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A Royal Conundrum (The Misfits)

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I really enjoyed this book. It’s a great middle grade book with adventure and humor. It was an enjoyable read and I’m looking forward to more books from this series!

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Such a fun, funky middle grade tale, sure to appeal to sleuth, mystery and superhero-loving middle schoolers! The Misfits represents a perfect melding of the voices and style of the kidlit royalty that is Lisa Yee and Dan Santat. What a combo! The series is destined to be devoured.

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Olive feels invisible at her school. When she is called to the office one day, she is told she is withdrawing to go to a prestigious school in San Francisco. There, she is not quite invisible and finds a group of friends. Together, they learn how to help the police solve crimes and with a nasty jewel thief on the loose, they are ready to put their skills to work.
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This is an awesome book for young adolescents. There are all kinds of clues and red herrings peppered throughout the book to keep the reader on their toes. This book made me laugh and anticipate what was going to happen. (I did not pin the culprit but love how it turned out.) I would recommend this to any child who loves adventure books.
Many thanks to Net Galley and Random House Childrens for providing me with an ARC of this book.

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I read the Misfits #1 and I only gave it a 3. It will appeal to fantasy lovers who like books similar to Mr. Lemoncello’s library: humor and other worldliness. The characters were interesting but superficial. The whole story is predictable with too many ribbons tied at the end. The drawings however are great and work well with the book.

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This book reminded me of James Ponti's City Spies. I loved the story and the artwork. I highly recommend ordering it for your library or student.

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Such a fun adventure! Boarding school, secret spy training, cool tech, and a jewel heist! Olive has never fit in at school, so she has pretty low expectations when her parents drop her off at a boarding school on an island off the coast of San Francisco. To her surprise, she tests into an elite group of "misfits" who are being trained to operate undercover. Their first mission is to jewel thief who has been targeting people all over San Francisco. This was a super fun read. Give it to fans of Stuart Gibbs's Spy School and James Ponti's City Spies. For grades 4 & up.

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This middle grade novel was exactly what I would have loved as a kid. I would have ate it up and ate it up again. This is such a fun, quirky, little book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I can name a few kids who would absolutely love this book just as middle school me would have. This is such a fun read for kids looking to love reading again.

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Four fabulous stars to The Misfits, written by Lisa Yee and illustrated by Dan Santat!
This story follows a diverse cast of characters who attend RASCH - a former prison turned "reforming arts school." These aren't just any students though! Olive and her classmates become secret agents who not only work together to solve a crime, but to prevent a crime as well!
You'll fall in love with these misfits - they are a quirky group who not only find themselves, but find family in each other!
I'm so thankful this is the first book in The Misfits series . . . I can't wait to see more from the dynamic duo of Lisa & Dan!

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The characters are ALL characters in some way, (Misfits)!! shape, or form. There is a ton of humor but also a lot of heart and a focus on developing and maintaining friendships.

I received this book from the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I'd recommend this book. Thank you.

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3.5 = Good +

A fun kid-spy story that reminded me a lot of the NERDS series by Michael Buckley. Kids who love this genre will find a lot of familiar beats here. Other themes are found family and friendship. There's a great cat component, too. I wasn't able to see the full illustrations in my review copy, but Dan Santat rarely disappoints. I expect the illustrations to add a lot to this story.

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Olive has boring parents who can't be bothered to show an interest in her, and are constantly away on business trips. This time around, her grandmother isn't available to take care of her, so Olive is shipped off to boarding school, where she gets pulled into a secret spy team, and is trained to be a spy.

This is a juvenile fiction book, geared toward my son's age. In all honesty, I don't think he would ever manage to get to the interesting parts of the book. It took me over two months to read this. Two. Months. I was bored MOST of the time, and the interesting parts of the book only started about halfway through. There was so much build up at the beginning that by the time the story gets to the actually-going-on-missions section, it was a dragon of my mental energy to get into reading. My attention was not held, so I wouldn't expect that many kids would get that far onto it. The few illustrations that were completed in the version I read were decent, but I'll have to look at the end results to see what it actually all looked like.

I received an Advanced Reader Copy via NetGalley in return for sharing my thoughts on this book. Thanks to the author and publisher for this opportunity!

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This was so much fun! A well-developed cast of characters. A fast-paced puzzle-rich adventure, helped along by the illustrations. Great for kids who love Mr. Lemoncello's Library and City Spies. .

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Almost everyone can relate to feelings of not fitting in at different times in our lives, but Olive seems to be struggling fitting in anywhere at any time - with her parents, her school peers, and life in general now that her grandmother is no longer there. What most of us don’t realize in the moment is that what makes us not fit in is what makes us special. The magic of this book is not that the Misfits have special abilities, but that they learn from observing themselves and each other that it is because of their uniqueness that they can make a difference to others. This is a great thriller for younger middle-schoolers that explores how we humans not only survive but thrive through emotional ups and downs, a mixture of good and bad decisions on our own part and that of others, and the windy road of finding our path in the world.

Thank you to Random House Children's, Random House Books for Young Readers, Netgalley, and the author for early access to this fun and uplifting story.

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The Misfits is the story of 5 kids who attend a gifted school. These kids are set apart by their teachers after a skills test shows that they can be a valuable asset to the secret organization.

Think SPYKIDS meets X-men without the superpowers.

The kids all have different skills, knowledge, and is each a misfit in their school.

I enjoyed the relationships they built with each other. They found their place in this team and they help each other be better.

I received this book from the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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This was a really cute read! When I requested this book I thought it was a graphic novel. However, my disappointment quickly turned into pleasant surprise. The cast of characters was diverse and fun to read. I loved the concept of “misfits” coming together to accomplish what others believe they can’t. I would definitely recommend this to my middle schoolers.

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Utterly delightfully!

Olive Cobin Zang has finally found a place where she fits in—RASCH, the strangest boarding school ever. But when RASCH is threatened with closure by the most daring of jewel thieves, Olive and her new crime-fighting friends (AKA The Misfits) must step in and save the day. Along the way, Olive discovers that all the things she thought were "too weird" about her are actually her greatest strengths. Imaginative, funny, and entertaining!

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Lots of graphic novel readers of Dan Santat’s work will delight in a chapter book with his artwork. The story is fast-paced, fun and full of creativity.

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Olive Cobin Zang feels invisible and alone, especially after her Mimi dies and she's sent to a strange boarding school. The reforming arts school or RASCH is filled with other kids like her, plus bullies, jocks, preppies, etc. Olive doesn't feel like she fits in until she finds her people. The handpicked elite group of misfits learn to work as a team as they fight crime. Has Olive found a space she can call her own?
I like the camaraderie the misfits enjoy. They each develop their talents and skills as they work together to accomplish goals. And the kids learn to respect each other, too.
This book contains plenty of adventure and action, plus mystery. It's an engaging story.
The illustrations add value to the story - I enjoyed them.

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Olive Cobin Zang has always slipped under the radar but problems have a knack for always finding her. But nothing would prepare her for the once prison, now turned to a reforming arts boarding school she’s dropped off at: RASCH. There, she’s lumped in with a team of four other kids whose goal is to fight crime.

Turns out, RASCH is in danger of closing. If Olive and The Misfits can stop the heist of the century, maybe she can stay at the school where she finally feels like she belongs.

One thing I want to make clear on this, is that I would not deem this as a graphic novel. It’s a novel with illustrations for sure, but not a graphic novel with pages full of panels; it’s mostly text. So hence my surprise when asked for the ARC, received it and opened it to find it mostly text. Now, it’s still a great story! And super fun and I can see a lot of kid enjoy the “being a spy” aspect

Other than that, I enjoyed the middle grade spy/crime fighting book. Was some of it completely out there - yes. But it totally reads like a fun movie - and the illustrations here and there help with the film in my head. For those kids that like page turning action, this will do it for you.

*Thank you Random House for Young Readers and NetGalley for an advance digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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The Misfits: A Royal Conundrum by Lisa Yee was a fun and fast paced middle grade read. I think middle grade readers will definitely connect with some of the friend drama and "popular kid" references and situations throughout the book. The overall theme of fitting in and finding your group would make it a good class read aloud as well. Students reading individually will definitely enjoy the illustrations by Dan Santat!

This is a book I will absolutely be purchasing for my elementary library!

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