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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling!

Harry Potter is midway through both his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event that supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for hundreds of years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards.
And in his case, different can be deadly.

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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! Β I laughed a lot throughout this one. The princes were just kind of pathetic in the cutest, most endearing Β way possible!! Β 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 Β 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!!

If I Had a Gryphon by Vikki Vansickle

Sam just got a hamster for a pet. But the hamster is kind of boring … he just eats and sleeps and gets his shavings wet. Inspired by her book of mythological creatures, Sam longs for a more exciting pet. But she soon realizes that taking care of these magical beasts might not be as wonderful as she thought. Sasquatches are messy, unicorns are shy, gryphons scare the dogs at the dogpark, and having a fire extinguisher handy at all times makes dragons seem like an awful lot of work. In the end, Sam realizes that her hamster is a pretty sweet and safe pet … or is he?


 

The one thing that I keep hearing about this book is that it will no doubt be the gateway book to kids reading Harry Potter. It is the perfect storybook for instilling a love for imaginative and creative ideas!

Who hasn’t dreamed of having some kind of mythical creature as a pet at one point of time or another? As a kid I always wanted a sea monster or a Pegasus. I am still waiting to come across a unicorn or dragon or fairy to make my secret BFF! I absolutely loved reading this book! I found myself imagining what life would really be like with these particular pets. There were even some creatures that I had not heard of, so I went ahead and looked those creatures up! I learned some things, and I know lots of kids out there are going to learn a lot from this book as well!

Not only will this story open the door to many other reading adventures, Β it teaches us all that its okay to dream for big things, but to appreciate what we have. Also, it gives us a little bit of an insight into how much responsibility having a pet can be! Plus it rhymes. What more could we ask for?

Thanks so much to Netgalley Β for letting me read this book early! Look for “If I Had A Gryphon” on shelves February 9th, 2016.

I gave this beautiful book a *10/10*Β and I will be recommending it to many, many people!

Professional Reader

So There’s This Book…The Story of Owen by E. K. Johnston

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Listen! For I sing of Owen Thorskard: valiant of heart, hopeless at algebra, last in a long line of legendary dragon slayers. Though he had few years and was not built for football, he stood between the town of Trondheim and creatures that threatened its survival.

There have always been dragons. As far back as history is told, men and women have fought them, loyally defending their villages. Dragon slaying was a proud tradition.

But dragons and humans have one thing in common: an insatiable appetite for fossil fuels. From the moment Henry Ford hired his first dragon slayer, no small town was safe. Dragon slayers flocked to cities, leaving more remote areas unprotected.

Such was Trondheim’s fate until Owen Thorskard arrived. At sixteen, with dragons advancing and his grades plummeting, Owen faced impossible oddsβ€”armed only with a sword, his legacy, and the classmate who agreed to be his bard.

Listen! I am Siobhan McQuaid. I alone know the story of Owen, the story that changes everything. Listen!


I’ve wanted to read this story for months now! Ever since I stumbled upon it just sitting on the shelf, I’ve been recommending it to everyone!

Actually, I thought I would get a chance this past month…the author has recently been to my local book store to do a book signing! But I’ve had a lot of mandatory reading lately.

I do have a signed copy now though! YaY! Thank you E. K. Johnston!!
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From what I’ve heard, the first chapter is very Canadian! Lots of reference to Canadian places, which I thought was really cool! The other thing that seemed really interesting to me is that the story is told in the perspective of his friend, not by the hero figure himself. Apparently his friend wants to be a dragon slayer, but she is too tiny, so she helps out every other way she can, like being Owen’s bard and telling his story!

I’ve also heard that this story reaches a wide age range! 11 or 12 and up from what I can tell, and even younger depending on your tolerance for violence. When I read this one, I will definitely explain this more accurately! As of now I’m not sure of the level of violence.

A story of surviving high school and dragons, I’m sure this book is a winner! I can’t wait to dive into The Story of Owen!

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Dragon Masters – Rise of the Earth Dragons by Tracy West

In the first book in this fully-illustrated series, 8-year old Drake is snatched up by King Roland’s soldier and taken to the castle. He is to be trained as a Dragon Master. At the castle, he is joined by three other young Dragon Masters-in-training: Ana, Rori, and Bo. The Dragon Masters must learn how to connect with and train their dragons β€” and they must also uncover their dragons’ special powers. Does Drake have what it takes to be a Dragon Master? What is his dragon’s special power?


This book was a special treat. I originally picked it up because it is a branches book! I loved the others so much I had no doubt this one would be great. Dragons and magic are also very popular right now, so I wanted to see what the dragon books in this 6-8 age range were like.

Like other Branches books, Dragon Masters has nice big print, a compelling illustration on each page, and loveable relatable characters. Just what readers who are new to chapter books want! The plot is interesting, intriguing and very imaginative. It leaves you wanting more!

You’ll learn lessons about friendship and confidence without even knowing it! I can’t wait to read #2!

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