Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday's Riddle: Can You Dig It?

Hello, Riddlers! Can you guess our theme this week? The DMS recently uncovered a very mysterious one in the case of the Talking Library. ; ) ~ F

At the bottom, you are low; up is how you must go. You may fall in and feel stuck or it could be a spot of luck. Dig it deep, then you'll see- inside out is where you'll be.

What am I referring to? Stop by Wednesday for the answer! 

I gave you a clue from the DMS's adventures in the Talking Library! 

Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library!
Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson
Illustrations by David SanAngelo
Book 2: Fairday Morrow Series
Middle grade mystery
Age range: 8 years and up
Grade level: 3 and up
Publish Date: October 23rd, 2017
Publisher: Willow Press 

Pre- order available!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Can a Wild Robot Find Their Place?

"We're a strange family. But I kind of like it that way." ~Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Five boxes of robots crash into an island after a terrible storm. Only one remains intact. The robot, Roz, emerges. Roz does not know where she is or what she should do, but she begins trying to communicate with the animals. Unfortunately they think she's a monster and they're scared or try to attack her. Roz pays attention and learns the language of the animals. She tries to make friends with them. When an accident leaves her with a gosling that is about to hatch she knows she must do everything in her power to protect the little life. This is how Roz becomes a mother. In her quest to do what she can to give her new son, Brightbill, the best life- she begins to work with the other animals. Still, the rumors of her being a monster follow her. Roz watches Brightbill as he grows up and she connects with other mothers who are raising kids. After her son flies south for the winter Roz and the other animals experience the worst winter on record. It's a time of change in the forest, including the lodges Roz builds for the animals to keep them alive and warm. The island animals grow closer. Spring comes and the birds fly back. The celebration is cut short by robots that have come to reclaim Roz and take her back to the factory where she came from. She does not want to go and the other animals will need to decide if they let her go or if they protect her. Will Roz have to leave the only life she has ever known? Is there a way to stop the “recon” robots who are trying to capture her? You’ll find the answers in this book about a world both different and similar to the one we live in.

Wild Robot by Peter Brown was a very unique book. I really had no idea what to expect when I picked it up, and I was pleasantly surprised by the story. I instantly liked Roz, and my heart went out to her as she tried to make friends with the animals on the island.  She is so kind and only wants to help others, but the animals resist her because she is different. The way Roz was treated makes you think about how ridiculous it is to judge anyone because of the way they look. Instead, actions speak louder than words or looks! One of my favorite parts about the story is the relationship between Roz and her son. When others judge their family for being different, they have a wonderful discussion about what family means. I think anyone from 3rd grade and up should read this book. It is a reminder to be kind and to give people a chance. If we all decided to help others, the world would be a kinder place. I have recently learned this is the first in a series- so I will be on the lookout for the next one soon.

Has anyone else read Wild Robot?  Or have you read another book by Peter Brown?  I would love to hear your thoughts on this one.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Answer to Monday's Riddle: Roving Robots...

Excellent guessing, Riddlers! Lizzy's review will compute on Friday, so stay tuned! See you all around the book block. ; ) ~ F

Controlled by forces outside of myself, when I'm off I sit on a shelf. Switch it up, and I'll do my task, calculating odds in a faux mask. My goal is to serve what I don't know. I can only relate to that which I sew. Instructions are given, then I proceed. I do not compute emotional need. 

What am I? Answer: Robot! 

Fairday's Riddles: Volume I 
Make time to riddle and rhyme!

62 original riddles and illustrations
Available in all e-book formats

Follow along with Fairday and friends as the mystery unwinds.

Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library
Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson
Illustrated by David SanAngelo
Publish Date: October 23, 2017
Publisher: Willow Press
ISBN#: 978-0-9993449-0-3
Hardcover Price: $15.99 + tax

Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday's Riddle: Wired To Do...

Hello, Riddlers! Can you guess our theme? Some look very real! ; ) ~ F

Controlled by forces outside of myself, when I'm off I sit on a shelf. Switch it up, and I'll do my task, calculating odds in a faux mask. My goal is to serve what I don't know. I can only relate to that which I sew. Instructions are given, then I proceed. I do not compute emotional need. 

What am I? Stop by Wednesday for the answer!

I gave you a clue!


Friday, September 8, 2017

What's Under the Egg?

Up until recently, thirteen-year-old Theodora Tenpenny lived with her mother and grandfather in a Greenwich Village house, which has been in their family for generations. Since Theo’s mom has been trapped in her own mind trying to solve a math equation (for years), Theo spends most of her time with her grandfather, Jack. When she arrives home to her grandfather being taken away in an ambulance he tells Theo to look “under the egg”. She knew where the egg was, after all, each day they put the best egg from their chickens in a bowl on the mantle underneath the painting of an egg her grandfather had done.  But, Theo can’t seem to find anything else there. What did Jack want her to find? Money is tight now that she is in charge of the family finances, and she does her best to spend as little as possible. After rubbing alcohol is spilled on the painting of the egg an oil painting is discovered underneath. Theo starts trying to find out where it came from and if it is worth anything. Along the way she meets Bodhi, who is in the city because her famous parents are on location. They become fast friends and work on the mystery together. Did Theo’s grandfather steal the painting from the Metropolitan Museum of Art where he worked as a security guard? Is it even an original painting? Will the painting be able to provide enough money for Theo and her mom to get back on their feet and keep their house/?  Read this unique mystery to find out about friendship, art, and the power of knowledge.

I didn’t know much about Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitgerald when I picked it up- only that it was up for a few awards. I wasn’t expecting an art mystery! Theo and Bodhi had unique personalities and I could relate to both of them in different ways. I liked that Theo was able to make a dollar stretch and that Body was so good at research. Before reading this book I didn’t know much about the Italian artist, Raphael. I learned a ton! I enjoyed the way Theo and Body worked on the mystery because they had divided up some tasks and worked on others together. It was also interesting how much Theo learned about her grandfather and World War II during her research.  I wished she could have had the chance to talk to her grandpa again. I recommend this book to anyone from fifth grade through eighth grade. I also think that adults and older kids will be captivated by this fast paced story. A book that will be a favorite of fans of Chasing Vermeer and The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

Has anyone else read Under the Egg? Or have you read another book by Laura Marx Fitzgerald? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Reading!