Monthly Archives: December 2013

Mission 1: Game On

Chapter One finds young (12 yr.) Max trying to escape from chains wrapped around his chest while water in rising inside  the tank he is in. Jonny Zucker, authors this fast paced action thriller and Ned Woodman’s black, white, and … Continue reading

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The Gift

The Gift is more of a book of art, with a gentle story, more than anything else.  The illustrations for the book are all done using a paper cutting technique from one single sheet of paper.  They are so finely … Continue reading

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All You Can Be, Learning and Growing Through Sports

This book is pretty much an attempt at a feel-good, you-can-do-it book.  Basically an account of Kerry Wood’s life, growing up in Texas and playing sports, but especially loving baseball.  Nothing in his life was too remarkable.  However, it is … Continue reading

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Bible Detective

Bible Detective, a puzzle search book, is an interesting way to teach about the Bible.  Each pair of pages show either a specific location in the ancient world or a specific event from the Bible, and includes a caption which … Continue reading

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Shark Wars

Shark Wars, by EJ Altbacker, fits the archetypal mold of the hero’s journey.  A young shark, Gray, gets banished from the reef where he grew up for sneaking out into ‘the big blue’ in order to hunt.  Once removed from … Continue reading

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The Rites and Wrongs of Janice Wills

The Rites and Wrongs of Janice Wills captures the angst and insecurities of an American teenager through the observations of the main character.  Janice Wills is a smart, analytical young woman who aspires to be an anthropologist. She decides to … Continue reading

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Prisoner B-3087

Prisoner B-3087 is the touching, heartbreaking journey of survival of a young Jewish boy during the Second World War. He becomes a man, celebrating his Bar Mitzvah, as the Germans restrict all Jews to the Warsaw Ghetto.  The subtle, tightening … Continue reading

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Numbed

This is a fun story about two boys who get numbed about math, and can’t do math at all.  They learn that math is a big part of their life and they need to know math.  The boys have to … Continue reading

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Into the Woods (Graphic Novel)

In this graphic novel, the first in a new series, Rufus goes to visit his grandma for a weekend.  She lives in a very private, wooded area.  While investigating the forest, Rufus finds a totem, a sasquatch necklace.  When he … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library

Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library gives a brief history of the beginning of the Library of Congress and it’s current collection.  I have read many articles and books about Thomas Jefferson and was aware of his love of books.  However, … Continue reading

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Can You Tell a Stegosaurus from an Ankylosaurus?

This book was really made for the younger student in mind.  First of all, each page is a different, bright color. Second, the text is also different colors as well as being bold and large.  And, third, there is a … Continue reading

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Ten Things I Love About You

Gentle, kind, funny, and artistic all describe this new book by Daniel Kirk.  The characters and story reminds me of Piggie and Elephant books by Mo Willems.  There is a camaraderie between Pig and Rabbit that lets the reader think … Continue reading

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Fly Guy and the Frankenfly

Tedd Arnold’s illustrations are so distinctive, it’s easy to spot his work.  Fly Guy is a popular series in my school.  First-grade readers are able to both read the text and enjoy the art.  In Fly Guy and the Frankenfly, … Continue reading

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Germs, An Epic Tale on a Tiny Scale

This book is published in England and has an air of true English to it, such as “Mum” for “Mom”.  The illustrations are quite charming and suit the story perfectly.  This is a story of the germ battle going on … Continue reading

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Eclipses

Nice quality binding, always appreciated in the priced non-fiction selection of books.  This science book explains how a solar and lunar eclipse occurs.  There is a section in the book which instructs the reader how to make their own model … Continue reading

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Scott of the Antarctic

Well done!  This nonfiction book has enough visual appeal for the reader to scan and enjoy, and enough “meat” to it to hold your attention.  There is a nice balance and  selection of real black and white photographs, color photographs, … Continue reading

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Fantastic Sports Facts Football

The formatting of this book brings visual appeal and interest.  Differentiated fonts and brightly colored graphics give the reader not only “curb appeal”, but also interested faces about record setting football games.  It is basically a record book on football … Continue reading

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Tim Duncan Champion Basketball Star

Great photography gives this book a real boost, along with eye catching graphics.  This may entice reluctant readers who are interested in sporting facts to stick with this read.  Included are career statistics, team player, college play, and awards given … Continue reading

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Baboons

This reviewer appreciates this large sized, non-fiction book!  Great photos of Baboons in the natural habitat with simplistic text: 3 sentences per page.  Each two pages taking a different topic: food, family, bodytype, etc. This is a fact Hound books … Continue reading

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The Unsolved Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle

This is a nonfiction book with different theories about the Bermuda Triangle.  Great layout and visual with pictures and captions. Visually appealing.This is also a Fact Hound book, with internet sites to support further learning.  This reviewer visited the three … Continue reading

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Sharks

This shark book stands out from the others because of the sharp photography.  Many different species of shark are shown, as well as very close-up shots of denticles (skin and scales) and other interesting features.  The captions for these photos … Continue reading

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Avantia: Fire and Fury

Fire and Fury is the fourth and final installment of The Chronicles of Avantia series.  The story is of an evil warlord trying to reclaim the pieces of the Mask of Death which will enable to have total control over … Continue reading

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Dodsworth in Tokyo

This beginning reader chapter book is a treat!  Beautiful illustrations and formatting.  The story is charming and integrated throughout are real Japanese words!   My only complaint is the big, loopy binding.  Perhaps this is temporary because it’s a new … Continue reading

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Freaks

They’re called ‘freaks’ because they’re unusual and look unusual.  The main character is Sheba, who doesn’t have any family and grew up in a shanty on a rambleshack pier not far from London in the 1850’s.  She is sold to … Continue reading

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Shocking Sharks

Shocking Sharks has a cover showing the head of a shark with it’s mouth open and it’s large, sharp teeth.  Also on the cover is a blurb stating, Walk on the Wild Side.  Altogether, the title, the picture, and the … Continue reading

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