An Avalanche of Books

I’d like to read and review every MG book that comes along, but with over 300 titles released each year I have to wave the white flag. I will read around 130 MG books in 2017, leaving many more on the shelf.

Here are a few I wanted to read. Maybe you’ll find the time to include them in your reading stack.

THE GUTTERSNIPES by Scott Eric Barrett

Charlie Daniels is more than six feet tall, allergic to almost everything, and has a pet dinosaur, Trike, at home. His life in Arizona is relatively normal. That is, apart from the nightmares Charlie has…

Follow Charlie and his misfit friend Arty as they are flung into the past in an attempt to rescue Trike from the creepy Ms Nedivah and her cat-like sidekick. The dark underbelly of New York in the chaos of 1865 is brought to life in all its grimy glory in this fast-paced and intricate tale of ancient revenge, bloodlust and threatened friendships.


Toonopolis is a cartoon city that is home to the thoughts and ideas of all sentient beings in the universe. As the center of the Tooniverse, it acts as an other-worldly rest stop for these creations.

Gemini is a teenage human boy who is thrust into Toonopolis through his father’s scientific research program. He loses part of himself in the process and immediately begins a quest to regain his lost memories with the help of his Tooniverse guide named Jimbob the Talking Eggplant.

After an altercation with a mysterious Shadowy Figure, Gemini’s mission is changed, and he begins a new quest to defeat Shadowy Figure and protect Toonopolis from his nefarious destruction. Along the way, he meets new friends, discovers just how diverse and strange Toonopolis is, and learns lessons about compassion, forgiveness, redemption, and being true to oneself.

THE PRIMAL KEY by C.A. Hartley

Alex Clarke trains for one thing — finding the broken bits of Grandmother’s Carnelian Tablet. The relic, if mended, could reveal the location of The Primal Key — the key to unlocking parallel dimensions. His family duty and his path are preordained, foretold centuries ago until . . .
Anne Clarke’s curiosity gets the best of her. She opens a storage box, the one thing Mom insists she leave alone, and prematurely unleashes suppressed talents — dangerous skills that can’t be curbed once released. Worse, she accidentally leads Seth Barthony, Grandmother’s murderous adversary, to the family’s safe house. Seth’s agents destroy their home and abduct Mom. As ransom, Seth insists Grandmother hand over the Primal Key.
As Alex scrambles to uncover clues to the Key’s last resting place, Anne learns her new talents could help rescue Mom. But Anne’s shaky and untested skills could, if forced, kill her and those she loves.


Have a great weekend everyone!

About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...always striving to reach the next peak in my life and career.
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2 Responses to An Avalanche of Books

  1. I’m impressed you read 130 MG novels a year. Liked how you shared the books you didn’t get to. Great idea. They all sound interesting, especially the Primal Key.

  2. There never is enough time for reading, is there? I’ll bet you have some students who will tell you about these books after they read them.

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