Scare-o-Meter: 7

Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 7

Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath

SNATCH A STORY   An Excerpt from Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath   Newly arrived in London, 12-year-old Hyacinth accidentally unleashes glowing water from her bathroom sink. She mops up most of it, but a single drop escapes. And then things get really weird… Somebody started knocking loudly on the front door. They called out, “Postman. Sign for a parcel?” Well, actually, they said, “Possssstman. Sssssign for a parsssssel?” I though the way they stretched out the Ss was a little weird – but Lady Roslyn seemed to find it much worse. “The Saltpetre Men!” she cried out. “They’ve found...

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The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 7

The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ   The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy By Nikki Loftin Published by Razorbill ISBN: 978-1595146281 Age Range 8-12 years When Lorelei’s old school mysteriously burns down, a new one appears practically overnight: Splendid Academy. Rock-climbing walls on the playground and golden bowls of candy on every desk? Gourmet meals in the cafeteria, served by waiters? Optional homework and two recess periods a day? It’s every kids’ dream. But Lorelei and her new friend Andrew are pretty sure it’s too good to be true....

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