Molly Peterson is a frazzled mother of two who is recruited by a super spy agency to infiltrate the PTA at her son’s elementary school. This book is a send up of motherhood, the PTA, comic books and spy novels. Its underlying message: life is better when you have superpowers.
This is a fun, fast read filled with enough gadgets and wisecracks to satisfy fans of “Get Smart” type thriller-spoofs. Readers looking for well-crafted mystery with depth, plausibility, and edge-of-your-seat excitement might want to look elsewhere. Despite swinging from predictable (the villain) and implausible (the solution), Codename Cupcake is well-written and filled with plenty of humor, making it a good choice when looking for a lightweight diversion.
Tabitha Stam has her perfect life planned out. What she did not plan is waking up in a mountain cabin with bruises and a bump on the head. And she’s not alone. Can Tabitha trust the man in the cabin? Can they figure out how to survive a mountain winter?
Zoe Channing, the girl everyone loves. Everyone but Zoe, the teen with buried secrets threatening her soul. Music is her salvation, art is Jesse’s. He vents with a paintbrush while she tours with a rock band. Can she live through the aftermath of tragedy? Will a song bring him home?
All Jane Seymour wants is a husband; but when she catches the eye of a volatile king, she is pulled deep into the Tudor court’s realm of plot and intrigue….
Well executed and thoroughly researched, Jane the Quene is for romance lovers and history buffs alike. One part romantic drama and two parts historic fiction, Jane the Quene follows innocent Jane Seymour as she goes from the plain girl who keeps her head down to the center of of attention and power. Janet Wertman delivers pages of beautiful prose in a well-researched first book. And it doesn’t stop here! Readers can expect to gobble up more courtly intrigue as the saga continues.
Paco Jones is a half-Mexican kid, newly transferred to a private school where he’s called ‘Taco’ and ridiculed daily. So when he falls for Naomi, a beautiful classmate, what hope is there? Through dumb luck and some clever moves, Paco soon finds himself center stage amidst a middle school mess.
The Improbable Rise of Paco Jones is for readers who enjoy coming-of-age novels where the outcast rises up against all odds. Biracial teens should especially identify with this book. Carrillo even dedicates the book to them: “To the bicultural or biracial kids out there who have gone through the pain and confusion—along with the curiosity and beauty—of navigating the world and their identities without ever fitting neatly into one category.” In truth, all teens, no matter what their identity may be, will find valuable lessons in Carrillo’s charming little novel.