everyone tells her her mother died in the shipwreck that she survived when she was 2 years old, but Sophie remembers her mother clearly. When the child welfare agency tries to send her to an orphanage, she and her guardian Charles Maxim go to Paris to find her mother. The only clue she has, which is the address of her mother’s cello maker, leads her to a whole bunch of clues and a community of hidden people. What will she find? I liked this book because of the intricate plot and excellent descriptions of the characters.

 

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Posted in Fantasy, Realistic Fiction

The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley

In this book we meet Daphne and Sabrina Grimm, 7 and 11 years old. They have been bounced from horrible foster home to horrible foster home, but each time they escape. When the sisters are sent to their “Granny Relda”, whom they believed to be dead, Sabrina is determined to hate her and escape once again. Granny Relda tells them that fairytale characters are real and that they live in their town, Ferryport Landing. Sabrina thinks she is crazy until a giant carries her Granny off. Now it is up to the sisters Grimm to save her, what will they do? This is the 1st book in a 9 book series. I liked this book because in the beginning it seems normal, but then magic gets weaved in.

 

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Posted in Fiction, Spy Fiction

Spy School: Secret Service by Stuart Gibbs

In this book we meet Ben Ripley, who attends the CIA school for spies. When he is put on  Mission Pungent Muskrat in the White House, he has to protect the President by making friends with his son. When the evil organization SPYDER doesn’t make a move, Ben starts to suspect that he, himself might be the threat. What will he do? This is the last book in the series, and I strongly recommend reading them in order. I really liked this book because it had a lot of adventure and suspense.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth book in the series…nineteen years later. We meet Albus Severus Potter, daughter of Harry and Ginny, who is about to go to Hogwarts for the first time. At Hogwarts, Albus is sorted into Slytherin and makes a new friend, Scorpius who is Draco Malfoy’s son. When Albus overhears a conversation he is not supposed to hear, he sets out to change time to bring someone back. What will he find? I loved this book a lot because of the magic and adventure, but I felt like it didn’t have a lot of J.K Rowling’s voice in it.

 

 

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Posted in Mystery, Science Fiction

First Light by Rebecca Stead

In this book we meet Thea and Peter. Thea lives underground in a world of snow and ice, and Peter lives in the normal world. When Peter joins his family on an expedition to Greenland, he has a series of visions which he doesn’t understand. His search for answers leads him very close to Thea’s world, where she dreams of a path to the surface. What will Peter and Thea find? I liked this book because it was very suspenseful and I liked hearing the two stories slowly intertwine.

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Holes by Louis Sachar

In this book, we meet Stanley Yelnats. He has been unfairly sent to a boys’ detention center, called Camp Green Lake. When he arrives he is told that everyday, he must dig one hole, five feet wide and five feet deep. Stanley soon realizes that Camp Green Lake isn’t what it appears to be, and Stanley is determined to dig out the secret. I liked this book because it was very descriptive, but in the middle I feel like it repeats a little.

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