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Bad Babysitter by Jennifer L. Holm
Beyond Auto Mode by Jennifer Bebb
The Book Fair From the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
Bookmarked For Death by Lorna Barrett
The Broken Lands by Kate Milford
Cadillac Couches by Sophie B. Watson
Cleopatra in Space: Secret of the Time Tablets by Mike Maihack
A Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle
D4VE by Ryan Ferrier
Giant Days, Volume 5 by John Allison
Knight's Castle by Edward Eager
Knock About with the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding
The Locksmith issue 3 by Terrance Grace
Made for Each Other by Paul D. Storrie and Eldon Cowgur
Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett
Paper Girls, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
Pastoral Cities by James L. Machor
Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass
Poison Kiss by Ana Mardoll
Pumpkin Town! by Katie McKy
Puppy Love by Jennifer L. Holm
The Road Movie Book edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Rae Hark
Rosemary Remembered by Susan Wittig Albert
Roughneck by Jeff Lemire
Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella
The Time Garden by Edward Eager
Thyme of Death by Susan Wittig Albert
The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
Volkswagen Blues by Jacques Poulin and translated by Sheila Fischman
Waiting by Kevin Henkes

Miscellaneous
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 07, 2017)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 14, 2017)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 28, 2017)
July 2017 Reading Sources
July 2017 Reading Summary

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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



Puppy Love: 08/17/17

Puppy Love  by Jennifer L. Holm

Puppy Love by Jennifer L. Holm is the eighth book in the Babymouse series. Babymouse desperately wants a puppy but her parents, well aware of her lack of attention to projects, tell her she has to prove herself responsible enough of a pet owner.

In later books, especially, Babymouse really is the cause of her own defeat. She is often portrayed as lazy, winey, and eager for things to magically go in her favor. Here, though, she is genuinely making an effort. But she still has problems.

Anyone who has had one of those "starter pets" knows, they are either short lived or are superb Houdini style escape artists. As a child I had fish and hamsters along with the family pets: a dog and a pair of cats. The fish, which we bought in bulk, often had a few who went belly up each month. I really don't know how often we had to replace fish until we hit on a stable population. The hamsters were constantly getting out of their cages. Invariably they'd end up under or behind an appliance; the dishwasher was a favorite hiding spot.

All of Babymouse's pets having a party when she's not looking

Babymouse's pets, though, prefer under her bed. And they take things to hilarious extremes. With each pet that escapes, including a fish in its bowl, the party under the bed grows.

Four stars

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