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Adventure on Whalebone Island by M.A. Wilson
Black Hammer Volume 2: The Event by Jeff Lemire
The Dark Lady by Irene Adler
A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong
Ghostbusters 101: Everyone Answers the Call by Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening
Habibi by Craig Thompson
If You Find This by Matthew Baker
Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina
Koko Be Good by Jen Wang
The League of Beastly Dreadfuls by Holly Grant
Locke & Key, Volume 2: Head Games by Joe Hill
Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
The Magician's Secret by Carolyn Keene
Not the Killing Type by Lorna Barrett
Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins
Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long
Patina by Jason Reynolds
Pierre the Maze Detective: The Search for the Stolen Maze Stone by Hiro Kamigaki
A Pug's Tale by Alison Pace
The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente
Sabotage at Willow Woods by Carolyn Keene
Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11 by N. Griffin
Speedy in Oz by Ruth Plumly Thompson
Sunflower House by Eve Bunting
Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker by Molly B. Burnham
The Terrible Two Go Wild by Mac Barnett, Jory John, and Kevin Cornell
Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught
Waiting for Unicorns by Beth Hautala
The War at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks
Welcome to the Real World by Angela Melick
Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

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December 2017 Summary
Five stars in 2017
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It's Monday, What Are You Reading (January 29)

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Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker: 01/14/18

Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker by Molly B. Burnham

Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker by Molly B. Burnham is about a boy obsessed with the Guinness Book of World Records. He wants more than anything to set his own record and get himself into the book.

Meanwhile he's plagued by being part of a large, noisy family, with a younger brother who doesn't respect his space and seems hell bent on making his life miserable. Deciding to get away from it all by sleeping in a tent in the backyard.

Next door to the Mars family is an old man who has an aviary. Impressed by Teddy's declaration of independence, the man decides to hire the boy to help with his birds.

I personally (and this is me speaking as a parent) wanted to see more involvement from the parents but I realize that not every family is the same. I also, though, have to respect Teddy's restraint with his out of control brother.

From all of this mayhem comes the story of a boy learning to accept his family, take care of himself, and make amends with his brother. It's a bit of a diamond in the rough.

Two stars

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