By Wade Albert White
AR level: 5.7
AR points: 10.0
I suggest 3rd through 7th grade.
Sometimes, you just want to let your imagination run wild. And sometimes, you’re pleased to have someone launch it to a bizarre and wacky universe that feels “out of this world.” That’s what this fantastic middle grade novel does for you.
This book was a suggestion from a writing critique group member, and I have to say that this kooky science fiction adventure sometimes feels like a fantasy and sometimes like a comedy. But regardless of how funny it can be, it is also an intense adventure with an orphaned girl whom you will root for, no matter how crazy her quest may be. So prepare to laugh and sit on the edge of your seat for a middle grade book that truly goes above and beyond what’s expected!
Description from B&N:
Anne has spent most of her thirteen years dreaming of the day she and her best friend Penelope will finally leave Saint Lupin’s Institute for Perpetually Wicked and Hideously Unattractive Children. When the big day arrives, a series of very curious happenings lead to Anne being charged with an epic quest. Anne, Penelope, and new questing partner Hiro have only days to travel to strange new locales, solve myriad riddles, and triumph over monstrous foes–or face the horrible consequences.
Packed with action, humor, and endless heart.