• Fred Patten Reviews The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School Author: Kim Newman Publisher: Titan Books ISBN-10: 1-7811-6572-6 ISBN-13: 978-1-7811-6572-0 Disclosure: A free copy of this book was furnished by the publisher for review, but providing a copy did not guarantee a review. This information is provided per the regulations of the Federal Trade Commission. The cover makes this […] Fred Patten No responses April 11, 2017
  • Fred Patten Reviews Theodore Roberts & the Key to the Imaginary Door Theodore Roberts & the Key to The Imaginary Door Author:  J. R. Robinson Publisher:  London Publishing/Outskirts Press ISBN-10:  0-5781-5413-7 ISBN-13:  978-0-5781-5413-8 Disclosure:  A free copy of this book was furnished by the publisher for review, but providing a copy did not guarantee a review. This information is provided per the regulations of the Federal Trade […] Fred Patten No responses August 18, 2015
  • Fred Patten Reviews Woof Woof Author: Spencer Quinn Publisher: Scholastic Press ISBN-10: 0-545-64331-7 ISBN-13: 978-0-545-64331-3 Spencer Quinn (real name: Peter Abrahams) started the New York Times-bestselling “Chet and Bernie” humorous mystery series for Atria Books in 2009, up to eight mostly-annual books currently. They are narrated by Chet, the canine partner of Bernie Little, the human half of the […] Fred Patten No responses August 11, 2015
  • Children’s Books Roundup for 7/28/2012 The grandkids and I have been doing a lot of reading this summer and we have some recommendations for you from our Random House Children’s Books stack. We’re great fans of RHCB because of the great writing, print quality and storytelling. Some of them are new books from favorite authors and others are completely new […] Gina Ruiz No responses July 28, 2012
  • RIP Donald J. Sobol Did you grow up reading Encyclopedia Brown books?  I did.  I was in love with those books and always learned so much.  I was deeply saddened today when I heard the news that Donald J. Sobol, the author of those wonderful books of my childhood, had passed away on Wednesday at age 87.  He will […] Gina Ruiz No responses July 16, 2012
  • Pigmares: Porcine Poems of the Silver Screen Pigmares: Porcine Poems of the Silver Screen Author/Illustrator: Doug Cushman Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN-10: 1580894011 ISBN-13: 978-1580894012 My granddaughter Jasmine collects what she calls “Piglit”, or books about pigs. She’s amassed quite a collection over the years of everything from Babe the Gallant Pig, to Charlotte’s Web and everything in between. Pigmares was a must have […] Gina Ruiz No responses July 1, 2012
  • Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen Oliva Bean, Trivia Queen Author: Donna Gephart Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (March 13, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0385740522 ISBN-13: 978-0385740524 I received this book for review about a month ago, and while it took me only an afternoon to read it, it took me a whole month to pry it out of my […] Gina Ruiz No responses May 1, 2012
  • Giveaway! THE EXTRAORDINARY EDUCATION OF NICHOLAS BENEDICT The Mysterious Benedict Society series has received a combined five starred reviews, and has sold over 1.5 million copies. But long before the adventures of The Mysterious Benedict Society series’ foursome – Reynie, Kate, Sticky and Constance – there was a brilliant young boy named Nicholas Benedict with his own problems, his own unusual friends, and […] Gina Ruiz No responses April 14, 2012
  • Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything   Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything Author: Lenore Look Illustrator: Anne Wilsdorf Publisher: Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books ISBN-10: 0689864604 ISBN-13: 978-0689864605 In this utterly charming sequel to Ruby Lu, Brave and True, Ruby’s life gets really exciting. Ruby’s cousin Flying Duck has just arrived from China with her parents and not only is Ruby’s family speaking […] Gina Ruiz No responses June 15, 2007
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society The Mysterious Benedict Society Author: Trenton Lee Stewart Illustrator: Carson Ellis Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers ISBN-10: 0316057770 ISBN-13: 978-0316057776 When orphaned and lonely Reynie Muldoon answers a recruitment ad for “gifted children looking for special opportunities,” he finds himself smack dab in the midst of a highly secretive and dangerous adventure. He […] Gina Ruiz No responses June 10, 2007
  • Penny from Heaven Penny from Heaven Author: Jennifer Holm Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers ISBN-10: 037583687X ISBN-13: 978-0375836879 Penny from Heaven is the story of 12-year old Penny Falucci, an Italian-American girl growing up in the 1950’a. Her father has died under mysterious circumstances when Penny was very little. She and her mother live with her […] Gina Ruiz No responses April 11, 2007
  • The Lighthouse Land The Lighthouse Land Author: Adrian McKinty Publisher: Amulet Books ISBN-10: 081095480X ISBN-13: 978-0810954809 Jamie O’Neill and his mother have it rough. Jamie’s lost his arm to bone cancer and since the amputation isn’t speaking. His parents divorced while he was sick and now he and his mother live in a leaky apartment in Harlem. Things […] Gina Ruiz No responses April 8, 2007