|September 2012 Reviews
Author: Hill Country Book Store
For Younger Readers
Otto the Book Bear
by Katie Cleminson
Otto is a bear who lives in a book and when no one is watching, he comes to life! He’s a very happy bear, especially when his story is being read. One day, Otto walks out of his book to do some exploring but when he returns, his book is gone. What will Otto do? He simply sets off on an adventure to find a new home – and what an adventure it is! The story and illustrations work together to make this a favorite read-aloud for adults and young children. For ages 3 to 6.
Bink and Gollie
by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
Bink and Gollie are an outrageously funny pair of friends. Although they are opposites in many ways, they are the very best of pals. This book contains three entertaining adventures that will leave readers laughing with joy and wanting the next in the series. Bink and Gollie are precocious and utterly irrepressible little girls with real attitude and spunk; they’re the perfect characters for a young reader looking for chapter books filled with adventure, imagination and friendship. So put on some bright socks and a pair of roller skates and join the growing fan club for Bink and Gollie. For ages 6 to 8.
For Older Readers
Liar & Spy
by Rebecca Stead
Georges is a seventh grader going through some unfortunate changes…sound familiar? Welcome to the junior high years! Georges’ architect father has lost his job, his mom has taken on extra shifts and they have to move from their house into an apartment. Georges’ best friend has inexplicably dumped him and the local bully has chosen Georges as his new “prey.” On the bright side, Georges’ new neighbors, a pair of quirky, homeschooled kids, add some humor and challenge to Georges’ life. These siblings offer refreshing perspectives on the ridiculousness of Georges’ school experiences that will ring true for many readers. They also recruit him to spy on their mysterious neighbor, Mr. X. This novel captures the voice of the middle school age group with fascinating characters dealing with intelligent questions and thoughtful resolutions. For ages 9 to 14.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
by Grace Lin
This is the story of the enchanting adventure of a young girl, Minli, who lives in poverty with her parents. Inspired by the tales her father tells her, she sets out to find the Old Man of the Moon, who may impart the true secret to good fortune. Her journey is filled with excitement, danger, humor, magic and wisdom. Among her fellow travelers are a flightless dragon and a talking fish. This story draws upon the rich history of Chinese folktales while also weaving an original tale filled with teachings about the evil of greed, the joy of gratitude and the comfort of friendship. For ages 12 and up.