Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry: Book Review

October 1st, 2017 by

walls-within-wallsA few weeks ago, I shared a list of books full of puzzles and riddles. Well, I have a new addition to that list: Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry.

The mystery begins when the Smithfork family moves from Brooklyn to Manhattan and the three kids (CJ, Brid, and Patrick) discover a strange painting. But it’s not inside their apartment — it’s on an original wall that still stands BEHIND the walls of their new home. Get it? Walls within walls!

Soon the siblings are sucked into an intriguing adventure as they try to track down a treasure supposedly hidden by their apartment’s original owner and never found. Along the way, they encounter multiple puzzles and coded messages — not to mention some unusual neighbors and a shadowy man who brings the threat of danger to their quest.

As a New Yorker, I especially loved following the Smithforks’ journey around the city during their treasure hunt. Through serendipity, I actually happened to read a scene where they visit the main New York Public Library as I was riding the subway to that very same place! But even if you’ve never been to New York City, I think you’ll still enjoy the very specific setting of the story. For those of you who don’t live here, reading this book will be like taking a brief trip to the city yourself!

Obviously, I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books with lots of codes and riddles. But I also suggest the book to fans of history- and art-related mysteries like From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Chasing Vermeer, and Under the Egg.

And if you’re still not sure whether this is the book for you, check out these reviews from other Kidsmomo readers like you!

Do you have a favorite mystery book to recommend? Share it in the comments below!

— Karen

Karen wouldn’t mind exploring NYC in pursuit of a lost treasure — as long as it’s not too hot. No amount of moolah is worth sweating in the humid New York summer!

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I Spy a Silhouette… on a Book Cover!

September 25th, 2017 by

I love studying the artwork on book covers, and a theme I’ve noticed popping up once in a while is silhouettes: book characters represented by just a shape against the background.

The decision by publishers and/or authors to do this is sometimes very smart because it allows readers of all backgrounds to potentially identify with the book characters, and it often makes the book cover iconic. After all, most of us know who these guys are:

Check out some of my favorite book covers featuring silhouetted characters:

 

Do you have a style of book cover that you like a lot? Let me know in the comments below!

— Nancy

Nancy has a really big head, so if she were ever represented in silhouette, her head would look like… a watermelon.

Okay, that’s probably too harsh. She’d be a cantaloupe.

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Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer: Book Review

September 19th, 2017 by

unusual-chickens-for-the-exceptional-poultry-farmerRecently, I recommended Moo by Sharon Creech, which is about a city family that moves to the country and the kids get involved in caring for the cows on the farm. Well, this is another book about a city family moving to the country and the kid gets involved with caring for the animals on the farm — but this time it’s chickens. And also, as you might have guessed from the book title, these are not your typical chickens.

In Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones, Sophie and her family inherit her Great-Uncle Jim’s land and everything that goes along with it. At first Sophie doesn’t realize this includes chickens, but then they start showing up one by one. And each chicken exhibits quite a peculiar (and sometimes alarming) skill.

Sophie is no chicken expert, especially when it comes to unusual chickens. So she turns to a nearby farm for advice — and what she learns is almost more confusing than the chickens’ behavior!

For example, why does the mailman think it’s strange that she keeps sending letters to this particular farm? And why does a neighbor keep sneaking around their property? I don’t want to spoil the mystery that unfolds over the course of this story, so I won’t say any more — but all will be revealed by the end of the book!

If you enjoyed Moo, I would definitely recommend this book for a different twist on the city-slicker-in-the-country theme. I’d also suggest this book if you like kind of wacky stories like Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money by Christopher Paul Curtis and A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup.

Do YOU have any pets or know any animals with remarkable skills? Tell us in the comments!

— Karen

Despite wishing for a dog as a kid, Karen has only ever had one pet, and it was a fish. Unsurprisingly, the fish did not have any particular talents worth mentioning.

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Five Books for This Fall

September 14th, 2017 by

School’s back in session, so I know you’re busy busy busy! You’ve got homework to finish, friends to catch up with, lockers to decorate… But in addition to the books assigned by your teacher, don’t forget to find time to read for FUN!

Here are some awesome new releases to add to your to-read pile, with descriptions from the publishers:

#1. Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone

Allie Navarro can’t wait to show her best friends the app she built at CodeGirls summer camp. Click’d pairs users based on common interests and sends them on a fun (and occasionally rule-breaking) scavenger hunt to find each other. And it’s a hit. By the second day of school, everyone is talking about Click’d.

Watching her app go viral is amazing. Leaderboards are filling up! Everyone’s making new friends. And with all the data Allie is collecting, she has an even better shot at beating her archenemy, Nathan, at the upcoming youth coding competition. But when Allie discovers a glitch that threatens to expose everyone’s secrets, she has to figure out how to make things right, even if that means sharing the computer lab with Nathan. Can Allie fix her app, stop it from doing any more damage, and win back the friends it hurt — all before she steps on stage to present Click’d to the judges?

2. Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. And when her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven moves with them across the country knowing that she’ll have to answer the question over and over again.

Her new life takes an unexpected turn when she bonds with Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of his own disability, and they discover a room at Stagecoach Pass that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined. It’s hard to solve a mystery, help a friend, and face your worst fears. But Aven’s about to discover she can do it all… even without arms.

#3. Littler Women: a modern retelling by Laura Schaefer

The March sisters encounter new friends, challenges, school dances, and more in this fresh, modern retelling of the perennial classic, Little Women.

Thirteen-year-old Meg March and her sisters Jo (12), Beth (10), and Amy (9) are a close-knit group who share in one another’s hopes and dreams, as well as struggles and frustrations. Over the course of one year they get to know their neighbors the Lawrences, attend school dances and sleepovers, have first crushes, and grow closer as sisters despite their differences.

#4. The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente

Inside a small Yorkshire parsonage, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë have invented a game called Glass Town, where their toy soldiers fight Napoleon and no one dies. This make-believe land helps the four escape from a harsh reality: Charlotte and Emily are being sent away to a dangerous boarding school, a school they might not return from. But on this Beastliest Day, the day Anne and Branwell walk their sisters to the train station, something incredible happens: The train whisks them all away to a real Glass Town, and the children trade the moors for a wonderland all their own.

This is their Glass Town, exactly like they envisioned it… almost. They certainly never gave Napoleon a fire-breathing porcelain rooster instead of a horse. And their soldiers can die; wars are fought over the potion that raises the dead, a potion Anne would very much like to bring back to England. But when Anne and Branwell are kidnapped, Charlotte and Emily must find a way to save their siblings. Can two English girls stand against Napoleon’s armies, especially now that he has a new weapon from the real world? And if he escapes Glass Town, will England ever be safe again?

5. The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, 800-year-old Alastor isn’t exactly the forgiving type.

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose — to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts to trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his afterlife without a side of eternal servitude, thanks. But with the help of his long-lost uncle, Barnabas, and his daughter, Nell, a witch-in-training, it seems like Prosper has at least a fighting chance of ridding himself of Alastor before the demon escapes and wreaks havoc on his family.

Little does Prosper know, the malefactor’s control over his body grows stronger with each passing night and there’s a lot Alastor isn’t telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host.


Okay, just kidding! I couldn’t help myself and must recommend another one (but “Six Books for This Fall” isn’t as cool of a title). Plus, we’re a fan of Cassie Beasley on Kidsmomo!

#6. Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley

When the red moon rises over the heart of the Okefenokee swamp, legend says that the mysterious golden gator Munch will grant good luck to the poor soul foolish enough to face him.

But in 1817, when TWO fools reach him at the same time, the night’s fate is split. With disastrous consequences for both… and their descendants. Half of the descendants have great fates, and the other half have terrible ones.

Now, Tumble Wilson and Blue Montgomery are determined to fix their ancestors’ mistakes and banish the bad luck that’s followed them around for all of their lives. They’re going to face Munch the gator themselves, and they’re going to reclaim their destinies.

But what if the legend of Munch is nothing but a legend, after all?

Are you as excited about any of these books as I am? Leave a comment below!

— Nancy

Nancy has been reading grown-up books lately, but her reading list is getting revamped with these new releases!

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Summer Book Recommendations from YOU

September 3rd, 2017 by

Labor Day is right around the corner, marking the unofficial end of the summer. You may already be back at school, or else you’re about to start. No matter what, now that it’s September, it’s time to say goodbye to picnics, beach days, popsicles by the pool, fireworks in the park, and s’mores at sleep-away camp…

No no no, don’t cry! I personally love fall — the pumpkin spices, the crisp weather, the beautiful leaves, the hot apple cider… Autumn is actually my favorite season! But I understand there’s a certain allure to summer, and that’s why I always enjoy a good summer book — any time of year!

Luckily, you Kidsmomo readers have recommended a lot of wonderful summertime stories on our website. So if you’re like me and you’re looking to make the season last a little longer, check out these suggestions from kid reviewers like you:

sand-dollar-summer-kimberly-k-jonesSand Dollar Summer by Kimberly K. Jones
Recommended by Hahaha me, Age 11 from Maine

“Sand Dollar Summer is short and funny, but serious at the same time. I think the best part of the book is that there is no other book with the same theme. Think about it — there are SO many books about a kid moving to another town or state, or about a kid who needs to win the little league baseball championships. How many books have a car crash, a brother how doesn’t speak, the beach and lobsters in it all together? One. So read it!”
Read the full review.

penderwicks_jeanne_birdsallThe Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Recommended by Liana, Age 10 from New York

“I LOVED this book!! It is one of those books you can’t put down and get hooked on to. This book is about four girls, a dog, their father, and a boy they meet at Arundel where they are going for vacation. There is a little romance, a few adventures, and a little bit of a sad ending.”
Read another review for the book, from Elizabeth, Age 10 from New Hampshire.

SummerlostSummerlost by Allie Condie
Recommended by Ellie, Age 12 from New York

“A girl named Cedar moved to a new town for the summer about a year after her brother Ben (who had autism) and her dad had died. … One night when Cedar woke up she found weird trinkets on her windowsill she had no clue who left them. Read to find out who was leaving the items and how Cedar found herself again.”
Read the full review.

lawn-boy-gary-paulsen-book-reviewLawn Boy by Gary Paulsen
Reviewed by Jameson, Age 12 from New York

“This book is about a boy who mows lawns and makes a lot of money and does some funny things with that money like buying a house on a lake…”
Read all reviews for this book.

umbrella-summer_lisa-graffUmbrella Summer by Lisa Graff
Recommended by Olivia, Age 11 from Rhode Island

“This fiction book is about a girl named Annie and her Summer adventures. She frets about getting diseases, searches the ‘haunted house’ on her street, and misses her passed brother. Will Annie get over her fear of sickness? What will she find in the ‘haunted house’? You’ll have to read and find out.”
Read all reviews for this book.

roller girl_victoria jamiesonRoller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Reviewed by Joyce, Age 10 from Connecticut

“The main character is Astrid and she loses two best friends. One of her best friend is Zoey and the other one is Nicole. Astrid loses Nicole because Nicole goes to a ballet camp and Astrid is going to roller derby camp. … It is a VERY good book! I love it so much! Be sure to read it!”
Read all reviews for this book.

Kinda Like Brothers by Coe BoothKinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth
Reviewed by Alana, Age 11 from Connecticut

“Jarrett goes to a summer school in the Center to try and pass the sixth grade. Since Jarrett’s mother is a foster mother, she takes in a baby girl and she also has to take the baby’s brother. When Jarrett finds out that the baby’s brother is older than he is, what is his reaction towards it?”
Read all reviews for this book.

My Summer of Pink and GreenMy Summer In Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald
Reviewed by Nancy, Age 13 from New York

“This book is a really good book. I was so surprised at the end when…… Something happened and it was so cool.”
 
Read all reviews for this book.

Do YOU have any summer book recommendations? Share your suggestions in the comments below!

— Karen

You know another thing Karen loves about fall? Wearing pants instead of skirts, dresses, and shorts! Yeah, she’s weird…

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Dog Day Books

August 30th, 2017 by

dogsNational Dog Day was last weekend, on August 26th, so we must celebrate with a good old-fashioned barklist! Oops. I mean, booklist.

Like many Rovers and Spots out in the world, I did some digging and retrieved our Books About Dogs booklist — but doggone it, it’s been eight years since we made that list, so I’ve added some more suggestions!

Check out these pawesome books featuring dogs:

  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Wolfling by Sterling North
  • Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
  • Henry and Ribsy by Beverly Cleary
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • A Dog’s Life by Ann M. Martin
  • The Good Dog by Avi
  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
  • Pet Trouble series by T.T. Sutherland
  • Hank the Cowdog series by John R. Erickson
  • Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties by Dav Pilkey
  • The Survivors series by Erin Hunter
  • A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
  • Maxi’s Secrets (Or, What You Can Learn from a Dog) by Lynn Plourde
  • Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

If you have a favorite book featuring a puppy, leave a comment below!

— Nancy

Nancy loves dogs, but is super allergic, so she’ll just have to make do with hugging her fictional puppies instead. 🎵 sad trombone 🎵

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Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson: Book Review

August 20th, 2017 by

phoebe-and-her-unicornI have to admit, I’m a total sucker for trends. And right now, unicorns are all the rage. You’ve got unicorn drinks at Starbucks, unicorn horn hairbands, unicorn lamps and mugs and pool floaties and… pretty much everything else! I totally dig it.

But actually, I think unicorns have always been beloved. I remember playing with unicorn toys when I was a kid (aka a million gazillion years ago). And author/illustrator Dana Simpson has been publishing her comic strip, Phoebe and Her Unicorn, since 2012 — way before the current wave of unicorn mania.

Luckily for us, the comic strips are also published in some handy dandy books — sometimes called the Heavenly Nostrils series! Why that name? Well, it becomes obvious when you meet Marigold Heavenly Nostrils:

marigold-gocomics

Yep, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils is a unicorn — and she’s best friend to a 9-year-old human girl named Phoebe. How did this happen? Check out this video, which explains how they met and became BFFs:

Based on that video, I think you can tell how funny and delightful these books are! Phoebe is a bit awkward and a bit anxious, but she’s also high-spirited and always up for adventure. Marigold is haughty and vain, but also a caring and supportive friend. Together, these two besties make a pretty hilarious duo as they get into all kinds of hijinks.

And I love all the humorous insights into the unicorn world — for example, did you know that unicorns use a “Shield of Boringness” so that humans don’t totally freak out when they meet a unicorn? (In the book, Marigold finally allows for a “Shield of Eyebrow-Raising Novelty” to impress Phoebe’s parents.)

There are currently five books in the series:

  1. Phoebe and Her Unicorn
  2. Unicorn on a Roll
  3. Unicorn vs. Goblins
  4. Razzle Dazzle Unicorn
  5. Unicorn Crossing

The next book, Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm, comes out in October!

If you’re still not sure whether this series is for you, then check out the online comic strip. I think that once you spend some time with Phoebe and her unicorn, you’ll want to join them for even more adventures!

Now here’s my question for you: If a unicorn offered to grant you any wish in the world, what would you wish for? Leave a comment with your answer!

— Karen

Karen’s wish would either be world peace or a free lifetime supply of sushi.

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Binny for Short by Hilary McKay: Book Review

August 13th, 2017 by

I am SO GLAD I randomly discovered Binny for Short by Hilary McKay when I was browsing the library one day. In fact, the whole 3-book series was on the bookshelf and all of the book flap descriptions sounded really intriguing… but I restrained myself by checking out just the first book in the Binny series. (It’s a known fact that it’s kind of uncool to hoard books from the library, but we all solemnly nod in acceptance if you’ve done it. It’s okay. We all give into the call of the pile-o’-books once in a while.)

Binny, short for Belinda, was 8 years old when her father suddenly passed away. Life before that was idyllic: Binny Cornwallis had her mom, her dad, her older sister Clem, her little brother James, and Max, the most perfect dog in the world.

After Binny’s father dies, the Cornwallis family is left with very little money and has to move from their house into a cramped apartment. Max is sent first to Binny’s grandmother’s home, and then to live with her grandmother’s sister: the hateful Aunt Violet, who gives Max away without first telling Binny. When Aunt Violet herself passes away, she leaves Binny her cluttered, rundown house by the sea — but it’s still bigger than a cramped apartment — so the Cornwallis family moves in with Aunt Violet’s ghost.

Oh, just kidding… This isn’t a ghost story! Or is it?! Binny feels like Aunt Violet is haunting the house, so she spends as much time as possible out and about in town: helping Kate, who runs the local cafe, or the gorgeous Liam, who drives a seal-watching boat. She makes friends enemies (but really, friends) with Gareth, the boy vacationing next door. But even after so many years, she still hasn’t forgotten her dog, Max.

Binny for Short is a little slow-paced at the beginning, but I love feeling like I hung out with Binny all throughout her summer vacation. Hilary McKay describes the characters so perfectly in their own way: Clem could have easily been my orderly older sister, and James my imaginative younger brother. And best of all, I wanted to be friends with Binny. I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequels, Binny in Secret and Binny Bewitched!

Binny for Short is great summer vacation book for fans of the Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall or Summerlost by Ally Condie. The book was not just a lovely introduction to the series and the characters; there are two important plot lines in the book that eventually intersect. The story slowly unfolds over the chapters, with a very satisfying ending. I don’t want to spoil any more for potential readers, so you’ll just have to find a copy and read it for yourselves!

— Nancy

Nancy was camping in a seaside town when she finished reading Binny for Short; she highly recommends matching the book you’re reading to the setting you’re actually in, if possible.

Booklist: Experience an Escape Room, Kidlit Style

August 7th, 2017 by

The other day, my friend told me that he and his family did three escape rooms in one week. Seriously, dude loves puzzles.

Not familiar with escape rooms? They’re theme rooms where you solve a series of puzzles in order to figure out how to exit the room — usually within an hour time limit. You participate in teams, so it’s a fun activity for a family or a group of friends.

I got to thinking… If I had my own escape room company, I’d make all the rooms based on different children’s books where the storyline revolves around characters solving puzzles and putting together clues. In my opinion, reading these brain-teasing books and playing along is like experiencing an escape room!

So check out these puzzle-centric books packed with even more riddles, codes, and drama than you’d find in a real-world escape room (official descriptions from the book publishers/authors):

puzzling-world-of-winston-breen-book-reviewThe Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Erin Berlin

Winston Breen says the only thing better than discovering a puzzle is stumping someone else with it. But when his sister uncovers mysterious strips of wood with words and letters on them, even Winston himself is stumped. Soon the whole family (and some friends) are caught up in the mystery and off on a scavenger hunt that just may lead to a ring worth thousands of dollars! Chock-full of puzzles to solve, some tied to the mystery and some not, this treasure hunt will keep readers’ brains teased right up to the exciting ending!

the-gollywhopper-gamesThe Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman

Gil Goodson’s future happiness depends on winning Golly Toy and Game Company’s ultimate competition. If Gil wins, his dad has promised the family can move away from all the gossip, false friends, and bad press that have plagued them ever since The Incident.

Gil has been studying, training, and preparing for months, and once he makes it through the tricky preliminary rounds and meets his teammates, the competition gets tougher. Brainteasers, obstacle courses, mazes, and increasingly difficult puzzles and decisions — not to mention temptations, dilemmas, and new friends (and enemies) — are all that separate Gil from ultimate victory. Does Gil have what it takes to win? Do you?

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Kyle Keeley is the class clown and a huge fan of all games — board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the construction of the new town library. Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot as one of 12 kids invited for an overnight sleepover in the library, hosted by Mr. Lemoncello and riddled with lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors stay locked. Kyle and the other kids must solve every clue and figure out every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route!

Floors_Patrick-CarmanFloors by Patrick Carman

Charlie had his chocolate factory. Stanley Yelnats had his holes. Leo has the wacky, amazing Whippet Hotel. The Whippet Hotel is a strange place full of strange and mysterious people. Each floor has its own quirks and secrets. Ten-year-old Leo Fillmore should know most of them; he is the maintenance man’s son, after all. But a whole lot more mystery gets thrown his way when a series of cryptic boxes are left for him… boxes that lead him to hidden floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances. Leo had better be quick on his feet, because the fate of the building he loves is at stake… and so is Leo’s own future!

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

A bizarre chain of events begins when 16 unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger — and a possible murderer — to inherit his vast fortune, one thing’s for sure: Sam Westing may be dead… but that won’t stop him from playing one last game!

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

For 12-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it’s the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold himself, and might contain the only copy of his mysterious new game.

Racing against time, Emily and James rush from clue to clue, desperate to figure out the secret at the heart of Griswold’s new game ― before those who attacked Griswold come after them too.

spiderweb-for-twoSpiderweb for Two by Elizabeth Enright

Randy and Oliver Melendy awake one fall morning full of gloom. Their brother and sister are away, the house seems forlorn and empty, and even Cuffy, their adored housekeeper, can’t pick up their spirits. Will they have to face a long and lonely winter? But a surprise message in the mailbox starts a trail of excitement and adventure that takes them through the cold season. When summer finally comes around again, the children have found 14 messages in all, and the end of the search brings them a rich reward.

 

I’m pretty sure the characters in these books would kick major butt in an escape room — and I’d love to solve puzzles and decipher clues alongside them, or at least pretend to be in their world for an hour if I could. So… who’s going to fund my new escape room business? 🙂

Leave a comment if you have an escape room idea or a book recommendation I didn’t include here!

— Karen

Karen’s actually never done an escape room — but she would if there were some based on these books!

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New Book-to-Movie Trailers

August 1st, 2017 by

Alert: Your summer vacation may be half over. For those of you in certain school districts, it might be soon over! How have you been spending your time away from the classroom? At the beach, camping, or activity-filled day camps? Are you making new friends at summer school? Or enjoying the air conditioning and the thousands of amazing free books in your local library?

No matter how you’ve been spending your vacation, take a break from your break, ’cause you’re gonna want to see these movie trailers and teasers for upcoming book-to-movie adaptations!

Wonderstruck

Based on the novel by Brian Selznick

The Breadwinner

Based on the novel by Deborah Ellis, of which we have 101 book reviews from You(th)!

A Wrinkle in Time

Based on the novel by Madeleine L’Engle

Bonus: Ferdinand

This animated movie adaptation is based on the picture book The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, which you may have read when you were younger — it looks fun!

Bad news: We’re going to have to wait months for these movies.

Good news: The videos above for A Wrinkle in Time and Wonderstruck were just teasers, so we’ll be treated to more movie footage soon.

Even better news: You can read all of these books and submit a book review to Kidsmomo while waiting for them to hit the silver screen!

— Nancy

Nancy wants to call out another excellent trailer for A Wrinkle in Time — this one with perhaps just a wee less production budget:

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