Title: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin)
Author: Catherine Cooper
Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 384 pages
Amazon Product Description:
When Jack Brenin finds a golden acorn lying in the grass, little does he know that it is the beginning of a thrilling and magical adventure. Just an ordinary boy, Jack has been chosen for a hugely important task, and enters a world he believed only existed in legend. Full of twists and turns, talking ravens and mischievous Spriggans, 'The Golden Acorn' is a hugely entertaining and exciting tale from a very talented new author. Your kids will love it, and so will you! This brilliant story deservedly won the Brit Writers' Awards 2010 for unpublished writers and has now been published by Infinite Ideas.
Although written for children, this is a story that can be enjoyed by adults who've retained their enjoyment of a simple but entertaining yarn. I admit I downloaded it because it was free, but also because the Amazon reviews (many from adult readers) were generally very positive. The 'chosen one' plotline was fairly cliché and the peril was pretty tame, but it was enlived by a cast of characters who were consistently engaging and well-drawn, even the minor ones.
I would have adored this book when I was a kid - especially the Night Guard rats and the trip back in time to Roman Britain! - and even as a cynical adult reader I still found it a charming and refreshing read. It makes a good opening novel for a series and I've already bought the sequel, Glasruhen Gate.
Another little batch update. My goal/list is here.

Title: Spindle's End.
Author: Robin McKinley.
Number of Pages: 432.
Genre: Fantasy/fairytale.
Book Number/Goal: 4 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: The Wide Window.
Author: Lemony Snicket.
Number of Pages: 224.
Genre: Children's.
Book Number/Goal: 5 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: The Dragon Keeper.
Author: Robin Hobb.
Number of Pages: 553.
Genre: Fantasy.
Book Number/Goal: 6 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.

Title: Dragon Haven.
Author: Robin Hobb.
Number of Pages: 576.
Genre: Fantasy.
Book Number/Goal: 7 of 75 (minimum).
Review: Here.
Title: The Eagle of the Ninth.
Author: Rosemary Sutcliff.
Number of Pages: 293.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Book Number/Goal: 16/20. List here.

Review: Here.
Title: Carrie's War.
Author: Nina Bawden.
Number of Pages: 174.
Genre: Children's.
Book Number/Goal: 8/20. List here.

Review: Here.
Title: Little Lord Fauntleroy.
Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Number of Pages: 238.
Genre: Children's.
Book Number/Goal: 7/20. List here.

Review: Here.
Title: The Mystery of the Old Fisk House
Author: Mary Shiverick Fishler & Lois Hamilton Fuller
Number of Pages: 160 pages
Book Number/Goal: 52/75 for 2009
My Rating: 4/5

A troop of Brownies find an old box in the nearby woods that turns out to have a hidden cross-stitch sampler in it with the key to buried treasure.

I found this book while tidying up the other day and decided to read it one more time before putting it on BookMooch. I loved it so much as a kid because not only is it a mystery (my favorite genre at the time), but there are secret passageways! ♥♥♥

Although it's not the best-written thing ever, even for a children's book, I still enjoyed it reading it again as an adult (I still love mysteries and secret passageways!). It was written in 1960 for the authors' daughters' Brownie troop and I really kind of love the fact that these two women wrote an adventure story for these girls.

Mooch from BookMooch.
Title: What Katy Did.
Author: Susan Coolidge.
Number of Pages: ~230. (Read as ebook.)
Genre: Classics.
Book Number/Goal: 6/20. List here.

Review: Here.
Title: An Introduction to Children's Literature.
Author: Peter Hunt.
Number of Pages: 241.
Genre: Non-fiction (litcrit).
Book Number/Goal: 5/20. List here.

Review: Here.
Title: Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear
Author: Lensey Namioka
Number of Pages: 134 pages
Book Number/Goal: 47/75 for 2009
My Rating: 3.5/5

Yingtao and his family have just moved to the US from China. It's hard to adjust to a new culture and language, but Yingtao's biggest problem is one he's had all his life: his family is very musical and he's tone-deaf. No matter how much he practices the violin, he never gets any better.

This is aimed at a pretty young audience (Yingtao is 9/10, so I'd guess it's aimed at kids a bit younger than that), so the language is really simple, but the story is cute. This is the first in a series about the Yang family and I'll definitely be checking the rest out.

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