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Andy McBean and the War of the Worlds by Dale Kutzera
Bad Kitty School Daze by Nick Bruel
Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices by Ralph Fletcher
Buzz! by Ananth Panagariya
David Hockney: A Bigger Picture by Tim Barringer
The Death of Bernadette Lefthand by Ronald B. Querry
Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls by Victoria Laurie
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
Hard Truth by Nevada Barr
How To by Julie Morstad
J. C. Leyendecker by Michael Schau
Listening for Lucca by Suzanne LaFleur
Moby Duck by Donovan Hohn
Moonhead and the Music Machine by Andrew Rae
My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
The Necropolis Railway by Andrew Martin
A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny
Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion by Alan Goldsher
Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle by Dana Simpson
Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff
Satan's Prep by Gabe Guarente
Satellites in Outer Space by Isaac Asimov
The Seer of Shadows by Avi
Sneakers, the Seaside Cat by Margaret Wise Brown
Stars by Mary Lyn Ray
The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
A Touch of Gold by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene
Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life by P.J. Hoover
When You Are Alone/It Keeps You Capone by Myra Cohn Livingston
Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio

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No students! or My First Bookstore
On deja vu or why I keep a list of what I read
Replacing ARCs with Research
Why I'm no longer accepting review copies

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

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



Moonhead and the Music Machine: 04/17/15

cover art

Moonhead and the Music Machine by Andrew Rae is the story of a middle school or high school student who is drifting through school until he discovers the power of music. With the help of his dad and his friends, he sets out to build a musical instrument unlike anything that's come before it.

The one odd thing about him, and his family, is that he has a moon for a head. That means he can literally space out. It's a weird conceit but it works. It works as a metaphor for being different than the majority.

Moonhead missing his head

But it also works on a more literal level because there are so many unusual animation series right now where diverse groups of characters come together for slice of life stories. I'm not talking about racially diverse, though again, these characters are in part metaphoric. In stead I'm talking literally diverse and unusual and unexpected beyond even the classical mixture of animals that harken back to the earliest days of American animation.

The band

The Moonhead family reminds me most of a family you'd see on the Amazing World of Gumball. Except for most of the book, they are alone as the others in town are clearly human beings. It's through the creative process and the taking pride in expressing his individuality that Moonhead is able to transform his environment into something more welcoming.

Five stars

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