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Ride a Pale Horse
Helen MacInnes
The Samurai's Wife
Laura Joh Rowland
Something Wonky This Way Comes - Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen The kids and I usually enjoy a Mercy Watson book, but this one was not one of the better ones in the series. The story included far too many characters (everyone Mercy has ever met up to this point, I believe), and the story wasn't as funny as some of the other books in the series. The best part about the book was listening to my niece voice Mercy with her impression of a pig oinking (she does a remarkably good pig oink). My nephew and niece were each annoyed by a couple of the more eccentric characters (the policeman and the kid running the concession stand), and I just didn't think the story was that strong. To be honest, it felt like something that was written just to fill a publishing obligation. There are much better books in this series.