Book Reviews by rephilipsen

Cynthia Graham has just found out her grandmother has left her a red diamond from Ama Dablam in her inheritance. With the diamond are letters from Sandy Irvine, one of the famous climbers on the fated 1924 Everest climb. Meanwhile, Dorje’s family’s climbing business is losing money, and rumors are going around about a new smuggling gang run by a man named the Foreigner. When Cynthia decides to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps and go on a climbing trip to Ama Dablam, evil seems to follow her there. Little does she know, the Foreigner is after her too.

A horse named Lafitte is waiting for a rider. He knows he can jump really well, but no one wants to buy him because he is too short. So, he waits. Meanwhile, a girl named Ella is staying with her Aunt Anastasia while her parents get things straightened out at her home.

Ruby knows she isn’t normal. She has always been afraid of the water, despite living on an island. She doesn’t know who her parents are. She also sees lines that form a grid connecting her to everything and everyone around her. As far as she knows, Ruby has no living family members. So it is a shock when Ruby finds out that she has two uncles and a grandma who want to take care of her. Finally, she will be taken care of. But having someone understand her may be more dangerous than she ever thought.

Mac, the macadamia nut, is different from most of his friends. He is different in the way he dresses, eats, sleeps, and plays. But when it counts, Mac is exactly the kind of friend everyone wants and needs.

Casey Grimes didn’t expect things to be easy when moving to Vintage Woods. He knew it would be hard being the new kid, especially a new kid with a passion for climbing trees. But, things turned out differently than expected. Instead of being singled out, he is forgotten. Soon he realizes that people aren’t intentionally being rude, they just can’t see him. When his mom and dad go on a sudden vacation, he and his sister, Gloria, find themselves the charges of a somewhat eccentric babysitter.

Everyone gets a little curious sometimes. When the little girl in this story sees a little boy who looks sad, she decides to cheer him up. But first, she tries to find out why he is upset. So, with all the charm of a concerned little girl, she goes through every possible scenario that could possibly be making him sad. The Curious Club captures the spirit of curious kids everywhere, with imaginative rhyme and colorful pictures by illustrator Mike Motz.



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