Graveyard School #26: Little School of Horrors by Tom B. Stone
Graveyard School / 31st January 2018

Title: Graveyard School #26 – Little School of Horrors Author: Tom B. Stone/Nola Thacker/D.E. Athkins Cover Artist: Mark Nagata Tagline: N/A Summary: It’s The Most Horrifying Time Of Year In Grove Hill – Back-To-School Time! Back to school. Ghouls rule. Teachers drool. Dead things walking are nothing shocking. Blue is new at Graveyard School. But he knows right away that he’s going to class at Creep Central. Just look at the teachers. The principal. Even the janitor. But worst of all, look at the kid who wants to be Blue’s best friend. With friends like these, who needs enemies? Welcome to Dead Kid 101. [Wing: This summary made me laugh. I’m delighted.] Initial Thoughts Looking at the cover Wing you can guess why I picked this for your b-day month, and lucky for you this is also one of my favorite books in the series. What’s weird about it is this book has got some world building shit going on, and the way it reads you’d THINK it would’ve been the first in the series. It gives a much better sense of how big the sixth grade class is, even for a small town, which puts it at odds with…

Strange Matter #2: The Midnight Game by Johnny Ray Barnes Jr.
Strange Matter / 30th January 2018

Title: Strange Matter #2 – The Midnight Game Author: Johnny Ray Barnes Jr. Cover Artist: ??? Summary: Tyler Webb has been invited to attend a very special football game – a final showdown between two teams from Fairfield’s past. The only problem is, the game is scheduled for midnight and there’s no way Tyler’s parents will let him go. Curiosity gets the better of him and Tyler sneaks out to see the game. Now he’s sitting in the moonlight, waiting for the teams to run out. But they don’t. They crawl out… from the ground. Initial Thoughts I sent Wing the first book in the Strange Matter series as a Christmas gift. I’ve known of the series for years but I only own two books, this one and “Frozen Dinners,” which is book 5. From what I’ve seen online and what I gleamed from the fifth book, it looks like this series had an ongoing storyline spread throughout the different volumes concerning the strange things happening in Fairfield. I’m trying to avoid buying books in the latter half until I’ve read the first ten. Unfortunately, a few books were cancelled, which has me really intrigued and frustrated because I’d really…

Sweet Valley Twins #39: Jessica and the Money Mix-Up by Francine Pascal
Sweet Valley / 29th January 2018

Title: Jessica and the Money Mix-Up by Francine Pascal Summary: A matter of trust… When Jessica Wakefield’s father asks her to run an errand for him, she jumps at the chance. It’s the perfect opportunity to prove to her dad that she can be trusted. All she has to do is deliver an envelope of money for a charity to Mr. Hopper, who lives three blocks away. What could possibly go wrong? Jessica doesn’t know that she’s about to be sidetracked by Sweet Valley Middle School’s biggest gossip. Or that, when she hides the money to deliver it later, her hiding place will disappear! Jessica’s only hope is to find the money—fast. With Elizabeth’s help, she’ll search all over Sweet Valley. But will the twins find it before their father discovers the money is gone? Tagline: Jessica is in the biggest trouble of her life! Initial Thoughts I … am not looking forward to this book. It might have been a bad idea to start recapping the Baby-Sitters Club books, which I love so much, while recapping Sweet Valley. Similar character age, similar target audience, and yet, I love the hell out of those books and spend a great deal…

Goosebumps Series 2000 #17: The Werewolf In The Living Room by R.L. Stine
Goosebumps / 25th January 2018

Title: Goosebumps Series 2000 #17 – The Werewolf in the Living Room, a.k.a. “Are You There God? It’s Me, Aaron” Author: R.L. Stine Cover Artist: Tim Jacobus [Wing: That is one of the creepier werewolves I’ve seen in cover art, and that includes on adult horror novels.] Tagline: Home sweet horror. Summary: The creature had the face of a wolf. And the back and chest of a man. He stared at me with those black, gleaming eyes. He curled back his thick lips. I stared in horror at long, curved fangs. Then – before I could run – the werewolf leaned back on his haunches. Raised his head in a fierce howl. And sank his fangs deep into my skin. Initial Thoughts Surprise, Wing! It’s your favorite thing! WEREWOLVES. I know you mentioned reading “The Werewolf of Fever Swamp,” but I decided to go with one of the books you were less likely to have read before. At least, I hope so. [Wing: Good call! I’ve never read this one before, and I am so, so excited about it.] The Goosebumps 2000 books were Scholastic’s attempt to revitalize the series for the new century, even though they were published three years before…

Molly Book #1: Meet Molly, An American Girl by Valerie Tripp
American Girls / 24th January 2018

Title: Meet Molly a.k.a. “You Know Who Else Played Pranks? HITLER!” Author: Valerie Tripp Illustrator: Nick Backes Summary: FOR MOLLY MCINTIRE, life seems full of changes. It’s 1944 and the world is at war. Her father is far away caring for wounded soldiers. Her mother is busy working for the Red Cross. Mrs. Gilford, the strict housekeeper, makes her eat terrible things like turnips from the Victory garden. And everyone in America is so serious and practical that glamorous Halloween costumes are hard to get. Molly’s special hula skirt is a huge success – until Ricky, her pesty big brother, plays a mean trick. Molly and her friends are determined to get back at him. One mean trick leads to another until the fighting goes too far. Initial Thoughts I am really thankful I didn’t give these books away like I had planned. When I was a kid I was a big fan of historical fiction books, mainly the “Dear America” series and the “American Girl” books. My interest in the genre started thanks to the cartoon “Histeria” which sparked an interest in Henry VIII and his many wives. I still have a box full of my old “Dear America” and…