Review: If The Shoe Fits (Whatever After #2)

Title: If the Shoe Fits (Whatever After #2) 
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Once upon a time my brother and I found a magic mirror…

Tonight the mirror swept us into Cinderella’s fairy tale. Now, we are NOT messing this story up. No way. Cinderella is going to marry her prince just like she’s supposed to.

Uh-oh.

Cinderella broke her foot, and there’s massive swelling. The glass slipper won’t fit, the prince won’t know she’s the one for him, and they won’t live happily ever after. And it’s all our fault!

To save the day we’ll need to:
– Learn how to use a dustpan
– Stay out of jail
– Find Cinderella a job
– Make sure true love finds its way

We just have to get it all done before the clock strikes twelve and the chance for a happy ending is gone . . . forever! 

Review:

Abby and Jonah return to the fairytale world in this second book in the series. Instead of going back to Snow White’s world, they enter Cinderella’s story.

Cinderella’s story changes when they enter it, just like Snow White’s did in the first story. Abby and Jonah have to fix the story so that Cinderella still gets her happy ending. However, she learns how to be independent along the way. This story gives an important message: that the princess doesn’t need a prince to save her at the end. She can make her own happy ending.

I loved this book and I’m so excited to read the rest of the series!

What to read next:

Sink Or Swim (Whatever After #3) by Sarah Mlynowski

Bras and Broomsticks (Magic in Manhattan #1) by Sarah Mlynowski

Have you read If the Shoe Fits (Whatever After #2)? What did you think of it?

Review: DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 1: Finals Crisis

Title: DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 1: Finals Crisis
Author: Shea Fontana
Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel
Publisher: DC Comics
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: July 12, 2016
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Class is in session! Welcome to DC Super Hero High! 

It was the night before finals and the student body is hard at work… and nothing is going right! Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Harley Quinn, Batgirl and their friends are learning to become heroes, but no one knew the trials that awaited them. In the first original graphic novel from the DC Super Hero Girls line, meet the students of Superhero High School as they find out that fun, friendship and hard work are all parts of growing up! 

Review:

This is a great graphic novel. 

The girls have to complete their final exams in this book. However, a villain started capturing them, leading up to their exams. Each of the girls disappear, and it is up to one of their friends to come and save them. 

I loved how each of the super hero girls had their own section in the story. Some of the other novels just focus on one at a time, but each girl had her own part in this one. My favourite girl, Harley Quinn, even had her own special part at the end. 

This is a cute story for middle grade readers. 

What to read next:

DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 2: Hits and Myths by Shea Fontana

DC Super Hero Girls: Date with Disaster! by Shea Fontana

Have you read DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 1: Finals Crisis? What did you think of it?

Review: Fairest of All (Whatever After #1)

Title: Fairest of All (Whatever After #1)
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The first installment of Sarah Mylowski’s New York Timesbestselling series!

Be the bravest of them all . . . 


Once upon a time my brother and I were normal kids. The next minute? The mirror in our basement slurped us up and magically transported us inside Snow White’s fairy tale. 

I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true.

But hey — we’re heroes! We stopped Snow White from eating the poisoned apple. Hooray! Or not. If Snow White doesn’t die, she won’t get to meet her prince. And then she won’t get her happy ending. Oops. 

Now it’s up to us to:
– Avoid getting poisoned
– Sneak into a castle
– Fix Snow White’s story

But Snow White’s REAL happy ending might not be quite what we expected . . . 

Review:

I was so excited to read this series. I’ve always loved retellings of fairytales. The girl who I babysit has recommended the Whatever After series for years, and when I found out what it was about, I was dying to read it. In the series, Abby and Jonah enter fairytales through a magical mirror in their house, but something always goes wrong in the story. They have to find a way to fix the fairytale so the main character still gets a happy ending. 

This story is based on Snow White. When Abby and Jonah arrive in the fairytale land, they prevent Snow from eating the poisoned apple from the wicked witch. This means that she does not die and Prince Charming cannot save her with a kiss. The kids have to find a way to fix the story in a unique way. 

This is a great series! I love the way Sarah Mlynowski writes. Everything moves at a fast pace. Even though the series is written for a middle grade audience, I really enjoyed the story! I’m excited to read the rest of the series!

What to read next:

If the Shoe Fits (Whatever After #2) by Sarah Mlynowski

Upside-Down Magic (Upside-Down Magic #1) by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Miracle, and Emily Jenkins

Have you read Fairest of All? What did you think of it?

Review: Sunny Side Up

Title: Sunny Side Up
Author: Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel
Publisher: Graphix
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Sunny Lewin has been packed off to Florida to live with her grandfather for the summer. At first she thought Florida might be fun — it is the home of Disney World, after all. But the place where Gramps lives is no amusement park. It’s full of . . . old people. Really old people.

Luckily, Sunny isn’t the only kid around. She meets Buzz, a boy who is completely obsessed with comic books, and soon they’re having adventures of their own: facing off against golfball-eating alligators, runaway cats, and mysteriously disappearing neighbors. But the question remains — why is Sunny down in Florida in the first place? The answer lies in a family secret that won’t be secret to Sunny much longer. . . 

Review:

This graphic novel deals with important issues that children’s books don’t usually address. 

Sunny was sent to stay with her grandfather for the summer while her family faced some problems at home. The story flashes between Sunny’s time with her grandfather and her past at home. During the chapters at her home, her older brother becomes friends with some bad people. He starts drinking and using drugs, which escalates out of control. 

There were some funny parts in the story too. Sunny stayed with her grandfather at his retirement residence in Florida, so she had to get used to living there. She had to carry a visitor’s pass at all times because of the strict rules at the residence, and they went out for the early bird dinners at restaurants. 

I really liked the way the story flashed between the two time periods. At first, I found it a little confusing, but at the end it all made sense. The ending revealed the reason that Sunny was sent to her grandfather for the summer. 

This is a great story for children who may have to face these serious issues.

What to read next:

Swing it, Sunny by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Have you read Sunny Side Up? What did you think of it?

Review: The Thief and the Sword (Cleopatra in Space #2)

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Title: The Thief and the Sword (Cleopatra in Space #2)
Author: Mike Maihack
Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Source: Library
Format: ebook
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Cleopatra’s space adventure in the REALLY far future continues!

When a mysterious thief steals the ancient sword Cleo recovered in Cleopatra In Space, Book One: Target Practice, Cleo is determined to get it back, but her teachers at Yasiro Academy forbid her from risking her life. Stuck at school, Cleo is having a hard time adjusting to her newfound popularity and responsibility. And when she learns more about the prophecy that names her the savior of the galaxy and the time tablets that could decide her fate, she must go on a dangerous journey to find them before they can fall into the wrong hands.

Review:

There were loads of Egyptian references in this second book in the Cleopatra in Space series. I loved it when I recognized something from ancient Egypt. The way that the ancient figures appear in this futuristic story were great! There was even a new character who was very important to the real Cleopatra.

There was also lots of action. It was a quick read because many of the pages were taken up by chase scenes which filled multiple frames at once. I wish there had been more dialogue because that would have added more to the story than just the images.

I can’t wait to read the next book. This one ended with the possibility of Cleopatra returning to her time, so I’m not sure what will happen next.

What to read next:

  • Secret of the Time Tablets (Cleopatra in Space #3) by Mike Maihack

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  • Secret Coders (Secret Coders #1) by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes

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Have you read The Thief and the Sword? What did you think of it?

Review: Father Christmas and Me (Christmas #3)

Title: Father Christmas and Me (Christmas #3)
Author: Matt Haig
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Publisher: Canongate Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: ebook
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

It isn’t always easy, growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas.

For one thing, Elf School can be annoying when you have to sing Christmas songs everyday – even in July – and when you fail all your toy-making tests. Also it can get very, very cold.

But when the jealous Easter Bunny and his rabbit army launch an attack to stop Christmas, it’s up to Amelia, her new family and the elves to keep Christmas alive. Before it’s too late . . .

Review:

This is another amazing Christmas story from Matt Haig! There were funny parts and sad parts. I don’t normally like reading sad stories, especially sad Christmas stories. Many of them seem to pull on your heartstrings. The sad parts of this story were resolved, so I wasn’t left feeling down. I liked the addition of the Easter Bunny in this story. He isn’t the loving bunny that he usually is in stories. Instead he was more of an evil dictator. That was an amusing twist on the holiday story. I also love the Truth Pixie who appeared in this story. She’s so funny because she can only tell the truth and she must answer all questions. I really enjoyed this book! This is a great series for the holidays!

What to read next:

The Truth Pixie by Matt Haig

Have you read Father Christmas and Me? What did you think of it?

Review: El Deafo

Title: El Deafo
Author: Cece Bell
Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel
Publisher: Amulet Books
Source: Library
Format: ebook
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece’s class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends. 

Then Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom, but anywhere her teacher is in school–in the hallway…in the teacher’s lounge…in the bathroom! This is power. Maybe even superpower! Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, Listener for All. But the funny thing about being a superhero is that it’s just another way of feeling different… and lonely. Can Cece channel her powers into finding the thing she wants most, a true friend?

This funny perceptive graphic novel memoir about growing up hearing impaired is also an unforgettable book about growing up, and all the super and super embarrassing moments along the way.

Review:

This is an amazing book! This book is based on the life of the author, Cece, who lost her hearing as a child due to an illness. Hearing is something that a lot of people take for granted (I know I do) so this book was a huge eye opener. There are many different types of hearing loss, and different ways to cope with it. I felt so many different emotions while reading this book. The beginning was sad, because Cece had trouble adjusting to her hearing loss. She felt self conscious about her hearing aids. However, I loved the ending. It was so comforting. I highly recommend this book for kids and adults.

What to read next:

Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L.Holm, Matthew Holm

Have you read El Deafo? What did you think of it?