Starring Jules #1: Starring Jules (As Herself)

Starring Jules #1: Starring Jules (As Herself), by Beth Ain, was first published March 1st, 2013.

When Jules gets an offer to be in a commercial she will turn to anybody for help. Even if it means having to talk to know it all Charlotte "Stinkytown" Pinkerton. There's a problem though, orange mouthwash. Will Jules hate of orange ruin the audition? Read the book for yourself and find out.

Beth Ain was born in Hershey, Pennsylvania, but then her family moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania where she saved frogs from getting swept away by the creek behind her house. She went to college in Boston, Massachusetts where her friends dragged her to New York City. She now lives in  Port Washington, Long Island with her family. She carpools for her two kids.

Starring Jules (As Herself), was a great book, great for kids ages 6 to 9. I would recommend this book to just about anyone.  This book is the first in the Starring Jules series look out for Starring Jules #2: Starring Jules (In Drama-Rama) coming September 1st, 2013.


Crime fighters by day, freak show by night.When the mudlark's (poor people) children go missing can Sheba the Wolf girl, Monkeyboy and Sister moon the cat-eyed ninja team up to find them?
After a week of sneaking around, fighting physco maniacs and almost getting killed (a lot) will they find and save the kids? You'll have to find out for yourselves by reading the book.

Freaks by Kieran Larwood takes place in Victorian London.  Victorian London was stinky, very stinky. Most people didn't have toilets and all the sewage went into the Thames. Also it was dangerous too, children ran through taking stuff out of your pockets and people would slit your throat if you made them mad. London features high class places such as The Great Exhibition as well as rundown  penny gaff theaters where many people went to get a cheap show and maybe some food.

Keiran Larwood, author of Freaks, was born in Kenya, Africa but only lived there a short while before moving to the UK. He ended up on The Island of Wight where he now works as a elementary teacher. His dream is to be a full time author. He now lives on The Isle of Wright with his family.

Freaks, by Keiran Larwood, was first published March 1st, 2013 by Scholastic Inc. Freaks was a good book full of adventure and action. I would recommend this book to people who like fantasy, fiction and suspense.

** It was first published April 15th, 2012 in the UK**

Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1: Professor Gargoyle

 This week I received a free copy of Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1: Professor Gargoyle and #2: The Slither Sisters from Look at these morphing covers. Aren't they awesome!!!

Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1: Professor Gargoyle, by Charles Gilman, was first published September 25th, 2012 by Quirk Productions, Inc.

Lovecraft Middle School isn't your ordinary middle school. There are rats coming out of lockers, secret attics hidden in the library and students disappearing. Plus the science teacher is acting weird. With the help of two unlikely friends, Robert just might survive sixth grade, but what other surprises await. Read the book to find out.

Robert Arthur and his friends go to Lovecraft Middle School. Lovecraft was made entirely out of recycled materials. Most of the recycled materials came from Tillinghast Mansion, where Tillinghast was rumored to be summoning monsters. Lovecraft is an advanced school with deluxe touch pads on the lockers and e-readers in the library. But is there more to Lovecraft Middle School than you think.  

Professor Gargoyle was a great book with lots of mystery and suspense. I would recommend this book to people who like fantasy, mystery and light horror. Professor Gargoyle is the first book in The Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series. Look out for The Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #3: Teachers Pest, coming May 7, 2013.

IL: MG - BL: 4.7 - AR Pts: 3.0

The Fire Within

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to meet a real dragon? Well,  The Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey is the closest you will ever get.

David Rain was just looking for a place to live while he went to college, but when he moves in with the Elizabeth Pennykettle and her daughter Lucy he gets more than he bargained for. He ends up trying to rescue squirrels, write a book and much more. Is he up for the challenge? Read the book for more.

David is just an ordinary 20 year old guy. Going to college, finding a place to live then he meets the Pennykettles. The Pennykettles look like any other person but once you get to know them you find out they are not. Talking to clay dragons, treating them like they are real. The Pennykettles  are unusual, but how. You would have to read the book.

The Pennykettles live at 42 Wayward Crescent in Scrubbley, Massachusetts. The house is full of clay dragons and the "Dragon's Den", where the dragons are made is off limits. David rented a room in the house and grew to like it he even got his own"special dragon" for his room. There is something weird in this house, but what? I don't know, you have to find out for yourself.

Chris D'Lacey was born December 15, 1954 in  Valletta, Malta, Europe. He is married and has no children. D'Lacey didn't always want to be a writer. In fact when he was a teenager he wanted to be a rockstar. He now lives in Devon, England.

The Fire Within is a good book with lots of adventure. I would recommend this book to people who like dragons, fantasy and fiction. The Fire Within is the first book in The Last Dragon Chronicles. It was first published in 2001 by Watts Publishing Group in Great Britain. It was first published in the U.S. by Orchard Books in 2005.

IL: MG - BL: 4.1 - AR Pts: 7.0

Hoppy the Bunny

            I recently wrote this story as a christmas present for my sister Kyleigh. Please read it and in the comments tell me what you thought about it.

 Hoppy the Bunny

            Once upon a time in the magical forest of Fairy Tale Land a baby bunny was born. Now this bunny was no ordinary bunny, he was the bunny prince. The day he was born all the animals of the forest came to see him. He was so hoppy that they named him Hoppy. 
            As Hoppy grew he became the hoppiest creature in the forest. One day when he was hopping around he came across a little girl. “Hello,” exclaimed Hoppy cheerfully “What are you doing?”
            The little girl, Miranda, screamed and ran away. After a little while she came back. The little girl found it safe and picked Hoppy up.
“You can talk,” asked Miranda cautiously as she walked up. She started to grow curious about how she got there.
“Why yes, all the creatures here in Fairy Tale Forest can.” said Hoppy “Can they not where you’re from.”
“Well no,” said Miranda “Where I’m from animals never talk, especially not bunnies like you.” Miranda was starting to wonder about where she was and why animals talked. “Is this a trick?” asked Miranda looking around for her friends. “Where am I?” asked Miranda “I want to go home!”
“You’re in the Fairy Tale Forest of course,” said Hoppy “Where else would you be.” “Are you not from Fairy Tale Land?” asked Hoppy.
“No. No I am not. Who are you? I demand you tell me right now.” said Miranda.  Miranda was growing angry and was anxious to get home.
“I am the bunny prince of the forest all animals look up to me even the raccoons and deer. Wait the squirrels don’t, stuck up squirrels, think they’re so good.” said Hoppy.
“No.” said Miranda “No I am not.” “I am taking you home with me.” said Miranda.” She picked Hoppy up and started walking home.
Along the way Hoppy tried to escape quite a lot but never succeeded. “Why are you doing this? Who are you! What is your name little girl?” asked Hoppy.
“My name is Miranda. I am taking you home to show my parents. You are my pet now.” said Miranda.
As Hoppy squirmed he got free for a minute. Miranda noticed and picked right back up. “You cannot do this. As the bunny prince I demand you put me down.” screamed Hoppy. Miranda ignored him so he screamed “RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!
At home Miranda put Hoppy on the bed and called her friends to come over. “Look” said Miranda “I have found a bunny in the forest. His name is Hoppy” said Miranda matter-of-factly. She picked him up and shoved him in a tux. “I’m taking him to school tomorrow” announced Miranda as she put him in a bag.
“Help!” screamed Hoppy “I have been kidnapped!!”
“What was that?!” screamed all three friends at once “Are we being attacked!?”
“No,” said Miranda “It was just Hoppy he can talk.” Miranda took Hoppy out of the bag and sat him on the bed. “Look nothing except Hoppy” said Miranda. “Now I am going to tell mommy and daddy I have adopted a bunny.”
When Miranda told her parents they screamed “What” and ran to her bedroom. When they got there disaster had struck. Hoppy had torn up the entire bed pooped on the floor and dumped the trash. “Miranda” they yelled “since your bunny did it you pick it up” and then they stomped out.
“Hoppy what have you done!” screamed Miranda. She started picking up the room. “Until you learn how to act you are not leaving this cage.” She then stuck Hoppy into the cage furiously.
“Hey it wasn’t my fault” he said “I had to get used to the place and I did”. He jumped around the cage looking for an exit. “At least give me food.” he said hungrily. “And water.” he added.
“Fine!” screamed Miranda as she shoved a bowl of water into the cage. She left to go get rabbit food from the pet store.
While she was gone Hoppy jumped out of the cage. When he saw the window he tried to jump outside but he smashed into the glass.
When Miranda’s parents found him they took him to the pet store. The manager found him so he put Hoppy in a cage. When Miranda found him she bought him back and went home.

“What are you doing there Hoppy?” asked Miranda “You were lucky I found you before some other little kid did. Then you would never get home.”
            “Well” said Hoppy “I got out of the cage. I tried to hop outside but ran into glass. Then your parents found me and brought me here”
            “I have decided to take you back to your home” said Miranda. That afternoon Miranda and Hoppy went to the Fairy Tale Forest.
There was an odd pause then Hoppy said “Well I guess this is good bye. Goodbye Miranda. I will never forget you.”
            “Goodbye’. I will never forget you either. You are the best thing that ever happened to me.” said Miranda through her tears.
            The odd pair never did forget each other but they did move on. Miranda grew up got married and had five kids, Joanne, Lacy, Bob, Edward and the youngest Mary. Hoppy grew up got a bunny wife and had two kids a black and white bunny, Oreo and a white bunny, Lanie.

And They All Lived Happily Ever After.

Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt was first published in 1975 by Scholastic Inc. It is a a fantastic story because of the adventure, the mystery and the action. I would recommend this book to people who like fiction especially fantasy.

Winnie wants to live her own life and not always have her grandmother and mother  tell her what to do. She just wants to go outside of her fence and experience the world. When she goes outside the fence though, she gets more than she could ever imagine.

Winnie Foster is just an ordinary 11-year-old girl. At least she was, and then she met the Tucks. The Tucks aren't ordinary, at all. They are very special they have a secret. Winnie is the only other person who knows it.

Tuck Everlasting takes place in the Tuck's cottage in Treegap,Virginia. The Tuck's cottage is messy and disorderly, nothing like Winnie's neat tidy house that she's used to. In a way though that makes it more comfortable and Winnie likes that. There seems to be no rules and they eat in the living room .(No rules and eating in the living room I want to live with them!)

Natalie Babbit was born in Dayton Ohio on July 28, 1932. The first book she ever wrote was written in 1966. She wrote it with her husband and it was called The Forty-Ninth Magician. She currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her husband and three kids.