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templeton

Synopsis:  John and Abigail Templeton are 12-year old twins who are smart and inventive, although in different ways.  Their father, a professor and inventor,  runs into a enemy bent on stealing one of his inventions and kidnapping his children.  John and Abigail have other ideas.  The real star of the show, though, is the narrator, who describes himself as wonderful, exciting, fantastic, and amazing.  If you are a fan of Brandon Sanderson’s Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians or Pseudonymous Bosch’s The Name of This Book is Secret, you will love this book.

Matthew:  I really liked this book. My favorite part was definitely the sarcastic narrator who kept the book interesting. It took him three chapters just to get the book started!

Mom:  I haven’t laughed like this in a long time!  My favorite part was the “review” questions at the end of each chapter.  This book was absolutely clever.  It didn’t feel heavy-handed or awkward the way some books written in this style do.  I think it would be very accessible for fourth-grade and up.

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200px-FairylandbyCatherynneValenteSynopsis:  A girl named September is invited to fairyland by the Green Wind.  She makes friends with a dragon named A-to-L (after a dictionary) and a Marid named Saturday.  Together they journey to the capital of Fairyland to defeat the evil Marquess and September returns home.

Rachel:  This book had an interesting fact about witches for me. It is very interesting at the end when you find out that an evil queen is a good queen.  This book was one of the books that I would say is for a family to read together.  I loved this book!

Ben: I have never read a book that is as weird or as strange as this one.  It doesn’t follow the normal rules for fairy tales but it does have a really good plot and a lot of fun characters and scenes.

Mom:  I loved reading the Oz books as a girl, and this book reminded me of them.  This is some strange and wonderful stuff.  The narrator almost acts a character, which only adds to the fun.  My favorite scene involves the wild velocipedes (old-fashioned bicycles with one huge tire in the front).  Very well written!