April 10, 2010

My very sad Read-a-Thon update

I was sidelined with a headache! BUT a nap has cured it, and I'm back on.  I'm reading the book The Doom Machine.  Very cute middle grade book!  I've put the summary from Goodreads below.

The Doom Machine
When a spaceship lands in Vern Hollow, Jack's hometown, he and his no-account inventor-uncle Bud are busy trying to fix a car driven by Dr. Shumway and her daughter, Isadora. Although Uncle Bud secretly knows the aliens are after one of his inventions, everyone is surprised when the space aliens capture seven of Vern Hollow's residents and take them into outer space on a wild adventure. . . . (more)

After a series of twists and turns, all of them are taken to Skreepia, the aliens' planet, where they have to defeat the Skreep queen before she can use Uncle Bud's invention to take over planet Earth. Filled with wonderful detail, humor, inventive dialog, and irresistible black-and-white spot art, THE DOOM MACHINE is a tour de force by one of America's most beloved storytellers.

Readers will be caught up in the page-turning action, while at the same time they will love Mark's beautifully drawn evil space aliens--and an unlikely friendship between Jack and Isadora, who seem to have nothing in common at the beginning of the tale. As with the best science fiction, this novel speeds along without a hitch, and carries readers off into a brand-new world. A fantastic and accessible read for middle graders.


  1. Sorry about your headache! Glad you are feeling better!

  2. Hope that now you are fully recovered! If so, keep up the reading; you can do it!

  3. Ooh, this one just came home with me the other day. But I don't know that I'd call it cute! Enjoy!

  4. Sorry to hear about your headache but happy you are back on! I have taken the day to catchup with the OWL Challenge. Happy reading from South Florida!

  5. The reading will stop
    Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow
    your book count will be higher
    Just keep thinking about tomorrow
    all the great books you will have to talk about
    with your blogger friends
    If you get blurred or sore, or sleepy
    Just stick up your chin
    and grin
    and say
    My TO BE READ PILE, Tomorrow
    will be smaller than it was before
    and your spirits will soar
    because then TOMORROW, TOMORROW You can go shopping TOMORROW at Amazon and BUY SOME MORE!

  6. Reading is fun
    Reading is great
    Hope you’re able
    To stay up late!

  7. How are you feeling now? Did you get to read any more? Happy reading at any time; not just the readathon!

  8. You're such a trooper! Hope your feeling better.

  9. Sorry to hear that you got a headache. I hope it's over now and you can read lots more. :)

  10. So glad that you were able to make it back after your nap! Hope you had a good time and got to read a bunch.

    You can see my Read-A-Thon wrap-up memehere

    Cheers! ;-)