Book Review: Goblin Monday (Goosebumps House of Shivers, #2) by R.L. Stine

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Goblin Monday (Goosebumps House of Shivers, #2)  by R.L. Stine opens with Mario Galagos vacationing with his friends and their parents in Vermont.  When Mario finds an ugly stone statue and brings it into the house, he unknowingly starts a war with goblins. Thank you, NetGalley, for the Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of this book.  I received it for free in exchange for my honest opinion. Growing up, I was a huge fan of R.L. Stine and his Fear Street series.  Having read the first book in this new series and enjoying it, I wanted to see if the second installment was as good as it's predecessor.  Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed and underwhelmed with Goblin Monday . Although the age range for this book is for children aged eight to twelve years old, I actually think it's more appropriate for kids aged six to eight years old.  As the story develops, I kept expecting something scary or suspenseful to happen, but neither of those things happen until the reader has read approxim

Book Review: Where You've Got To Be by Caroline Gertler

Set in New York, New York, Where You've Got To Be by Caroline Gertler is about a tween girl named Nolie and her path to growing up, learning that relationships will change, and various life lessons.

I'd like to thank NetGalley and Greenwillow Books for an Advanced Readers Copy of Where You've Got To Be by Caroline Gertler in exchange for my honest review.

Well written, it's reminiscent of Beverly Cleary's Ramona Quimby books. Even as an adult, I can definitely empathize with what the main character of Where You've Got To Be. Who didn't experience friendships that changed and people making fun of them in some way during middle school? The pacing was perfect and kept my interest the entire time. 

It's definitely a perfect book for children between the ages of eight and twelve. This children's novel reassures the reader that things will work out for the better, even though it may not feel like it at the time. I think this is a perfect book for parents to read with their kids as a family and have a discussion about it. Five out of five stars is what I gave Where You've Got To Be by Caroline Gertler.

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