#WickedReads – 5 Times Edison Could Have Used a Break and Shared a KitKat

Happy (day after) Halloween, everyone. Today, we are celebrating Halloween, candy, #wickedreads, and sharing some candy with friends. This week I was invited participate in the #WickedReads campaign being run by Penguin. The book this post is based on is a fantastic middle grade graphic novel by Frank Cammuso titled Edison Beaker Creature Seeker: The Night Door.

Due to the nature of this post, there are going to be some spoilers. I’ll try not to spoil too many huge plot points, but I will be mentioning various events very briefly. If you haven’t yet read Edison Beaker Creature Seeker: The Night Door by Frank Cammuso and don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading here, go find a copy of this wonderful graphic novel, and dig in. Everyone else, let’s dig in!

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Review – Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill

Aquicorn Cove
By: Katie O'Neill
Illustrator: Katie O'Neill
Release Date: September 26, 2018
Publisher: Oni Press
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)

Last year I discovered a middle grade graphic novel that stole my heart titled The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill. When I saw that another fantasy middle grade graphic novel was being published by the same author, I jumped on the chance to read it. Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill is a beautiful graphic novel that talks about family, loss, environmentalism, and is sure to warm your heart.

Review – The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

The Tea Dragon Society
By: Katie O'Neill
Website: http://strangelykatie.com/
Release Date: October 18, 2017
Publisher: Oni Press
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)

I picked up quite a number of early copies of books while at Book Con in June. None of them are have stuck with me in the way that The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Niell has. This is an amazing graphic novel about a little girl who saves a tiny tea dragon from a pack of wild dogs that will enrapture any reader.

Review – Phoenix by S. F. Said

By: S. F. Said
Release Date: (Original) August 1, 2013; (US Release) October 11, 2016
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Award: Carnegie Medal Nominee (2014)

Phoenix by S. F. Said is a book which, apparently, has been on my to-read shelf on Goodreads since its original release in 2013. I discovered it at the library, bright orange cover leaping off the shelf, as bright orange covers tend to do. I truly loved this book. Really. Honestly. It was a sit down after dinner and finish it in one go sort of a book, the sort you find only rarely. Surprisingly, this isn’t a book I’ve heard very much about. So, here I am, singing its praises from the proverbial rooftop.

But first, what exactly is this book about?

#ThrowbackThursday Review – Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde

Heir Apparent
By: Vivian Vande Velde
Website: http://www.vivianvandevelde.com/
Release Date: October 1, 2002
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Series: Rasmussem Corporation #2
Award: Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominee for Children's Literature (2003), Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award Nominee (2005), Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award for Grade 6-9 (2005), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award Nominee (2004), Sunshine State Young Readers Award for Grades 6-8 (2005), Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee (2008)

Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde is the story of fourteen-year-old Giannine who becomes trapped within a video game which shares the book’s title. I actually read this book when it was first released way back in 2002. I’d found it on the new release shelf in the library, brought it home, and absolutely loved it. Recently, I found a copy in a used book store and felt it was high time for a reread.

Review – Doctor Who: The American Adventures

Doctor Who: The American Adventures
By: Justin Richards
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited (UK)
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)

It’s been quite some time since Doctor Who has aired. The Christmas Special is still several weeks off. I’ve been completely Doctor Who starved these last months. But never fear! There’s something to tide us over until Christmas. Doctor Who: The American Adventures released on October 25, 2016.

#ThrowbackThursday Review- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
By: J. K. Rowling
Website: https://www.pottermore.com/
Release Date: June 26, 1997
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Series: Harry Potter, Book #1
Award: National Book Award (UK) 1997, British Book Award for Children's Book of the Year (1998), Smarties Prize (1997), and many, many more.

I haven’t reread Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone since middle school, probably. My little paperback is beaten up now, passed along to my siblings before being returned significantly more worn than the last I’d seen it. Pages are missing along with the back cover. The spine is split in two. Small, triangular holes line a few of the pages where my parrot sat and gnawed on the book as I read. A giant sticker, one of those large, badge-like ones they give out at doctor’s offices, is tucked between the pages, buried near the end of the book where it was once used as a bookmark.

I can’t help but smile as I look at the book, and I wondered how unbiased of a review I could truly make this. The nostalgia factor is alive and well with this one, after all. I read the first book when I was 11, and the last book was released the summer I graduated high school. Harry Potter bookended my childhood. But, I’ve tried my best to maintain an open, unbiased opinion. Here goes!