July 11, 2019 / by LiteracyUntangled

Summer Reads – 2019 (Part 4)

This is part 4 in a 4 part series.

Previously in this series, my three nieces, helped me put together a summer “must reads” lists. Mattie (age 8) shared her review and recommendation for the Rise of the Earth Dragon, book #1 of the Dragon Masters Series, in Part 1. Her sister, Sanna (age 11), reviewed Winterhouse by Ben Guterson for us in Part 2 of the of this series. Dorrie (age 13) shared her review of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. They are a hard act to follow!

In order to round this list out, I decided we needed a couple of audiobooks recommendations. Audio is not my go to reading preference. For me, an audiobooks has to have two of the following:

1) A quirky story line packed with humor, and
2) a reader who’s voice I can connect with.

Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman and Nevermore by Jessica Townsend fit the bill perfectly; I found both utterly delightful.

A dad, left in charge of his two children, heads out to the corner store to buy milk for their breakfast cereal. And the children wait, and wait, and wait for him to return….

“I bought the milk,” said my father. “I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: t h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road.”

Thus starts a wacky series of events involving aliens, pirates, and piranhas, that throughout Dad fortunately remembers his primary mission – the milk! You’ll never imagine a quick trip to the corner store the same way again!

Morrigan Crow has known her whole life she is cursed and would die on her 11th birthday. The entire town is also aware of these facts. The townspeople blame Morrigan for every mishap, from hailstorms to heart attacks.

The night before her 11th birthday, the day Morrigan fully expected she would die, a man named Jupiter North, suddenly and shockingly appears in her life. After being chased by black-smoked hounds and smuggled across the border into the magical city of Nevermore, Morrigan finds a world she never knew existed.

Morrigan then discovers Jupiter has chosen to be her patron for the Wundrous Society, the most esteemed organization in Nevermore. In order to join the Wundrous Society, Morrigan needs to pass four difficult trials, each one more seemingly dangerous than the last. If she doesn’t pass all four trails and become a member of the Wundrous Society, Morrigan will be sent home to face the curse and her fate!

This is book 1 in a soon to be (March 2020) 3 book series.