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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling

All Harry Potter wants is to get away from the Dursleys and go back to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby – who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone–or something–starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects… Harry Potter himself.

Hey Guys!! Welcome to the second video for our #PotterSpeedRead Harry Potter Read-A-Thon!! Here’s some thoughts on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets…and some other stuff and things!!

Virals by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs !

Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage “sci-philes” who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer’s scent.

Fortunately, they are now more than friends. They’re a pack. They are Virals.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling!

Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. (Dudley, however, has two bedrooms, one to sleep in and one for all his toys and games.) Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed forever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard! The first book in the “Harry Potter” series makes the perfect introduction to the world of Hogwarts.

Still figuring out the whole editing thing guys…but I think I’m getting better.. 😉

I had a blast re-reading this book!! I cant wait to dive into the next!! Don’t forget to use those hashtags when you’re chatting about your Harry Potter thoughts!!

For more info on the Read-a-Thon check out this post! :  https://thepickypagesproject.com/2016/06/14/harry-potter-read-a-thon/

 

Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye By Tania Dell Rio and Will Staehle

 

Meet Warren the 13th, a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who’s terribly unlucky . . . yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren’s pride and joy is his family’s hotel, but he’s been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management. Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she’ll do anything to find it. If Warren wants to preserve his family’s legacy, he’ll need to find the treasure first—if the hotel’s many strange and wacky guests don’t beat him to it!

Wow!! I did not expect that ending! I suppose I didn’t really expect any of the things that happened in this book! The synopsis on the back tells you the bare bones!! Which I LOVE! You know there will be witches! You know there will be secret codes and mazes! There will be monsters as well!! With all of this in mind, you will still be so surprised by how this story unfolds!

Warren the 13th is such a loveable character! He is kind hearted, hard working and a dreamer of big dreams! You almost forget that he has a face like a toad….I’m not entirely sure of the significance of his odd looks. From the sounds of it, none of his ancestors had his unique features. Maybe we’ll find out in the books to come!!

The other characters are described in vivid color! You instantly love all of Warrens quirky friends, and are very skeptical of all the less than friendly folks that you encounter at the hotel. I can easily see all of these characters in a movie or tv show. In fact, I would be thrilled to see such a movie made!!

This story is such an experiance! It has excellent pacing, wonderful imagery and will keep you guessing right till the end! Even the chapter titles

I had such a fun time reading this story! Appropriate for anyone ages 8 and up, if you like your stories to be quirky, unpredictable and chalk full of adventure, look no further! Give Warren the 13th a go! You will not be disappointed!

GIVEAWAY!! Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

The Picky Pages Project is hosting it’s first giveaway!! Lucky You!! What are we giving away? One of my favorite middle grade books!! Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom !

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You’ve never head of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as “Prince Charming.” But all of this is about to change…

Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Gustav stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it’s up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other associated terrors to become the heroes no one ever thought they could be. Four imperfect princes. Five audacious princesses. One hilariously unforgettable adventure.

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This story is packed full of adventure and hilarious plot twists!  I laughed a lot throughout this one. The princes were just kind of pathetic in the cutest, most endearing  way possible!!  Starring some Fairy Tale characters you know, and lots you only thought you knew, A whole bunch of fun! That’s what this book is!

I gave this book *9.5/10

Now  I’m giving this amazing book to one lucky reader!!

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The Sasquatch Escape (The Imaginary Veterinaey : Book 1) – by Suzanne Selfors

When Ben Silverstein is sent to the rundown town of Buttonville to spend the summer with his grandfather, he’s certain it will be the most boring vacation ever. That is, until his grandfather’s cat brings home what looks like . . . a baby dragon?

Amazed, Ben enlists the help of Pearl Petal, a local girl with an eye for adventure. They take the wounded dragon to the only veterinarian’s office in town — Dr. Woo’s Worm Hospital. But as Ben and Pearl discover once they are inside, Dr. Woo’s isn’t a worm hospital at all — it’s actually a secret hospital for imaginary creatures.

After Ben accidentally leaves the hospital’s front door unlocked, a rather large, rather stinky, andvery hairy beast escapes into Buttonville. Ben and Pearl are tasked with retrieving the runaway creature, and what started out as an ordinary summer becomes the story of a lifetime.


 

I’ve owned this book for some time now, and I’ve known about it for quite a bit longer. I found it by accident one day because I was helping someone find a book with the word unicorn in the title. Book 4 in The Imaginary Veterinary Series happens to be “The Order of the Unicorn”. The customer ended up grabbing book #1 in the series, along with the one that she had originally come in for, because it looked like a fun read!

A couple of days later the customer came in for book #2. She then told me that her very picky, hard to please middle grader absolutly loved the Suzanne Selfors book! And could not wait to dive into the rest of the series! Their child had been re-reading the same series for years, and when introduced to other books just could not make it past the first couple chapters. Not until “The Sasquatch Escape”!

From what I hear, this book is addictive and infectious! I really can’t wait to read this one! It is in my TBR pile as we speak, along with about 12 others. Hopefully you guys will be reading a review from me in no time! If you have read this one already, let me know what you thought!

Check out this very weird video about this sure to be awesome book!!