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Mid-book Review: Jane Jones: Worst Vapire Ever

Last night on Twitter I promised something new and exciting on the blog today. I thought it was revolutionary last night, but today I realize it's just clever. Sleep and coffee do wonders for your thinking. I usually have my students write mid-book reviews as part of their weekly reading activities. It's a lot of fun to watch how their opinions of the book will change as they read. So, I thought I would use my same activity for some of the books I read.

My first mid-book review is for this great little number called Jane Jones: Worst Vampire Ever. This book is delightful. I'm really enjoying it so far. The MC is clever and extremely self-conscious for a 90 year old vampire. Obviously, I can't tell you much about this one yet, but I can promise there is a lot going on. First off, Jane isn't happy being a vampire because she's allergic to blood. That really sucks for a vampire (no pun intended). When she finds an article by a doctor claiming to have a cure for vampirism, it's huge. Enter lonely vampire heart throb Timothy, and plot numero uno in the book begins.

But wait, there's more! A human boy named Eli seems to have a crush on Jane (and befriends her on Facebook). They're working on a project together that could unearth Jane's tragic past. Oh, and the evil teenage vampire psycho, Astrid, is using this to make Jane's life a living hell. (I'm on a roll with these puns today.) Did I mention the once favorite history teacher turned arch-nemesis? Yeah, she's causing all kinds of trouble too.

 I'm having a lot of fun with this one. It's a quick, light and breezy read. Nothing heavy. Minimal blood sucking, which I like. I'm not big on horror books. I like my monsters to be loveable, which Jane certainly is.

More to come when I finish the book....


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The Search for Delicious Natalie Babbitt
Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book

Summary from Amazon: Gaylen, the King’s messenger, a skinny boy of twelve, is off to poll the kingdom, traveling from town to farmstead to town on his horse, Marrow. At first it is merely a question of disagreement at the royal castle over which food should stand for Delicious in the new dictionary. But soon it seems that the search for Delicious had better succeed if civil war is to be avoided.

Gaylen’s quest leads him to the woldweller, a wise, 900-year-old creature who lives alone at the precise center of the forest; to Canto, the minstrel who sings him an old song about a mermaid child and who gives him a peculiar good-luck charm; to the underground domain of the dwarfs; and finally to Ardis who might save the kingdom from havoc.

My Review: I love this book! It is such a fun, easy, and enjoyable r…