The Worst Witch to the Rescue – Jill Murphy

24105122The Worst Witch to the Rescue by Jill Murphy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Point of View: 3rd Person
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Children’s, Middle Grade, Witches, Magic, Animals, Frienship


BLURB:

Mildred Hubble has always been the worst witch at Miss Cackle’s Academy, but she just knows this term will be different. She’s done the best holiday project ever and she’s sure that her form teacher, the fearsome Miss Hardbroom, will be impressed. Even her arch-enemy, Ethel Hallow, is being friendly to her! But is it all too good to be true – will disaster strike again for the Worst Witch? Continue reading

A Million Suns – Beth Revis

10345927A Million Suns by Beth Revis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: January 10th, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Point of View: 1st Person & Girl/Boy
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Mystery, Rebellion


BLURB:

It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. Everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed.

But there may be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He’s finally free to act on his vision—no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder learns shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a mystery that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier. Their success—or failure—will determine the fate of the 2,298 passengers aboard Godspeed. But with each step, the journey becomes more perilous, the ship more chaotic, and the love between them more impossible to fight. Continue reading

The Worst Witch Saves the Day – Jill Murphy

20708814The Worst Witch Saves the Day by Jill Murphy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Point of View: 3rd Person
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Children’s, Middle Grade, Witches, Magic, Animals, Frienship


BLURB:

Mildred is starting her third year at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches with high hopes of improving her klutzy record. But that’s before a curling-iron catastrophe leads her to experiment with a hair-growing potion with hair-raising results. And it’s before she raises the ire of Miss Granite, the odd new teacher who doesn’t seem to act like a teacher at all. Could she be an imposter? And is there anything in Mildred’s bag of tricks that can save the school if her hunch is right? Continue reading

The Worst Witch at Sea – Jill Murphy

20708813The Worst Witch at Sea by Jill Murphy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Point of View: 3rd Person
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Children’s, Middle Grade, Witches, Magic, Animals, Frienship


BLURB:

Mildred’s beloved tabby cat has been deemed “unsuitable” for a witch, and is relegated to the kitchens to be a mouser. But when her class flies off on a school trip, Mildred concocts a plan to rescue Tabby?–?and bring him along in secret! Continue reading

A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch – Jill Murphy

20708812A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Point of View: 3rd Person
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Children’s, Middle Grade, Witches, Magic, Boarding School, Frienship


BLURB:

Mildred gets off to a good start in her second year at Miss Cackle’s Academy, but her sworn enemy, Ethel Hallow, is plotting misfortune, setting Mildred up for a very bad spell, indeed. Continue reading

Calling My Name – Liara Tamani

33829748Calling My Name by Liara Tamani

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: October 24th, 2017
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Point of View: 1st Person & Girl
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow-ish
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Coming of Age, Religion, Contemporary Romance


BLURB:

Taja Brown lives with her parents and older brother and younger sister, in Houston, Texas. Taja has always known what the expectations of her conservative and tightly-knit African American family are—do well in school, go to church every Sunday, no intimacy before marriage. But Taja is trying to keep up with friends as they get their first kisses, first boyfriends, first everythings. And she’s tired of cheering for her athletic younger sister and an older brother who has more freedom just because he’s a boy. Taja dreams of going to college and forging her own relationship with the world and with God, but when she falls in love for the first time, those dreams are suddenly in danger of evaporating. Continue reading

Across the Universe – Beth Revis

8235178Across the Universe by Beth Revis

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: January 11th, 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Point of View: 1st Person & Boy-Girl
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Mystery, Romance


BLURB:

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone—one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship —tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming. Continue reading