Review: Midsummer’s Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca



Title: Midsummer’s Mayhem
Author: Rajani LaRocca
Release Date: 6/4/2019
Publisher: Yellow Jacket
Pages: 352
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Eleven-year-old Mimi dreams of winning a baking competition judged by her celebrity chef idol. But she loses her best helper when her food writer father returns from a business trip mysteriously unable to distinguish between delicious and disgusting. Mimi follows strangely familiar music into the woods behind her house, meets a golden-eyed boy, and bakes with him using ingredients they’ve found in the forest. Then everyone around her suddenly starts acting loopy.

Squabbling sisters, rhyming waitresses, and culinary saboteurs mix up a recipe for mayhem in this Indian-American mashup of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and competitive baking.

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Mini Review: Hilda and the Hidden People by Luke Pearson

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Title: Hilda and the Hidden People
Author: Luke Pearson
Release Date: 9/4/2018
Publisher: Flying Eye Books
Pages: 176
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Meet Hilda: explorer, adventurer, avid sketchbook-keeper and friend to almost every creature in the valley! Join our beloved heroine as she encounters her very first troll, negotiates peace with some very persnickety elves, and reunites two lovelorn ancient giants. Fantastic creatures and daring adventures are all just part of another average day for Hilda, but what will she do if she is forced to move to Trolberg city, far away from her beloved valley home? Dive into the adventure with this illustrated chapter book, based on the first two episodes of the show. 

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Ten Books with Rain on the Cover for a Rainy Day

My first thought when I saw this week’s topic of Rainy Day Reads was to come up with a list of happy books to beat the gray gloom on a rainy day. I like to try my best to put my personal spin on the topic every week though, so instead I’m going to be sharing with you ten books that have rain on the covers!

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Waiting on Wednesday: This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews

Title: This Was Our Pact
Author: Ryan Andrews
Release Date: 6/11/2019
Publisher: First Second
Pages: 336
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It’s the night of the annual Autumn Equinox Festival, when the town gathers to float paper lanterns down the river. Legend has it that after drifting out of sight, they’ll soar off to the Milky Way and turn into brilliant stars. This year, Ben and his classmates are determined to find out where those lanterns really go, and they made a pact with two simple rules: No one turns for home. No one looks back.

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Musings and Ramblings on Authors Who Never Let You Down

Recently I read Jennifer E. Smith’s newest release, Field Notes on Love, and made a comment to my husband over dinner about how I have absolutely loved every single book she has written. This made him start trying to figure out if there were any other authors that I enjoyed where I had read all of their books and never felt let down by them. After thinking on it, I decided that my two never let me down authors were Jennifer E. Smith and Gayle Forman.

To me, an author who never lets you down is vastly different from an auto buy author. I could probably spend the entire day creating a list of people who I’ll automatically buy their book upon it’s release (Ellen Hopkins, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Amanda Lovelace…….), but just because I love those authors and will buy anything they write doesn’t mean that I’ve never been disappointed by one of their books. After some encouragement from my husband, this of course led me to Twitter. We just had to know who other readers considered their never let you down authors to be.

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Review: Sheets by Brenna Thummler

Title: Sheets
Author: Brenna Thummler
Release Date: 8/28/2018
Publisher: The Lion Forge
Pages: 239
Rating: 5 stars
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Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. A practical thirteen year old in charge of the family laundry business, her daily routine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and the fastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything sheโ€™s worked for.

Wendell is a ghost. A boy who lost his life much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, a sheet-dependent identity, and a dangerous need to seek purpose in the forbidden human world.

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