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Book Review: Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice

Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice is a young adult horror novel originally published in April 1997.  Marnie and her cousin Peter drive up to the mansion that Marnie's father rented for the summer ahead of her father.  When the cousins arrive at the mansion called Stonycraig and settle in, Marnie is nervous because she thought she saw a shadow in one of the windows.  Then, she starts hearing a woman crying late at night.  Are the stories about Stonycraig being haunted true? This is a book I originally read as a teenager, and I remember being impressed by the storyline and writing.  I recently decided to reread it as an adult to see if it was as good as I remembered.  I have to say it was phenomenal.  Well-written and unputdownable.   Even though there were parts that came back to me as I made my way through Music From The Dead , I still found it to be perfectly eerie and creepy.  There was even a little bit of romance but nothing inappropriate for a tween or teen.  The only com

Book Review: Miss Nelson is Missing (Miss Nelson, #1) by Harry Allard

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First published in 1977, Miss Nelson is Missing (Miss Nelson, #1) by Harry Allard is a fun, offbeat story about the students in Room 207 misbehaving once again. It's the worst class in the entire school, and the teacher just never shows up one day and instead get a new teacher named Miss Viola Swamp.

While online shopping for books, I came across a book that was a blast from my past . . . Miss Nelson is Missing. I absolutely LOVED this book as a child, and I loved the short movie that was made out of it, which one of my elementary teachers let my class watch one day. I don't know of one kid from my generation that didn't love this book. 

When I purchased this book for nostalgic reasons and of course to reread, I found out that there were other books featuring "Miss Nelson" that I never knew about. I definitely will go back and read those books as well. I was super interested to see if Miss Nelson is Missing stood the test of time, and I have to say it did not disappoint. I enjoyed reading it just as much as I did when I was a little kid. I do remember wondering what kind of kids would be able to get away with acting the way they did because my parents and teachers would not tolerate behavior like that.

Miss Viola SwampIt does make me wonder if this book is still in school and public libraries and if it is still popular with kids today. What I do find interesting is that according to Amazon.com, it is recommended for children between the ages of four and seven, but I remember it being popular for kids between the ages of six and nine, especially the short movie. (I would love to own a dvd of the movie as well, but I can't find a copy.)

Miss Nelson is Missing is an engaging book for kids and parents alike, and I hope it is still popular with children today. It definitely has stood the test of time. I gave it five out of five stars.

Side Note:  If you have a young child that isn't showing any interest in reading, I urge you to have him or her give this book a go as I think it will be just the book to pique their interest.


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