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December Reads

I have a secret. I'm not very good at reading and writing. What I mean is, when I'm in the middle of writing/editing a book, all my focus and free time is directed at that project. And I fall waaaay behind on my TBR (to be read) pile.

Luckily, my current story is with beta readers, and while they enjoy my book (fingers crossed!) I've been blowing through the stack of books on my nightstand. AND THEY ARE ALL SO GOOD! Excited to share these with you.

ENGINERDS by Jarrett Lerner

I found this book through Twitter, and boy am I glad I did. ENGINERDS is such a fun, silly romp, full of STEM, robots, friendship, and farts. It follows Ken, his best friend Dan and their other EngiNerd buddies as they receive mysterious packages full of metal parts and find themselves battling to save their city from robots.

There are some really great moments between friends in the story, in addition to all the action and rampaging robots. My 8-year-old daughter read this in one night and I could hear her giggles all the way from her room.

ENGINERDS is perfect for the kid who likes potty humor, science/engineering, adventure, or any mixture of the three. Basically everyone will like this book!

RISE OF THE JUMBIES by Tracey Baptiste

I read THE JUMBIES earlier this year and fell in love, so I was thrilled to finally read RISE. Spooky, twisty, yet full of light, this series is rooted in Caribbean folklore. The setting is rich and lush, the main character brave, strong and selfless. Themes of accepting who you are, friendship, kindness, and sacrifice all are woven naturally throughout the story. This sequel touches on the slave trade in a very age appropriate way, and the story grabs hold of you and doesn't let you go until the last page.

RISE OF THE JUMBIES is perfect for any reader who enjoys thrills and chills. There is a lot of action, but it can also be a tear jerker if you have a sensitive kiddo. I think this is a great book for parents to read so you can discuss with your child. Trust me, you'll enjoy it.

THE BAD BEGINNING by Lemony Snicket

I'm embarrassed to admit, I never read this series. WHAT? I KNOW, RIGHT?! So when I saw it in the bookstore the other day I felt the need to right this wrong.

I loved it.

I'm all about dark and twisty, and this is dark and twisty on a fabulous level for children. Very much like Dahl, It's an easy read, but with death and danger. My daughter got sucked in immediately. Then of course we had to start watching the Netflix series because the sticker on the front of the book told her about it. ;)

THE BAD BEGINNING is perfect for readers who like things a little scary and have great imaginations.

BEST. NIGHT. EVER. by Rachele Alpine, Ronni Arno, Alison Cherry, Stephanie Faris, Jen Malone, Gail Nall and Dee Romito

This is a fun rom com romp that is described as a middle grade Love, Actually. Seven stories told from seven points of view, BEST. NIGHT. EVER. revolves around the middle grade drama the night of a school dance.

Just like Love, Actually, this isn't my favorite format. The writing and characters are engaging, but I definitely had favorites. Which meant when a POV switched to one I wasn't as invested in, I found myself skimming to get to the next section (BAD READER!) But the end tied up all story lines beautifully and overall I really enjoyed the book.

BEST. NIGHT. EVER. is perfect for any kid who loves humor and friendship drama. The short chapters and POV switches also make it great for someone who doesn't have a lot of reading stamina.

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