Monday, May 18, 2015

The Palace Buzz by Linda Lee Schell (A Gracie Book #2)

The Palace Buzz
by Linda Lee Schell

My rating: 3 stars

Series: A Gracie Book - Book 2
Publication Date: January 11, 2014
Publisher: Linda Lee Schell
Genre: Children's Fantasy 8-12
Print Length: 102 pages
Available from: Amazon
Here she goes again! Gracie, a dwarf kangaroo from the thirty-sixth universe, is skipping across the cosmos to her dream destination: St. Petersburg, Russia. She's traveling with Gibson, a Maine coon cat whose life she saved when he was unceremoniously dumped in front of a Pennsylvania corn field. Expectations and reality quickly collide. What she expected to find was a city of wintery white nights, a city dotted with a hundred islands linked by dozens of imposing bridges, all book-ended by majestic sculptures cast in bronze. She expected to feast her eyes on historic buildings splashed with pink, yellow and blue pastels. Instead, she finds herself back in the 18th century, in Russia's Imperial Golden Age. This is not the city I expected, she laments as she stands bewildered near the entrance to the city's center of activity, the perpetually busy post office. Then, when Empress Catherine arrives in her royal carriage and points a bejeweled finger at the ever-so-handsome Gibson, and declares: I want that cat...the fun begins.

The Palace Buzz by Linda Lee Schell 
The Palace BuzzGracie and Gibson are back and find themselves in 18th century Russia, where they become the new “pets” of the eccentric and pampered ruling family. When a message arrives for Gracie from a relative she has never met, Gracie and Gibson must find a way to sneak out of the castle to be able to go back to contemporary times.

The Palace Buzz by the creative Linda Lee Schell can be another fun way to have a family read, or a story that 8 – 10 or even 12 year olds can enjoy on their own. Again, I turned to my granddaughter for her opinion and here is what she said:
It was okay, I liked the big words because I knew them already, but why were they always talking about underwear and bottoms? Why were some people so mean to others and they were not very smart, either. It gave us a chance to talk about the story, what she saw as a problem and what she liked. Very positive! As we went back and forth she better understood that just because someone talks mean doesn’t make them mean at heart.

I was surprised at how closely we agreed on many parts, including when some very brave and kind heroes gave their lives to help Gracie and Gibson. Still, Gracie and Gibson are a delightful pair that had another adventure filled with quirky characters, misunderstandings, and one spoiled monkey. Somewhere along the line, I wanted more of a positive read for children and I didn’t quite find what I was looking for.

I received a review copy from Linda Lee Schell in exchange for my honest review.

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