Book Review: Good Morning, Gorillas by Mary Pope Osbourne


Author: Mary Pope Osbourne Title: Good Morning, Gorillas Publication Info: New York : Random House, 2006. Summary/Review: Another delightful Magic Tree House journey where Annie and Jack spend a few days living among a family of mountain gorillas in Congo and learn the “magic” of communication.  Osbourne knows a lot about gorilla behavior and incorporates it into…

Book Reviews: Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve by Mary Pope Osbourne


Author: Mary Pope Osbourne Title: Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve  Publication Info: Random House Books for Young Readers (2010) Summary/Review: There’s such a great variety of stories in the Magic Tree House series.  Having just read the historical fiction of a story set at the Paris World’s Fair of 1889, we read this book set in the…

Book Reviews: Night of the New Magicians by Mary Pope Osbourne


Author: Mary Pope Osbourne Title: Night of the New Magicians Publication Info: New York : Random House, 2006. Summary/Review: This is a really entertaining installment of the Magic Tree House series where Annie and Jack visit the Paris World’s Fair of 1889 to learn of for forms of “magic.”  The magic is actual the inventions and discoveries…

Book Review: Monday with a Mad Genius by Mary Pope Osbourne


Author: Mary Pope Osbourne Title:  Monday with a Mad Genius Publication Info: New York : Random House, c2007. Summary/Review: Jack & Annie are given the mission to spend the day in Renaissance Florence helping Leonardo Da Vinci.  It’s harder than it sounds but they’re persistent and participate in Leonardo’s science and art adventures, and even a little…

Book Review: Stage Fright on a Summer Night by Mary Pope Osbourne


Author: Mary Pope Osbourne Title: Stage Fright on a Summer Night Publication Info: New York : Random House, 2002. Summary/Review: This may be my favorite Magic Tree House story yet.  Jack & Annie travel to Elizabethan London and join Shakespeare on stage at the Globe Theatre where they learn the magic of theater.  There’s a lot of…

Book Review: Ghost Town at Sundown by Mary Pope Osborne


Author: Mary Pope Osborne Title: Ghost Town at Sundown Publication Info: New York : Random House, c1997. Summary/Review: Jack & Annie go back to the Old West and visit a ghost town with real ghosts!  They also encounter some cattle rustlers and a kindly cowboy named Slim.  It’s a fun adventure with a riddle to solve. Rating:…

Book Review: Mummies in the Morning by Mary Pope Osbourne


Author: Mary Pope Osbourne Title: Mummies in the Morning Publication Info: New York : Random House, c1993. Summary/Review: Another Magic Tree House classic.  Annie and Jack travel to Ancient Egypt and help a ghost-queen by solving the riddle of hieroglyphics and finding their way through the false passages of a pyramid.  This book also demonstrates their different…

Book Review: Pirates Past Noon by Mary Pope Osbourne


Author: Mary Pope Osbourne Title: Pirates Past Noon Publication Info: New York : Random House, c1994. Summary/Review: Swashbuckling adventure awaits Annie and Jack as the magic tree house takes them to an island, and they have to help pirates find a treasure.  I love pirates, but this is a weak story in the series, albeit still entertaining….

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


Author: Ransom Riggs Title:Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Narrator:  Jesse Bernstein Publication Info: Random House Audio, 2011 Summary/Review: 16-year-old Jacob travels to a remote Welsh island to learn more about the shelter that took in his grandfather during World War II.  Through some mysterious encounters and time travel he learns that the children at…

Book Review: Q : a novel by Evan J. Mandery


Author: Evan J. Mandery Title: Q : a novel Publication Info: New York, NY : Harper, c2011. Summary/Review: An unnamed narrator tells the story of Q, Quentina Elizabeth Deveril, the love of his life.  After meeting, dating, and planning to marry, an older version of the narrator arrives via time travel to tell him that he can’t…

Book Review: All Clear by Connie Willis


Author: Connie Willis Title: All Clear Publication Info: New York : Spectra, 2010. ISBN: 9780553807677 Previous Works By Same Author: Lincoln’s Dreams Doomsday Book Bellwether To Say Nothing of the Dog Passage Inside Job Blackout Summary/Review: As noted in my review of Blackout this book is less of a sequel and more of a direct continuation of one lengthy work about three…

Book Review: Blackout by Connie Willis


Author: Connie Willis Title: Blackout Publication Info: ISBN: 9780553803198 Previous Works By Same Author: Lincoln’s Dreams Doomsday Book Bellwether To Say Nothing of the Dog Passage Inside Job Summary/Review: Connie Willis is one of my favorite sci-fi/fantasy authors and I particularly enjoy her take on time travel fiction in works such as Doomsday Book and To Say…

Book Review: Time Traveller by Dr. Ronald L. Mallett


Author: Dr. Ronald L. Mallett Title: Time Traveller: A Scientist’s Personal Mission To Make Time Travel A Reality Publication Info:  New York : Thunder’s Mouth Press, c2006. ISBN: 9781560258698 Summary/Review: Young Ronald Mallett was devastated when he was a ten-year old having to deal with his beloved father’s death.  Discovering the concept of time travel…

Book Review: The Little Book by Selden Edwardse


Author: Selden Edwards Title: The Little Book Publication Info: Penguin Audio (2008), Edition: Unabridged, Audio CD ISBN:  0143143514 Summary/Review: Wheeler Burden is a lot of things: son of a revered athlete and war hero a successful – if not ambitious – high school and college baseball pitcher a rock & roll superstar heir to a…