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Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl by Daniel Pinkwater
Bait by Robin Aurelian
Banana by Ed Vere
Belinda the Ballerina by Amy Young
The Best Birthday Ever by Me (Lana Kitty) by Charise Mericle Harper
Boo to You! by Lois Ehlert
Chasing Demons by R.L. Geerdes
Coco the Carrot by Steven Salerno
The Crocodiles by Steven Popkes
F U, Penguin by Matthew Gasteier
Fullmetal Alchemist 10 by Hiromu Arakawa
The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr
How You Got to Be So Smart by David Milgrim
I Am Invited to a Party by Mo Willems
I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed by Lauren Child
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
Madeline at the White House by John Bemelmans Marciano
Magpie Magic by April Wilson
Monster Hunt by Rory Storm
Older than the Stars by Karen C. Fox
Once I Was a Cardboard Box, Now I'm a Book About Polar Bears by Anton Poitier
One Halloween Night by Mark Teague
Ranma 1/2 Volume 01 by Rumiko Takahashi
Red-Eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley
The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine
Sea Gifts by George Shannon
Shape Me a Rhyme by Jane Yolen
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry
xxxHolic 04 by CLAMP

Misc
What Are You Reading? (October 31) What Are You Reading? (October 24) What Are You Reading? (October 17) What Are You Reading? (October 10) What Are You Reading? (October 03)

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Bait: 10/18/11

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I am the type of reader who associates locations with books and stories read. For instance, "Bait" by Robin Aurelian from the January / February 2010 Fantasy and Science makes me think of the library. Or more specifically, the library parking lot where I read the story while waiting for the library to open.

"Bait" can be described as a warning to all big sisters. If you torture your baby brother, he's likely to find his revenge. If you're like Spike and live in a world where one can hunt for magical creatures in the wood, that revenge might taken on a paranormal form.

The story is also another warning about "be careful what you wish for." If you use your brother as bait and let him get bit and cursed and whatnot by who knows what as part of the hunt, he may very well end up turning into something stronger and more vicious than you are!

As a big sister who was once not so nice to my much younger brother, I laughed at the story. But I also felt a little grateful that I didn't grow up in a magical world.

Five stars.

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