Good reviews for Dead Frog and Dead Bird!

CM Magazine (Canadian Review of Materials) is an electronic book review journal that reviews children's literature and profiles authors. It's a great resource for parents, teachers, librarians, writers and anyone who works with children and wants to keep up to date on the latest in children's literature. 

CM reviewed Dead Frog on the Porch, my debut novel for middle grade readers and the first in the Megabyte mystery series. It was 'recommended' and got 3 out of 4 stars!

Here's a highlight:
The story is told from Cyd's point of view, and readers will enjoy her sharp wit and highly imaginative expressions. Cyd's voice comes across as modern and genuine, complete with a hint of pre-teen strife.

This lively mystery-adventure will encourage readers to contemplate serious issues, such as ethics and biodiversity. There's also a strong message of empowerment reinforced. Yes, kids can change the world—one frog at a time! The book includes a handy discussion guide for teachers who might want to incorporate it into language arts or science lessons. Dead Frog on the Porch and future installments in the series may also pique readers' interest in the classic or modern versions of Nancy Drew stories. 
The complete review can be found here

A review of Dead Bird through the Cat Door was posted on the Ten Stories Up blog. 

Here's a highlight:  

Dead Bird Through the Cat Door blends community issues, wildlife conservation, technology and literature into a single madcap plot.  The villains have the same larger-than-life feel and the twists and turns of the story will keep kids guessing until the ending.

The complete review can be found here.

Here's a reader review of Dead Bird through the Cat Door. 

Dead Bird Through the Cat Door rocks as the second installment in Jan Markley's Megabyte Series. Twins Cyd and Jane are back and out on a limb saving birds, cats and themselves in this high stakes mystery. Once the game is afoot there is no turning back for these modern day detectives who aren't afraid of technology or Shakespeare. These cool sleuth's have the brains and the banter to mesmerize readers of all ages.

Review of Dead Bird through the Cat Door by my mom who read it over Christmas:
Where did you get such an imagination!

Here's a review that was left on my key board scrawled on a shredded piece of paper:

There used to be more cat nip around here. 
Less typing, more cat nip!

signed, the Katz.  
At least they help with the dishes!


Lynda Young said…
Congrats on your great reviews! I chuckled at Katz' review ;)
Jan Markley said…
Thanks Lynda! Katz are harsh critics!
Congrats on the reviews. Sweet! And if I were you I'd go and get some catnip and get it now. You may have a mutiny on your hands!
Kelly said…
Your Megabyte mysteries sound so fun!!
Jan Markley said…
Thanks Samantha and good point - gotz to keep the katz happy!

Thanks Kelly - it's fun to write them and I think they make for a fun read!
Talli Roland said…
Wooooooo! That's fantastic! Congrats on the reviews!
Jan Markley said…
Thanks Talli - I was pleased with them ... especially the one from the katz!
Wonderful reviews! Way to go, Jan!
Charlotte said…
These sound like something my picky 10 year old would like--and are now added to my list!
Jan Markley said…
Thanks Jeniffer! Thanks Charlotte - hope she likes them!
Congratulations on your fantastic reviews - my heart is racing just reading them! Stopping over from the comment challenge and enjoying your blog:)
Jan Markley said…
Thanks Lindsay and welcome to the blog! I'm doing the rounds as well on the comment challenge. l
danika dinsmore said…
Wahoo! Well-deserved, Jan. Don't you love having those tasty sound bites? Like "the twists and turns of the story will keep kids guessing"

that stuff is gold for us. :-)

mom reviews are good, too. lol.
Candy Gourlay said…
great review!!!! woo hoo!
Jan Markley said…
Thanks Danika - you're right, that's what authors dream of!

Thanks Candy! You were the recipient of more than a few good reviews for Tall Story.