Two Can Keep a Secret is darker and more grisly than Karen McManus's first book, One of Us Is Lying!
I read these two mysteries back to back, and despite the fact that they were published around the same time, they are actually pretty different. Let's see how they handle it when forced into a face-off.
Every year, the Texas State Library chooses 20 or so books that will appeal to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade readers.
When the list is announced, Bethany and Bonnie like to go on a shopping spree at the book vendor's to make sure we can get these books in your hands.
These are the books we're most excited about having available soon at Bastrop Public Library.
Bethany gives this one two thumbs up!
First of all, HOW DARE YOU “END” A BOOK WITH SUCH A CLIFFHANGER?!!!?!
As is expected of Johnson’s mysteries, Truly Devious is three parts murder mystery, one part Agatha Christie and other allusions, and one part boarding schools. There is definitely a fun double mystery to be solved in this book.
Stevie is such a fun sleuthing partner. As you progress through the story, you see how smart she is, like a teen Sherlock Holmes.
And, last but not least, for those of you who prefer real-life stories and/or mysteries, here are those nominees. Voting ends October 13th, so get reading!
MONSTROUS BEAUTY by Elizabeth Fama
Fierce, seductive mermaid Syrenka falls in love with Ezra, a young naturalist. When she abandons her life underwater for a chance at happiness on land, she is unaware that this decision comes with horrific and deadly consequences. Almost one hundred forty years later, seventeen-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger named Ezra and feels overwhelmingly, inexplicably drawn to him. For generations, love has resulted in death for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect . . . or a curse? With Ezra's help, Hester investigates her family's strange, sad history. The answers she seeks are waiting in the graveyard, the crypt, and at the bottom of the ocean—but powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of so long ago.
THE LOST WORLD by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The creator of Sherlock Holmes delivers a classic adventure fantasy in this tale of a trip by journalists, scientists, and adventurers to investigate rumors of dinosaurs on a mysterious plateau deep in a mythical South American jungle. Much fun and over-the-top adventure ensue. The author is ably supported by Glen McCready, who delivers a reading very much in the nineteenth-century style. He plays up the characters’ big personalities and celebrates the rather orotund style of the writing, which isn’t as tight as in the Holmes books.