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Nobody Likes a Goblin

Title: Nobody Likes a Goblin
Author: Ben Hatke
Series: N/A
Recommended for: Ages 4-8
Pages: 36
Call Number/Link:  E Hakte, B (We don’t currently own it, but hopefully Janet will order it!)

Synopsis: Goblin, a cheerful little homebody, lives in a cosy, rat-infested dungeon, with his only friend, Skeleton. Every day, Goblin and Skeleton play with the treasure in their dungeon. But one day, a gang of “heroic” adventurers bursts in. These marauders trash the place, steal all the treasure, and make off with Skeleton—leaving Goblin all alone!

It’s up to Goblin to save the day. But first he’s going to have to leave the dungeon and find out how the rest of the world feels about goblins.

Review: This is a super cute book that I think kids will enjoy. I love that it was kind of a reverse-adventure. Usually the adventures are the heroes and the goblins/trolls are the bad guys, but this time it’s the opposite. Both the goblin and the troll were just minding their own business when the adventures come in and stole their items. And really all the goblin really cared about was his friend the skeleton! And while most of the world doesn’t like goblins, he find others along the way to help him in his quest to save Skeleton.

The illustrations are nice as well. If you’ve read Ben’s other works (Zita the Spacegirl) it’s on par with those.

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Posted by on November 21, 2016 in Funny, Picture Books, Uncategorized

 

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Thirteen Chairs

23436913Title: Thirteen Chairs
Author: Dave Shelton
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 5th- 8th
Pages: 256
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction Shelton, D. 

Synopsis: In an abandoned house, the ghosts gather. They argue, they laugh, and they tell their stories. Some tell their own stories, some tell stories they have heard elsewhere. Some of them are true, some are not. But each tale draws you closer.

One by one, the storytellers depart, until suddenly it’s just you and the narrator, alone in the dark…

My Thoughts: 8th grade may be pushing it a little for this one, but it’s a general all ages one. The stories for me were necessarily scary, but several of them were fun/creepy. This would be a great read for those who like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Goosebumps, or even Skeleton Creek.

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2015 in Horror, Teen, Uncategorized

 

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Don’t Fail Me Now

Title: Don’t Fail Me Now
Author: Una LaMarche
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 7th grade & up
Pages: 288
Call Number/Link:  Teen Fiction LaMarche, U.

Synopsis: Michelle and her little siblings Cass and Denny are African-American and living on the poverty line in urban Baltimore, struggling to keep it together with their mom in jail and only Michelle’s part-time job at the Taco Bell to sustain them.

Leah and her stepbrother Tim are white and middle class from suburban Maryland, with few worries beyond winning lacrosse games and getting college applications in on time.

Michelle and Leah only have one thing in common: Buck Devereaux, the biological father who abandoned them when they were little.

After news trickles back to them that Buck is dying, they make the uneasy decision to drive across country to his hospice in California. Leah hopes for closure; Michelle just wants to give him a piece of her mind.

Five people in a failing, old station wagon, living off free samples at food courts across America, and the most pressing question on Michelle’s mind is: Who will break down first–herself or the car? All the signs tell her they won’t make it. But Michelle has heard that her whole life, and it’s never stopped her before….

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this one. I loved that it had diversity not only in race, but in class as well. It’s also a kind of different take on roadtrips. It’s not about fun or getting over heartache, but literally a race to make it to the other side of the country before someone dies. At the heart of the story it’s really all about family. It’s more than just about the dad, who was a dead beat all around, but trying to learn to connect with a sister(s) you knew existed but had never met or seen. It was about learning how to connect when if feels like you are worlds apart, but learning you may be more alike than you could have ever imagine. This one is def. worth checking out/suggesting to the teens looking for a realistic story with a splash of drama.

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2015 in Realistic, Teen, Uncategorized

 

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