The Wig In The Window (MMGM)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Hi, everyone! I think this might be one of best books I've ever read. And considering the title, it definitely was one of the most interesting ones I've read. The cover is to die for. 







  • Age Recommended: 8 - 12 years
  • Page Count: 368 pages
  • Type: Hardcover
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (June 18, 2013)

I think the reason why I like this book so much is because of how the title and cover fit the story so well. It's a little weird if you haven't read the book, but if after you do, I'm sure it will make sense. I'm seriously obsessed with detective stories right now, so if you see a lot of mystery books popping up here, that's the reason. Anyway, here's what made me super curious about THE WIG IN THE WINDOW. 

"Sophie Young and Grace Yang: best friends, seventh graders, spies. Equipped with walkie-talkies, binoculars, and candy, the girls sneak out for one of their midnight spy missions expecting a simple stakeout. But what starts as a silly game turns very real when they peek in on Luna Vista's notoriously bizarre middle-school counselor, Dr. Charlotte Agford (aka Dr. Awkward). 

Is there more to Dr. Agford then her tacky clothes and sugary falsetto voice? Sophie and Grace are convinced something sinister lurks below the surface...and they just might be right. Soon they'e racing to outsmart the suspicious counselor--all while cracking secret codes, dodging a mysterious blue car, and keeping tabs on strangers with unibrows and Texas twangs. 

But the strain of the investigation pushes the girls farther apart. Even if Sophie and Grace uncover the truth about Agford in time, will their friendship survive?"

Love it. Love it. Love it. Here are...

Five Reasons Why You Should Read (And Love) THE WIG IN THE WINDOW: 

  • The awesome depth of this book. It's not just a fun little read. I'll admit, the beginning was slightly confusing for me, but the further I got into the book, the deeper the story went. Once in a while, there will be a super good book that will stay with you. Even after the last page, the characters will stick with you and you'll probably never forget about them. 
  • The awesome theme. Teamwork and loyalty. There are a lot of moments in this story when the main character can just leave her friend and run away from those problems. But she never leaves anyone behind. Everyone's in it together. I never thought loyalty and teamwork were really important until I read this book, so if there is anyone out there willing to learn something new, this one is for you. 
  • The awesome plot twists. Yes, there are plot twists. And yes, they are awesome. This book is here and there and you never know where it's going to end. And speaking of the ending..
  • The awesome ending. I can't say too much about this one or I'd be revealing it, but trust me, getting through the whole book is a lot of work, but the ending is DEFINITELY worth it. (Ha, that just reminded me of the Fifth Harmony song, Worth It.)
  • The awesome title and cover. Like I said before, the title fits the story so well! I love it! And like I said before, it won't really make sense until you read it, which is yet another really good reason to read this one! And the cover...I don't really think it's necessary to talk about it. Too awesome! 
My rating . . .
I found this cool five star thing online and decided to use it here! Isn't this awesome? Oops. I've used the word awesome one too many times today. Argh, there it is AGAIN. 

IS FIVE STARS!!! Since all of the reasons had the word 'awesome' in them a least once, I don't see any reason to give this book anything less than FIVE STARS!!! (And besides, this book is perfection!)

Favorite Character(s): I know you guys might think I'm insane, but my favorite character was Dr. Charlotte Agford. She might have been the "bad guy", but I loved how she handled the situation and her cleverness... I love all the other characters too, but Dr. Charlotte Agford will probably be the one who will stick with me. :-)

Favorite Quote: 

"Grace claimed that she understood that if I got caught at Agford's I would find myself below virtuoso nose-picker Julian Winkle in the seventh-grade social order. But, then again, Grace herself had never witnessed the devastating power of a Dr. Awk-topus tentacle touch and 'check in'."

About the Author: Kristen Kittscher


Kristen Kittscher was a child neighborhood spy but (allegedly) grew up to be an upstanding citizen and author of books for young readers. The 2014 James Thurber House Children’s Writer-in-Residence and a graduate of Brown University, Kristen taught middle school English for many years before becoming a writer. She lives in Pasadena, California — home of the Rose Parade and the inspiration for her latest book, The Tiara on the Terrace (Harper Children’s, January 5, 2016)
I loved this book so much and hope word will spread and more people will be able to read this one. I'm was so happy to find out that there will be a sequel for THE WIG IN THE WINDOW!! It's called THE TIARA ON THE TERRACE and comes out January 5th 2016. I don't know if I can wait that long... And now...for the links...

Links: 

If you would like to learn more about the amazing author of THE WIG IN THE WINDOW, Kristen Kittscher, click HERE

If you'd like to see the trailer for this book (IT'S AWESOME), click HERE

If you'd like to see something awesome that has to do with Kristen Kittscher, click HERE. (It's hilarious.)

If you'd like to go back to Shannon Messenger's website or to check out more MMGM's, click HERE

If you'd like to a cool summer collage I have created, keep scrolling down....





And of course, no summer is summer without...OLAF!!!




Thanks so much for joining me today for MMGM and I hope you have a nice week! 

~Cindy

Seeing Cinderella (MMGM)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Welcome to MMGM! It's my twentieth post! Yay me! Thanks to all my readers who have put up wit me for this long. Big announcement: This blog has reached more than 2,200 page-views!!! Anyway, I recently read SEEING CINDERELLA and am very excited to share it with you. I love the plot, the story, and most of all, the cover, and am sure you'll agree...





  • Age Range: 9 - 13 years
  • Series: Aladdin M!x
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (March 20, 2012)

"Sixth grade is not going well for Calliope Meadow Anderson. Callie’s hair is frizzy, her best friend, Ellen, is acting weird, and to top things off, she has to get glasses. And her new specs aren’t even cute, trendy glasses—more like hideously large and geeky. But Callie soon discovers that her glasses have a special, magical perk: When she wears them, she can read people’s thoughts. Crazy glasses aside, Callie has more drama to face when she’s cast as the lead in the school play—and instead opts to be an understudy, giving the role of Cinderella to Ellen. Can Callie’s magic glasses help her see her way to leading lady, or is she destined to stay in the background forever?"

5 Reasons Why You Should Read SEEING CINDERELLA (from Goodreads): 

1. The Premise: Calliope Meadow Anderson (“Callie”) finds out she needs glasses. Her new frames are hideously large—a total nightmare, except for one cool feature: When Callie wears them, computer screens appear over everyone’s heads, revealing their innermost thoughts! Suddenly, Callie knows what her best friend, secret crush, and locker partner REALLY think about her. Sometimes, that’s not a good thing.

2. Callie’s new friend Ana: She definitely has something to hide. But even with her super freaky glasses, Callie can’t decipher Ana’s thoughts, since the words on Ana’s computer screen appear in her native tongue: Spanish.

3. The Cinderella Metaphor: Callie auditions for the lead in her school’s production of Cinderella. But when she gets the part, she gives it to her best friend Ellen. It’s easier to be the understudy and avoid the spotlight. Isn’t it?

4. Super Freaky Chapter Titles: My favorites:

*Super Freaky Glasses Rule #3: Most People Tell Little White Lies. Don’t Be Offended. You Do The Same Thing.

*Super Freaky Glasses Rule #9: It’s Easier To Dislike Someone When You Don’t Have To Read Their Thoughts.

*Super Freaky Glasses Rule #12: People Guard Their Secrets Well. Your Magic Glasses Can’t Change That.

5. The Lesson: (from p.213) “One thing the glasses taught me: No matter how different we looked on the outside, on the inside we worried and wondered about the same things. We all hoped we’d find someone who would see us for the person we really were, and the person we wanted to be.”

I totally agree with these reasons, especially #2, because it just shows how thought out the story is. It's all very detailed and lifelike. If you're looking for a fictional book seems very much like a non-fiction book with magic, this one is for you. Actually, if you're looking for a good read in general, read this. It's a fantastic story. 

My Rating: 5/5! This book is perfection. Here's a list of the best things about this book: 


  • Plot. I've never read anything like this. This author has come up with something brand-new that the world has never seen before. The uniqueness of this story will make you want a sequel. 
  • Voice. Callie's voice is perfection. Her point of view is clearly stated and there is always a reason for her actions. If this was one of those love or hate things, I would definitely say LOVE. 
  • Meaning. If you read in between the lines and from cover to cover,  you will realize that this story has an important meaning. I won't reveal it, but if you read carefully, I promise you find it. You won't be disappointed. 
Opening Lines: 

"Once there was a girl with hair the color of dead leaves, teeth the size of piano keys, freckles as big as polka dots, and eyes that couldn’t see squat. Everyone laughed at her and called her Polka Dot. Poor Polka Dot felt like a total weirdo, and always wished a fairy godmother would appear and cut her some slack.

But that was just too darn bad, because fairy godmothers only care about beautiful girls with wicked stepmothers. So when Polka Dot spotted a fairy godmother resting on a park bench, she kept her wish simple and begged for better eyesight. Sweet naive Polka Dot, no one ever told her some fairy godmothers have ginormous attitude issues.

“I’m on a coffee break, kid,” said the fairy godmother. “Get yourself some glasses and stop pestering me.”

“Could you please stop writing in the car and talk to me?” Mom asked, flicking the turn signal and heading into the left lane.

“There’s nothing to talk about,” I answered, putting the finishing touches on my new story, “Polka Dot and the Cranky Fairy Godmother.” “I don’t want glasses. People who wear glasses get made fun of.”

“Callie, we’ve been over this already. Your headaches are happening for a reason. It could be that you need glasses. A vision test won’t take that long.”

“You’re right, it won’t.” I closed my journal and tucked it under my seat. No way was I showing up to Pacificview Middle School—my new prison, as of tomorrow—with nerd-tastic glasses on my face. With my freckles and crazy-frizzy hair, it would be like painting a target on my face and handing out bows and arrows to the student body. So last night, I’d come up with a plan—a way to make sure I didn’t get stuck wearing glasses, no matter how bad my eyesight was."


I loved this book so much! Anyway, here's a quick bio about the author of SEEING CINDERELLA...Jenny Lundquist! 


About Jenny Lunquist

Jenny Lundquist AuthorI was born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA, the original “Surf City USA.” I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Intercultural Studies with a minor in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) at Biola University. My favorite part of college was spending one semester living in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, where I drank lots of tea, met some really interesting people, and honed my Yahtzee skills.
I’ve painted an orphanage in Mexico, taught English at a university in Russia, and hope one day to kiss my husband at a cafĂ© in Paris. I live in northern California with my wonderful husband Ryan, our two sons and Rambo, the world’s whiniest cat.
My book Seeing Cinderella was published by Aladdin M!X  (an imprint of Simon and Schuster) in the Spring of 2012 and is available also through the Scholastic Book Club. My second book, Plastic Polly, was published in March 2013. I also signed another 2-book deal with Running Press for a YA series, The Princess in the Opal Mask. The first book, The Princess in the Opal Mask, was published in October 2013, and the second will debut in Fall 2014. I am represented by Kerry Sparks of Levine Greenberg Agency.
Links: 

To go check out more of Jenny Lunquist's books or to learn more about SEEING CINDERELLA, click HERE

To find more Aladdin M!x books, like SEEING CINDERELLA, click HERE

To go back to Shannon Messenger's website or to check out more MMGM reviews, click HERE

Thanks so much for joining me for MMGM and I hope you have a nice week! 

~Cindy




***Sorry if there are any grammatical errors! Bear with me! 


The Maggie Brooklyn Mystery (MMGM)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Hi everyone! This week I'm doing mini reviews on each of the books in THE MAGGIE BROOKLYN MYSTERY series. There are only three of them, so you don't have to worry about sticking around here for so long. (Speaking of sticking around, I only have a few more days of school left!)


Book 1: GIRL'S BEST FRIEND



  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Series: A Maggie Brooklyn Mystery
  • Page Count: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Reprint edition (October 25, 2011)

Dogs are disappearing all over Park Slope, and it's up to Maggie Brooklyn to figure out what's going on. Maggie knows things. She notices details that other people miss. Plus, she has a semi-secret after school gig as a dog walker. So she is the perfect person to solve the mystery. 

Unfortunately, Maggie is also the perfect person to help her ex-best friend, Ivy, recover her lost dog, Kermit. She already has leads on a few suspects. But even though Maggie knows a lot about dogs, apparently she doesn't know anything about boys--because she never expected her crush, Milo, could be involved...

Leslie Margolis's pitch-perfect voice and rich characters have endeared her to tweens, and her fans will flock to this hip new series featuring a clever and lovable new heroine, Maggie Brooklyn.


Book 2: VANISHING ACTS



  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Series: A Maggie Brooklyn Mystery
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (January 8, 2013)

When a movie starring tween heartthrob Seth Ryan starts filming in Park Slope, everyone gets movie mania-including Maggie Brooklyn Sinclair. Though her plans to become a movie extra don't quite work out, Maggie manages to capture Seth's attention and he seeks her out at the Pizza Den to talk. But just when Maggie's life is feeling like a romantic comedy, Seth disappears! Everyone thinks he's been kidnapped, but Maggie knows better. . . .

This young Nancy Drew is back, along with her twin brother and dog-walking business, in a second mystery that shines a spotlight on her super-sleuth skills. Leslie Margolis's pitch-perfect tween voice will leave fans begging for more of this love-able heroine.


Book 3: SECRETS AT THE CHOCOLATE MANSION



  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Series: A Maggie Brooklyn Mystery
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Reprint edition (September 23, 2014)

"Take your cookies elsewhere." That's what the note said in neat, block-like print, attached to a box of Girl Scout Cookies. Someone is out to sabotage the new sweet shop in the neighborhood, and Maggie Brooklyn is on the case. If only she weren't so freaked out herself lately. Maggie's new dogsitting gig has her and her twin brother Finn hanging out in what they fear may be a real haunted mansion. And it's hard to solve real life mysteries when you think you're seeing ghosts!


3 things I liked about the entire series: 

  • It was about a twelve-year-old detective who was a semi-secret dog-walker who had a twin brother. It doesn't get more interesting than that. I was so surprised by Maggie. She's smart, funny, unique, and was the person who made this story one of a kind. I love her! 
  • The clues and hints. Throughout the story, little things will be dropped here and there, though it's definitely not easy piecing them together. Even the best detectives will be surprised. This story isn't confusing, but it will keep you guessing. 
  • The real-ness of this story. I know I use this reason a lot, but bear with me. As a review said on GoodreadsThe best thing Margolis has always brought to the table is her characters, and her truthful capturing of a pre-teen spirit. With Maggie, Margolis has a young lady who is clever, funny and a tad unsure of herself, as any 12-year-old would be. She worries about talking to boys, the dress code at her own party, and calling her former 3rd grade teacher by her first name, which just feels weird. She’s a real girl, and a real girl really worth the effort of getting to know.
Links: 

To visit Lesile Margolis's website, click HERE

To go back to Shannon Messenger's website or to check out the rest of the MMGM links, click HERE

To learn more about Maggie Brooklyn, click HERE

Thank you so much for joining me today! Have a nice week! :-)

~Cindy




***Sorry if there are any grammar mistakes! :-)***

Nice and Mean (MMGM)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Eeeee! I have exactly 13 more days of school left! It's not that I don't like school--I really do. I'm doing a summer enrichment program, so technically, I'm not actually out of school because I'm still learning, but who doesn't like summer?! 

Reasons why I love summer: 
  • Pool time. Yes! 
  • My birthday.Yes
  • Vacations. Yes!
  • Free time. Yes! 
  • MORE AND MORE AND MORE AND MORE...READING! Yes!
Ooookay, that was weird. Now that I've finished stalling, I would like to introduce you to my MMGM feature this week: NICE AND MEAN, By Jessica Leader. I love this book VEEERY much and would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a "delicious" middle grade read. The cover basically says it all. Check it out: 




  • Age Recommended: 9 - 13 years
  • Series: Aladdin M!x
  • Page Count: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (June 8, 2010)

Summary (From Amazon): Marina is mean. Sachi is nice. Marina is Barney’s. Sachi is Burlington Coat Factory. It’s bad enough they’re forced to coexist in their middle-school’s high-profile video elective—but now they’re being forced to work together on the big semester project. Marina’s objective? Out her wannabe BFF as a fashion victim to the entire middle school. Sachi’s objective? Prove that she’s not just the smiley class pencil-lender and broaden her classmates’ cultural horizons. Work together in harmony? Yeah, that would be a "no." How can Sachi film something meaningful, and Marina, something fabulous, if they’re yoked to each other?

Here are: 

5 reasons you should read NICE AND MEAN: 


  • The author. I don't know about you, but the first thing I saw in this book was the author biography which said that Jessica Leader had gone to Brown University. That's a GOOD school. And to me: good school=good book. I wasn't disappointed. 
  • The way the story is portrayed. Okay, so any book is written in chapters, usually written from ONE person's point of view. In NICE AND MEAN, the story is portrayed in either Marina's point of view, or Sachi's point of view. I usually think that the switches are REEEALLY confusing, but the way Jessica Leader wrote the story made it flow VERY smoothly. 
  • The character relationships. "Marina is mean. Sachi is nice." You would never guess what happens in this story. This story is is really interesting because there's the "meanies" (Marina's group of friends) and the "nice people" (Sachi's group of friends) and it's cool to see the two groups bond. I can't say more because I'd be revealing the whole story, so I'll just have to leave you in the dark. 
  • The real-ness. Um, yeah. This book is super relatable if you're a tween. This book is like the complete package, including: Friendship problems, clothing, bullying, strict parents, and back-talking. Wow-zah.
  • The journal entries and video thingies. My favorite thing in this book. There are two ways that each chapter is introduced. Marina's chapters always begin with "Marina's Little Black Book". Her little book is like a journal. Sachi's chapters always begin with a movie script. Fade to black...
Quotes: 

"When I realized I was about to flip through the Seventeen Back-to-School Fashions for the third time that afternoon, I slammed the magazine shut and hurled it across the room. It flew through the air and landed against the garbage can with a big loud smack." (Marina)


"She’d come back different from camp, that was for sure—wanting to drag me to the boutiques listed in magazines, and suddenly obsessed with popularity. It had been her idea to poll our class for the “mosts”—Most Popular, Most Beautiful, Nicest Boy, Nicest Girl. I could tell she’d been upset when I’d won Most Popular, but please—did she not know how these things worked? I’d gone to elementary school with most of the kids at Jacobs, and she was still getting to know them." (Marina)

"“Fine.”

Priyanka stepped up the stairs two at a time, which I recognized as the sign that we were done. I let her go for two paces, then scrambled on up. I didn’t want to be late to homeroom on top of everything else.

But, I reminded myself as the air burned in my lungs, she had said yes. And that meant—Video." (Sachi)


My Rating: Ooh, this is going to be hard one. Honestly, I'd say 3.5/5. Why? Well...you see Marina did something VERY stupid in this book. I kind of wondered why she didn't think how a person would feel if they saw it. She probably didn't consider the consequences either. I don't really know if a person could be as careless as she were, but since she IS the mean girl of this story, I'll give it a 3.5/5. 

Here's a quick bio of the author of NICE AND MEAN: Jessica Leader! 


Jessica Leader grew up in New York City. Like Marina and Sachi, her characters in Nice and Mean, she had many important conversations in the stairwells of her school and on the cross-town bus. In addition to being a writer, she has taught English and drama in New York City, Louisville, Kentucky, and Washington, DC. Jessica graduated from Brown University and holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults. NICE AND MEAN is her first novel. 



To visit Jessica Leader's website, click HERE

To go back to Shannon Messenger's website or check out more MMGM features from other bloggers, click HERE

Thanks so much for visiting me today, and I hope you all have a nice week! Bye for now! :-)

~Cindy
















Deep Blue #Quick Post

Friday, June 5, 2015

Ah. I have been dying to share this book with you guys. (This is going to be a mini-book review, so you don't have to worry about dealing with me for TOO long...

So for this quick review, the book that I'm featuring is DEEP BLUE by Jennifer Donnelly. The cover is BEAUTIFUL. So, close your eyes while I conjure it up for you...





*sniffles* It's so...so...beautiful. *coughs* But the story along with it is...is..EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL. Check it out: 

"Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe. 

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin's arrow poisons Sera's mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin's master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world's very existence."

No words. I can't even.

 *a few hours later*

Oh, all right. Let's continue with the quickness! 

What I Liked About The Book: It's a very sophisticated story. What I liked best about the book is that it focuses a lot on friendship. Okay, so the beginning is kind of about how Sera is getting ready for her "betrothal", which like the merl's way of doing an engagement. But I swear, if you give the book a chance and actually read on to the next few chapters, you'll see that the romance-y thing at the beginning isn't at all like what happens in the book. I won't tell you what's in store, but let's just say that there's a whole lot of friendship going on in there. 

What I Didn't Like About The Book: Um, so there's a little bit of violence in the book. But that's it. Oh, and maybe a one or two swears, but that's about it. 


About The Author: Jennifer Donnelly is an award-winning author of both adult and children’s books. For adults she has written a trilogy of best-selling books that includes The Tea RoseThe Winter Rose, and The Wild Rose. Her first young adult novel, A Northern Light, received many accolades, among them the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Carnegie Medal in the UK, and a Michael L. Printz Honor. Her second young adult novel, Revolution, was named a Best Book of 2010 by Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal, and the audiobook received a 2011 American Library Association Odyssey Honor. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. 

*bio from the official Waterier Saga website





Thanks so much for visiting me, even though today isn't MMGM. You're effort has not gone unnoticed! 





Let the Sky Fall series: Book 3 title AND cover reveal!

OMG, OMG, OMG. I was just on my twitter, you know, doing stuff, when I found Shannon Messenger's feed. She has just revealed her LtSF cover and title. If you haven't had a chance to see if yet, you can see it here: 



This is LET THE WIND RISE, the not-yet-released book 3 in the series. 


Holy cheesecakes. Let me be honest. I've seen a lot of cool covers, but I think this one just beat them all. It's not really surprising, seeing how Shannon Messenger's covers all turn out awesome, but this one might be the best of the best. And if you're thinking about how this cover doesn't really match the other two books in the series, LET THE SKY FALL, and LET THE STORM BREAK, no need to worry. Shannon had you covered. (Get it? COVERED??? My jokes are getting worse and worse, aren't they...)

And if you guessed that the other two books got makeovers as well, congrats. You're right. I have no words. 

BUT, before we get there, here's some info you'll need to know about LtSF: As Shannon says, a lot of you are probably going wondering when these paperbacks will be available, but there's no set date yet. The only info right now is that these things are going to be out in the springtime next year. The other two editions with the old covers will still be out there after the paperbacks are released, and they're just as beautiful, so check those out too. 

Sorry about the long wait. Let's showcase the covers! 

*dims the lights*



This is LET THE SKY FALL, the first book in this series. 
Ah. This is what you call true art. But oh, no, I'm not done yet. We have one more cover to share. *evil laugh*


This is LET THE STORM BREAK, the second book in the series. 

I can't even. It's so beautiful! *sobs* *sniffles* 

If you'd like to see the actual cover/title reveal from Shannon Messenger, click HERE

THIS IS WHAT YOU CALL A TRUE WORK OF ART. 

~Cindy 

***Sorry if there are any grammar mistakes. Bear with me, people!***


 
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