Author: Vivian Vande Velde
208 Pages-Ages 8-12
Published by: Scholastic Press on 10 October 2017
Princess Gabriella is accustomed to a certain kind of castle life. So when she wakes up one morning in a crowded hut, surrounded by squabbling fairy siblings, it takes all her princess training to maintain her poise and good manners.
Meanwhile, across the kingdom, Fairy Phleg revels in Gabriella’s luxurious lifestyle. As long as she can fool the castle into believing she’s the real princess-with a little help from her magical disguise-then she’s set to enjoy three glorious days of sweets and comfort.
The mischievous fairies have placed a bet, and Gabriella is caught in the middle of it. Can she survive her time in the chaotic fairy household without failing the ultimate princess test and losing her temper? Phleg turns the castle upside down as she poses as Gabriella, but when an important guest arrives, will her antics unwittingly send the kingdom into war?
Author: Jen Calonita
256 Pages–Ages 10-13
Published by: March 7th 2017 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Things are changing at Fairy Tale Reform School.
At least, that’s what Gilly’s heard through the Enchantasia rumor mill. Word is, notorious trickster Rumpelstiltskin has taken over management from Headmistress Flora, and he’s locked down the school tighter than the Pied Piper’s pants. Not that this news concerns Gilly. She’s been released from FTRS and is now
suffering through attending Jack of All Trades School, where she gets to learn about different kinds of shoe leather and ways to measure feet. Truly riveting stuff.
But when Gilly’s little sister Anna gets whisked off to FTRS thanks to her troublemaking new friends, Hansel and Gretel, Gilly knows she’s got to get Anna out of there. There’s only one thing to do; make some serious trouble and get thrown back into FTRS.
It’s time to out-trick a trickster.
Author: Jen Calonita
288 Pages–Ages 10-13
Published By: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky on March 2016
Sometimes it’s good to be bad…
It takes a (mostly) reformed thief to catch a spy. Which is why Gilly Cobbler, Enchantasia’s most notorious pickpocket, volunteers to stay locked up at Fairy Tale Reform School…indefinitely. Gilly and her friends may have defeated the Evil Queen and become reluctant heroes, but the battle for Enchantasia has just begun.
Alva, aka The Wicked One who cursed Sleeping Beauty, has declared war on the Princesses, and she wants the students of Fairy Tale Reform School to join her. As her criminal classmates give in to temptation, Gilly goes undercover as a Royal Lady in Waiting (don’t laugh) to unmask a spy…before the mole can hand Alva the keys to the kingdom.
Her parents think Gilly the Hero is completely reformed, but sometimes you have to get your hands dirty. Sometimes it’s good to be bad…
Author: Lisa Schroeder
Published by: Aladdin on January 1, 2010
Twelve year old Isabel is dying to get out of Willow, Oregon (population 39, 257) and experience something other than her small town. It seems that everyone gets to travel except Isabel–even her best friend, Sophie. When Isabel’s mother decides to open up a cupcake shop across town, Isabel is once again stuck in Willow for the summer as she tries to help her mom get the shop up and running. But when Isabel learns of a baking contest where the finalists get an all-expense paid trip to New York City, she realizes this is her chance to finally get out of Willow. Except there are two major roadblocks to this plan: Sophie, who also is entering the contest and is always the best at everything, and her own mom, who wants her to enter the contest on her terms.Can Isabel manage to finally do something for herself, without losing her best friend and further straining her already tenuous relationship with her mother? In this sweet coming-of-age story from popular teen author Lisa Schroeder, Isabel discovers that it’s not about where you go in life as much as it is about enjoying the view wherever you are.
Author: D.D. Everest
Published by: HarperCollins on April 21, 2014 (first printing)
On his twelfth birthday, Archie Greene receives a mysterious package from a man he has never met, a package containing an ancient book in a language he doesn’t recognize. The gift leads him to a family he didn’t know he had and a world he never knew existed.
Soon Archie becomes a bookbinding apprentice to the Flame Keepers, a secret group devoted to finding and preserving magical books at the Museum of Magical Miscellany. With the help of his cousins, Bramble and Thistle, Archie tries to unravel the mystery behind his book, but he begins to realize that his gift is something more powerful than he could have imagined. And the only thing more perilous than its contents is being its owner.
The book waited 400 years for Archie Greene. Now Archie must discover why.
Author: Allan Woodrow
Published by Scholastic Press on 27 October 2015
Summary (from goodreads.com):
Class 507 is the worst class Ms. Bryce has ever taught. And she would know — she’s been teaching forever. They are so terrible that when a science experiment goes disastrously wrong (again), Ms. Bryce has had it and quits in the middle of the lesson. But through a mix-up, the school office never finds out.
Which means … Class 507 is teacher-free!
The class figures if they don’t tell anyone, it’ll be one big holiday. Kyle and his friends can play games all day. Samantha decides she’ll read magazines and give everyone (much needed) fashion advice. Adam can doodle everywhere without getting in trouble. Eric will be able to write stories with no one bothering him. And Maggie … well, as the smartest kid in the class she has an ambitious plan for this epic opportunity.
But can Class 507 keep the principal, the rest of the students, and their parents from finding out … or will the greatest school year ever turn into the worst disaster in school history?
It’s probably been really obvious, but I haven’t been reading much lately. Of course, there are still some books that interest me, but I just can’t seem to find any motivation to actually sit down, pick them up, and read them. Whenever I visit a book sale I still find something to buy, but my TBR pile just keeps growing! So this summer I decided to try to work my way through the shelves full of books I have at home that I haven’t read. I’ve found 20 books that’s I’ve decided I’m going to finish this summer. Aside from my 20 books, I found some books that I’m interested in reading, but I know that I won’t be finishing those for quite some time. Those are the types of books that I really need to be in the mood for, for example: A Song for Fire and Ice (Game of Thrones #1), The Lost Gate – Shadow of the Hegemon, etc.
As I continue to clean out my room/house I’m sure that I’m going to find many more books that I forgot I even owned. Hopefully this will get me out of my reading funk (which has been going on for over a year now). I have to face the possibility that maybe I’m just not an avid reader anymore. Maybe this funk is actually my normal and my reading boom was an anomaly. I guess only time will tell.
Anyway, for each of the books I read this summer on my list I’m determined to actually post a review for them (even if it’s just a short here’s what I thought). So the 20 books are:
- The Wurst is Yet to Come
- Engaging Father Christmas
- Pippi Longstocking
- Children of the Lamp: The Blue Djinn of Babylon
- The Genius Files: Never Say Genius
- Wilma Tenderfoot: The Case of the Frozen Hearts
- It’s Raining Cupcakes
- Murder on the Links
- Class Dismissed
- The Sinclair Mysteries: The Painted Dragon
- Draw Blood
- Blood Dawn
- The Book Scavenger: The Alcatraz Escape
- Fairy Tale Reform School: Charmed
- Fairy Tale Reform School: Tricked
- Fairy Tale Reform School: Switched
- Descendants: Rise of the Isle of the Lost
- Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret
I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Honestly, I have a whole pile of half-finished articles sitting on my hard drive, but for some reason I’m having a hard time finishing anything. Motivation is hard to come by.
I figured I’d take a chapter out of someone else’s book and just write some short thoughts on various things I’ve been thinking of.
Author: Helen FitzGerald
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire on November 1, 2010
Summary (from amazon.com):
Amelia O’Donohue was stunning. We all knew we were in the presence of tremendous beauty, humbled by her eyes and by her expensive designer clothes. We all deferred to her, waiting for her to initiate conversation, and hanging on every word she said.
So when Amelia asked for my help, What was I to do? Did I have a choice? It’s not like I could tell everyone that she sneaks off in the middle of the night in her pink silk nightie to sleep with her boyfriend. Right?
But this one favor leads to a secret so big it just might change everything-for Amelia and for me…
Author: Shannon Hale
336 Pages–Ages 9 to 12 (and up!)
Published by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers on August 26, 2014
At Ever After High, everyone is expected to sign the Storybook of Legends, pledging to follow in their fairytale parent’s footsteps. But when Raven Queen came along, things became fairy, fairy confusing. Now no one’s destiny is certain, not even for the most royal of them all, Apple White.
When a mysterious being from Wonderland begins to infect Ever After High with a strange magic, everything goes topsy-turvy. The students transform into animals and objects, palace mice talk, and the beautiful green grounds on campus fade to black-and-white. Lizzie Hearts, Wonderland’s future queen, Cedar Wood, daughter of Pinocchio, and Madeline Hatter, heir to the Mad Hatter’s Hat and Tea Shoppe, seem to be the only ones who haven’t completely lost their heads. It’s up to them to save their best friends forever after from a curse that threatens to give their school-and their lives-a very unhappy ending.