Books by Greg Logsted

Released: June 23, 2009

Growing up with a covert operative for a father, 13-year-old Cody Saron is prepared for almost anything that comes his way. Now living in a small Connecticut town after narrowly avoiding an assassin's bomb, Cody may not be so lucky in the halls of his new middle school. Instead of focusing on the rather standard "out of his element" plot, Logsted knows that the best way to draw readers in is with action, and the pages are packed with karate and midnight excursions. Cody has an older foil, Andy, a discharged Army Ranger who lost an arm in Iraq, and the two characters bond over post-traumatic dtress disorder and the challenges of adapting to civilian life. Highly educated and socially awkward, Cody has confrontations with his teachers that will resonate with readers of all backgrounds. A convoluted resolution is mostly lost in the action-packed conclusion, but with guns, kicks and silencers, it's not really important. Funny and fast paced, this fits right in with the beach-read crowd. (Fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >
Released: March 23, 2009

Baratz-Logsted and Co.'s intrepid octuplets return for the third installment in this eight-part series (Annie's Adventures, 2009, etc.). Relying on equal measures of cleverness and courage, the Huit siblings need to discover their individual secret powers in order to unravel the mystery behind their parents' disappearance. Here the authors revitalize their story line with a tale about the slightly cantankerous third sister. When Georgia receives her special gift at the beginning of the month—rather than its end—the feisty miss impetuously returns it to parts unknown. Her exhilarating adventure involves missing teachers, a diabolical substitute and a nefarious relative, culminating in a daring rescue that requires Georgia's newfound ability to disappear at will. Some previously flat and one-dimensional characters take on greater depth and expand the girls' stable of allies. Weber's humorous sketches aptly capture the more comical elements of the story. This strong follow-up leaves the Sisters 8 and readers poised and eager for their next adventure. (Fiction. 6-10)Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 29, 2008

Resourceful octuplets set out to discover the mystery of their missing parents. The offspring of a model father and a scientist/inventor mother, their unorthodox household includes a talking refrigerator. Guided by notes from an unknown source, each girl must unlock her secret power in order to receive a clue in solving their parents' disappearance. The presence of a villainous neighbor and the need to maintain the ruse that their parents are still around keep the girls too busy to be scared. This opener establishes a simple template for the series: The adventures unfold month by month from January to August, each volume focusing on an individual sibling's quest—in this case, Annie's discovery that she's a financial whiz. Narrated in the first-person plural by one—or more?—of the sisters, the arch tone owes much to Snicket and the like. Weber's lively black-and-white sketches highlight the humorous and fantastical elements of the story. Baratz-Logsted's tales of thrills, suspense and hijinks should satisfy adventure-seeking young readers. Book two, Durinda's Dangers (ISBN: 978-0-547-13347-8; paper 978-0-547-05339-4), publishes simultaneously. (Fantasy. 6-10)Read full book review >