Book Review: Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson

Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson

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BOOK INFO

Title: Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library
Author: Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson
Publisher: Willow Press
Publish Date: October 23, 2017
Genre: Middle Grade
Series: Fairday Morrow #2
My Rating: 3/5


BOOK BLURB

Eleven-year-old Fairday Morrow had no clue that moving from Manhattan to the small town of Ashpot, Connecticut would lead to an unsolved mystery. Her parents’ dream of renovating a crumbling Victorian called the Begonia House into a bed and breakfast had seemed like treachery at the time, but Fairday found out that her new house kept secrets, and once inside its twisted front gates, anything was possible.

When mysterious notes start showing up warning that a librarian is in trouble and a bookworm is eating words, Fairday thinks the Begonia House has more skeletons in its closets. She notices a passage in her favorite book has been changed, and she’s certain something is dreadfully wrong. What happens to stories when their words get eaten?

The Detective Mystery Squad is ready to investigate! Fairday, Lizzy, and Marcus take off on a sticky trail and tumble into Nowhere. Like Alice in Wonderland, Fairday finds herself in a world where nothing makes sense and the lines of reality are blurred.

The three sleuths discover amazing things about themselves as they unravel more secrets within the walls of the Begonia House. Follow along with Fairday and friends as they open the next case in the DMS files to unlock the Talking Library.

Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson
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MY REVIEW

The second book in the Fairday Morrow series has Fairday and her friends, Lizzy and Marcus, back to solve another Begonia House mystery. Fairday and her family live in the Begonia House, which her parents are repairing to open a B&B. In the first book, The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow, Fairday and her friends solve a paranormal mystery in the house involving a missing bride and a mysterious death. This second book brings forth a new paranormal mystery involving a cryptic librarian and a bookworm.

A fun middle grade book full of riddles and adventure. Confident and clever characters. The Begonia House continues to perplex the kids, who tackle solving the mysteries of the place. A quick and entertaining read for older kids.

I received a copy of this book from the authors in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson

The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow
Author: Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson
Publisher: Delacorte
Publish Date: December 1st 2015
Genre: Middle Grade
Series: Fairday Morrow #1
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

Fans of classic detective stories, The Mysterious Benedict Society, and the Secret Series will devour this illustrated middle-grade adventure that follows three curious sleuths as they investigate a mysterious, old house with some hidden secrets.

Eleven-year-old Fairday Morrow is less than thrilled that her family is moving thousands of miles from civilization to the quiet country town of Ashpot, Connecticut, where she’s absolutely certain she’ll die of boredom.
As if leaving New York City and her best friend, Lizzy, the only other member of the elite Detective Mystery Squad (DMS), weren’t bad enough, Fairday is stuck living in the infamous Begonia House, a creepy old Victorian with dark passageways, a gigantic dead willow tree, and a mysterious past.
Before she can even unpack, strange music coming from behind a padlocked door leads Fairday up a spiral staircase and into a secret room, where an ancient mirror, a brass key, and a strange picture of a red-haired lady are the first in a series of clues that takes the members of the Detective Mystery Squad on an amazing adventure.

The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson
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MY REVIEW

Fairday Morrow and her family move to Ashpot, Connecticut, where her parents hope to open a bed and breakfast. As Fairday explores her new home, she discovers there is a mystery to solve. Along with her best friend, Lizzy, and new friend, Marcus, the kids investigate the mystery of Fairday’s new home.

A middle grade supernatural mystery. Fun and exciting. While the story is somewhat spooky with the supernatural aspect, it is not scary. The kids are confident, bold, and clever. Great traits in young characters.

I received a copy of this book from the authors in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Dinosaur Hunter by Tim Collins

The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Dinosaur Hunter by Tim Collins

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Dinosaur Hunter
Author: Tim Collins
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
Publish Date: September 1, 2018
Genre: Middle Grade
Series: The Long-Lost Secret Diary #3
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

Meet Ann—a smart but unlucky teenager keeping a diary of her life as she hunts for dinosaur bones. When she gets an opportunity to search for fossils in the American West, Ann is determined to turn her luck around and show the world her discoveries.

The hilarious Long-Lost Secret Diary series put readers inside the heads of unlucky people in unfortunate situations. The accessible, irreverent stories will keep young readers laughing as they learn the importance of not being afraid to learn from one’s mistakes. Get Real fact boxes featured throughout, as well as a glossary and additional back matter, provide historical context and background.

The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Dinosaur Hunter by Tim Collins
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MY REVIEW

Ann is a teenager living in 1870s England. She enjoys looking for dinosaur bones, and gets an opportunity to search for fossils in America. Ann seems to be a bit unlucky, but thinks her luck has changed with this opportunity.

Written as a diary, Ann recounts her travels across America with her conman father. Humorous, yet informative. I liked how the characters were inspired by real people, and dinosaur facts were featured throughout the book. At the end of the book is a brief history of dinosaurs, details about the people that were the inspiration for the characters, and a glossary. A good read for older kids.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh

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BOOK INFO

Title: Spirit Hunters
Author: Ellen Oh
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publish Date: July 25, 2017
Genre: Middle Grade
Series: Spirit Hunters #1
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

We Need Diverse Books founder Ellen Oh returns with Spirit Hunters, a high-stakes middle grade mystery series about Harper Raine, the new seventh grader in town who must face down the dangerous ghosts haunting her younger brother.

A riveting ghost story and captivating adventure, this tale will have you guessing at every turn!

Harper doesn’t trust her new home from the moment she steps inside, and the rumors are that the Raine family’s new house is haunted. Harper isn’t sure she believes those rumors, until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely.

The whole atmosphere gives Harper a sense of déjà vu, but she can’t remember why. She knows that the memories she’s blocking will help make sense of her brother’s behavior and the strange and threatening sensations she feels in this house, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time?

Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh
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MY REVIEW

Harper and her family have moved to Washington, D.C., and Harper hates their new place. Something is just not right about it. Harper learns her home is supposedly haunted, and starts to have a feeling of déjà vu. As Harper’s feeling of unease increase, so does the erratic behavior of her younger brother. Harper is missing some memories, and slowly, some start to return to her as she focuses on helping her brother.

A middle grade ghost story. Fun, spooky, and entertaining. Great for fans of ghosts stories… I would have loved this book when I was a kid. Also, a diverse books read, as the main characters are Korean-American.