Books by Jackie Logsted

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 >