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Lions at Lunchtime

Lions at Lunchtime (Magic Tree House #10)

Official Overview:
Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

“Where are the lions?”

Jack wonders when the Magic Tree House whisks him and his sister to the vast plains of Africa. Before he can find out, Annie starts to help hundreds of wildebeests cross a rushing river. Next they follow a honey of a bird and meet an awesome Masai warrior. Jack hopes any lions will just stay away. Jack is about to be very disappointed . . .
Of course another great one! I loved the animals in this one and it taught quite a bit about how each animal relies on another animal to survive, was a great teaching moment to remind Addyson that God creates each of us for a purpose (even the wildebeests).


Legend by Marie Lu

Official Overview:
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

This is another book I got off of a blog post, listing books for people who were in “Hunger Games” withdrawal :). All the books I’ve read from this girl’s recommendations have been great and this book did not disappoint. This is supposed to be the first in a trilogy and I look forward to the next few books coming out next year.

This story was interesting as it is very possible. This type of scenario could totally happen in the future and I was in amazement throughout reading this book. Beautifully written and a very quick read for me.

Ghost Town at Sundown

Official Overview:
Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Is this town HAUNTED?

Jack and Annie wonder when the Magic Tree House whisks them to the Wild West. But before they can say “Boo!” they rush headlong into an adventure filled with horse thieves, a lost colt, rattlesnakes, and a cowboy named Slim. Will Jack and Annie have time to solve the next Tree House Riddle? The answer may depend on a ghost!
Very cute…Addyson loved the cowboy and horses in this one :).

Book list from the last month

We’ve been reading a LOT of books so far this summer! The month of June was probably a record 🙂

So here are a few of the great books (in addition to the Magic Tree House books):

Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream

Peter Pan


No Jumping on the Bed!

Apples to Oregon

Baby Dragon

No Babysitters Allowed

Martha Bakes a Cake

The Littlest Christmas Tree

How Do Dinosaurs Laugh Out Loud?

Grandpappy Snippy Snappies

The Famous Nini

Curious George Makes Pancakes

Curious George Goes Camping

Clifford Sees America

How to Clean you Room in 10 easy steps

Big Red Barn

The Best Story

The Boy who was Raised by Librarians


The Death Cure

The Death Cure – third/final book in the Maze Runner series

Official Overview:
Thomas knows that Wicked can’t be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they’ve collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It’s up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test.
What Wicked doesn’t know is that something’s happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can’t believe a word of what Wicked says.
The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine.
Will anyone survive the Death Cure?
So this book was just as full of adventure and twists and turns as the first two! I will continue to highly recommend these books to anyone who loves to read!

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The Scorch Trials

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Official Overview:

The Scorch Trials picks up where The Maze Runner left off. The Gladers have escaped the Maze, but now they face an even more treacherous challenge on the open roads of a devastated planet.
And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.
Can Thomas survive in such a violent world?

Okay…2nd book of this trilogy and it did not disappoint! Read it in 2 1/2 days too. This trilogy is similar to the Hunger Games in 3 ways only (in my opinion):

1. The story is about groups of young people who are struggling through circumstances together.
2. The characters are at times fighting for their lives against the elements set up by the Creators (an unseen force).
3. The young people learn from their mistakes and a few leaders arise to “lead” the others through the remaining trials.

If you loved the Hunger Games you might also just become a fan of the Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials and the Death Cure.

Onto read the Death Cure now!

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