MMGM: Odette’s Secrets By Maryann Macdonald


Some secrets can never be told.

Odette’s Secrets is a very touching and inspiring book about young jewish Odette in Nazi occupied France. She is sent away to the French country side when her father, who is a soldier, is thrown into a work camp and her mother is suspected of helping the Resistance. Odette lives the life of a normal Christian girl. But when the war ends and Odette and her mother return to Paris, will she return as Odette the Jew or Odette the Christian?

Here’s what GOODREADS has to say about Odette’s Secrets;

For Jews in Nazi-occupied Paris, nowhere is safe. So when Odette Meyer’s father is sent to a Nazi work camp, Odette’s mother takes desperate measures to protect her, sending Odette deep into the French countryside. There, Odette pretends to be a peasant girl, even posing as a Christian–and attending Catholic masses–with other children. But inside, she is burning with secrets, and when the war ends Odette must figure out whether she can resume life in Paris as a Jew, or if she’s lost the connection to her former life forever. Inspired by the life of the real Odette Meyer, this moving free-verse novel is a story of triumph over adversity.

I loved this book because of all the twists in the plot and all of the different settings in Nazi-Occupied France. People who love stories that really touch your heart should read this book.

MMGM:WHEN THE BUTTERFLIES CAME by Kimberley Griffiths Little


Marvelous Middle Grade Monday is a meme started by Shannon Messenger to celebrate middle grade books. This week I’m looking at WHEN THE BUTTERFLIES CAME by Kimberley Griffiths Little

When the Butterflies CameIt’s about Tara Doucet and her sister Riley Doucet who find a set of keys that lead to great adventures with magic butterflies, and a search for the truth about their grandmother’s death.

Here’s what Goodreads says:

Everybody thinks Tara Doucet has the perfect life. But in reality, Tara’s life is anything but perfect: Her dear Grammy Claire has just passed away, her mother is depressed and distant, and she and her sister Riley can’t seem to agree on anything. But when mysterious and dazzling butterflies begin to follow her around after Grammy Claire’s funeral, Tara just knows in her heart that her grandmother has left her one final mystery to solve.

A strange butler brings Tara and Riley to Grammy Claire’s house, where Tara finds a stack of keys and detailed letters from Grammy Claire herself. Note by note, Tara learns unexpected truths about her grandmother’s life. As the letters grow more ominous and the clues more difficult to decipher, Tara realizes that the secrets she must uncover could lead to mortal danger. And when Tara and Riley are swept away to the beautiful islands of Chuuk to hear their grandmother’s will, Tara discovers the most shocking truth of all — one that will change her life forever.

My favorite character in this book was Tara Doucet because she was the hero who saves the butterflies because they are in danger. I liked this book because it makes you feel more protective to butterflies. It can be a scary but it’s also cool. You should read this book because it makes you feel good about butterflies so you do not squash them because they have feelings too.

WHEN THE BUTTERFLIES CAME will be published by Scholastic on April 1st. No fooling! Mom got an ARC of this at ALA.

MMGM:Lawless by Jeffrey Salane


Marvelous Middle Grade Monday is a meme started by Shannon Messenger to celebrate middle grade books. This week I’m looking at LAWLESS by Jeffrey Salane

If I could give this book a grade I would give it an A+. It was a bit slow to start because I didin’t really get it. The characters in this book are really cool.

I would recommend this book to my friends because it’s very exciting, scary and sometimes confusing. It’s difficult to read but I liked it!

The best part was when M tried to steal the painting, Jacob De Gheyn 3 and she almost got caught.

I would change when M loses the painting in the lake. I would have her break it by accident. I think you should know that it is interesting, funny, scary and confusing. Also here’s what Goodreads has to say about it:

The Lawless School provides the right education for kids on the wrong side of the law.

M Freeman has been homeschooled her entire life. So M has no idea just how unusual her education has been – not until she leaves home to attend the prestigious (and mysterious) Lawless School.

Suddenly, it’s very clear to M that her tutors have been preparing her all along for a life of crime. She excels at escape tactics. She’s a whiz at spotting forgeries. Her years of piano lessons pay off when picking pockets and cracking safes.

M’s newfound talent for criminal mischief soon brings her to the attention of the Masters, the secretive school’s most secretive clique. M’s interest in the Masters is personal – joining this international dishonor society is her best chance to learn the truth about her father’s life . . . and his death. But when her first real-world heist goes wrong, M is left wondering: Is there truly honor among thieves?

LAWLESS will be published in April 2013 from Scholastic! YAY!!

MMGM – Cassidy the Costume Fairy


This week I am looking at Cassidy the Costume Fairy by Daisy Meadows. I know it’s not quite middle grade but I was looking for something quick and easy to read because I was tired.Cassidy the Costume Fairy

This is what Goodreads has to say about it:

“Fairies and princesses — a magical combination!

Rachel and Kirsty are so excited to spend the week at the Golden Palace. They’re going to live like real princesses! But before long, they discover that something is terribly wrong. The Princess Fairies’ magic tiaras are missing! Without them, both Fairyland and the human world are a royal mess.

Without Cassidy the Costume Fairy’s tiara, costumes everywhere are one big jumble. Rachel and Kirsty have to find Cassidy’s magic tiara in time for the royal pageant!

Find the missing tiara in each book and help save the princess magic!”

I liked it because it’s about fairies. My favorite character is Cassidy because she helps and she’s a fairy. I also liked the part where they do a pageant and they all have good costumes.  One part I didn’t like was where the goblins were fighting about the tiara; it wasn’t very interesting. But it was a very good book.

I would recommend this book to girls 6 to 10 because it’s easy enough to read, but fun for more confident readers. It has 4338 words and a reading level of grade 2.

Right now I’m reading THE NAME OF THIS BOOK IS SECRET by Pseudonymous Bosch. I will review it as soon as I’m done. And next I will read the sequel, IF YOU ARE READING THIS IT’S TOO LATE.

The Name of This Book Is Secret (Secret, #1)If You're Reading This, It's Too Late (Secret, #2)

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