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Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket

How excited (a word here meaning, "jumping up and down while trying to stay steady enough to read a book") am I about this!?

If you have forgotten what it's like to read a Lemony Snicket novel, Who Could That Be at This Hour? is here to remind you. A new novel set in the same universe of  The Series of Unfortunate Events not only means new mysteries and new characters, but also new insights into old questions (and naturally, new questions about old insights). This book concerns the adventures of a young Lemony Snicket who, geared with "an unusual education" and a natural curiosity, begins solving the mysteries of a town called Stain'd-by-the-Sea.  In typical Snicket fashion, the narrative is charming, playful, and bittersweet, weaving witty humor with tones of anticipated sorrow.  As in The Series of Unfortunate Events, the narrator is Snicket himself and his simple language but elegant (and at times somewhat profound) ideas, make this another remarkable novel. 

P.S. You may have guessed that the answer to the first question is "very." In that case, you would be correct and I suspect you too could have a very successful future with an "unusual education" in a town called Stain'd-by-the-Sea. (Ages 9+)

Reviewed by Kelly, Books Inc. Laurel Village

Out Of My Mind by Sharon Draper

The incredible story of Melody, a delightful and very intelligent fifth grader trapped inside an uncontrollable body and unable to speak because of cerebral palsy, at first left me feeling sorry for her but I quickly realized that’s not the point of this heartfelt story. Melody is strong, loving and extremely smart! The last thing she needs is for someone to take pity on her, she just wants to be heard, and when she gets a computer that finally lets her speak she’s able to surprise everyone around her, especially her classmates, with just how bright she is. Having the ability to speak now comes with a new set of challenges as she is transitioned into a regular classroom. You will find yourself cheering Melody on as she grows and struggles with changing how people view her and the disappointments she faces along the way.  Ages 10+

Reviewd by Melanie from Books Inc. Berkeley

Halloween Frenzy!

I’m the Scariest Thing in the Castle
By: Kevin Sherry

I’m the Scariest Thing in the Castle, a board; book is our store manager’s favorite book of this Halloween season! (Hmmmm coincidence?! We wonder!) (Ages 1-3)

Reviewed by: A. Ghost, Books Inc. Mountain View 



Monsters Eat Whiny Children
By: Bruce Eric Kaplan

I couldn’t put this down— captivating and funny. Makes me wonder, what am I going to have for dinner?? (Ages 4-8)

Reviewed by: Lisa, Books Inc. Mountain View






Frank was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance

 By: Keith Graves

“…He danced like his shoe size instead of his age.” A Halloween favorite from a few years back, and yes, the author’s real last name is Graves… READ IT AND LAUGH. (Ages 4-8)

Reviewed by: Glen, Books Inc. Mountain View

Bunnicula by James Howe

Can a rabbit be a vampire? Chester, an over imaginative and well-read cat persuades the family dogs Howie and Harold that the newest member of the family is a vampire. Of course, Chester has been wrong before…

Bunnicula is the first in the series that includes The Celery Stalks at Midnight and Howliday Inn; it’s funny, imaginative and full of word play that will delight kids and their parents too. My son and I loved reading these together years ago, it brings back great memories! Ages 8+

Reviewed by: Lisa, Books Inc. Mountain View


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