Tag Archive: middle-grade fiction


horten2Summary:  Stuart Horten stumbles upon a an old treasure hunt originally intended for his father.  With the help of April, one of his next-door neighbors and a triplet, he searches for old clues in unusual places.  The end result is satisfying and slightly mystical.

Rachel:  This book is a page-turner.  I was up till 10:00 pm reading it.  I encourage everyone to read it.  My favorite part was definitely when he snuck into the museum at night.

Mom:  This book reminded me of The Mysterious Benedict Society, but the puzzles were easier, making it appropriate for younger readers.  That’s not to say that older readers wouldn’t enjoy it too!  Very clean and appropriate, with nothing too scary.

 

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.