2 Nov 2017



Anything's possible.

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 eating words, Fairday thinks the Begonia House has more skeletons in its closets. She notices a passage in her favorite book has been changed, and she’s certain something is dreadfully wrong. What happens to stories when their words get eaten?
- Back Cover Blurb

Local librarians were shocked to find out that a collection of rare artifacts, owned by the deceased recluse Thurston Begonia, will be donated to the Ashpot Library
- First Sentence

"It's Okay, we're not going to hurt you," Lizzy soothed. "Can you come out?"
"Ye--yes," the book sobbed, then began to twitch. All at once its pages swirled up into a paper girl with words flowing around her like living sentences.
- Memorable Moment: Page 83

SOURCE ... An Advanced Reading Copy kindly sent by the authors.

READ FOR ... Not applicable.

MY THOUGHTS ... Whilst not adverse to reading books out of sequence, I'd suggest that this, the second in The Fairday Morrow Files, is best read after book one, The Secret DMS Files Of Fairday Morrow, and not just because it fills you in on previous events. As, creatively and intelligently written, its a great introduction to the 'crumbling, creepy old manor house and its residents.

But onto this, the latest instalment, of which I hope there are many more to come.

With its eye-catching cover and a title that surely all bibliophiles will find hard to resist I'm pleased to say that this lived up to all of my expectations ... and then some.

Like the stories of a certain boy wizard, this is a book that grown-ups should surely find every bit as magical as younger readers as they emerge themselves in a great mystery in which Fairday and friends race to solve puzzles before, words disappearing from books, its too late.

Fast paced, suspenseful, wonderfully imaginative, outstounding illustrations and just the right side of spooky for its target audience of middle graders. If you thought you knew what a Book Worm was ... think again - or better still pick up a copy of Fairday Morrow And The Talking Library.

You've read my thoughts, now for the book trailer ...


Kelly said...

This sounds like quite a fun and clever series - one I'm sure I would have loved as a youngster.

I had no idea there were "Book Trailers"! It's a great promo.

Brian Joseph said...

When I was a child, I loved stories of children from the city moving to the country and encountering mysteries. This sounds like just such a book. It sounds great for kids.

Suko said...

Tracy, this mystery does sound appealing. I love the description in the Memorable Moment. Wonderful review, as always!

Anonymous said...

From your excellent review,
"Fairday Morrow And The Talking
Library" and its characters sound
like a book which I would enjoy
very much (and I love books,libraries
and words). I will add it as well as
the first book of the series to my list.
And I too appreciated your memorable moment.

Gina R said...

Ooh! Sounds they certainly missed the "sophomore slump". Great to hear! The first is one my wish list, but once that is tackled, I'll certainly look for this one.

DMS said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful spotlight on Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library. We're so happy you enjoyed the book, and we loved reading your review. Thank you to everyone who shared your thoughts with us. Writing the Fairday Morrow books has been an adventure beyond measure. Happy reading! :) ~ Jess & Stephanie

Jo said...

This sounds quite interesting, I need to check it out :)

Heather said...

this sounds like a delightful series for middle school readers.

Literary Feline said...

I am glad you liked this one! It does sound really fun. I will definitely have to add this one to my wish list!

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Tracy,

Long time, no speak. I'm so sorry, but I have been having trouble keeping up together with getting posts up on time lately and my blog hopping has gone completely by the wayside. I hope that life is treating you both okay and that you have found plenty of good books to keep life interesting.

I see that you have had your fair share of children's and YA titles cross your desk lately, although I have to say that this one sounds the most interesting of the crop, at least from my personal perspective.

The notion of a bookworm devouring the words of the books, is frankly quite scary, although even more intriguing is that the books come to life and the children can see this.

I may not be vetting this one as future potential for my great nephew, as I think he is going to be a bit too much of a boy to enjoy it, but as for myself? ...

Thanks for sharing :)


DMS said...

Thanks again for the awesome review! We really enjoyed reading all of the comments on the post too. :) ~Stephanie and Jess