Monday, November 20, 2017

Feeling Grateful!

We'll be taking time out this week to celebrate our feelings of gratitude with family and friends. There is so much to be thankful for, and life is amazing. Happy Thanksgiving! We'll see you all around the book block. ~ DMS

Here's an oldie but goodie. ; )

I will always make you smile- if only for a little while. A fleeting word that holds you warm, keeps your mind from any harm. So much of me I have to give- with no thing there, only love to live. The easiest feeling that you can think- though hard at times when thoughts do sink. Hold me close, teach me near- give me to those you hold so dear. In a time of need, when you're feeling low, remember me in the worlds you grow.  

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Here are some fun and inspirational things to do while you're celebrating this week!

Brain hungry for words? Mind need to feed? 

Try some Bookworm Stew. You never know what's in the brew. 

Want to have story scenes come to life in your mind's eye? 

Tune into our index of book reviews and let your imagination play. 

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Pick up a pencil and let loose. Enter Fairday's drawing contest for a chance to win an authentic DMS pack filled with secrets. 

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Surprise someone you love with a bundle of mystery!

DMS CASE FILE #1: The Begonia House

The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow
Publish date: 12/1/15
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Illustrator: Roman Muradov
Ages: 9-12
Grade Level: 4-7
Available: Hardcover, Paperback, E-book, Library Bound

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The Begonia House keeps its secrets. Everyone knows that. Everyone, that is, except for clever eleven-year-old Fairday Morrow, whose family has just moved in. Being the Senior Investigator in the Detective Mystery Squad, more commonly known as the DMS, she’s ready to uncover the mysteries hidden within the strange manor. As the investigation gears up and the pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place, the DMS enters into a world where anything is possible, and the danger is most definitely real. Can they piece together the puzzle before it's too late? Or will whatever's causing trouble find Fairday and her friends first?

DMS CASE FILE #2: The Talking Library

Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library
Publish date: 10/23/17
Publisher: Willow Press
Illustrator: David SanAngelo
Age: 9-12
Grade level: 3-6
Available: Hardcover

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Fairday Morrow had no clue that moving from Manhattan to the small town of Ashpot, Connecticut, would lead to an unsolved mystery. Her parents’ dream of renovating a crumbling Victorian, called the Begonia House, into a bed and breakfast had seemed like treachery at the time. But Fairday found out that her new house kept secrets, and once inside its twisted front gates, anything was possible. When mysterious notes start showing up warning that a librarian is in trouble and a bookworm is eating words, Fairday thinks the Begonia House has more skeletons in its closets. What happens to stories when their words get eaten?

Friday, November 17, 2017

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I was excited when Lizzy told me I could talk about one of my favorite books in the Harry Potter series. Who knows, maybe she'll let me come back one day to tell you about another book.

Harry Potter’s scar has been hurting and he’s been having strange dreams. Getting to leave his aunt and uncle’s house to attend the Quidditch World Cup with his best friend and his family is a dream come true. After getting there by portkey, Harry can barely get over all the wonderful aspects of the Quidditch World Cup and the festival-like atmosphere surrounding it. Quidditch is his favorite sport and there is so much to take in. But when Voldemort’s dark mark shows up in the sky it becomes apparent that Lord Voldemort is back and he still has followers. Arriving at Hogwarts for their fourth year, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are excited to learn that their school will be hosting the first Triwizard Tournament in over two hundred years. The contest is only open to those over 17 years old. Students and professors from other schools come to Hogwarts to see if the Goblet of Fire will pick them to participate. The names of those who wish to participate go into the goblet, and then the competitors are announced. Somehow the goblet spits out two names from Hogwarts- Cedric Diggory and Harry Potter. People are upset and feel that Harry cheated, but he didn't. Now the tasks start and the danger is real. These tasks will leave one person as the champion and the stakes are high. Not everyone will get out alive. Will Harry encounter Lord Voldemort again? Does He have what it takes to stay alive during the games? Will Harry ever find out who put his name in the goblet? You don’t want to miss this page turner!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling is the fourth book in the Harry Potter series. Harry grows in the book as a person and as a wizard. As a teenager he goes through arguments with his friends, starts being interested in girls, and he sees a death which solidifies the gravity of his situation at Hogwarts. Harry has always been mischievous, but when the time comes to choose between right and wrong- he always chooses right. I really liked the Triwizard Tournament and some of the challenges they had- especially the gillyweed. I think that this was the most trying year for Harry because he finally realized what Voldemort was all about. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy a mystery, the supernatural, and a lot of action. Fans of Harry Potter will definitely like this book!

Has anyone else read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? Or have you read another book by J.K. Rowling? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

~Marcus “Brocket” the Rocket

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Answer to Monday's Riddle: Gulping Goblets!

Excellent guessing, Riddlers! This week we're cheering a goblet, so stay tuned for a special review on Friday. See you all around the book block. ; ) ~ F

I've a foot and stem below a cup. Cheers ring out when I'm held up. Inside may be cold or hot, full or empty matters not. Fancy, plain, wood or metal, I'm not a mug, plate, or kettle!

What am I? Answer: Goblet!

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62 original riddles and illustrations
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Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday's Riddle: No Handle On It...

Hello, Riddlers! Can you guess our theme this week? It'll fill you up! ; ) ~ F

I've a foot and stem below a cup. Cheers ring out when I'm held up. Inside may be cold or hot, full or empty matters not. Fancy, plain, wood or metal, I'm not a mug, plate, or kettle!

What am I? Stop by Wednesday for the answer.

I gave you a clue!