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The 65-Story Treehouse

The 65-Story Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
Feiwel & Friends, 2017
Source: My Own Bookshelf
Audience: Children, Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
New York Times bestselling author Andy Griffiths invites readers to come hang out with him and his friend Terry in their 65-Story Treehouse-the fifth book in the illustrated middle-grade series filled with Andy and Terry's signature slapstick humor!

Andy and Terry live in a 65-Story Treehouse. (It used to be 52 stories, but they keep expanding.) It has a pet-grooming salon, a birthday room where it's always your birthday (even when it's not), a room full of exploding eyeballs, a lollipop shop, a quicksand pit, an ant farm, and a time machine...which is going to be really, reallyuseful now, since Terry messed up (again) and the treehouse just FAILED it's safety inspection.

Join Andy and Terry on a whirlwind trip through time as they try to stop the treehouse from being demolished!


A “Story Treehouse” book AND time travel! Sign me up!
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Spinning

Spinning
Tillie Walden
Roaring Book Press, 2017
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Poignant and captivating, Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden's powerful graphic memoir, Spinning, captures what it's like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know.

It was the same every morning. Wake up, grab the ice skates, and head to the rink while the world was still dark.

Weekends were spent in glitter and tights at competitions. Perform. Smile. And do it again.

She was good. She won. And she hated it.

For ten years, figure skating was Tillie Walden's life. She woke before dawn for morning lessons, went straight to group practice after school, and spent weekends competing at ice rinks across the state. It was a central piece of her identity, her safe haven from the stress of school, bullies, and family. But over time, as she switched schools, got into art, and fell in love with her first girlfriend, she began to qu…

Knife’s Edge

Knife’s Edge
Hope Larson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017
Source: Library
Audience: Children, All Teens

From Goodreads:
At the end of Compass South, twins Cleo and Alex were been reunited with their father, Mr. Dodge, on the ship Anita after a battle with the pirate Worley. Now, Cleo explains to Dodge and Alex that the pocket knife and pocket watch they have are keys to a treasure. So begins Knife's Edge, the second installment in Hope Larson's Four Points series—another high-speed story of treasure, family, and of course adventure on the high seas.

Hope Larson’s books are DELIGHTFUL. Knife’s Edge did not disappoint. It was full of action and drama. Watching the characters develop is interesting, too. The only downside of the Four Points books specifically is that they are so SHORT. I can’t wait to read the next book. I’ll have to reread 1&2 to hold me over.

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King
Ben Hatke
First Second, 2017
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Older Children, Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
Like a bolt from the blue, Jack's little sister Maddy is gone—carried into another realm by an ogre.

When Jack and Lilly follow Maddy’s captor through the portal, they are ready for anything . . . except what they find waiting for them in the floating crossroads between worlds. Even the power of their magic plants may not be enough to get them back to earth alive.


Reluctant readers will love Mighty Jack and the Goblin King. It’s 80% action, 20% dialogue and story. However, it does pick up right where Mighty Jack left off (from what I can tell - because I forgot EVERYTHING that happened in Mighty Jack.) I loved the girl power in this book and the ending was fun. I can’t wait to see what will happen next! (And I’ll reread books one and two before I read three!)

Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska John Green Speak, 2006 Audience: Older Teens Source: My Own Bookshelf
From Goodreads: Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same.

Looking for Alaska was much different than what I was expecting. Personally, I could tell that it was Green’s first novel. And it won a Printz award! Can you imagine? Also, I totally understood why it is banned so of…

Song of the Current

Song of the Current
Sarah Tolcser
Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2017
Source: My Own Bookshelf
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sar…

Fish Girl

Fish Girl
Donna Jo Napoli
Clarion Books, 2017
Audience: Children, All Teens
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Who is Fish Girl?
What is Fish Girl?


She lives in a tank in a boardwalk aquarium. She is the main attraction, though visitors never get more than a glimpse of her.

She has a tail. She can't walk. She can't speak.

But she can make friends with Livia, an ordinary girl, and yearn for a life that includes yoga and pizza. She can grow stronger and braver. With determination, a touch of magic, and the help of a loyal octopus, she can do anything.


I was intrigued by the storyline of Fish Girl. Also, I know that I saw a recommendation for it somewhere, and that’s why I put it on hold. Overall, I was underwhelmed by it. It seemed like a story that had been told before - similar to The Little Mermaid and Splash in some ways. In others, it was subtly dark and creepy. As far as the art, it wasn’t my favorite, but I didn’t hate it either. It fit the book, but didn’t really add to it.