The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart and illustrated by Carson Ellis is the first of four books for ages 8 to 13 years — grades 3 to 7.

This is a story about a gifted young man, orphaned at a young age who needs encouragement and a place where he belongs and can explore his talents and strengths.

Too often children feel like misfits . . . as adults we went through that phase as well and it’s excellent that there are books addressing this issue and seeing how such a kid can strive and do something productive and maybe become a hero.

This is a series of four books . . . all full of adventure that will get your child reading . . . and you, too, right along.

It’s always good to read the books your children are reading so you can have some interesting discussions with them. Ask how they feel about the characters and what they think will happen next . . . and you can give your thoughts and feelings as well. It’s not about who is right or wrong, but the engagement . . . the active participation of thinking ahead . . . gathering information . . .

I enjoyed these books and believe you and your child or children will too.

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The Wishmakers

The Wishmakers is a fast-paced adventure about wishes and consequences.

Ace is the Wishmaker and Ridge is the genie . . . from a peanut butter jar.

Just knowing that got me curious as would any kid from 8 to 12 years of age. This is a book that grabs one’s attention and keeps it through to the very end.

If you’re looking for a fun read for a child in your life, don’t look any further . . . The Wishmakers by Tyler Whitesides and illustrated by Jessica Warrick is an excellent choice.

Some of these may be of interest as well — the whole idea is to get kids to read, right? And there are always reasons to give your kids books to read!!

There are some wonderful books to explore. Have fun!

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst and Illustrated by Ray Cruz.

This is a fun book for ages 6 to 9 years of age.

It’s a good book to bring out when a child is having one of those “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad” days. Before long they are giggling and forgetting all about what got them “down in the dumps”.

Even older children like it and remember it.

This paperback edition was published July 15, 1987, so it has been around for quite some time . . . and I think it is one that will be around for a lot longer.

If you’re looking for a gift that keeps on giving, I’d suggest Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day . . . it all begins when he wakes up with gum stuck in his hair . . .

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The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris

Listening to the rain . . . it is gently lulling me to sleep . . . 

But . . . I want to do a fun product review of the book The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris.

I was drawn to the colorful cover and how I felt drawn into the image. Being a papercrafter and getting more into making cards, I found the cover art quite intriguing. I wanted to do something equally “magical” and intriguing with the stamp and dies I have . . . Perhaps to make a card or for a mini-album story of my own . . . alas I digress . . .

This is a fun read for ages 8 to 12 years. If your child is a Lemony Snicket and Pseudonymous Bosch (love the names) fan, then The Magic Misfits is right up their alley.

The Magic Misfits are a diverse group of kids . . . they are unique and interesting . . . they come from different economic levels, same sex parents and one of the kids has a disability. This makes for a delightful set of new found friends who set out to solve a mystery.

I do love this book. I understand it is the first in a series . . . something for children and adults to anticipate.

I believe The Magic Misfits is a great book and a must read . . . even reluctant readers will find this book hard to put down.

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Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

I thought since the weather is what it is, this is excellent reading weather for young and old.

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate is about a neighborhood Wish Tree.

Neighborhood residents would write out their wishes on paper, rags, even socks and gently tie them to Red’s branches.

The Wishtree is for ages 8 to 12 years or grades 3 to 6. I found it fun with many subtle lessons. It is a heartfelt tale that younger children may enjoy hearing.

I believe it is a must read on a cold gloomy day.

You can purchase it in many formats: Kindle, Hardcover or as an Audiobook.

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I could go on and on and on, but this is a good place to stop. It is best for you to explore the books your children would enjoy. Just click any of the pictures and you can shop to your hearts content.

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