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The Lost Boy is my first graphic novel review! It was a very good start!
What first caught my eye about Susan Fletcher's Falcon in the Glass was that it's a middle grade historical fantasy set in Italy . . .. . . In 1487.
Rarely does one come across a story of teens living so far back in time. I couldn't fathom how a story with such a light touch of fantasy in an otherwise historical-heavy narrative could possibly keep itself moving.
But Ms. Fletcher showed me exactly how it's done.
It does take a certain chutzpah to tackle such worn territory as the Robin Hood mythology. What could possibly be said that hasn't been said and said and trod into the dirt over the last 1000 years! But lo and behold, Matthew Cody has dusted off the well-known characters from Robin's England and given us a brand new story of murder, betrayal, and revenge to set the heart of every adventure-lover beating frantically.
The Lost Kingdom is yet another fantastic journey into the past by Matthew Kirby. First he took us into New York in all its mythic, melting pot splendor. Then it was the borderlines of Viking history and Nordic myth. Now he takes into the American frontier of the 18th century.
Moxie starts her summer in an unusual way. She answers her front door one morning and is confronted by a mystery woman who threatens Moxie and her family if Moxie's grandpa doesn't return some "items" to a man named Sully Cupcakes, a notorious gangster. Now, Moxie knew that her grandpa used to do some not-technically legal things for the more unsavory types of Boston, but that was before she was born! Her grandpa now lives in an elder care facility and he has Alzheimer's! Some days he doesn't even remember who Moxie is!
One Tuesday morning at the bus stop, River finds his friend Freak parked on a worn green sofa that had certainly not been there on Monday. So he sits down too. Then they are joined by their other neighbor, Fiona. And they all decide that sitting there waiting on the school bus is so good that they're willing to come early tomorrow to enjoy it longer.
Poor little Mouse Minor! So tiny and runty he doesn't even have a proper name! He's always told by his aunt that, "Nameless is Blameless," but he doesn't even know what that means. So when he finally is forced to run away from school because of giant bullies, he decides to go to Buckingham Palace and ask Queen Victoria who he is. After all, Queen Victoria is all-seeing and all-knowing. Thus begins his great adventure set in the time of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.
Chapter 1 of Pi in the Sky opens with one of the funniest and at the same time the most profound observations from the greatest mind ever to tackle life, the universe and everything in it — Carl Sagan.
Poor Barney Willow. He's been having a tough couple of years. His mom and dad are divorced, his father has disappeared under mysterious circumstances, he's the school bully's favorite target and the principal of his school is EVIL and out to get him! Now on his twelfth birthday, he has to walk his dog in the rain. That's the straw that breaks the camel's back. He sees a cat on his way home, and looking into the cat's mysterious eyes, Barney makes a wish. He wishes he could be a cat, to have no worries and just sleep and eat all day.
I am quite literally not sure what to say about this book. (I've been sitting here with a blank screen for a couple of minutes now.) When I first picked up Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and started reading I quickly made the comparison with Roald Dahl's classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the wonderfully done Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie (the 1971 classic with Gene Wilder - not that fiasco with Depp*).