Invasion of the Overworld – Mark Cheverton – #1
Gameknight999 , Video Game / July 1, 2019

Gameknight999 loved Minecraft, but above all else he loved to grief–to intentionally ruin the gaming experience for other users. When one of his father’s inventions teleports him into the game, Gameknight is forced to live out a real-life adventure inside a digital world. What will happen if he’s killed? Will he respawn? Die in real life? Stuck in the game, Gameknight discovers Minecraft’s best-kept secret, something not even the game’s programmers realize: the creatures within the game are alive! He will have to stay one step ahead of the sharp claws of zombies and pointed fangs of spiders, but he’ll also have to learn to make friends and work as part of a team to have any chance of surviving the Minecraft war his arrival has started. This action-packed tribute to the worldwide computer game phenomenon is a runaway publishing smash and the perfect companion for Minecraft fans of all ages. (Description taken from the book: Invasion of the Overworld. Story — Violence/Scariness — Some Minecraft violence, there are zombies skeletons and giant spiders (but are made out of blocks). Language — Gameknight trolls some people in Minecraft and gets called butthead and you suck, suck and idiot is said…

Keeper of the Lost Cities – Shannon Messenger – #1

Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She is a Telepath, and has a unique ability to hear the thoughts of everyone around her–something that she’s never known how to explain, and has made her an outcast, even in her own family. But everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers there’s a somewhere she does belong, and staying where she is will put her in grave danger. In the blink of an eye, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a place that is vastly different from her own. Sophie has new rules and skills to learn, and not everyone is thrilled with her “homecoming.” There are secrets buried deep in Sophie’s memory, secrets that other people desperately want. Would even kill for… (Description taken from the book: Keeper of the Lost Cities. Story — Violence/Scariness — Elves kidnap a girl and a boy, a girl gets tortured for information with fire (not very bad), a boy gets shot with a weapon, some mild injuries. Language — Yeti pee is mentioned for medication purposes. Sex/Love — Some crushes and blushing. Drugs/Alcohol…

The Littles – John Peterson – #1

The Littles are very small people. An inch is close to a foot to them. They live in a house with the Biggs. The Biggs don’t know about them and the Littles are content with that. Only, the Biggs are going on vacation! But some messy, unorganized people move in until they get back. The mess brings mice and the mice make them get a cat. No Little has been friends with a cat before. Will they befriend it… or fight it? Story — Violence/Scariness — The Littles fight off mice with bows and swords. Language — A character asks if some is an idiot. Sex/Love — N/A Drugs/Alcohol — N/A Other Info Title — The Littles Author — John Peterson Series — The Littles Book in Series — #1 Pages — 80 Publishing Date — 1967 Publisher — Scholastic Inc. How to Get The Littles — Amazon-TheLittles *The more stars the better.

One Smart Cookie (Hally) – Susan Cappadonia Love – #1

Can a tiny piece of paper tucked inside a fortune cookie really predict what the future holds? Just ask Hally. She has plenty of experience in the fortune cookie department. Every year on the night before the very first day of school, Hally and her best friend go with their families to the Lucky Wow Restaurant. And every year the words on Hally’s fortunes spell trouble. But Hally is 100% absolutely sure, no-doubt-about-it-positive that fourth grade is going to be her best year yet. That is, until she cracks open the cookie and reads: Things Aren’t Always What They Seem. Which makes her nervous, since “things” were just too good to be true. Suddenly she’s faced with her worst fear. Her best friend is jealous of Hally’s surprising new friend (and you won’t believe who it is). And if she doesn’t get a good grade on an impossibly hard assignment, she won’t be going on the school field trip (SOS!). “Things” are going from bad to worse. Is this how the cookie crumbles? Or is good fortune in her future? (Description taken from the book: One Smart Cookie. Story — Violence/Scariness — N/A Language — Some name calling. Sex/Love —…

Sleepover Sleuths – Carolyn Keene – #1

Nancy and her two best friends, George and Bess, are so excited! They have been invited to Deirdre’s sleepover party! There will be pizza, cake, and even a pajama fashion show. But the most exciting thing is that the party has a City Girls doll theme. All of the guests are bringing their dolls with them! But then Deirdre’s City Girls doll–Hollywood Heather–goes missing. Is her sleepover ruined? Or is there a detective in the room who can make sense of this mystery? (Description taken from the book: Sleepover Sleuths. Story — Violence/Scariness — N/A Language — Characters say Omigosh twice, there are a couple arguments, someone says put a sock in it, Cassidy calls a character a meanie. Sex/Love — N/A Drugs/Alcohol — N/A Other Info Title — Sleepover Sleuths Author — Carolyn Keene Series — Nancy Drew and The Clue Crew Book in Series — #1 Pages — 82 Publishing Date — 2006 Publisher — Simon & Schuster Inc. How to Get Sleepover Sleuths — Amazon-SleepoverSleuths *The more stars the better. d

Mr. Tucket – Gary Paulsen – #1

Fourteen-year-old Francis is heading west in a wagon train on the Oregon Trail when he is kidnapped by Pawnees. His adventures during the two years he spends searching for his family teach him how to live by the harsh code of the wilderness–and give readers an exciting panoramic vision of the West at a time of settlement and war with Mexico. (Description taken and edited from the book: Mr. Tucket. Story — Violence/Scariness — Some mild injuries, there is hunting and skinning animals, some killing and attacking, a man is going to scalp an Indian. Language — N/A Sex/Love — N/A Drugs/Alcohol — N/A Other Info Title — Mr. Tucket Author — Gary Paulsen Series — Tucket’s Adventures Book in Series — #1 Pages — 166 Publishing Date — 1994 Publisher — Penguin Random House How to Get Mr. Tucket — Amazon-Mr.Tucket *The more stars the better.

Stranded – Jeff Probst & Chris Tebbetts – #1

A family vacation becomes a test of survival. It was supposed to be a vacation–and a chance to get to know each other better. But when a massive storm sets in without warning, four kids are shipwrecked alone on a rocky jungle island in the middle of the South Pacific. No adults. No instructions. Nobody to rely on but themselves. Can they make it home alive? A week ago, the biggest challenge Vanessa, Buzz, Carter, and Jane had was learning to live as a new blended family. Now the four siblings must find a way to work together if they’re going to make it off the island. But first they’ve got to learn to survive one another. (Description taken from the book: Stranded. Story — Violence/Scariness — Kids are shipwrecked, kids survive a violent storm while on a boat, two adults get separated from the ship but survive. Language — N/A Sex/Love — N/A Drugs/Alcohol — N/A Other Info Title — Stranded Author — Jeff Probst & Chris Tebbetts Series — Stranded Book in Series — #1 Pages — 176 Publishing Date — 2013 Publisher — Puffin Books How to Get Stranded — Amazon-Stranded *The more stars the better.

Click’d – Tamara Ireland Stone – #1
Click'd , Realistic Fiction / April 29, 2019

Allie Navarro can’t wait to show her best friends the app she built at CodeGirls summer camp. Click’d pairs users based on common interests and sends them on a fun (and occasionally rule-breaking) scavenger hunt to find each other. And it’s a hit. By the second day of school, everyone is talking about Click’d. Watching her app go viral is amazing. Leaderboards are filling up! Everyone’s making new friends. And with all the data Allie is collecting, she has an even better shot at beating her archenemy, Nathan, at the upcoming youth coding competition. But when Allie discovers a glitch that threatens to expose everyone’s secrets, she has to figure out how to make things right, even if that means sharing the computer lab with Nathan. Can Allie fix her app, stop it from doing any more damage, and win back the friends it hurt–all before she steps onstage to present Click’d to the judges? (Description taken from the book: Click’d. Story — Violence/Scariness — N/A Language — Some yelling. Sex/Love — Some crushes, a secret crush gets revealed, there is a picture of someone in their underwear (not a picture in the book, just mentions one). Drugs/Alcohol — N/A…

Mars Evacuees – Sophia McDougall – #1
Mars Evacuees , Science Fiction / April 23, 2019

The fact that someone had decided that I would be safer on Mars, where you could still only sort of breathe the air, and sort of not get sunburned to death, was a sign that the war with the aliens was not going fantastically well. I was worried that I was about to be told that my mother’s spacefighter had been shot down, so when I found out that I was being evacuated to Mars, I was pretty calm. And, despite everything that happened to me and my friends afterward, I’d do it all again. Because until you have been chased by invisible aliens, befriended a robot goldfish, and tried to save the galaxy, I don’t think you can say that you’ve really lived. If the same thing happens to you, here’s my advice: always carry duct tape. (Description taken from the book: Mars Evacuees. Story — Violence — Some mild injuries, a broken arm, there is a war against aliens, people fight when all the adults leave, there are dead alien bodies. Language — Characters say damn, hell, bloody, shut up, God, Christ, and bastard throughout the book. Sex/Love — Kids talk about how aliens have five sexes and…

The Hypnotists – Gordon Korman – #1
Fiction , The Hypnotists / April 22, 2019

Is it a gift… or is it a curse? Jax Opus can use his color-changing eyes to make people do things they don’t want to do. (Only his color-blind best friend, Tommy, seems immune.) At first, Jax doesn’t know what he’s doing — temporarily hypnotizing friends, foes, and strangers. But then his power pushes things way too far, and his secret isn’t a secret any longer. Soon Jax finds himself meeting Dr. Elias Mako, who wants him to join a special institution that will teach him how to use his powers. But what will his powers be used for? That’s the big question for Jax as his hypnotic abilities draw him into a conspiracy that will have him racing against time and a mysterious mastermind to save his best friend, his parents, and the entire United States. (Description taken from the book: The Hypnotists. Story — Violence — A man tries to jump off a bridge but Jax hypnotizes him to not (may have been a set-up), two adults are hypnotized to jump in front of a train but are stopped, a kid is hypnotized to jump off a railing that was very high up but is saved. Language —…