Monday, March 11, 2019

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

 By Donita K. Paul

Goodreads Blurb:
One Dragon Egg Holds the Key to the Future.

Once a slave, Kale is given the unexpected opportunity to become a servant to Paladin. Yet this young girl has much to learn about the difference between slavery and service.

A Desperate Search Begins…

A small band of Paladin’s servants rescue Kale from danger but turn her from her destination: The Hall, where she was to be trained. Feeling afraid and unprepared, Kale embarks on a perilous quest to find the meech dragon egg stolen by the foul Wizard Risto. First, she and her comrades must find Wizard Fenworth. But their journey is threatened when a key member of the party is captured, leaving the remaining companions to find Fenworth, attempt an impossible rescue, and recover the egg whose true value they have not begun to suspect…

Weaving together memorable characters, daring adventure, and a core of eternal truth, Dragonspell is a finely crafted and welcome addition to the corpus of fantasy fiction. 
Dragonspell is the first book in the DragonKeeper Chronicles series.  There are 5 total, and I was disappointed when they ended.  This is my favorite dragon series - no contest.  Kale is a wonderful character, one you will fall in love with immediately. Her dragons are adorable.  There are large dragons in this series, but Kale's are the size of kittens, and they each have magical properties and personalities.

These books can usually be found in the Christian fiction section of bookstores.  They have an amazing storyline with a powerful overall message. But even better than that, THEY ARE AWESOME!  Fun, playful, totally addictive!

If you love fantasy and dragons, this is a don't-miss series. 

Happy Monday! 

Monday, March 4, 2019

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - Nerds: M is for Mama's Boy

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

Nerds: M is for Mama's Boy 
by Michael Buckley

Goodreads Blurb:
In this second outing for the 5th grade super spies, Duncan Dewey, codename "Gluestick", is the point of view character. This time the group must fight a very unlikely villain - he still lives with his Mum. In other words, it's the NERDS against a nerd. 

Michael Buckley nailed middle grade humor in this book - big time! The super powers of the kids in book one were awesome.  Add some buck-toothed squirrels worshiping our buck-toothed hero-turned-villain and it's even more hilarious.  I found myself in awe of Michael's ability to somehow channel the imaginative energy of this age group.

After watching my son sit for hours, laughing hysterically and insisting on reading parts to his little sister, I knew I had to read this one.  All I can say wonder it's such a hit! Upper elementary  kids (esp. boys) through jr. high aged are the perfect audience for this one.  I highly recommend it!

Happy Monday!

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