Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Marsh's Book Report: The Invisible Tower

The Invisible Tower
The Underworld Chronicles #1
By Nils Johnson- Shelton
Book Report by Marsh

            One day Artie is playing a video game called Otherworld when he gets a message that says, “‘Arthur.  In one week’s time you will come to me at the IT.’”  Sure enough, he ended up in IT, but IT was a video game and comic store called the Invisible Tower.  The cashier’s name was Merlin.  Merlin tells Artie that he is really the real Merlin.  He also tells Artie that Artie is the real King Arthur.  Merlin shows Artie and his sister, Kay, this place called the Otherworld where dragons and wizards really exist.  Artie and his sister want Merlin to come with them to the Otherworld to get Excalibur, but Merlin says he is trapped in the Invisible Tower.  Artie and Kay, along with their supervisor, Mr. Thumb, take on the quest to free Merlin from the Invisible Tower.  On their journey they meet new companions and enemies.

Can they free Merlin?

            The Invisible Tower, by Nils Johnson-Shelton, was a great book.  It had lots of action and adventure.  My favorite part of the book was when Artie and Kay were fighting the giant boar, Twrch Trwyth.  I liked it because, no matter how many times they cut his limbs off with their swords, the boar’s limbs kept growing back and they kept fighting.  They had a lot of perseverance in that battle.  My favorite character was Artie because of how bold and courageous he was.  I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next book.  I recommend this book to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

I give The Invisible Tower 5 MONSTERS.

Watch the Trailer here:

I got The Invisible Tower from my favorite bookstore, Little Shop of Stories.
You can find The Invisible Tower at your favorite bookstore or at your school or local library.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Marsh's Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday!

Marsh's Marvelous Middle-Grade Book is
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

     Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld, is my MMGM pick for this week.  What first interested me in this book was the fact that it was based on World War I, but it has a twist in it.  Leviathan has giant war machines and fabricated animals that are used for airships and as weapons--everything a Middle-Grade boy likes.  When I started reading I was hooked!  
      There are two points of view, one from an Austrian Prince named Alek, and another from a British Airman (who's really a girl), named Deryn.  They are both sixteen years old but they come from two different sides of the war.  One is a Darwinist--someone who mans and/or uses fabricated animals during wartime, the other is a Clanker--someone who prefers machines over fabricated animals.
      I recommend Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld, to people who are interested in World War I, and people who are interested in battles, bombs, and many fights between zeppelins and metal pooping bats.

This is the Trailer for Leviathan:

You should really check this website out too, it's Scott Westerfeld's Site-

Summary of Leviathan from Goodreads:

Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever

Marsh's Book Report on Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney

     Greg and Rowley are hanging posters for the Winter Holiday Bizarre, and it starts to rain.  The ink from the poster bleeds all over the school walls.  A police man walks around the corner and he thinks that Greg and Rowley are vandalizing the school.  Luckily, the police man does not get a good look at them, and he does not notice who they are.  Greg and Rowley are in huge trouble!  The principal is calling people into his office asking kids if the did it.  Fortunately, the principal does not get to Greg and Rowley before the school day is over.  The next day everyone is snowed in after there was a huge blizzard.

     Will the police and the principal catch Greg and Rowley?  Can they explain what really happened?

     Dairy of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever was a great book.  Like all of Jeff Kinney's books, this one was hilarious.  My favorite character is Greg.  He is so lazy and careless.  My favorite part was when Greg tried to get rid of the snow with a lawn mower!  It was so funny.

I give Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever

Emiline's Report on Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever

     Have you ever gotten in trouble?  Well, if you haven't then you are nothing like Greg.  Greg is a trouble maker, and in Cabin Fever he gets in his biggest trouble ever.  Greg wants to make money by selling newspapers, but nobody will buy them.  So, Greg decides he'll put up flabbergasting posters on the back of the school with his best friend, Rowley.  It rained that night and the ink from the poster made a big green splash that looked like paint.  The principal saw the ooze and he called all the trouble makers, but not Greg!  Greg thinks he will get caught, but then he got snowed in and all the power was out in the town.  Will somebody eventually find out it was Greg?  Find out in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney.

     I thought is was hilarious that Greg's wishes came true.  He didn't want anybody to know what happened so it snowed.  Jeff Kinney's world of Dairy of a Wimpy Kid is full of exquisite things, and surprisingly it's realistic fiction! 

I give Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
4 Monsters.

We would like to say thanks to Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, Georgia for having the best signing EVER!  Would would also like to thank Jeff Kinney for letting us have a snow day.  We loved feeling the cold snow against our mittens, and it was so much fun having snowball fights.
Marsh & Emiline

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Book Report on Winterling

(Winterling #1)
By Sarah Prineas
Book Report by Emiline

            Have you ever thought that a fantasy book could come to life?  Well, you will once you’ve read Winterling by Sarah Prineas.

            Fer is living with her grandmother, because Fer’s parents went missing a long time ago.  Her grandmother tells her only a little information about what happened to her parents. 

            One night Fer decided to go wander around in the woods to try and find her parents.  And that’s when Fer opened The Way.  The Way is a place where pucks (naughty people you can’t trust) shapeshift, and the governor of The Way is called a Lady.  You have to wear a crow’s feather in your hair to show you are a citizen of this enchanting and surprising world.

            Not only did Fer open The Way, she also opened trouble for the earth.  Fer stayed in The Way for a while, but it was still winter!  That problem was leaking through The Way.  Fer figured out her parents had died in The Way and it had something to do with the Lady.

            Will Fer figure out what happened to her parents and face the powerful magic Lady?  Find out in Sarah Prineas’ Winterling.

            I recommend Winterling to people that like to curl up with a good book have a little scare.  It’s a good fantasy, mystery book.  I loved all the characters because they were unique and liked to have fun with some unusual hobbies.  Fer was my favorite character.  She reminded me of myself because she was fun and adventurous.

I give Sarah Prineas’ Winterling 5 Monsters!

I got Winterling from my favorite bookstore, Little Shop of Stories.  You can find Winterling at your school or local library or you can buy it at your favorite bookstore.

To find out more about Sarah Prineas, who also wrote The Magic Thief Series, you can visit her website:

Watch the YouTube Trailer for Winterling:

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop

It is time to snuggle up with a GREAT book!
We have picked The Unwanteds signed by the author Lisa McMann to be our giveaway book.  To enter to win please become a public follower  of our blog (that's so we can see you), then leave a comment on Marsh's Review of The Unwanteds. Make sure you leave us your email address in your comment so we can let you know if you are the winner.  The Winner will be announced here on January 2oth.  We are so happy you are here.

Sleep Tight,
Marsh & Emiline

There are lots of other blogs participating in the Dreaming of Books Hop, please make sure to visit I Am A Reader, Not A Writer to see the list.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Marsh's Report on The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner
Maze Runner #1
By James Dashner
Book Report by Marsh

            Thomas arrives in a place called the Glade.  He doesn't remember anything except his first name.  The people in the Glade have one thing that they need to do, escape the Maze.  In the Glade there are people called the Runners that map the parts of the Maze trying to figure out patterns.  A girl arrives a day after Thomas.  This is extremely rare because there are no girls in the Glade and people arrive years apart.  The girl is in a coma.  She triggers something called the Ending while she sleeps. The sky is always gray and the Maze doors stay open so the Grievers come out into the Glade.  The Grievers are metal snail hybrid things.  When the girl wakes up from her coma she tries to help Thomas find the code to escape the Maze. 

            Can they escape the Maze?  Find out in The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

            I loved The Maze Runner.  It was a great book.  I liked how it had action and adventure.  I also liked how brave and smart Thomas was, that is why he was my favorite character.  I would not have considered any changes to the plot.  I recommend this book to people that like action and adventure.

I give The Maze Runner 5 MONSTERS

One of my friends loaned me this book, but you can find The Maze Runner by James Dashner at you favorite Indie Bookstore or your school or local library.

To find out more about the Maze Runner series and James Dashner, please visit this website: