From the renowned author of Here Lies Arthur and No Such Thing As Dragons, the adventures of a goblin outcast who must save his world from the rise of a dangerous dark magic…
Welcome to a wild world of magical creatures and heroic adventure!
The squabbling goblins that live in the great towers of Clovenstone spend their time fighting and looting. Only clever young Skarper (who happens to be in exile) understands that dark magic created by a vanquished sorcerer is rising again. With the help of a wannabe-hero, a middle-aged princess, and a few bumbling wizards, Skarper must fight to save their world.
Packed full of fun and adventure, any kid would enjoy Goblins and the exciting adventure of Skarper and Henwyn. Skarper has a unique voice that I immediately adored from the opening pages and his inner thoughts as he is being catapulted from his home to what he thinks will be his death. Goblins seem to be an unforgiving lot, which is unfortunate for our dear Skarper. Goblins was funny and just a bit all over the place. If your child likes fantasy this would be a good fit. My 12 year old nephews would enjoy this and I think it’s the perfect kind of book to be read aloud by a parent who does the accompanying voices. I just think the humor of the story would be better captured that way. I still chuckle at the boy named Henwyn and the Princess named Ned.
Cover – 4 stars – I actually prefer the paperback cover!
Story – 4 stars – Adorable and packed full of fun
A stylish debut mystery with the perfect balance of sweetness and scares!
Thirteen-year-old Bernie’s summer is looking pretty grim. It’s hard to make friends when your family runs a monument company, and your backyard is littered with tombstones. It’s even harder when your mother suddenly refuses to leave her room . . .
To make matters worse, her father has just hired a new artist to engrave the headstones–the creepy Mr. Stein. Bernie has a bad feeling about him right from the start, and after snooping around his cottage, she discovers an engraved portrait of their neighbor . . . a woman who promptly dies the next day. And it’s not just a weird coincidence. The pattern continues, and Bernie realizes that Mr. Stein has begun engraving headstones before people die, which forces Bernie to ask a horrifying question: Is Mr. Stein predicting the deaths . . . or causing them?
Grave Images has a goosebumps kind of feel to it. A very fitting read for those kids that like their books just a tad bit darker and mysterious. I have to admit there were moments while reading this that I thought: “How silly,” or “really?” but all in all it was a super super quick yet enjoyable read. Bernie is quite the peculiar little girl and the creep factor of Mr. Stein would have given me the heebie jeebies if I were 13 again.
Cover – 4 stars
Story– 3 start – Enjoyable quick read.
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