Quick Pick- The Tell-Tale Start

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Title:  The Tell-Tale Start (The Misadventures of Edgar & Allan Poe, #1)

Author:  Gordon McAlpine

Illustrator:  Sam Zuppardi

Characteristics:  Mystery, Series Fiction, Spooky/Scary

For:  4-6 graders

Edgar and Allen are the orphaned great great great great grand nephews of the famous Edgar Allen Poe and, like their uncle, their creative minds are interested in all things odd, dark, grim, and spooky. Their love for the peculiar is not all they share however, the boys have a unique trait that their uncle was never able to possess.

Edgar and Allen share a strange cerebral connection through which they are able to share thoughts, experiences, knowledge, and ideas without communicating to one another! This incredible bond has caught the attention of an evil and dastardly scientist, Professor Perry, who plots to kidnap the boys and murder one of them. The Professor hopes that the boys’ special connection won’t be severed even in death and believes this connection will allow him to talk to the dead!

From up above old Uncle Edgar carefully watches the plot unfold as the scientist hatch his evil plans. He works to warn the boys by sending a series of secret messages to the twins on posters, license plates, even through fortune cookie fortunes! Will Uncle Poe’s messages save the day or will they put the boys in harm’s way?

First in the series “The Misadventures of Edgar & Allan Poe”.

This review appeared on the Prince William Public Library system’s Goodreads page as well.  Check out more of my and other great reviews there.


Quick Pick- Leroy Ninker Saddles Up

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Title: Leroy Ninker Saddles up
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Illustrator: Chris Van Drusen
Characteristics: Humor, Adventure, Fast paced storytelling
For: 1st/2nd grade

I always love reading anything by DiCamillo. She has a sneaky way of throwing vocabulary at a reader and commanding attention throughout each and every one of her books. This latest book tells the story of Leroy Ninker who wants nothing more than to become a great Cowboy. Ninker, a drive through movie theatre operator, is inspired one day to take the first step towards finally making his dream come true. The first thing he must do? Find a horse of course! Shenanigans ensue from the moment Ninker meets old Maybelline, the horse that runs on compliments and lots of grub. This is an enchanting book about the obstacles you encounter when following your dreams and it encourages children by illustrating that, if you stay determined and don’t give up, chances are quite good you’ll make your wish come true. I would recommend this book to readers just venturing into the world of chapter books. This book appears to be the first in a new series. -Kati B.