Books Top 5 - September 2018
The following list contains new and years-old book releases, so that those that are starting to read can become bookworms, step by step.
Advanced readers can also choose their pick, because reading a book that is old also has its advantages. Books come with infinite knowledge, remember that!
Growing Readers, 6-8 years old.
1. Anastasia Krupnik (Anastasia Krupnik #1), by Louis Lowry. It’s release date was on November 30th, 1978 and has 113 pages.
“Anastasia's tenth year has some good things, like falling in love and really getting to know her grandmother, and some bad things, like finding out about an impending baby brother.”– Goodreads.
2. Sophie’s Lovely Locks, by Erica Pelton Villnave. It’s release date was January 1, 2014 and has 136 pages.
“Sophie McPhee loves her long locks. Curly, curly, fancy, twirly. Twirly, whirly, long, and girly. She thinks long hair is the best! Until...those long locks become a snarly, tangly mess. Ouch! Suddenly, long hair isn’t so much fun. And no matter what she does, Sophie can’t control that hair! Then Sophie comes up with the perfect solution—why not donate her hair to someone who really needs it?” – Goodreads.
3. Just Grace #1 by Charise Mericle Harper. It’s release date was April 23rd, 2007 and has 144 pages.
“Grace loves cats. She also loves taking pictures of cats and drawing Not-So Super comics. She doesn’t like Sammy Stringer, a boy in her class. She’s got lots and lots of ideas, and when her neighbor’s cat goes missing, Grace does her best to make Mrs. Luther feel less lonely. But as the mystery of the missing cat continues, Grace’s well-intentioned plan backfires, and she finds herself in a bit of trouble. Maybe, just maybe, Sammy Stringer will help her through.” – Goodreads.
4. Dance Party (Curry Capers #1) by Asha Divan. It’s release date was July 1, 2010 and has 120 pages.
“Anisha is a typical eight-year-old with typical third grade problems. Homework, chores and her little brother. Not necessarily in that order. When her parents allow her to throw a dance party for her friends at school, she couldn't be happier. Until a distrusting neighbor accuses Anisha and Arun of something they didn't do. It's up to Anisha and her friends to figure out what's really happening in the garden next door, so she can have the best dance party of her life. The Curry Capers #1 ” – Goodreads.
5. The Dyno-Mite Dog Show (The Secret Knock Club #1) by Louise Bonett-Rampersaud. It’s release date was December 18th, 2012 and has 112 pages.
“Knock. Knock. Listen up! Agnes and The Secret Knock Club are doing a community service project at The Brookside Retirement Village. But will the dog show (and canine wedding) be a success? Or a dog-gone disaster? Especially after Principal Not-Such-Joy's dog goes missing.” – Goodreads.
Tween, 9-12 years old.
1. The Mystery of Shadow Hills (Skylar Robbins #1), by Carrie Cross. It’s release date was July 30th, 2013 and has 260 pages.
“Thirteen-year-old sleuth Skylar Robbins plans to become a private detective like her grandfather. Stuck at her bullying cousin Gwendolyn’s Malibu estate for the summer, Skylar brings her fingerprinting kit, portable spy tools, and her journal for taking notes in secret code. She had no idea how dangerous the next eight weeks would prove to be.
As soon as Skylar gets to Malibu, mysterious things begin to happen. She discovers a hidden garden behind a rusted gate in Gwendolyn’s huge back yard. Her new friend Kat, who claims to be a witch, recognizes magical elements throughout the garden and declares it the perfect place to perform spells.
“We are going to grow gems.”
“Grow what?” There was no way I heard her right.
Kat’s eyes gleamed. “Gems. You know, rubies, emeralds, sapphires? Gems!”
Ignoring the rising tide, they sneak down to the beach at midnight and search three caves for magic seeds to plant in the abandoned garden. Practical Skylar didn’t believe in magic. Until their spells begin to work.
Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of Shadow Hills has been a #1 Best Seller in Children’s Detective ebooks, Children’s Fantasy & Supernatural Mystery ebooks, Children’s Sword & Sorcery Fantasy ebooks, and Children’s ebooks: Mystery & Detectives/Spies.
5 stars: Spellbinding! Review by GemTones on November 15, 2014 Fans of Nancy Drew and Harry Potter alike will love this fast-paced blend of detective action, mystery, witchcraft, and magic.” – Goodreads.
2. Slumber Party Wars, by Melanie Marks. It’s release date was July 31st, 2011 and has 200 pages.
“When twelve-year-old, Nicole, is forced to go to a new school, nothing goes right. She swallows her contacts, throws up on the boy she likes, and looks like a dork in front of Sara, the girl she wants to be friends with most. Nicole faces one horrible (but funny!) problem after another.
Then, right when Nicole is finally making friends and fitting in at her new school, a mean trick is played on a girl in her class—starting the Slumber Party Wars.
Funny 20,000-words middle-grade novel. For girls ages 9-12.
Includes The Christmas Wars story as well.
Twelve-year-old Nicole discovers she’s part of a bet involving a very cute boy! Of course, Nina wants to have that very cute boy for Christmas! And Matt wants to sock that very cute boy in the nose. (Christmas Wars is based off Melanie’s short story “The Bet” found in Middle School Crushes.)” – Goodreads.
3. This Journal Belongs To Ratchet, by Nancy J. Cavanaugh. It’s release date was January 1st, 2013 and has 320 pages.
“A debut middle grade novel about a girl named Ratchet and her quest to make a friend, save a park, and find her own definition of normal. Ratchet tells her story through the assignments in her homeschool journal.
If only getting a new life were as easy as getting a new notebook.
But it's not.
It's the first day of school for all the kids in the neighborhood. But not for me. I'm homeschooled. That means nothing new. No new book bag, no new clothes, and no friends – old or new. The best I've got is this notebook. I'm supposed to use it for my writing assignments, but my dad never checks. Here's what I'm really going to use it for:
Ratchet's Top Secret Plan
Project Goal: turn my old, recycled, freakish, friendless, motherless life into something shiny and new.
This year, I'm going make something change.” – Goodreads.
4. Chopstick (Forever Friends #1), by Sandra Byrd. It’s release date was October 1st, 2005 and has 234 pages.
“Two girls each have friends, family, and crushes pushing for them to win. But they can't both win - someone must lose and disappoint those who love them.
Paige Winsome has always been in the shadow of her athletic brother and academic sister and, as a result, is too often overlooked by her family.
Kate Kennedy, a pastor's daughter and only child, received plenty of praise and attention for her voice, but her family struggles to make ends meet and must constantly accept others' charity - and put downs.
No sooner do Paige and Kate meet and become fast friends than they discover they're both entering the same singer-songwriter competition and competing for the same $400 prize. Each girl sees this contest as an answer to her problem - for Paige to finally get the recognition she's been waiting, and for Kate, to help others financially without having to ask for handouts. Can this new friendship survive the stress of competition? After all, only one can win ...
"This book is excellent. The girls are real, and their conflicts engage the heart. A laugh-out-loud, cry-out-loud, cheer-out-loud book." Romantic Times Book Review, Top Pick, 4 1/2 stars.
If you enjoyed Chopsticks, be sure to check out Red Velvet and Daisy Chains, two more Forever Friends books also on Kindle.” – Goodreads.
5. Cross my Heart (Hidden Diary #1), by Sandra Byrd. It’s release date was May 1, 2001 and has 112 pages.
“Lucy doesn’t want to spend the coming months on Catalina Island, but when she stumbles across an old diary, things look up. Ages 11-14. Hidden Diary book 1.” – Goodreads.
Teen, 13+ years old.
1. The Bex Carter Dramadies #1: How NOT To Do High School, by Tiffany Nicole Smith. It was published on March 24, 2017
“Warning: This is what NOT to do. High school is supposed to be Bex's time to shine, but things are off to a rocky start. First, her aunt embarrasses her on her very first day of high school. Next, Bex tries out for the soccer team and inadvertently makes the team captain angry. Then there’s the struggle to keep her grades up without being sidetracked by boy drama so her aunt won't ship her off to prison (AKA boarding school). On the plus side, Bex meets a cute boy named Lucas, but there's a little voice in her head telling her that Lucas is too perfect to be true. How is Bex supposed to survive her first year of high school when she can barely make it through the first week?”– Goodreads.
2. Marrying a Cowboy (A Fake Marriage Series #1), by Anne-Marie Meyer. It was published on March 11th, 2017 and it has 182 pages.
“Emma George seems destined to be the perpetual bridesmaid. Out of her five friends, she's the surviving single gal and her one potential groom dumped her on her birthday a year ago. Now at the mercy of every do-gooder matchmaker, she's starting to think that love isn't ever going to find her. Alone at her best friend’s wedding, she reaches a point where she will do just about anything to get some relief from those who think that the only way to happiness is through marriage.
Austin Maverick thought that he was finally going to get married to fulfill his grandmother's stipulation that he must be wed to inherit his grandfather's ranch. But when his romantic weekend in Las Vegas turned into a broken heart, he decided that love wasn't going to be a requirement for marriage anymore. Now a groomsman in his old friend's wedding, he reunites with Emma and concocts an idea. A fake marriage between the two of them would be beneficial for both.
After a quick wedding at the courthouse, they fly to Austin’s Montana ranch. What starts out as a mutually advantageous trip turns into something more. Feelings emerge and neither Emma nor Austin can figure out if the other one is genuine or just playing the part of a fake spouse. When Austin's grandmother arrives and starts poking holes in their lie, they must decide if what they feel is real or if it's all just an act.” – Goodreads.
3. Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars #1), by Sara Shepard. It was published on October 1st, 2006 and has 286 pages.
“Three years ago, Alison disappeared after a slumber party, not to be seen since. Her friends at the elite Pennsylvania school mourned her, but they also breathed secret sighs of relief. Each of them guarded a secret that only Alison had known. Now they have other dirty little secrets, secrets that could sink them in their gossip-hungry world. When each of them begins receiving anonymous emails and text messages, panic sets in. Are they being betrayed by someone in their circle? Worse yet: Is Alison back? A strong launch for a suspenseful series.” – Goodreads.
4. Sinful Cinderella (Dark Fairy Tale Queen #1), by Anita Valle. It was published on September 30th, 2015 and has 156 pages.
“And you thought the stepsisters were wicked.... I'm not who they think I am. A docile girl who meekly obeys her stepmother and stepsisters. Some kind of sick angel who cheerfully bears their mistreatment. That's what I WANT them to think. Because then they won't suspect what I'm really up to.
The ball, the prince - it's all part of my plan to come out on top. Stepmother and her demented daughters will pay for every floor I have scoured, every sneer I have borne. They don't know about the white magic, how I use it to enhance myself. They can't see that my heart is black as midnight, rotten as a poisoned apple.
They're about to find out.” – Goodreads.
5. Girl Online (Girl Online #1), by Zoe Zugg. It was published on November 25th, 2014 and has 352 pages.
“I had no idea GirlOnline would take off the way it has - I can't believe I now have 5432 followers, thanks so much! - and the thought of opening up to you all about this is terrifying, but here goes... Penny has a secret.
Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family - and the panic attacks she's suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love - and capturing every moment of it on her blog.
But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny's cover - and her closest friendship – forever.” – Goodreads.
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