Series: Archer Legacy Author: Richard Newsome Illustrator: Jonny Duddle Publisher: Walden Pond Press Publication Date: 19 April 2011
Synopsis: From GoodReads
Gerald Wilkins never considered himself a particularly exceptional thirteen-year-old. But that was before he inherited twenty billion pounds, a Caribbean island, a yacht, and three estates from a great-aunt he never knew. With this fortune, however, comes a letter. One from his great-aunt Geraldine. One that tells Gerald that she was murdered, and that it's up to him to find out why.
Along with his friends Ruby and Sam, Gerald embarks on a journey that will lead him from the British Museum to dodgy social clubs for the disgustingly rich to mansions in the English countryside to secret places far underground. Who was Geraldine Archer? And what secrets was she hiding? Unless Gerald, Sam, and Ruby can find out before the killer does, they may be next.
This series sounds fabulous for the Middle Grade Reading Program I am involved with in September. Thanks to Mundie Kids for introducing me to them. Their review here.
Title: Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation
Series: Jack Blank Adventures Author: Matt Myklusch Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks Publication Date: 3 Aug 2010
Jack Blank doesn't know who or where he comes from. He doesn't even know his real last name. All Jack knows is his bleak, dreary life at St. Barnaby's Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost.
Everything changes one morning when Jack receives two visitors.
The first is a deadly robot straight out of one of Jack's favorite comic books, that tries its best to blow him
The second is an emissary from a secret country called the Imagine Nation, where all the fantastic and unbelievable things in our world originate, including Jack.
Jack soon discovers that he has an amazing ability - one that could make him the savior of the Imagine Nation and the world beyond, or the biggest threat they've ever faced.
Don't you just adore the name of this book plus the cover really grabs the imagination [ : D ] Thanks again to Mundie Kids for introducing me to this book. Check out their amazing review here.
Author: Helen Stringer
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: 12 April 2011
Synopsis: From GoodReads
Belladonna Johnson can see ghosts. It’s a trait she’s inherited from her mother’s side of the family, like blue eyes or straight hair. And it’s a trait she could do without, because what twelve-year-old wants to be caught talking to someone invisible?
It is convenient, though, after Belladonna’s parents are killed in a car accident. They can live with her the same as always, watching the same old TV shows in their same old house. Nothing has changed . . . until everything changes.
One night, with no warning, they vanish into thin air—along with every other ghost in the world. It’s what some people think ghosts are supposed to do, but Belladonna knows it’s all wrong. They may not be living, but they’re not supposed to be gone.
With the help of her classmate Steve, a master of sneaking and spying, Belladonna is left to uncover what’s become of the spirits and to navigate a whole world her parents have kept well-hidden. If she can’t find her way, she’ll lose them again—this time for good
These books just look absolutely stunning. If these don't capture the attention of the Reluctant Readers I don't know what will.
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