Hello everybody! Today was my second full day of online school and distance learning, so I’m just really getting used to that. Anyways, right now I have a really fun Top Ten Tuesday post, so I’m going to get right into it! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl where there is a topic and you make a list that best fits that topic! This week’s topic is Books I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About!
all covers are from and link to Goodreads
A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd
Introducing an extraordinary new voice—a magical debut that will make your skin tingle, your eyes glisten . . .and your heart sing.
Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away. Twelve-year-old Felicity knows all about things like that; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heart.
But when she arrives in Midnight Gulch, Felicity thinks her luck’s about to change. A “word collector,” Felicity sees words everywhere—shining above strangers, tucked into church eves, and tangled up her dog’s floppy ears—but Midnight Gulch is the first place she’s ever seen the word “home.” And then there’s Jonah, a mysterious, spiky-haired do-gooder who shimmers with words Felicity’s never seen before, words that make Felicity’s heart beat a little faster.
Felicity wants to stay in Midnight Gulch more than anything, but first, she’ll need to figure out how to bring back the magic, breaking the spell that’s been cast over the town . . . and her mother’s broken heart.
I never talk about A Snicker of Magic, but it is an amazing, mysterious middle grade book, and you should all go read it right now.
Fish in a Tree, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”
Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.
Fish in a Tree, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt is an incredible book. That all of you need to go read right now. Okay? Go read it. Then read the rest of this post.
Flora & Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo
It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry—and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart.
From #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an exciting new format—a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black-and-white by up-and-coming artist K. G. Campbell.
This book deserves every good thing that has ever been said about it, and if you haven’t heard any of those amazing things, then read on. This book will make you laugh, and laugh, and laugh, then, you will finally get a breath in, after so many laughs. And then, you’ll read another paragraph, and you’ll laugh again. This book has a great plot, with fantastic characters, and the most hilarious writing and dialogue. So click on the book cover and add it to your TBR, because I’m not kidding: you will enjoy it SO MUCH!
The Candymakers, by Wendy Mass
Four children have been chosen to compete in a national competition to find the tastiest confection in the country. Who will invent a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Lightning Chew?
Logan, the Candymaker’s son, who can detect the color of chocolate by touch alone?
Miles, the boy who is allergic to merry-go-rounds and the color pink?
Daisy, the cheerful girl who can lift a fifty-pound lump of taffy like it’s a feather?
Or Philip, the suit-and-tie wearing boy who’s always scribbling in a secret notebook?
This sweet, charming, and cleverly crafted story, told from each contestant’s perspective, is filled with mystery, friendship, and juicy revelations.
Wendy Mass is one of my all time favorite authors, and I love all of her books. The Candymakers is no exception. This book was so well written, and made me so hungry for candy! I also loved the different perspectives. It’s not technically told from different points of view, but follows the different characters, and sort of retells the story three times from whats happening to the different main characters. It’s kind of complicated. But amazing, and really fun to read.
The Wolf Wilder, by Katherine Rundell
Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora’s mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans.
When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves.
I finished this book at the end of December, and I loved it so much, and I really planned to write a review, and talk about it, and I never really had the time. But now, I will tell you about it. The Wolf Wilder is a heartwarming book about the bravery and dedication of a girl named Feodora. Oh, and the wolves. The wolves, the wolves, the wolves. I really don’t know how to describe how amazing all
I really don’t know how to describe how amazing all these books are, but I can at least start by telling you about them, and doing my best to try to get you to read them!