I am going to recommend this series, with a Big Caveat. It starts out as a Middle Grade series with a female lead character and lots of magic in a story reminiscent of Harry Potter meets Percy Jackson. It ends as more of a Teen Fiction series complete with love triangle and DRAMA. So without spoiling anything, travel with Sophie a changeling who thinks she knows about her past but in fact she is a lost child from an Elvin world where cuts are treated with potions, and the Elves are lead by a group of Councilors from the nobility, and all manner of magical creatures live in harmony with each other.
Sophie meets an intriguing cast of characters from Dax, son of a potions master. Keefe a more likable son of a Malfoy like noble. Fitz son of yet another noble and fellow Telepath. And many other characters who are fun and assist Sophie on her journey to discover the purpose of her existence. There is pin trading, magic dodgeball, smelly foods, and troll poetry. Mystery, secret messages, magic mirrors, and lots of hospital visits.
I really liked book one, there is nothing objectionable or too problematic for middle grade readers. Its in the subsequent slide into love triangle and Sophie’s lack of growth into a strong capable heroine that gives me pause. Its a fun series, but Sophie is a bit of a Mary Sue when it comes to powers (Oh no one has ever ‘insert magic ability/talent/skill’ here) but she never grows beyond the wilting, panic filled young girl we see in the first novel.
6th through MS, 280 pgs., published by Random House, 2017.
“a gorgeous summer tale” for those who enjoy books like THE PENDERWICKS by Jeanne Birdsall or DEAD END IN NORVELT by Jack Gantos.
This book has a great home feel about it.
When a tornado rips through the neighborhood, Maddie not only loses her dog and her house, along with the other devastating losses, but her friends go pear-shaped on her, a newcomer comes between her and her “boyfriend” and on top of that, other complications surface with her new living arrangements.
Things are hopeful if one can circle back to one’s family. If one can circle back..
What Waits in the Water is a murder mystery. Hannah and her step-sister Katie go on a trip to a log cabin by a lake. They are staying with Hannah’s best friend, Jacob. But when the girls arrive, everything gets creepy. There is something in the water. And the woods around the lake are not exactly peaceful. What’s more, her step-sister has become very close to Jacob behind Hannah’s back. Very close!
Hannah thinks the local kids from the small town near the lake can take her mind off of Katie and Jacob. But the town holds a mystery. A local girl (who looks a good bit like Hannah) has gone missing, and she isn’t the first. Is the lake cursed? Or is someone stalking the lake.
What Waits in the Water is the perfect murder mystery to read on a plane, by the pool, or just on a lazy weekend. This book is the second in a series, but you don’t need to have read the first book to enjoy this one. If you enjoy this book, check out What Waits in the Woods, in which a group of teens go on a thrilling camping trip. (This is a nice read for girls in 7th through 9th grade.)
The Zom-B Chronicles are a collection of 12 books which tell the story of the life and adventures of B Smith. B is a high school student who is utterly bored and frustrated by life, until a virus breaks out in the high school and all of the students are locked in!
And who are the puss-covered guys hanging around the school, or the guy with owl-like eyes and a poochie stomach? Or Mr. Dowling, the maniacal clown, whose appearance is quite dreadful and who drips spiders from his mouth. I am sorry to say that you have to read pass the first book to find out. This collection of stories takes place in and around (and sometimes under) London. Chapters are short and the story moves quickly, with wickedly drawn pictures to help you feel scared or disgusted along the way. There are loads of bad guys and crazies, but who exactly is bad. It’s kind of hard to tell. And how will this end? Not the way you think.
These books are a great read for anyone who likes zombie books, and the author has a lot to tell us about human nature.