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Reviews That Made Me Want the Book: Jan. 9

Welcome to the first 2009 edition of my Review that Made Me Want the Book feature.

SnatchedMrs. Kochel at the OMS Book Blog reviewed Snatched, the first book in the Bloodwater Mysteries series by Pete Hautman and Mary Logue. She said of this mystery: "I enjoyed the humorous relationship between them and the clues and strategies they use to solve the mystery. I definitely recommend it to middle schoolers who like mysteries. And if you like it, read Doppelganger and Skullduggery, the two sequels."

Fouling OutMs. Yingling is another of my most trusted review sources. She recently reviewed Fouling Out by Gregory Walters, saying: "Fouling Out is highly readable, fast-paced, and very matter-of-fact about everything-- no hand-wringing in sight. Since it is a paperback, I didn't have to read it, but I got sucked in by the first few pages and had to keep going!" She also said that it's a good realistic problem novel for boys, which sounds like something worth checking out.

Devil's BreathMs. Yingling also convinced me to read a book that I already have on my shelf, David Gilman's The Devil's Breath. She said: "Far and away the best book I read over break is David Gilman's The Devil's Breath. It was absolutely spellbinding, AND is the first in a series-- The Danger Zone."

Winnie's WarSarah Miller knows her historical fiction. She reviewed an upcoming title, Winnie's War by Jenny Moss. "What's better than a story about the 1918 influenza pandemic? A story about the 1918 influenza pandemic with a tie-in to the Galveston hurricane of 1900 to make my little ambulance-chasing heart go pitter-pat." And I have to say that I concur.

StarclimberThe Magic of Ink reports in a Waiting on Wednesday post that Starclimber, the third book in Kenneth Oppel's Airborn series, will be released in February. I reviewed Airborn here, and look forward to this third book.

Dirty LaundryI have to admit that the cover of Daniel Ehrenhaft's Dirty Laundry really doesn't grab me. But The Compulsive Reader said that it's a mystery set in a boarding school, and that "Dirty Laundry is a nicely engaging combination of wit, mystery, and a dash of romance written in the form of alternating narratives ... overall Dirty Laundry is a hilarious and entertaining read reminiscent of the works of John Green and Jaclyn Moriarty's The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie, and is easy for the reluctant teen reader to get immersed into." 

SassyFranki reviewed a book at A Year of Reading that I think will make a real contribution: Sassy: Little Sister is Not My Name by Sharon Draper. "I have written before about the lack of books for transitional readers--especially series books-that feature African American characters and continue to be stunned by the statistics on what is being published.  So I was thrilled to see this new series by Draper and I was even more excited when I read this first book."

I look forward to all of these books, and I hope that some of you find food for thought in these reviews.

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