Saturday, April 13, 2013

What's Up?

Here's what we are reading right now.

Emiline is reading P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man by Caroline Lawrence.

Marsh is reading Goliath by Scott Westerfeld.

What's in out TBR piles?
Emiline has Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins and Cinder by Marissa Meyer
and
Marsh has Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

Updates from the Monsters





We have been really busy the past two weeks.  We had our Spring Break and then came home and started our CRCT Testing at school.  We are going to post our winners, and then we are going to take a little blogging break until Marsh is done with testing and Lacrosse and I'm done with testing and getting some auditions done.  We will be back soon with some exciting reviews AND videos soon!!

The Winner of our Kick-Butt Characters Hop is
JILLY!

The Winner of our MMGM Book, The Secret of the Fortune Wookie is
JESSA!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

MMGM and The Secret of the Fortune Wookie



Welcome to Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday at A Monster Ate My Book Report!
This is a great meme started by Ms. Shannon Messenger, author of her own Middle-Grade Book, Keeper of the Lost Cities.  There are lots of fantastic bloggers out their who are excited to tell you all about Middle-Grade Books, so make sure you check out Ms. Shannon's Blog to get all the links.
Thanks,
Marsh and Emiline


This is one of those weeks where brothers and sisters can agree on something, or as my mom says, "The End of Days".
We both love the Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger and to celebrate this RARE occassion we are also having a Giveaway!  We have one hardcover copy of The Secret of the Fortune Wookie that is AUTOGRAPHED by Tom Angleberger. This is a great series for EVERYONE.  All you have to do is leave a comment and make sure you include your email address.


Marsh's Response to The Secret of the Fortune Wookie:
     After Dwight leaves McQuarrie Middle to go to Tippet Academy, Tommy has to create another case file without him . . . How will that work?!!? Then Tommy's half-girlfriend, Sara, brings in a piece of origami that Dwight threw out of his window.  One by one, it starts to solve everyone's problems.  But Harvey, once again, thinks this is all a big hoax.

     This was a great third book in the Origami Yoda series.  I especially liked it because my two favorite characters from the Star Wars saga were introduced: Han Solo and Chewbacca.  Like the other books, it has a ton of humor.  I give this one FIVE MONSTERS.

Emiline's Response to The Secret of the Fortune Wookie:
     Tragedy has struck Tommy's middle school . . .  Dwight is at a new school and Origami Yoda  went with him.  Luckily, a Fortune Wookiee has come to help.  But is The Force within him?
     My favorite character in this book was Han Foldo.  He said things that Han Solo would say.  Tom Angleberger really knows his Star Wars characters, plus his last name is really fun to say.  I give this one FIVE MONSTERS.

This is Tom Angleberger's site where you can find out all about him (he's really the best!) and his books:



Friday, March 22, 2013

Kick-Butt Characters!


We are participating in a Blog Hop hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and Good Choice Reading.
There are many other blogs participating in this Hop and you really should check out the lists by visiting

We had to choose our favorite YA Kick-Butt Characters, and that wasn't easy at all!  We decided on one of Emiline's Favorites, This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein #1 by Kenneth Oppel.  If you aren't Familiar with this book, you can check out Emiline's Review and silly Frankenstein video:

What we have is an AUTOGRAPHED paperback copy of This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel.
To enter this contest you have to be a public follower of this blog and comment on this post.  Make sure to include your email, so we can let you know if you've won.

Good luck,
Marsh and Emiline

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday!


Welcome to Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday at A Monster Ate My Book Report!
This is a great meme started by Ms. Shannon Messenger, author of her own Middle-Grade Book, Keeper of the Lost Cities.  There are lots of fantastic bloggers out their who are excited to tell you all about Middle-Grade Books, so make sure you check out Ms. Shannon's Blog to get all the links.
Thanks,
Marsh and Emiline


Marsh's Middle-Grade Monday Book Pick is
Powerless:
Daniel Corrigan #1
by
Matthew Cody

     Daniel has moved to a new town to visit his dying grandmother.  After a couple of days of living there, he figures out the town's huge secret--some of the kids possess super powers.  The supers accept him as a friend in hopes that he can save them from the result of losing their powers, and all of the memories involved with them, on their thirteenth birthdays.  Can he save them?
     This was a really good book.  I really like super hero books in general but the reason this book shined for me is that it wasn't from the perspective of the super hero.  I also thought the villain was very powerful, mysterious, and evil.  I give this book FIVE MONSTERS.

 Here's the link to Matthew Cody's website:

Powerless YouTube Video Trailer:




Sunday, March 3, 2013

Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday



Welcome to Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday at A Monster Ate My Book Report!
This is a great meme started by Ms. Shannon Messenger, author of her own Middle-Grade Book, Keeper of the Lost Cities.  There are lots of fantastic bloggers out their who are excited to tell you all about Middle-Grade Books, so make sure you check out Ms. Shannon's Blog to get all the links.
Thanks,
Marsh and Emiline


Emiline's Marvelous-Middle Grade Book Pick is
The Fairytale Detectives: Sisters Grimm #1
by Michael Buckley

     Sabrina and Daphne's lives are everything BUT normal. Ever since their thought-to-be-dead grandmother picked them up from the orphanage and taught them about their ancestors--the Brothers Grimm--things have been a little strange.  It turns out that all the fairy tales are real!  But the fairy tale characters (the Everafters) are trapped in Ferryport Landing due to the Human/Everafter war.  They are stuck there until the last Grimm dies.  The girls' ancestors have carried on the family business--serving as fairy tale detectives--and now it is their turn.
     These books are epic.  They changed my idea of fairy tales forever.  But now I'm so sleep deprived from staying up all night reading them that I'm having a hard time putting my love for them into words. But I can say that I am in Love with this series.  It's absolutely brilliant.
     I give it FIVE MONSTERS.


Visit tbis site for more information about The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley:

YouTube Trailer for Sisters Grimm:

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Emiline's Review of Drama




Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Review by Emiline

            Callie is a high schooler with a lot of “drama” in her life.  First, she kisses a total jerk and then he totally avoids her!  Next, a production of Moon Over Mississippi grasps the school’s interest and Callie is part of the stage crew. 
But that’s not the only thing that has her interest . . . There is also the matter of twin boys, one of whom she has a crush on.  Callie and the boys often hang out together and do things for the play.  Justin has a part in the play and Jesse joins Callie in the stage crew.  When the twin she likes asks her to the school formal it lights up her world, but she is only to find a twist to her date.
I love Raina Telgemeier’s Drama.  I like how the title really describes what you are about to see on the first page.  I love how in Drama the author creates a character and then writes from some of her personal experience. (She told so when I met her at the Decatur Book Festival.)
I really love Callie’s style I feel like Rania Telgemeier wanted to show off who Callie is by her style.