Middle School Ultimate Showdown

Middle School Ultimate Showdown
James Patterson & Julia Bergen
Little Brown and Company
c/o Hachette Book Group USA
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
www.HatchetteBookGroupUSA.com
9780316322119, $13.99 www.amazon.com

“Middle School Ultimate Showdown” the 5th book in the series is a little bit different from the previous ones. This time the authors of James Patterson and Julia Bergen have filled the work with commentaries by Rafe and his sister Georgia as well as fun games and activities for kids to do. Also there are many different lessons on how to deal with bullying. “Middle School Ultimate Showdown” is great fun for all ages to enjoy.

Middle School Save Rafe!

Middle School Save Rafe!
James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts
Little Brown and Company
c/o Hachette Book Group USA
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
www.HatchetteBookGroupUSA.com
9780316322126, $13.99 www.amazon.com

“Middle School Save Rafe!” begins with Rafe unable to register for the fall semester of school unless he goes through a one week boot camp called “The Program” It is the hope of the principal of the school that he will learn some valuable lessons that will help him stay out of trouble. Adults and kids can read and enjoy the Middle School novels and “Middle School Save Rafe!” is a great addition to the series.

My Journey West Virginia to Korea to W.V.U.

My Journey West Virginia to Korea to W.V.U.
Jack Elbon
c/o Bookstand Publishing
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
www.bookstandpublishing.com
9781618635617, $11.95 www.amazon.com

“My Journey West Virginia to Korea to W.V.U”. takes place long ago in a country so different from today. The author tells stories of basketball games, other sports, being in high school, tours of duty in the military and after. “My Journey West Virginia to Korea to W.V.U. has a nice flow that takes readers along a sentimental journey of a kinder and gentler world before the Korean War and after.

Have a Nice Guilt Trip

Have a Nice Guilt Trip
Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella
St Martin’s Press
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
www.stmartins.com
9780312640095, $24.99, www.amazon.com

Scottoline and Serritella (who are mother and daughter) are back again in “Have a Nice Guilt Trip” a witty and fun excursion into the lives of both authors. Though the pieces have appeared in other publications they are together for the first time in the same collection. The two authors comment on many subjects ranging from dating and relationships to living alone in a home. The most surprising thing I found with “Have a Nice Guilt Trip” are the many unflattering things Lisa reveals about herself, and I was surprised she would be that honest.

The Montauk Monster

The Montauk Monster
Hunter Shea
Kensington Publishing Corp
119 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018
www.kensingtonbooks.com
978075826691, $7.99, www.amazon.com

Bodies are piling up and other people are becoming infected by a virus that many in the medical profession have never dealt with before. Gary Dalton a police officer of the jurisdiction of Suffolk County N.Y. is racing against time to find out what the cause of all the chaos is. He learns there is a top secret U. S. research facility not far from Montauk that for years has been doing covert scientific tests of many different things. So he begins to trace a connection. “The Montauk Monster” is a chilling tale of government testing out of control.

Carnal Curiosity

Carnal Curiosity
Stuart Woods
Putnam
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
www.penguin.com
9780399164163, $26.95, www.amazon.com

Like “Standup Guy” the last Stone Barrington novel “Carnal Curiosity” moves along on several different storylines including one that involves the first lady of the United States. Another has Stone dealing with a fraudulent security company and the things they were supposed to protect including Stones own home and business. “Carnal Curiosity” is a great addition to the Stone Barrington thrillers.

Mr. Monk is Open for Business

Mr. Monk is Open for Business
Hy Conrad
Obsidian
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
www.penguin.com
9780451240934, $23.95, www.amazon.com

Hy Conrad continues the series with “Mr. Monk is Open for Business.” Natalie is trying to get her detective agency off the ground while at the same time dealing with the obsessive compulsive Adrian Monk. Along with Monk and Natalie are Leland and all of the other characters that made the show, and these novels so much fun to watch and read. “Mr. Monk is Open for Business” is a side splitting laugh out loud caper that will have fans of Monk wanting more.

Standup Guy

Standup Guy
Stuart Woods
Putnam
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
www.penguin.com
9780399164156, $26.95, www.amazon.com

Stone Barrington has a new client who complicates Barrington’s life more than ever before in “Standup Guy.” The guy’s problem involves a great deal of money and he needs advice on what his legal rights are. Stone sends him on his way thinking that is the end of his dealings with the man. But there are other people who think Stone is involved much more than he is. Woods has written another complicated thriller that is filled with many interesting characters and situations.

Bubs the Bumble Bee and The Spider’s Web

Bubs the Bumble Bee and The Spider’s Web
By Joyce Graham Fogwill

Outskirts Press Inc
10940 South Parker Road, #515, Parker, CO 80134
www.outskirtspress.com
9781432795863, $12.95, www.amazon.com

The author, who is a retired science teacher uses the character of Bubs the Bumblebee and pictures of real bumblebees and spiders to teach kids about these two facets of nature. Bubs is flying around and spies some spider webs and steers clear because he knows if he is caught that will be the end of Bubs. The story is simple but teaches a lot about the two creatures and how they are not really compatible with each other. “Bubs the Bumble bee and The Spider’s Web is a very effective way for children 6 to 10 to learn more about some of the things around them instead of having to study from a very dry textbook.

Grunge Bob Camo Pants Zombie Hunter

Grunge Bob Camo Pants Zombie Hunter
Created & Written by Robert Cordray Illustrated by David Naughton-Shires

Little Library of the Living Dead
www.libraryofthelivingdead.com, www.grungebobcamopants.com
9780578060651, $10.00 www.amazon.com

“Grunge Bob Camo Pants Zombie Hunter” is an educational excursion into the world of zombies by a kid who hunts them down to protect humanity. The author and illustrator have done a great job of telling the story with prose and artwork that make this kid’s book a fun story and the ending is entertaining.

“Grunge Bob Camo Pants Zombie Hunter” will have readers of all ages cheering on Grunge Bob for more adventures.