Children's · Ghost story · mystery

Best Nerds Forever – James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein ★★★★

Blurb; Finn McAllister was a normal middle school nerd–now he’s a ghost with a big mystery to solve.

One minute, Finn was biking home from school, and the next, he was run off the road by a maniac in a big van. Now, he’s a ghost. He can do lots of fun things, like try every ice cream flavor in the store, sneak up on people, and play as many video games as he wants. Finn even has a new ghost friend, Isabella, to show him the ropes. But he also has a lot of BIG questions, like: who wanted him dead? And can he stop the maniac from striking again? 

Packed with hilarious moments, epic friendships, and fun art, Best Nerds Forever celebrates the nerd in each of us and the joy of living life to its fullest. 

My Review; I absolutely loved this one the most recently. At 250 pages it is an easy read and beautifully illustrated throughout. Devoured it. It’s kind of a ghost story with a twist. Finn is stuck in the inbetween… Between life & death. His grandfather keeps coming to help him pass through to the other side but he has to figure out why he died, who did it before he is happy.

Along the way he meets Isabella another ghost in the inbetween and they become friends while he helps her solve her death too. It’s a brilliant story that highlights the importance of life. How fear can literally kill you and the importance of friends and family. They’re busy teleporting to their friends, family, school & death spots to get all the answers they need while having a bit of fun here and there. Being a ghost has its advantages.

Life’s too short. Highly recommend. One that will stick with me for a while. Powerful. Emotional in parts. A well deserved four stars from me.

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chick-lit · Children's · Comedy

Jacky Ha-Ha – James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein ★★★★

Blurb; In his new middle grade novel that debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, James Patterson introduces his hilarious new heroine, Jacky Ha-Ha, a class clown who makes people laugh with her so they can’t laugh at her.

With her irresistible urge to tell a joke in every situation–even when she really, really shouldn’t–twelve-year-old Jacky Ha-Ha loves to make people laugh. And cracking wise helps distract her from thinking about not-so-funny things in her life, like her mom serving in a dangerous, faraway war, and a dad who’s hardly ever home.

But no matter how much fun Jacky has, she can’t seem to escape her worries. So one starlit night, she makes a promise to keep her family together…even if she has to give up the one thing that makes her happy. But can she stop being Jacky Ha-Ha, if that’s who she really is?

My Review; Another children’s book I have devoured today at over 300 pages long. This book is extremely similar to Jacqueline Wilson style & her characters which I absolutely adore. An easy read with plenty of illustrations throughout.

Meet Jacky. Class clown. Funny. Sometimes naughty. Mischievous. Top of the class for receiving detentions. But in this story she finds something to put all her attention into. Maybe this is how she could turn herself around? Be someone to be proud of. A brilliant story of using her attitude and jokes for the better… This is Jacky writing to her daughters about her younger years.

Short chapters. Funny. Determined character. I loved Jacky. Highly recommend! A well deserved four stars from me. There is also a follow on from this which I have not found yet. This is book one.

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Children's

Scaredy Cat – James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein ★★★★

Blurb; Pasha & Poop, two adorable housecats take on Ebeneezer, the Grinch of all Cats. James Patterson’s funniest animal adventure since Katt vs. Dogg.

When shelter cats Pasha and Poop move in with their new human family, they find themselves up against a ghostly bully. Scaredy Cat demands they follow his rules or he’ll cause all kinds of trouble-knock over lamps, spill kitty litter, and even get them shipped back to the animal shelter!

But Pasha and Poop are stubborn and rebellious. They won’t follow the Scaredy Cat’s ridiculous rules like all of the other pets on the block. Together, they set out to find the truth behind who the Scaredy Cat really is, and how they can end his mischief-making for good.

My review; Now I’m a huge fan of James Patterson as many of you know but imagine my surprise when I didn’t know he wrote children’s books and found this in my library. Amazing! This was an easy read that was just over 300 pages, beautifully illustrated throughout and an uplifting, good VS evil read for all children. Perfect for any cat fans.

Meet Poop & Pasha two cats who refuse to obey the scaredy cat (the boss) and vow to bring him down. But with all the other cats on the street obeying the scaredy cat will they succeed or fail? The Scaredy cat has a hidden secret that makes him so evil and he cannot risk that secrect being told or his reputation will be ruined. I devoured this. Would highly recommend. Parts were funny. Parts had teamwork and it has a brilliant ending. A well deserved four stars from me.

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