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Little Secret

Kate Saunders (2009), 240 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Adventure, Especially for Girls, Fantasy, Fiction
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One morning there was a new girl in Jane's class whose name was Staffa. Staffa was quite small for her age; she looked more like eight than eleven. She dressed and spoke in an old-fashioned manner. She said that she was looking for one best friend, which she found in Jane. Jane invited Staffa to her house, called the boy garden because of all her brothers. Staffa invited Jane to the hotel where she was staying, for tea and to meet her mother, who was weird in a scary way and insisted on being called Lady Matilda. Nevertheless, Jane was delighted when Staffa asked her to join them, when they went home, for a little vacation. Jane was excited when Lady Matilda insisted on buying her beautiful dresses fit for a princess. She was very curious about the little box they carried with them, and kept in a private room in the hotels they visited along the way. Then Jane discovered that Staffa and her mother were royalty from another world. What are their plans for Jane? Will she be able to return to the boy garden?
Similar books: Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Reviewed by: vverscaj
Date read: 9/9/2009
ISBN-10: 0312369611
ISBN-13: 9780312369613
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Little Wolf's Book of Badness

Ian Whybrow (1999), 132 pages
Illustrated by Tony Ross
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Adventure, Animal, Fiction, Humor
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Little Wolf has been too good. His mother and father have sent him to his Uncle Big Bad's school, Cunning College in Frettnin Forest, to earn his gold Badge of Badness. Little Wolf tells his story through letters to home. We hear all about his trip to Frettnin Forest, the people he meets along the way, and about Uncle Big Bad, himself. Is Uncle Big Bad all he huffs and puffs about? Will Little Wolf learn the nine rules of Badness and earn his gold Badge, or will he have to forever roam the world, never to return to his family?
Awards nominated: 2014 Bluestem Award Nominee
Reviewed by: vfv
Date read: 4/9/2013
ISBN-10: 1575054108
ISBN-13: 9781575054100
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Lords of the Sea: The Vikings Explore the North Atlantic

Allison Lassieur (2005), 32 pages
Illustrated by Ron Frens
Audience: 3rd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Adventure, Especially for Boys, Graphic Novel, Historical, Nonfiction
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The Vikings were excellent seafarers with strong, fast ships. When farmland became scarce in Scandinavia, they began exploring across the ocean. This graphic novel illustrates the story of their travels; first to England and Ireland, and then across the Atlantic Ocean. They found Iceland, Greenland, and were the first Europeans to land on North America.
Book Series: Graphic History
Similar books: Graphic Biographies series Graphic Science series
Reviewed by: donna
Date read: 11/16/2010
ISBN-10: 0736849742
ISBN-13: 9780736849746
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Magic Thief

Sarah Prineas (2008), 432 pages
Illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery
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Conn, what a great name for a pickpocket street urchin, enters the world of magic when he steals from the wizard, Nevery Flinglas. The adventure begins when Conn becomes Nevery's apprentice and his days are filled with magic lessons. Soon, Nevery is tasked by the Duchess to find who or what is stealing the city's magic and darkness surrounds Conn and Nevery as they struggle with the Underlord to restore's Wellmet magic. The trilogy begins with The Magic Thief, and continues with Lost.
Book Series: The Magic Thief
Awards nominated: Rebecca Caudill Award Nominee 2012
Reviewed by: adf
Date read: 9/4/2009
ISBN-10: 0061375888
ISBN-13: 9780061375880
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Magician: The Immortal Secrets of Nicholas Flamel

Michael Scott (2008), 461 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction
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In a race against time, Josh and Sophie Newman must find the French magician, alchemist and rock star, Comte de Saint-Germain. Centuries-old alchemist Nicholas Flamel believes that Josh and Sophie are the twins whose power can save all or destroy all, and, to bring Sophie's power to its full state, she must learn Saint-Germain's secrets. If Josh and Sophie do not succeed, the Dark Elders will once again come into power. In their quest, they come face to face with Machiavelli, well-known counselor to the Medici family of Renaissance Italy, who is now the head of the Paris police force. He will stop at nothing to keep Josh and Sophie from their goal. Before they can continue, they come up against ancient Viking spirits who have unleashed the monster, Nidhogg. Like its predecessor, The Magician is full of legendary spirits and characters, both real and unreal.
Similar authors: J.K. Rowling, Lloyd Alexander, Rick Riordan
Similar books: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Reviewed by: vfv
Date read: 3/7/2012
ISBN-13: 9781442036505
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Commenter: Ellie, grade 5
This book is really good, especially if you like stuff like Harry Potter.
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