What Waits In The Woods

by Kieran Scott
Point Publishing, an imprint of Scholastic

A hiking trip in the woods in upstate New York is out of the comfort zone for sixteen-year-old city girl Callie Velasquez, but she wants to bond with her new friends Lissa and Penelope, not to mention her new boyfriend, Jeremy. However, nothing could have prepared her for the true human darkness that waits for her in the wood.

I grabbed this from the library, man I love the library; anyway this was a must read. My 8th grader grabbed it and told me she was reading it first. It took all of 3 days and that was only because she had so much homework. She handed it to me and was like I was floored at who did it. I can't wait to see what you think. It took me 2 days to read and I Loved it just as much as her. We love a good thriller/mystery!

What Waits In The Woods is a real edge our seat thriller that will keep you guessing. The author has a great catchy writting style and builds a great story with likable characters. I enjoyed her Shadowlands trilogy that she wrote under the pen name Kate Brian. So it was no surprise that I enjoyed What Waits In the Woods.

I don't really want to say much about the book for fear I might give away spoilers. If you love spooky thrillers than grab a copy of What Waits In The Woods you won't be disappointed!

The Penderwicks In Spring

by Jeanne Birdsall
The Penderwicks book 4
Random House Kids

As spring arrives on Gardam Street, there are surprises in store for each Penderwick, from neighbor Nick Geiger's expected return from the war to Batty's new dog-walking business, but her plans to use her profits to surprise her family on her eleventh birthday go astray.

Oh my I can not say enough about The Penderwicks! The Penderwicks In Spring is the first book I've read from this simply adorable series!After reading this book all that changed. My youngest and I grabbed books 1-3 at our local library and plan to read them. How on earth did I not know about this book series. Jeanne Birdsall has created a wonderful set of characters in the Penderwicks. Her books are so great, they are even better when read aloud.  Kids as well as you will laugh so hard at times, making this a treasured book that will be read again and again.

Each character is so well developed and a delight to read about. Lydia is a typical 2 year old, she is in love with all things princess and big brother Ben. She loves to be his little shadow and follow him around, guess he is her prince. Ben is a nature loving boy who isn't thrilled with Lydia being his shadow but loves her just as much. Sometimes he doesn't want a "baby" following his every step. Batty is our favorite she is just so sweet, funny and a sweetheart. Jane is wonderful and loves to indulge Lydia's princess obsession and really dotes on her. I really enjoyed Jane's character also, OK I really like all the character and the Penderwick family. Skye is another one of the teenagers that has typical teen drama (along with Jane). Skye is a bit of a fiesty girl and knows what she wants and thinks.  Rosalind is the oldest and away at college, she is heading home and just in time. Plus there is the honorary Penderwick Jeffery. He is the friend that is around all the time so it's like he is family! The Penderwick kids need some money and they just what to do. However this is the Penderwicks so things don't go as planned. 

If you are looking for a great fun series to read aloud this summer, bedtime or any time than go grab The Penderwicks In Spring. While your at it grab: 

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy

While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four young sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street 

The four Penderwick sisters are faced with the unimaginable prospect of their widowed father dating, and they hatch a plot to stop him.

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette

When the three younger Penderwick sisters go to Maine with Aunt Claire and are separated from oldest sister Rosalind for the first time in their lives, an uncertain Skye is left in charge as the OAP--oldest available Penderwick.

Make it a Penderwick summer and you will have a fun adventure filled summer full of laughter! 

thank you Random House Kids for sending us a copy of The Penderwicks In Spring. You have made us big Penderwicks fans! All thoughts and opinions are my own and were no way influenced by the free book. 

Lois Lane: A Real Work of Art and Cloudy with A Chance of Destruction {free teaser short stories}

by Gwenda Bond
Series: Lois Lane

A Real Work of Art:

In high school art class, Lois Lane demonstrates her undeniable talent . . . but not for painting.

This is an official teaser short story for the young adult novel LOIS LANE: FALLOUT that takes place before Lois moves to Metropolis.

In this first teaser short story you get to meet Lois Lane as she enters a new school. You also get to see her investigative side. This one is super short coming in at around 17 pages or so. I loved it and really wanted more. You even get to catch a glimpse of her best online buddy that lives in Smallville! I have never been a superman fan movie wise but I did really enjoy the show Smallville. So this was really fun and I love that we get to know more about Lois Lane! 

Cloudy With A Chance of Destruction

In a high school science class, Lois Lane must deal with some bad chemistry. . .

This is an official teaser short story for the young adult novel LOIS LANE: FALLOUT that takes place before Lois moves to Metropolis. FALLOUT is forthcoming from Switch Press in May 2015.

Cloudy With A Chance of Destruction gives us an even bigger glimpse into Lois Lane's high school life, along with more from that mysterious Smallville friend! This one a bit longer coming in at under 25 pages. You get to see her quick acting wits and intelligence in this short. She isn't afraid to take the fall for the team in order to divert a disaster. You also get to see how she relies on her online buddy Smallville Guy to help her figure out just what might be going down in her school 

The Lois Lane shorts are fast reads and leave you really wanting more. Lois Lane: Fallout is book 1 in the Lois Lane series. It comes out in May 1st which is just a few weeks away. Making it perfect for some summer reading. I will be at the bookstore May 1st to grab a copy. If it is anything like these wonderful teaser shorts it is going to be good! 

Want to read A Real Work of Art and Cloudy With A Chance of Destruction you can for free! Hop on over to Switch Press and download the PDF's for free. But reader beware it will cause you to want to buy the book. However I don't think that is a bad thing! Click Here and scroll down a bit, you will see the these covers that are available for download. 

thank you netgalley and Switch Press for allowing me to read these wonderful teaser shorts for the  upcoming series Lois Lane. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free books. 


by Alice Hoffman
Published by
Upper Elementary to YA

Twig, aged twelve, is practically ignored by classmates and other residents of Sidwell, Massachusetts, but gets along fine with just her mother and brother, whose presence must be kept secret, until descendants of the witch who cursed her family move in next door and want to be her friends.

Nightbird is simply magical! I've never read any books by Alice Hoffman so this was my introduction. If she writes all her books like Nightbird than I need to read more from her! 

She writes with such flair and detail that the reader is transported to Sidwell. Twig is a sweet girl that hasn't had it easy. She has had to live a life that is not a usual one. Being 12 is hard enough but made even harder when you have a family secret that can't get out.
Twig and the eccentric characters of Sidwell are fun to read about and keep the reader's attention. Nightbird is told from Twigs point of view. She is interested in her family history and the curse, and now that they are back in her families hometown maybe she can find out more. Nightbird is about friendship, family and growing up. It is also has a splash of magic fable to it. Through out the book you hear all about this pie that sounds so delicious. You will be craving Pink Apple Pie the whole time your reading and even after your done. I really wanted to try that pie and lucky for me and the readers you can since the recipe is included in the back of the book. I mean who wouldn't want to eat Pink Apple Pie! 

Nightbird was written for middle school however I really think some high school YA readers might like this one also. There is nothing in the book that would be inappropriate for upper elementary school readers (4th and 5th grade) my youngest wants tor read this and I would let her. I really think this book appeals to many readers of different ranges. It would be great for bedtime read aloud if your upper elementary school kids allow that. I know mine really just wants to read all the books herself.  

thank you Random House for allowing me to read Nightbird. This is one I'm so happy to have on my bookshelf and one I know I will read again. All thoughts and opinions are my own and no way influenced by the free book.

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