Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Bones for Books!

"Eleanor Skeleton here, and I'm happy to be back with a few more frightful stories to share with you. October is the season when the world shivers and throws on a colorful shawl of magic and mystery. Settle into the dark while seeking the light. Make no bones about it, story magic lives in you." 

What happens when a flower has all the power? 

Find out in The Flower Monster

Consider me Cornerstone Owl. I may or may not care. Stay or don't, the choice is yours. I've a tale to tell. But only if the rain persists. It's the chill in the sweeping wind that stiffens the vine, that's the buzz around here. Listen. Creaking bones of bark and burrowing bug, more or less paper flesh, or so the story goes.

In a time of none, and a half turn of spin, by the throat of a running river, six twinkling loves gathered under the shadow light of the blood moon to tell fantastical stories to each other.... continue reading 

"Now, I'm certain that you've met my good friend, Great Pumpkin. I know she's haunted Fairday's blog before. I'll let her talk you into whatever she has planned, but beware, she enjoys a good scare." 

"Ah, it's me great friend, Elly. Nice ta see ya bones rattlin' around here. Ya know me, I like ta pop in an' take em' all on a trip to Halloween town. 'Tis a hoot ta visit with them monstrous neighbors of mine, so grab yer bag o' tricks and skip over fer a fright— if ya dare." 

Visit Halloween town with Great Pumpkin (read the comments:) 

"On the hunt for more spooky fun? Follow me into an enchanted forest."

Take a spooky stroll 

Recommended October Reads

Middle grade- ages 8-12

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Matilda by Roald Dahl

43 Old Cemetery Road; Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise

The House With a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs

Children's picture books

The Rainbow Goblins by Ul De Rico

The Witches' Supermarket by Susan Meddaugh

Frederick by Leo Lionni

Cinderella Skeleton by Robert D. San Souci

Stop by Friday for a fright fest with Ferry Blackwell!

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Elly Skelly Reads Up A Storm!


"Well, it sure sounds like Fairday, Lizzy, and Marcus have their work cut out for them in this case. I wonder what will happen if Alice shows up? I can't wait to dig back into the story— it really tickles my bones. Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library is the twisty follow up to The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow, where Fairday finds out that her new home not only has charm, but plenty of character. The Begonia House reveals different sides, and both are wrapped in mystery. Fall into the story magic and find out about the books!" 


The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow (book 1)
Publish date: 12/1/15
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Illustrator: Roman Muradov
Ages: 8 and up
Grade Level: 3-6
Available: Hardcover, Paperback, E-book


The Begonia House keeps its secrets. Everyone knows that. Everyone, that is, except for clever eleven-year-old Fairday Morrow, whose family has just moved in. Being the Senior Investigator in the Detective Mystery Squad, more commonly known as the DMS, she’s ready to uncover the mysteries hidden within the strange manor. As the investigation gears up and the pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place, the DMS enters into a world where anything is possible, and the danger is most definitely real. Can they piece together the puzzle before it's too late? Or will whatever's causing trouble find Fairday and her friends first?

Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library (book 2)
Publish date: 10/23/17
Publisher: Willow Press
Illustrator: David SanAngelo
Ages: 8 and up
Grade level: 3-6
Available: Hardcover, E-book

Fairday Morrow had no clue that moving from Manhattan to the small town of Ashpot, Connecticut, would lead to an unsolved mystery. Her parents’ dream of renovating a crumbling Victorian, called the Begonia House, into a bed and breakfast had seemed like treachery at the time. But Fairday found out that her new house kept secrets, and once inside its twisted front gates, anything was possible. When mysterious notes start showing up warning that a librarian is in trouble and a bookworm is devouring words, Fairday thinks the Begonia House has more skeletons in its closets. What happens to stories when their words get eaten?

"I've heard a rumor that in the third book Fairday will have to figure out how to navigate her way through truth and lies. With any luck, she'll be able to see the light. Keep a keen eye out for clues from the authors about the next case, and stop by Wednesday for a bit more frightful fun with stories. Remember to consider your bones. They've been with you through it all. Until we meet again, farewell fleshy people, but of course, it's never really goodbye, is it?"