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Weekend Links: Past Book Adventures Worth Revisiting (Part 2)

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It’s time for Weekend Links and OH, what a busy week it’s been. So much going on at JIAB and so much on the way.

I’ve been in the mood lately to look back on past posts here at JIAB and let me tell you; it’s like visiting old friends! I am so blessed to be able to review and “jump into” amazing children’s books while encouraging families to pull books off of shelves and stories off of pages.

Last weekend I had so much fun sharing my past  Past Book Adventures Worth Revisiting that I thought I would do it again! This is my opportunity to take moment this weekend to re-share some of the older, but still wonderful, book reviews that I have created. These books are unique, inspiring and something that is a “must read” for families. The accompanying crafts and activities have been a hit too!


Creepy Castles and Dark Dungeons: Haunted Histories

Back in 2013, my dear friend Marilyn Scott Waters has teamed up with J. H. Everett and created a fun book for middle readers called Haunted Histories: Creepy Castles, Dark Dungeons, and Powerful Palaces! Here’s my review PLUS an in-depth answer to the question, “What is gruel?”


Holes by Louis Sachar (And some Holes-inspired Activities)

Holes is my favorite Louis Sachar book. The history of Kate Barlow and Stanley’s great-great grandfather woven into the story brings a new dimension to a children’s chapter book. He gives children the ability to make connections between history and Stanley Yelnat’s story. He pulls you into the harsh conditions of Camp Green Lake and keeps you captivated with the mystery surrounding it. None of the camps I ever went to had buried treasure. I read this with my mom when I was ill. It’s not just a story for kids, but for kids and parents to enjoy together.

Cootie Catcher Nickname Generator

Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms BookJump Adventure review can be found HERE. Ten year old Stuart stumbles on a note daring him to find his great-uncle’s hidden workshop full of wonderful mechanisms, trickery, and magic.



“I have to go away, and I may not be able to get back. If I don’t return, then my workshop and all it contains is yours if you can find it- then you’re the right sort of boy to have it.


Your Uncle Tony

P.S. Start in the telephone booth on Main Street.

The Thief Lord Book Review & Activities

Set in Venice, Italy, this magical tale took us on a whirlwind visit to a mysterious and unknown destination.

Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. The brothers decide to hide out in Venice, where they meet a mysterious character who calls himself the “Thief Lord.” Brilliant and charismatic, the Thief Lord leads a ring of street children who dabble in petty crimes. Prosper and Bo relish being part of this colorful new family. But the Thief Lord has secrets of his own. And soon the boys are thrust into circumstances that will lead them, and readers, to a fantastic, spellbinding conclusion.-Goodreads


Inkheart by Cornelia Funke is yet another amazing book I review and I have to say, the book extension activities I created are pretty amazing as well.

Lynne Farrell Stover has written a simply wonderful extension activity guide for Librarysparks. 

Inkheart Library Lessons

What “edgy” fun and intriguing books have YOU discovered this week?

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The day has come! The much-anticipated release of Ascension by Hannah Rials is finally HERE!

Enter this world of vampires, set in the south, and realize you are being pulled in more—and deeper—with each page.


Steeped in the mystery, intrigue and rich history of New Orleans and the secretive world of the Deuxsang, teen vampire, Cheyenne, and her forbidden love, Eli, embark on a very different, and vastly more dangerous, journey as the net of betrayal tightens around them. This intense and fresh novel is enchanting, engrossing and impossible to put down right up to the cliffhanger ending. Remember, the end is not the end.

What an extraordinary debut novel with new and intriguing twists on vampires—a strong female protagonist as one. I already can’t wait for book two.-Jill Murphy Long, author of The Conduit

This book is by the far the BEST YA/Adult fiction that I’ve read in a very long while. So exciting!-Rebecca F

The wait is over-Ascension is here! Thrilling and entertaining, like the experience on a crazy roller coaster. Hannah has grown into the most amazing writer. Watching her journey has been as much fun as holding the book in my hands. A “must read” for YA and thriller fans!-Valarie B


Grab your copy of Ascension HERE and visit Hannah on Facebook, Twitter and on her website.