The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands is a thriller/mystery/fantasy that takes place in mid-1600s London. In the book, Christopher, the main character, is an apprentice to Benedict Blackthorn, an apothecary. An apothecary is a person who makes helpful remedies out of many exotic and rare materials. In the book, there is a chain of apothecary murders spreading throughout London. Christopher teams up with his best friend Tom to find the culprit/s. While they are doing this, they find out that Benedict was working on something shady, something mysterious. And when the murders come closer to the Blackthorn shop than ever before, Christopher's life is thrown into peril.... I like this book because it has so many twists and turns and it is full of mystery. It is also super interesting and time will fly by super quickly while reading this book. I think mystery and thriller readers will love this book.
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands Grades: 4th - 6th Reviewed by Jude B. Tags: adventure, fantasy, fast-paced, historical fiction, mystery
Book #1 of this awesome trilogy is amazing! It's about a kid named Arlo Finch who moves to a place called Pine Mountain in Colorado. He and his sister and mom (not dad because he's hiding from the FBI) move in with Arlo's Uncle. He starts Rangers (Scouts) like his Uncle did and Pine Mountain is a very special place because there's mystical creatures and a whole other world! He finds out that he's not safe and that those mystical creatures want him dead! There's so many secrets that he has to uncover. Will he find out why they want him or will he be murdered!?
Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire by John August Grades 3-4 Genres: adventure, fantasy, humor, mystery Reviewed by Grant
This is a book with magic and victory. It is about a boy named Alex, his friends, and his evil twin. If you like Harry Potter or Land of Stories, this is a book you'd love. As you cheer for you favorite characters and boo your enemy's experience becoming unwanted and learning magic. This book is great mix of friendship, betrayal, and loyalty.
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann Grades 4-5 Tags: Adventure, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Friendship, Mystery Reviewed by Hannah
I like this book because it makes me smile. This book is about a girl that gets her brother taken away by murder crows into the so called "impassable wilderness"(i.w.) by the way nobody has come out when they venture in. Then she realizes what has to be done. She has to find her brother. And with this she leaves with her school friend. Can she get there in time? Can she save her brother? read to find out.
Wildwood by Colin Meloy Grades 4-7 Tags: adventure, animals, fantasy Reviewed by Frankie
I really loved this book because it really went in to detail to tell you what the children were feeling. This book made me feel both happy and sad at the same time and I'm sure if you read it you will love it like I did. Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz Grades 5&6 Tags: fantasy, friendship Reviewed by Eliza J.
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell is about two kids who fall into a book. The book takes them to another dimension: the fairy-tale-world. Alex and Conner (the kids) must get back to their family, but when their plans of returning fail they have to find another way home.
The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer Grades 3-6 Tags: adventure, animals, fairy tales, fantasy, friendship, humor Reviewed by Adelaide W.