Standard Equipment

An onlooker, recognizing us as psychic investigation agents, would have assumed that the bags were filled with the equipment of our trade: salt-bombs, lavender, iron filings, silver Seals and chains. This was in fact quite true, but I also carried a skull in a jar, so we weren’t entirely predictable.

The Hollow Boy
Jonathan Stroud

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Grunchgirdl’es World of Curiosities

Grunchgirdl’es World of Curiosities perched at the end of the rickety Little Pilchton pier, like a jackdaw on a branch … Besides Sheba, the other attractions were a stuffed squirrel with a carp’s tail sewn where its legs should be (“the world’s only true mermaid!”) and a two-headed lamb called Flossy.

Freaks
Kieran Larwood
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#MGCarousel – October 2018

Middle Grade Carousel is a series of monthly challenges for lovers and readers of middle grade books. Our theme for October is…

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Haunting the Bookshelf

Something’s sneaking around the shelves. A book bumped off the shelf… a giggle from the reading nook… there’s something strange in the library, and it’s not us!

 

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Pirate Captain Jim

“Walk the plank,” says Pirate Jim.
“But Captain Jim, I cannot swim.”
“Then you must steer us through the gale.”
“But Captain Jim, I cannot sail.”
“Then down with the galley slaves you go.”
“But Captain Jim, I cannot row.”
“Then you must be the pirate’s clerk.”
“But Captain Jim, I cannot work.”
“Then a pirate captain you must be.”
“Thank you, Jim,” says Captain Me.

Pirate Captain Jim
Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein