All the Answers by Kate Messner- Ava Anderson is scared, scared to take tests, scared to try out for jazz band, scared to do anything. But with the help of her friend Sophie, Ava gets by. Suddenly one day everything changes when a simple blue pencil found in a desk drawer at home begins to answer any question Ava asks. Magically, it helps her pass her tests, it provides the latest gossip of who likes who at school, it even gives her an answer to which family member is very sick and in need of immediate help. Does knowing all the answers make a person happy or just add to Ava’s fears? For a fantasy, this book feels realistic. Grades three and up will connect with Ava, Sophie and Ava’s family.
Cinder The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer- Wow love this series! This is mix between Cinderella and Star Wars! Cinder is a teenage cyborg mechanic. She lives with her stepmother and two step sisters in a futuristic world where the moon is colonized by people who have obtained almost magical powers of brainwashing, and the earth, where Cinder lives, is a mix of humans, cyborgs, and androids. Cinder’s life is hard. She spends her days fixing everyone’s technology and then gives all she earns to her evil step mom! Her past is a mystery. She knows something happened to her that caused her to have surgeries which made her the cyborg she is today. When she meets Prince Kai and becomes caught up in the struggles of earth and the moon, she begins to learn secrets of her past. This is a great read for middle grades up. Full of action, intrigue, can’t wait to read the next page kind of book!!