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A Trip Down Memory Lane Part II: Puzzle Masters by John Speirs

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PUZZLE MASTERS (blurb from the back cover)
Fantastic puzzles of all shapes and sizes lead the reader through the incredible adventures of Puzzle Masters. These ultimate puzzle challenges will delight children for hours on end.
Aside from Lady Bird Books, Puzzle Masters also reminds me so much of my childhood. I only had these two Puzzle Masters Titles: 
Ghostly Games: Can you help Susan, Matt, Tom, and Patches the dog discover the secret of Ghostly Mansion? Are you brave enough to meet spooks, spectres and the awful Igor? Can you muddle through the mazes, solve the riddles, and decipher the mystery message? 
The Quest for the Golden Mane: Three brave Puzzle Masters, and their dog, are setting out in search of adventure. Do you have the skill to join them? can you muddle through mazes, decipher mystery maps, locate hidden treasure, dodge deadly snakes and beat many other such challenges? 
Eventhough I had solved all the puzzles already (some by myself, and some by cheating and looking at t…

Paper Towns by John Green

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Summary from Goodreads:
When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night - dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows her. Margo's always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she's always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they're for Q. Printz Medalist John Green returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers
I am still on the contemporary YA phase, having read Marchetta and Moriarty but I thought I'd switch it up a bit and get into a contemporary YA written by a guy and told from the perspective of a guy. John Green seems to be the obvious choice. And after reading the book, I figured that it was also the wisest choice.
I like the characters in the s…

Feeling Sorry For Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty

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Summary from Goodreads:

Life is pretty complicated for Elizabeth Clarry. Her best friend Celia keeps disappearing, her absent father suddenly reappears, and her communication with her mother consists entirely of wacky notes left on the fridge. On top of everything else, because her English teacher wants to rekindle the "Joy of the Envelope," a Complete and Utter Stranger knows more about Elizabeth than anyone else.

But Elizabeth is on the verge of some major changes. She may lose her best friend, find a wonderful new friend, kiss the sexiest guy alive, and run in a marathon.
So much can happen in the time it takes to write a letter...


Although I liked A Year of Secret Assignments better, still this is another fun Contemporary YA from Jaclyn Moriarty that speak volumes on friendship. Moriarty still captures the roller coaster life of a teenager, with the mixture of the fun stuff and the serious stuff.
Elizabeth Clarry, the main character, was likable and real enough. But I ca…