Monthly Archives: December 2014

Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly

I previously included a brief review of this one in my “Five Great Reads for Middle Grade Readers” but here is a more thorough review.

From the first time Mary sees the boy floating up above the trees at her cousin’s birthday party, she is awestruck. Of course, it’s a strange occurrence, and while the adults and press are trying to explain it all away, Mary is set on finding out more about the boy.

When her younger brother begins floating around the house, Mary is really shaken and becomes even more determined to find answers. The second time she crosses paths with the floating boy, a bond begins between them. Together, they try to solve the mystery of the floating children.

When her brother is kidnapped by an evil scientist, Mary and her floating friends rush to the rescue. What they discover is the answer to all their questions, and a resolution to the mystery.

This is a great sci-fi/adventure story, written for young adults or more mature middle school readers. However, as an older adult, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It’s fast paced and a believable, but extraordinary tale with memorable characters.


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Geek God

Geek God by Victoria Barbour

This such a sweet and sexy story. And funny! Jillian’s thoughts and observations had me laughing out loud. Evan is such a sweetheart, and I tend to like my men a little on the geeky side, so I fell in love with him right away. The story is told entirely from Jillian’s point of view, including all her little talks with herself, and many thoughts regarding Evan.

This is a lighthearted story with a big heart at it’s core. The characters are clumsy, funny, awkward, delightful, sexy…just like real life. I truly enjoyed this story and can’t wait for the next in the series.

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Mr. Tall and Other Stories

Mr. Tall by Tony Earley
The stories in this collection all take place in the same geographical area, each one giving us a brief look at some of the people who lived there during different periods of time. The stories, often told with great insight, wonderful characters, and witty humor, are such fun to read. Each one is more delightful than the one before.

My favorite, by far, is the final tale, a continuing story of Jack, THE Jack, of Jack and the Beanstalk. This story is so funny, and so well constructed. I laughed out loud more than once. The entire book was great fun to read and a welcome change to the type of books I usually read. If you like stories that tickle the funny bone, are witty and well-crafted, then this one is for you.

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