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Amy and the Missing Puppy by Callie Barkley
Art of Freddy by Walter R. Brooks
The Aviary by Kathleen O'Dell
A Birthday Cake for George Washington by Ramin Ganeshram
The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee by Barry Jonsberg
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FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics Vol. 3: Audeamus by Simon Oliver
A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins
Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray by Frank J. Barbiere
The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami by Matthew Carl Strecher
Fox's Garden by Princesse Camcam
Freddy Goes to the North Pole by Walter R. Brooks
Frindle by Andrew Clements
Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon
A Haunting Dream by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene
Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow
Interstate 69 by Matt Dellinger
Moby-Dick: An Ocean Primer by Jennifer Adams
Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Noragami Volume 01 by Adachitoka
Noragami Volume 02 by Adachitoka
Steal the Sky by Megan E. O'Keefe
The Terrible Two Get Worse by Mac Barnett
Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
The Underground City (aka Child of the Cavern) by Jules Verne
Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon G. Flake
What a Ghoul Wants by Victoria Laurie

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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



Steal the Sky: 02/21/16

Steal the Sky by Megan E. O'Keefe

Steal the Sky by Megan E. O'Keefe is the start of the The Scorched Continent series. It's an airship adventure and the intersection of science fiction and fantasy.

Detan Honding and his cohort Tibs are in Aransa, an oasis city near a volcano known for its selium, a lighter than air material that keeps the airships aloft but also helps the doppels (who prefer the term illusionists) change their appearance. They are there to pull off the heist of the century, the taking of an exiled commandant's airship.

Does this heist go down as planned? No, of course not. That would make for a short and boring book. Instead, Detan and Tibs find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery and a potential coup. There is a rogue doppel taking the face of important people in the city.

There's a ton of world building, character building, and plot in this 450 page book, more than I could ever cover in a typical short review. All together this first installment reminds me of the excellent animé series, Xam'd.

Five stars

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