Convinced that her father has been wrongly convicted, Daisy and her friend Graham hatch a wild plot to break him out of prison. It involves a coin from the year 1919, a miniature horse, a stolen truck, the smelliest dog in the world, and an older cousin who is still loopy from a long-ago head injury. As their improbable plot unfolds, Daisy learns a valuable lesson about taking responsibility for one’s actions. Her family and the others around her are lovingly dysfunctional, but this heartfelt story will leave you with a feeling of hope for Daisy’s future. -- Caitlin, Children's Department School Planning
The world created in this novel is amazing and the adventure is fun and scary. The main characters enter a video gaming contest that lands them inside the game - a beautiful, crumbling world that needs their help. The world is based on Jamaican culture, written by a Jamaican-born author, allowing for an interesting way to learn some Jamaican mythology. Besides having culturally diverse characters, one of the main characters is wheelchair bound. They read like real kids with real concerns, taken to an extreme. Diverse, real, a must-read! -- Cheenie from Books Inc. Burlingame
In this Newbery Honor Award from the author who co-created The Spiderwick Chronicles, we follow Poppy, Zach, and Alice, who still play pretend even though all their peers have graduated to more age appropriate activities. Just when the reality of growing up begins to rip the group of friends from their world of pirates and battles, a real quest falls into their laps. Eager to hold onto their adolescence, and also find magic in the real world, these three set out to put to rest an earthbound spirit. This is a spine chilling, coming of age story that blurs the line between truth and fiction! I had a hard time reading this one before bed! It's definitely one for kids who don't mind some spookiness.
-- Aili from Books Inc. Bulingame