Monday Children’s Book Reviews for November 14, 2016

nanobotsNanoBots by Chris Gall

“A boy inventor creates the ultimate in high-tech superheroes that could one day save the world–but they have some smaller problems to take on first! NanoBots are tiny. They’re almost too small to see, but they can each do a unique and important job: Medibot makes sure their Inventor never catches a cold…. Chewbots gobble up that gum the Inventor trampled into the carpet… Binobot scans the scene of a crime for clues the Inventor could never see… and Seekerbots explore to meet microscopic new creatures.

“These bots and their high-tech friends sure make the inventor’s life easier, but when the most AWESOME robot in town is in real trouble, they must band together and prove that sometimes the SMALLEST helpers can be the BIGGEST heroes! Includes fun facts about real nanotechnology in the backmatter.”             [JPB GALL,C]

murder-is-bad-mannersMurder is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens

“Two friends form a detective agency—and must solve their first murder case—in this ‘sharp-witted debut’ (Publishers Weekly, starred review) that is the first adventure in a brand-new middle grade mystery series set at a 1930s boarding school.

“Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are best friends at Deepdean School for Girls, and they both have a penchant for solving mysteries. In fact, outspoken Daisy is a self-described Sherlock Holmes, and she appoints wallflower Hazel as her own personal Watson when they form their own (secret!) detective agency. The only problem? They have nothing to investigate.

“But that changes once Hazel discovers the body of their science teacher, Miss Bell—and the body subsequently disappears. She and Daisy are certain a murder must have taken place, and they can think of more than one person with a motive.

“Determined to get to the bottom of the crime—and to prove that it happened—before the killer strikes again, Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects, and use all the cunning, scheming, and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?”                 [J STEVENS,R]

everything-you-need-to-ace-englishEverything You Need to Ace English Language Arts In One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide

“An exciting book for all middle schoolers (6th-8th grade) who wish they had taken better notes in English class or just want to jump to the head of the class. Each Big Fat Notebook is like getting to borrow the notebook of the best student in English class, the one who not only writes down the important points the teacher makes—noting those crucial ‘you will get tested on these’ facts—but also meticulously transcribes key points from the chalkboard and pastes teacher handouts into her notebook. Part ‘CliffsNotes,’ part workbook, this study hack will help kids focus on the things they need to remember in order to rock their middle school exams and ace English language arts.”             [J372.61 EVERYTHING]

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