Sunday, June 24, 2012

Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday

     It's Monday, and that means it's time for us to tell you all about another wonderful Middle-Grade Book.  This meme was started by Ms. Shannon and she's gotten a lot of other bloggers to join in.  This is a great meme for discovering new books that are just for Middle-Graders.  Make sure you visit Ms. Shannon's blog for the list of all the bloggers.
           Marsh & Emiline

Emiline's Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday Book Pick is
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling

     I love The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a wonderful collection of wizarding tales by J.K. Rowling. The stories are like fairy tales for wizards.  I love it because you can connect to the wizarding world.  It's like everyone's coming out of the book.  It just feels so real.  
     I love that the book has a straight connection to The Deathly Hallows; because now, not only can you hear great wizarding tales, you actually feel like Dumbledore's back with you because of his commentary.  And everyone knew Hermione was going to publish a book eventually!  She translated it from ancient runes!
     I liked that J.K. Rowling wrote another Harry Potter book.  I love her books.  If you're sad the series had to end then read the real ending to the story with The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday


It's Monday! That means it's time for us to tell you about another fantastic Middle-Grade book.  We aren't alone.  This is a great meme started by Ms. Shannon and there are lots of us that want to share our picks for Middle- Grade Mondays.  Make sure you visit Ms. Shannon at to see all the bloggers who are participating.
Marsh & Emiline 

Marsh's MMGM is Gregor the Overlander (The Underland Chronicles #1) by Suzanne Collins

  So many of you have read The Hunger Games, but have any of you read Suzanne Collins's other series, The Underland Chronicles?  It is about a boy named Gregor who goes into a grate in his apartment, falls way down, and finds a whole world underground.  He is in one of the Underlanders prophecies and now he is involved in a conflict between giant rats and humans.  This is a great series packed with adventure and I recommend it for all fans of Suzanne Collins.


This is the first book in the series and we are giving it away to one public follower!  Just leave us a comment, and make sure you leave your email address so we can contact you if you are the winner.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Eleventh Plague

Book Review of The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
by Marsh

     In the distant future . . . The Chinese drop a virus in the United States called P-11.  It kills many but some survive, like Stephen and his dad.  One day they are wandering and his dad falls into a canyon with a river running through it.  Settlers from a village called Settlers Landing offer to help.  Stephen finds out that his father has fallen into a coma and it may be years before he wakes up. He also finds out that every one is not scavenging, and they have more that one pair of clothes, and people are actually learning.  But everything is not perfect.  There are also threats to the settlement, like an opposing colony and the dangers of winter.  Can he face these threats?
     I thought this book was very interesting.  I enjoyed the characters and thought they were well developed.  I also enjoyed the dystopian setting.  It is cool to picture an American wasteland.  It made me think, what would I do in this dystopian environment?  What would you do?  Leave a comment with your answer.
I give this book Five Monsters out of Five.

In case you needed a little more, here is the book trailer:

To find out more about The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch please visit his website.  You can also read the first four chapters.

I bought this book at my favorite Indie Bookstore, Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, Georgia.  You can get this book at your school or local library or your favorite bookstore.