Ottoline Goes to School Ottoline Goes to School by Chris Riddell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
An excellent choice for readers just moving to chapter books, reluctant readers, or anyone looking for something quick and entertaining. Told through both text and pictures, this sequel to Ottoline and the Yellow Cat has all the same charms – quirky characters and situations, pictures that form part of the story and beg to be examined in detail, and an excellent sense of the absurd. This one features a boarding school plot that pokes nice fun at the genre.

Shadowed Summer Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A very summery, spooky story that’s much stronger than the cover suggests. The sense of place and heat is vivid, which makes a nice contrast when things get turned upside down and Iris is shivering from her encounters with the ghost of a boy who disappeared years before. The characters are another strength of the story – both the present day teens and the adults who were around when Elijah disappeared. I’d recommend it to 7th graders and up looking for a ghost story.

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