Midnight Dark Star

Midnight Dark Star

By R.T. Martin

Minneapolis: Darby Creek, 2017.

Thriller   88 Pages  Grades 7 and Up   Reluctant Readers

This reminds me of an old sci-fi movie and perfect for reluctant readers who need a fast pace thriller. Claire is not doing well in high school science class—she is getting 51lbl9q9ecl-_sx353_bo1204203200_desperate and when her teacher offers Saturday night extra credit—Clare has no choice but to cancel her plans with friends. Misery loves company and soon her friends join her Saturday night extra credit.  It was the new smart girl, Val,   who came up with going out to the bluffs to watch the meteor showers. But, she does not know the history of the


bluffs—the bluffs where a whole senior class disappeared many years ago.  But this mysterious new girl has a dark side, a very dark side and Claire and her friends will not soon forget the night they spent at the bluffs—if they survive.




By S.A. Bodeen

New York:  Feiwel and Friends Book, 2015.

Grades 5 and Up Pages 137.

It has been a Bodeen Week. After finishing The Compound this week I went right into the second book of the Shipwreck Island series!  Shipwreck Island starts off like most shipwrecks—a deserted island and minimal supplies. But Bodeen spins a new blended family together with a somewhat creepy island—with some unexplained weirdness.

22718677In this second installment the weirdness turns sinister. The family ends up with an addition as they find a girl, Cashmere, who became stranded on their island—a pirate robbery of sorts. But once on the island she tells of a story that she was held captive by the “curator” and just narrowly escapes. Next, Dad, one of the brothers go missing causing Sarah and Marco to head off to find them but they find more than they bargained for—weird and dangerous animals — like a shark that comes ashore because it now has legs.

Stay tuned as island becomes more dark and sinister than you ever thought possible! A great, quick read for reluctant readers!

Next in the series, Trapped. 



The Nest

The Nest

By Kenneth Oppel

New York:  Simon & Shuster, 2015.

Grades 6 and Up    244 Pages

I loved Kenneth Oppel’s, Airborn it was both magical and adventurous so I wasn’t quite sure what was in store for me in The Nest.  I knew that it was a thriller—but it was one of the strangest book I have read in a long time!!

It is always strenuous when a new baby is brought home but even more the-nest-9781481432320_hrstrenuous when the family brings home a sick baby.  Baby Theo has some congenital issues and is going to need heart surgery as soon as he is strong enough—so a lot of time and attention toward this new baby has put siblings Nicole and Steven lacking some attention.  Steven has anxiety issues and now that summer is upon them he has become anxious about the wasp nest growing outside the house.  Steven’s daytime anxiety rolls over into night but recently his night dreams have become soothing he believes that the creatures with the white bodies and big eyes are angels that have come to “fix” baby Theo if Steven will agree to the ‘contract’. Well Steven gets stung by a wasp, finds out he is allergic and the angels in his dreams are the queen wasps and his dreams now have become nightmares both at night and during the daytime!  Read this anxiety ridden thriller as Steven tries to find his place in his family.

A quick unique read!

Kenneth Oppel Website

Doll Bones

Doll Bones

By Holly Black

New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2013.

Grades 5 and Up.

Zack, Poppy and Alice–these friends were creative 12 year olds who have played together with their action figures creating stories since they were very young.

Might get props to tell the story.  A china doll perhaps.Image

Zack loved the adventure and the mystery of the story but when his dad re-enters his life—dad decides that he needs to grow up and he pitches all his ‘toys’.   Zack couldn’t bring himself to tell the girls so he backs out of the group until the “queen” a china doll that sits the locked cabinet comes to Poppy in her dreams telling her she has to reunite her bones with grave.  The doll eyes move and flutter which totally freak out Zack.  When the head comes off she sees that her now nightmares were coming true—ashes are in the body and the china is made from bones. So now the three venture off in the middle of the night to go to East Liverpool, Ohio to reunite the doll with the grave. Creepy man on the bus, stories of aliens and make-believe is looking more like real—if they can only reunite the Queen’s Ashes to her grave.  This adventure—mis-adventure will take you on the ride of your life!  A great creepy book for 5th/6th graders and up.

Holly Black Website