Welcome to Wonderland: Home Sweet Motel
By Chris Grabenstein (author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library)
The Wonderland Motel is not so wonderful anymore. It’s first year in existence was great. That was before Walt Disney opened his theme park. Now the Wonderland Motel is in serious financial trouble. P.T. can’t imagine the motel being sold and no more free ice cream and room service. Fortunately it’s spring break and one of the guests, Gloria Ortiz, is a bored business whiz kid looking for a project. Together as they dream up some unusual tactics to save the motel they stumble on something from the past that adds trouble and danger to their plans.
A fun read. I personally would recommend anything written by Chris Grabenstein.
First of a series. Available in Book and CD.
My Weird School Fast Facts: Space, Humans and Farts
By Dan Gutman
This book is also by the same author as the Flashback Four series. He also writes My Weird School series and the Genius Files.
This series Fast Facts is a fun way to pick up about the world along with jokes and things to try.
This book covers all sorts of science topics such as the solar system, forces, animals and famous scientists. There is one chapter called Fakes, Frauds and Fame which talks about how some people have posed as scientists in the past to promote something that wasn’t real, such as the Cardiff giant. The series also includes the books: “Geography”, “Sports”, and “Explorers, Presidents and Toilets”.
Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker
By Shelley Johannes
Beatrice is an upside down thinker, ready to take on the world. To start the new school year she’s going to wear her ninja outfit and meet up with her best friend. Unfortunately, things with Operation Upside quickly go topsy-turvy as soon as she arrives. In the space of a day things just go from bad to worse but it doesn’t slow Beatrice down. She’s determined that Operation Upside continues.
Beatrice is a fun, spunky character, who is always finding trouble.
Marty Pants: Do Not Open!
By Mark Parisi
Marty is an artist. He has the heart of an artist and can see things that others can’t see. He also has a very active imagination and a tendency to jump to conclusions without thinking things through. So when he finds a note that says “An alien is observing you,” he just “knows” that it refers to his short-tempered teacher, Mr. McPhee. Thus begins Marty’s campaign to save the world. I love the drawings. They are supposed to be Marty’s drawings. Since he can’t draw bikes, when he talks about riding his bike he draws a pogo stick instead. And I love how this story ends. It makes you think about your teachers and wonder who they are when they are not being a teacher!
First in a series.
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
By Jessica Townsend
Morrigan Crow has more trials than the average kid. She was born cursed. She’s on the official cursed registry, in fact. When anything goes wrong in Jackelfax, she is the person they blame. The worst part of being a cursed child though, is that she will die at the stroke of midnight on her eleventh birthday. That was her fate until a strange man at the last minute with the Hunt of Smoke and Shadow on their heels, whisks her away to the city of Nevermoore as a Wundrous Society candidate. She can only stay though, if she passes the trials – and one of them requires a special talent which is something she lacks. Has she only postponed the inevitable? Will her curse never end?
You will quickly get lost in this book. It is imaginative, action filled, and suspenseful.
I listened to the CD and looked for reasons to be in the car so I could hear more of the story. It’s currently my favorite book!
First in a series. Available in Book and CD.