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Welcome to the new Bethanie’s Books

This site is dedicated to those indie authors who love to write books for middle-schoolers. The contact form is on the ABOUT page. Have a book you think would be great for this age group? Let me know by filling out the contact form. I currently have reviews all the way out through March, but if you don’t mind the wait, let me know about your book so I may review it. I look forward to hearing from you!

~Bethanie

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The Gift of the Quoxxel by Richard Titus–Review by Bethanie

The Gift of the Quoxxel Richard Titus

 

The Gift of the Quoxxel by Richard Titus

Genre: Fantasy

Age Group: Middle Grades

 

What an imaginatively whimsical book. It was one of those that made no sense but still drew me into the story. It is unlike anything I have ever read.

Most books make sense and have some kind of storyline. This one really didn’t. Now, that is not to say that I didn’t enjoy it. Surprisingly, I did, with every strange and wonderful moment. Most read to get away from the real world. This book will definitely have you doing that. One, because you will be trying to figure out what is going on, and the other because it just transports you to this beautiful and colorful little island of Nibb.

There was nothing bad in it at all, except for  the character named Yill. He got on my nerves. He reminded me of a swarm of gnats buzzing around my head and face. I kept wanting to swat Yill away.

I was slightly broadsided by this book. There was a story, but there wasn’t a story. Yet, I still loved it. The power of words is amazing.

It is kind of hard to review a book that you cannot find a story in. At the same time, I didn’t want to put it down either. Any minute it would all come together. In a way it did. ❤

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Pick it up and read it. Tell me what you think about it. Thank you, Mr. Titus! Happy reading!

 

~Bethanie

 

 

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The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

Map to Everywhere

No, this is not a review, just an excited post. I get emails from Books-A-Million about new books that will be coming out soon. Well, this one for some reason has really caught my eye. I absolutely cannot wait for it to come out. I am going to read it with my children and then I will let you know what I think about it. It looks really good and it is the beginning of a new series for middle-graders. I am always looking for those. I’ll have to tell you about another series that I happened upon too. We read that one too and it was GREAT! I hope this new one that is coming soon will be too.

If you want to check out availability and other info here is the link on BAM   http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Map-Everywhere/Carrie-Ryan/9780316240772?&ad=AD102314#overview .

 

Here is the Overview of it:

“Anything you need–The Map to Everywhere can take you there.”
To Master Thief Fin, an orphan from the murky pirate world of the Khaznot Quay, the Map is the key to finding his mother. To suburban schoolgirl Marrill, it’s her only way home after getting stranded on the Pirate Stream, the magical waterway which connects every world in creation (Apparently she “shouldn’t “have climbed aboard the mysterious pirate ship that sailed out of nowhere and into a dry Arizona parking lot. How was she to know?).
With the help of a bumbling wizard and his crew, they must scour the many worlds of the Pirate Stream to gather the pieces of the Map to Everywhere, but they aren’t the only ones looking. A dark and sinister figure is hot on their tail, and if they can’t beat his ghostly ship to find the Map, it could mean the destruction of everything they hold dear-not least of all themselves
In Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis’ first installment of a fantastical new series, adventure, magic, and hilarity collide in the treacherous skies and dangerous waters of the Pirate Stream. Heart-pounding escapades and a colorful cast of characters will have readers setting sail through this wholly original and unforgettable tale.

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I’m so excited!

Happy Reading!!

~Bethanie

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Gumshoes: The Case of Madison’s Father by Russell Nohelty–Review by Bethanie

Gumshoes

Gumshoes: The Case of Madison’s Father

By: Russell Nohelty

So, I am a big fan of Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries, always have been. However if I had to choose between Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, or Gumshoes, my choice would be GUMSHOES. When asked to review this book and they said it was similar to Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, I thought no one could outdo those. I was wrong. Gumshoes: The Case of Madison’s Father, I enjoyed more than the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew. Mr. Nohelty hit the life of a middle-schooler dead-on. I was even more impressed that Mr. Nohelty was able to mold middle-school life plus mystery together into a very fun book.  There were funny parts, semi-serious parts, and just down-right unbelievable parts. For a moment I thought we would not have a happy ending, but I was happy to be proven wrong.

The book itself was a roller-coaster ride. In reading it I would think Woohoo, they finally found them, only moments later to be thwarted in my excitement. That is the mark of a good “mystery novel.” It was obvious that it was written for a middle-schooler and since I teach middle-schoolers. I thought he nailed their interests. I was rather pleased by that.

Writing and Storyline:

The writing was just right for middle-school age children. The storyline, although a roller-coaster, was well-done. It was paced just enough to keep me interested, but not in such a hurry that I couldn’t follow.

Reccommendation:

If you are looking to get middle-schoolers interested in mystery novels, I would start with this one. Although Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew will always be the classics to me, Gumshoes is a fun way to pull in modern-day middle-schoolers to the exciting world of detectives and mystery sleuths. Thank you Mr. Nohelty. Happy Reading!

~Bethanie

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Mimi Power and the I-don’t-know-what by Victoria Miles–Review by Bethanie

Mimi Power

Mimi Power and the I-don’t-know-what

By: Victoria Miles

I stand by my first impression of this book. It was an absolutely charming read. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect at first. I wasn’t sure whether it would be “a day in the life” book, an adventure, or a comedy. With a three year old in the house, in this book, it could have been any of them and ended up being all.

Mimi Power was a delightful character. Her three-year-old little sister, well . . . let’s just say she fit the part and was written brilliantly.

The one thing in this children’s chapter book that I really liked was the inclusion of an entire family, from Mom and Dad all the way to Grandma and Grandpa, with the two little girls in between. It was very uplifting to see their interactions and their adventures as they experienced them together.

The writing and storyline were very well-polished and never caused a stumbling block in the flow of the story. It was cute and sweet and at one point even maddening. That though, ended happily. I was glad to see. Any little girl with a three-year-old little sister could definitely relate.

Would I recommend this book?

Yes, definitely. It was precious! Happy reading!

~Bethanie

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Guardian of the Underworld by Rachel Tetley–Review by Bethanie

Guardian of the Underworld by Rachel Tetley

What a magnificent world Ms. Tetley has created in Guardian of the Underworld. A story for young readers, but with enough adventure and mystery to keep the reader, young or old,  glued to the pages waiting to see what is going to happen next.

As a reviewer I will not give away any parts of the storyline for fear of spoiling things for the next reader, but I like to give clues to capture your curiosity. I promise, though, this is one that I would recommend for those of you that like adventure and mystery and other worlds.

The story begins in the village where Jake and Arianna live, or rather the woods that are on the outskirts of it. Children of all ages love the woods. It brings out a child’s imagination in many ways. But what, if suddenly, your imaginings become real? That is what Jake and Arianna have found.

Jake has grown up hearing these amazing stories from his grandfather and finds himself sunk in the middle of something he never dreamed possible. They are only stories, right? What if everything you had ever heard turned out to be true?

It left me breathles as I followed the many leaps and turns that took Jake and Arianna with them. Although things start off slow, once the story begins to escalate, it takes off and doesn’t stop. Not even at the end. The end of the book just adds more mystery for the next one in the series.

Writing and Storyline:

I will admit, there were parts of the story that could have been further developed and made it even more exciting. However, I will give the benefit of the doubt, considering that this is to be the first in a series. Maybe the parts that I, admittedly, wanted more from will show up in future books in the series.

The storyline was well-thought out and very much explored in the chapters of the book. The chapter lengths seemed ideal for the younger readers, and, of course, adults would enjoy it too. My favorite line in Guardian of the Underworld by Ms. Tetley, would have to be, “The sun pierced through the treetops like beams of hope, but mist hung in the air as though trying to smother it.”

I am not sure why that line struck me as it did, but for that particular part of the story it was extremely fitting.

 

Now for the big question: Would I recommend this book for others to read?

A very resounding, “YES!” Happy reading!

~Bethanie

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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