Robyn Hoodlum and her friends are back in Band of Thieves, the second installment of Kekla Magoon’s series. While Robyn and her group continue to fight against injustice and corruption in the Crescent Rebellion, Governor Crown turns up the pressure. After a somewhat slow beginning, the plot picks up speed when Robyn and her side-kick Key enter the Iron Teen Trial. Risking everything, including her carefully guarded identity, Robyn competes for a highly sought after invitation to a dinner in the mostly inaccessible Capital District, where she hopes to reach a group of revolutionaries in need of rescue. When things do not go according to plan, a difficult situation forces this daring—and somewhat selfish—heroine to put the greater good ahead of her own desires. Fans of the series will be satisfied with her character development and look forward to future titles.
I read this book in a day--I couldn't put it down! The characters are well-developed and likable. The setting is engaging and Frederick does a fantastic job of depicting life in a small New England town. There are many themes throughout the story including adapting to change, friendship, courage, and perseverance. This was one of those books that I didn't want to end! I hope that there are more adventures and mysteries in Pumpkin Falls in the future.
Nutmeg nominee author and West Hartford native, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, shared her inspiration for "One for the Murphy's" to a room full of mostly adolescent readers tonight at the West Hartford Noah Webster branch Public Library.
I found her talk very inspirational! She spoke of her challenging childhood and the fact that she struggled as a reader and a writer. Lynda gave the audience some insight into her writing process, as well as where many of the ideas for plot and characters of "One for the Murphys originated.
When she told the audience that she "never knew you could see movies in your head when you read a book" until her 6th grade teacher gave her "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" by Judy Blume, I was moved. I can only hope that some of my book recommendations have a similar impact on my current students.
As a teacher, her message about the importance of a teacher's high expectations really struck a chord with me. I have always told my students that I expect them to work hard and do their best because I care about them and their future!
Thank you Lynda for a truly memorable night! I look forward to sharing some of your words of wisdom with my students and your upcoming book "Fish in a Tree." The students at the Renzulli Academy will LOVE the books you have donated to our growing school library:)
Check out Lynda on this year's Global Read Aloud and follow her on twitter at @LynMullalyHunt!
Open a World of Possible: Real Stories About the Power of Joy and Power of Reading by Lois Bridges and Scholastic
This year, Teen Read Week will take place October 12-18. See the website for some of the great resources and watch a short video that highlights the top 10 nominees!
I am a middle school teacher librarian and former classroom teacher. I have a passion for all things books and try to match my readers with high quality literature in every possible situation.