Monthly Archives: August 2012

Qutlugh Terkan Khatun of Kirman

This is a good series about strong female leaders throughout history.  This book is a biography of Qutlugh Terkan Khatun of Kirman.  Other titles in the series include Hatshepsut of Egypt, Artemisia of Caria, Sorghaghtani of Mongolia, Isabella of Castile, … Continue reading

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Nur Jahan of India

This is a good series about strong female leaders throughout history.  This book is a biography of Nur Jahan of India.  Other titles in the series include Hatshepsut of Egypt, Artemisia of Caria, Sorghaghtani of Mongolia, Qutlugh Terkan Khatun of … Continue reading

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Isabella of Castile

This is a good series about strong female leaders throughout history.  This book is a biography of Isabella of Castile.  Other titles in the series include Hatshepsut of Egypt, Artemisia of Caria, Sorghaghtani of Mongolia, Qutlugh Terkan Khatun of Kirman, … Continue reading

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Pioneering Women

This book in the four volume series about the wild west, is about pioneering women.  Chapters include Defending our Home, The First Western Women, Hard Living, Independence, Outlaws, and Change and Reform.  The organization of the information felt a bit … Continue reading

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Vietnam Book #2: Sharpshooter

Morris, Rudi, Beck, and Ivan have just graduated from high school.  They are the best of buds and they make pacts with each other.  But the Vietnam War is raging.  So when one is drafted, they all join up.  This … Continue reading

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Take A Bow

Elizabeth Eulberg takes readers into the lives of four teens trying to rise to the top of an exclusive performing arts high school in New York City.  In a world where everyone is in competition with each other, the characters … Continue reading

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Famous

Jamie Gordon feels naked without her camera.  Viewing the world through a lense is giving her more opportunities in life than just attending high school.  Becoming a paparazzo in New York City is fast becoming her only passion, even at … Continue reading

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Dessert First

This is a sweet little book, perfect for beginning readers, particularly little girls.  The title and book jacket illustration are somewhat misleading.  The cover shows a young girl spooning up an ice cream sundae–yum!  However, the sundae isn’t the dessert, … Continue reading

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Belly Up

Teddy, a boy whose parents live and work in the FunJungle theme park, knows FunJungle all too well, and finds out that Henry the Hippo was murdered. Teddy decides to investigate the murder himself which turns out to be life … Continue reading

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The False Prince

Sage is an orphan who is quick-witted, agile and clever.  Caught stealing meat, a country gentleman bails him out of trouble with the butcher and takes him from the orphanage.  Along with Sage, Conner, the country gentleman, procures two other … Continue reading

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School of Fear: Class is NOT Dismissed!

In this second installment of School of Fear, Garrison, Theo, Madeleine, and Lulu, are all returning to Summerstone and Mrs. Wellington, Macaroni, and Schmidty, for the required follow-up retraining session.  All four of the returning alumni believed themselves to be … Continue reading

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Deep-Sea Anglerfish and Other Fearsome Fish

Ewe! Ick! I’ve heard of anglerfish before, and I know that down in the depths of the ocean where there is no light creatures have not evolved with physical beauty in mind, but yuck!  The color photos that fill this … Continue reading

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Sea Monsters

Obviously trying to target reluctant readers with high-interest topics, this series seems to be more about marketing the substance.  This is the third one in the series that I have reviewed, and like the others, there’s much attention given to … Continue reading

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Dodsworth in Rome

Fans of Egan’s picture book, The Pink Refrigerator, will be able to follow the further adventures of Dodsworth in this series as he sets off to explore the world.  This is one of those bridging books for young readers that … Continue reading

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The Man Behind the Mask

I’ve read several in this series now, and I really like them.  I think they are great tools for creating a bridge for comic book fans to stretch themselves into chapter books.  They are beginning chapter books, with large fonts, … Continue reading

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The Shrinking City

I’ve read several in this series now, and I really like them.  I think they are great tools for creating a bridge for comic book fans to stretch themselves into chapter books.  They are beginning chapter books, with large fonts, … Continue reading

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Ghoul Trip

It’s kind of a flat little story:  the characters are just sort of there, without any real personality to them, and the plot is kind of bland.  It’s a beginning chapter book with large font and lots of black and … Continue reading

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Drawing from Memory

This autobiography of Caldecott winning author/illustrator Allen Say traces his life from a sheltered childhood along seashore of Japan, when his mother introduced him to books and drawing early in order to keep him safely at home, through the disruptions … Continue reading

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Zombies! Evacuate the School!

I blame the poor quality of this book on the editors’ failures.  There are some good poems in the mix, but the over-all volume is a flop.  The author’s running metacognitive commentary on her poems is often arrogant and patronizing, … Continue reading

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Weird? (Me, Too!) Let’s Be Friends

I blame the poor quality of this book on the editors’ failures.  There are some good poems in the mix, but the over-all volume is a flop.  The author’s running metacognitive commentary on her poems is often arrogant and patronizing, … Continue reading

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Spy Tech — Digital Dangers

Bound to be a topic of high interest.  This slim volume contains a lot of information about a variety of spying technologies, the purposes for which they were developed, and the historical/political contexts in which they’ve been used.  The main … Continue reading

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Dancing with Grandma

Not a lot of text. Not a complex story. But ever-so-very relatable, and stunning water-color illustrations that celebrate the impromptu decision of Grandma and Granddaughter to drop everything and go dancing through the house, dressed up in scarves and crowns, … Continue reading

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Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic high jumper

This is a beautiful and inspiring book. Free verse poetry tells the biography of Alice Coachman, the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal.  Beginning in Alice’s childhood in the 1930s, it tells of her active nature, … Continue reading

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Penny Loves Pink

Here we have yet another new baby book.  Penny spends most of the book listing all the pink things she loves.  She is horrified when she is called to come meet her new baby brother because boys are blue, but … Continue reading

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Super Simple Things to Do with Balloons: fun and easy science for kids

The good things about this book are that it uses supplies that really are easily on hand for most kids, and both the directions and explanation are very clearly given and easy to understand.  The problem with this book is … Continue reading

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