Cass, a survivalist, is approached by Max-Ernest, a stand-up comedian and magician, while looking for toxic waste one day on the playground. While at first they are wary of each other, they soon team up to solve a mystery of a missing magician, a secret, a strange box called "The Symphony of Smells", rotting eggs, two mysterious people, and a journal. This is a great beginning to my one of my favorite series, although I'm not supposed to say that it's good, otherwise people might read it! It was a little spooky at times, but overall this is an awesome book. The author is hilarious, the illustrations are great, and pretty much all of his books have at least one interactive activity hidden inside. If someone randomly walked up to me and asked me to recommend a great book, this would be the one!
I love this book! Basically, Matilda, a very intelligent 5-year old, has been hated by her parents from the moment she was born. They both think she is dumb, useless, and reads far too much while she should be watching TV. When she finally is enrolled in school, she encounters her pleasant teacher, Miss Honey, who realizes her intelligence and tries to inform her parents, but she also encounters Agatha Trunchbull, her dangerous headmistress who hates children. When she gets angry one day at Miss Trunchbull, she discovers a hidden talent she didn't know she had. And when she is invited to Miss Honey's house, she uncovers her nice teacher's horrible past. With her newfound talent, she tries to heal a wound that's been open for ages...
This is an awesome book that I'd definitely recommend to people who like a taste of mystery and paranormalness in their books. Love it!
This book was not the best ever, but was okay. Basically, Alex and Conner, two twins, recieve a book from their grandmother entitled "The Land of Stories". It's been in their family for years, and they are hesitant to take it, but eventually they do. That night the book starts humming in Alex's bedroom. She begins experimenting with it and soon falls through the book, with Conner close behind her. They discover a land of the fairytales they grew up with, complete with princesses and kingdoms. But they can't find a way back. They set out to find all the items of "The Wishing Spell" , a spell that requires you to collect different items to grant any wish you like. They set out to find these items, all over the new world they've discovered. Along the way they'll meet an oversized talking frog, goblins, trolls, the Little Mermaid, and lots of other classic fairytale characters, some of which haven't quite lived "Happily Ever After" like the books say. But there's a notorious queen that you've probably heard of yourself who also wants to use the Wishing Spell. It can only be used twice, and it's been used once before... This book is a real thriller and good for people who like twists on fairytales, but I felt that the main characters were getting far too lucky, discovering some wishing spell items completely by accident in a chain of linked events. It was a bit like a "That's Good, That's Bad" story to me. They would do something that you were sure they were going to die doing, but then it would actually be really good because they'd find an item. Overall, I probably wouldn't recommend this to a friend.
This is a great book about young people dreaming up impossible candies and then bringing them into the world in a contest to be the best candy. But one of the contestants' father is plotting against the candy company and has made a deal with his son: if he makes the best candy, his father will not destroy the candy company. Not every contestant is entering the contest to win, and there are surprising connections between the contestants. Will the company survive? Only time - and candy judges - will tell. This book has cool twists and turns, a mystery, and a big reveal that changes everything. Thumbs up!