Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

What happens to the leaves on a tree when autumn and winter comes around the corner? Well, that is what we are about to find out! “Fletcher and the Falling Leaves” is a children’s book  and it is about a young fox named Fletcher who tries to save a tree’s leaves from falling off during autumn and winter. “Fletcher and the Falling Leaves” is a cute story about the beauty of changes in weather that I am sure that many children who are interested in knowing what happens to the trees during winter and autumn will easily enjoy for many years!

Each morning, Fletcher would come out of the den and explore the world, but then he realizes that the tree’s leaves were turning gold and beginning to fall off the tree. Fletcher than goes to the tree every day to keep the leaves on the tree; however, when winter came, Fletcher noticed that all the leaves were starting to fall off more rapidly than before.

Fletcher is very worried. He tells the tree he’ll help. But when the very last leaf falls to the ground, Fletcher feels as though he’s let down his friend . . .until the first day of winter, when Fletcher sees that his tree has turned into a shining, glittering surprise.

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Jackaby (Jackaby #1) by William Ritter

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion–and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.

Abigail Rook has just arrived in New Fiddleham, New England in 1892.  She ran away from home in search of an adventure, one that her father would never take her on but leave her at home to ponder what adventures he would be embarking on.

The day Abigail arrived, she meets R.F. Jackaby who is an investigator for the ‘unexplained’ and has a key eye for the extraordinary happenings….including the ability to see supernatural beings.  Although Abigail only has the gift for noticing ordinary but important details, Jackaby hires her as his assistant and she could not be more excited!

The first day on the job brings the duo amidst a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.

This book has won the Newberry award for Young Adult.  The story was interesting enough to make me want to continue on with the series.  Although just having watched “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” I kept having the inkling that Jackaby might possibly be a relative to Newt!