Britfield & the Lost Crown – Book Review

Britfield Series Book 1 by C. R. Stewart
Published on: August 1, 2019

If there wasn’t already a well-known book and movie by the title of The Great Escape, I would say that this book should be renamed to it because this whole book is one exciting escape after escape.

The Weatherly Orphanage isn’t known by its occupants for being a warm and cozy place to live. Instead, it is a place where the kids get little food and clothing and are forced to work long hours at a nearby factory. It’s also known for doling out harsh punishments for small infractions. When an unexpectedly harsh punishment puts Tom’s best friend Sarah into solitary confinement for a month, Tom knows it is time to leave. Their friends at the orphanage form an elaborate scheme to break them both out, starting an escape adventure that spans across England. If escaping wasn’t enough, the Grievouses hire legendary Detective Gowerstone, who is known for finding missing children and orphans.

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The Strangers – Audio Book Review

Greystone Secrets #1 by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Narrated by Jorjeana Marie
Published on: April 2, 2019

I had previously seen The Strangers as well as the next in the series The Deceivers, but never added it to my to-be-read list. However, when it became one the finalists for middle grade book of the year in GoodReads 2019 Choice Awards, I thought perhaps it was time that I should pick it up. It didn’t end up winning – The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan did and I suspect one day I’ll add that one to my list too.

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Doll Bones – Audio Book Review

By Holly Black
Published on: April 14, 2015

This is a 2014 Newberry Honor winner. For whatever reason Newberry selections aren’t typically books I enjoy, but I didn’t know that it was a Newberry Honor story when I selected the audio book from the library. I was just looking for another potentially spooky book since this is October and Halloween is around the corner and a doll with actual bones definitely sounds like it falls within the creepy category.

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Beaverman: Attack of the Disco Lobsters – Book Review

by Stuart Jensen
Published on: May 21, 2019

This title is crazy. But this middle grade sci fi adventure was so much fun to read. A lot of pure imagination went into this story and there were several times I could picture the author asking himself something like “exactly why can’t lobsters like Disco? I liked Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’ – why wouldn’t they like it too?” He probably didn’t think that, but still.

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[ARC Review] Voyage to the Metal Moon – Book Review

by Michael Dahl
Illustrated by: Patricio Clary

Escape from Planet Alcatraz is a new series by Michael Dahl, with Voyage to the Metal Moon as the advanced review copy provided on Netgalley.  It can be best described as a graphic novel for middle grade or a graphic storybook as the illustrations tend to be a large focus of the book and so detailed-oriented they almost tell a story in themselves.

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