Rain Reign by ann M Martin
Excellent. Rose (rows) Howard loves homonyms, rules and numbers. As a fifth grader with a fifth grader with a full time aide who helps her cope, she has a hard time, especially when she has to take school notes home to her single dad who is overcoming his own difficult childhood. Rain, her dog, is an important piece of her life along with Uncle Weldon. Written from her (Asberger's) perspective, this is terrific. Unfortunately it would make a bad read aloud due to the plethora of written homonyms along with the sad dog part. (she doesn't die...) 4th+ super good.


The Case of the Bug on the Run by Martha Freeman
A beginning chapter book from the "First Kids Mysteries" series. Some factual information at the end about protests since that is a subtopic in the story. The White House residents have several pets and have gained a Madagascar HIssing Cockroach from the National Zoo. But someone has bugged the bug and our heros must find out who. This was OK, although not knock your socks off. 1st+

Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson
The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates.Daughter of a naval officer, Hillary Westfield just wants to be a pirate. As she heads off to Miss Pimm's Finishing School for Delicate Ladies, she plots her escape. This is tongue in cheek Victorian Pirate story. Cute. 4th+

Me, the Missing, and the Dead by Jenny Valentine
Not the supernatural story I expected. Lucas Swain finds an urn labeled Violet and feels a need to find rest for her. The complicated story involves his family including his missing dad. All about dysfunctional family history. British. 6th+ OK.

The Walk On by John Feinstein
Alex knows he is good and has a golden arm, but as a freshman he's stuck as third string quarterback. The team captain and quarterback is the coach's son--how hopeless. Well written sports story with excellent character growth. YA for mild romance.

Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
Also wrote Library Lion. (HA HA-nothing like this!) Cynthia Rothschild's best friend Annie falls into serious crushcraze over the new librarian. It quickly becomes super creepy. This is a horror story with teen girl thinking thrown in for comic relief. I loved the style although the story line is pretty intense. Heres one of my favorite parts: p22 "Or maybe he has no idea and is just trying to be all cool and laid-back so that kids will spend more time in the library. Maybe librarians get points or something for all the books that get checked out, points that can be redeemed for valuable goods and services, like fancy date stamps or maybe those reading posters with the celebrities on them holding books, and he has a master plan to get all the points he can by charming all the charmable kids in the school and getting them to read a lot. Maybe it's not even his master plan; maybe it's, like, the American Library Association's master plan, and they are stocking high schools across the country with hot young librarians as part of a massive literacy initiative."

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Callum Hunt knows the Magisterium is a dangerous place for him, but he's not entirely sure why. His father only warns him, but never tells him why.Call tries to fail but ends up in the Iron Trial anyway. Lots of politics, trust problems and evil magic. Open ended for sequels. Good. 5th+

All the Wrong Questions: Should you Be in School? by Lemony Snicket
Book three of the mysteries of Stain'd-by-the sea. Our hero is trying to find out what is going on with missing school children, a series of arsons, and the archnemisis Hangfire. Typical Snicket style with great vocabulary pauses. 4th+

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Book 3 of the Raven Cycle. Continuing their search for the Celtic king Glendower, the Raven Boys Gansey, Adam and Ronan along with dead Noah and our courageous heroine Blue. This is a hard read. The complications of the deep magic, the different "gifts" of the boys and Blue, the intrusion of eveil Greenmantle and his ditzy wife Piper. The ending is a super wild cliffhanger too. YA nromance, murder, and evil. Good but difficult.

Poached by Stuart Gibbs
sequel to Belly Up. Teddy Fitzroy thinks his bully problem is his major middleschool issue, until he is framed for stealing a koala from the local zoo/theme park where his parents work. This is a classic mystery with red herrings and subtle clues. Lots of action too. Can be read as a stand alone. Very good. 4th+

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches , by Alan Bradley (netgalley)

a Flavia de Luce Mystery. Flavia is faced with meeting her mother's casket and the subsequent funeral. Exactly how did her mother die? Why do so many people seem to know things they aren't sharing? What about the man who is pushed under the train right after trying to warn Flavia of danger to the Gamekeeper? Set in the 1950s, this is written by a girl Sheldon Cooper character. I dragged myself through it, but it's hard for me to imagine middle schoolers doing that. OK 7th_

Mutation by Roland Smith
"Thrilling conclusion to Cryptid Hunters" true. Ties everything together in an exciting trip to the Amazon. Lots of tech, multiple characters-good and bad, and weird creatures. Very satisfying. Marty, Luther, Dylan and Grace work together (and occasionally apart) to rescue everyone from the wicked Noah Blackwood and his violent henchmen (or women. Throw in an old FBI agent from Sasquatch too! Terrific. 4th+

Young Elites by Marie Lu
I should have believed School Library Journal. This is high school material. Lots of dark dark hatred, abuse, and the girl hides in a house of pleasure where the main consort is an irresistible (to either sex) young man. Self-flagellation by the consort of the queen who is also the head of the Inquisition Live and learn (me) SLJ said 9-12. .