Age-o-Meter: 8-12

Mothman’s Curse

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Mothman’s Curse

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ   Mothman’s Curse By Christine Hayes Illustrated by James Hindle Published by Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Ages 8 – 12 Josie may live in the most haunted town in America, but the only strange thing she ever sees is the parade of oddball customers that comes through her family’s auction house each week. But when she and her brothers discover a Polaroid camera that prints pictures of the ghost of local recluse John Goodrich, they are drawn into a mystery dating back over a hundred years. A desperate spirit, cursed jewelry, natural...

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Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella

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Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella

SNATCH A STORY   Close your eyes and listen to the awesome opening to Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella (Tyme #2):   First hear from Ella….   …and then from Serge.   THE WICKED READ   Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella (Tyme #2) By Megan Morrison Series: Tyme Book Published by  Scholastic, Inc. ISBN-13: 9780545642712 Audiobook Published by Scholastic Audio Narrated by Susan Hanfield & Ramon de Ocampo Age Range: 8 – 12 Years Ella Coach has one wish: revolution. Her mother died working in a sweatshop, and Ella wants every laborer in the...

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Rules for Ghosting

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 5

Rules for Ghosting

SNATCH A STORY   Scene from the middle grade novel Rules for Ghosting (Chapter 10): Wiley the Ghosterminator flipped the switch and beamed at Oliver. “There, you see these numbers? Right around here—mid-forties—that’s average. Normal, non-haunted atmosphere. But look at that needle—see it rise? Great gadzooks! I haven’t seen such a reading in—well, in quite a while, I assure you.” Wiley’s eyes bulged and Oliver leaned over to watch as the needle climbed up, and up, and up. Finally it hovered near the very top of the narrow screen. “These numbers are astronomical. I would say there’s a...

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Like Magic

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 1

Like Magic

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ   Like Magic By Elaine Vickers Spot Illustrations by Sara Not Published by HarperCollins Publishers ISBN-13: 9780062414311 Ages: 8 – 12 Years This sweet middle grade novel featuring a diverse cast of characters proves that friendship can be just around the corner. For three ten-year-old girls, their once simple worlds are starting to feel too big. Painfully shy Grace dreads starting fifth grade now that her best friend has moved away. Jada hopes she’ll stop feeling so alone if she finds the mother who left years ago. And Malia fears the...

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Pieces and Players

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 3

Pieces and Players

SNATCH A STORY   Close your eyes and listen to the artsy opening to Pieces and Players:     THE WICKED READ   Pieces and Players By Blue Balliett Book Published by Scholastic, Inc. ISBN-13: 9780545299916 Audiobook Published by Scholastic Audio Narrated by Bahni Turpin Age Range: 8 – 12 Years THE PIECES Thirteen extremely valuable pieces of art have been stolen from one of the most secretive museums in the world. A Vermeer has vanished. A Manet is missing. And nobody has any idea where they and the other eleven artworks might be . . . or who might have stolen them....

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Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 3

Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures

SNATCH A STORY   Close your eyes and listen to the magical opening to Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures:     THE WICKED READ   Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures By Maggie Stiefvater & Jackson Pearce Book Published by Scholastic, Inc. ISBN-13: 9780545709262 Audiobook Published by Scholastic Audio Narrated byCassandra Morris & Peter McGowan Age Range: 8 – 12 Years Here’s a list of things Pip Bartlett can talk to: —Unicorns —Miniature Silky Griffins —Bitterflunks Basically, all magical creatures Here’s a list of things...

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