Monday, December 16, 2019

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - I Survived

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

I Survived Series
 by Lauren Tarshis

This series is a huge hit with middle graders, especially boys. As a bonus, the stories are non-fiction, which is an often overlooked and under-appreciated genre for younger readers.

At the school book fair this year, I let my son choose only one book (too close to Christmas), and he chose Shark Attack of 1916. He already has The Titanic one and is begging for more books in this series.

I highly recommend these ones, folks!!

 Happy Monday!

Monday, December 9, 2019

MMGM The White Assassin

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

The White Assassin
by Hilary Wagner

Book II in the Nightshade Chronicles begins three years after Juniper and his rebel band of rats liberate the Catacombs and defeat their oppressors.

A sense of peace has settled over Nightshade City, but it is a false one. Billycan, the white assassin, has been found. Deep in the southern swamps, he now rules a primitive horde of savage swamp rats eager to overrun Nightshade City and claim it for their king. With the help of an ancient colony of bats and an uneasy alliance with the swamp snakes, Juniper and his Council set out to thwart Billycan’s plans. When an old secret is revealed—one so shocking it shakes both Billycan and Juniper to the core—the fate of Nightshade City and the life of Juniper’s only son depend on Juniper’s decision: should he help his mortal enemy? The past resurfaces with devastating impact in this exciting sequel to Nightshade City, a dark tale of intrigue, deception, and betrayal.

The reviews for The White Assassin are wonderful, and that's because the story is freaking fantastic! My three kids and I ALL loved Nightshade City. I didn't think Hilary could top it, but she did. The White Assassin is even better!

I have decided that Hilary is the master of evil villains--Billycan is right up there at the top when it comes to evil characters. What's fascinating, though, is that I can't help but love him as a character, even while I hate him. 

I said this when I reviewed Nightshade City, and I'll say it again now: This series is destined to become a classic.  Move over, Rats of Nimh, because here comes Hilary Wagner!

Happy Monday!

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