Monthly Archives: September 2014

Nazi Hunters

Many people team up to locate, create an intricate plan of kidnap, and take a criminal responsible for numerous deaths to trial before the world. This detailed book is the true account of the mission of capturing Adolph Eichmann at … Continue reading

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Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Makes a Splash

Freddie Ramos has his super speedy purple shoes… Zapato Power! However, he loses his shoes when he leaves them in his new white backpack and it turns up missing. Also, Freddie must figure what to do about a neighborhood bully as well as conquer his … Continue reading

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Basement of the Undead

Lew and Gary must enter the Ravens Pass Middle School basement in search for, Lugnut, the school bully. While down there, they encounter a group of school zombies that threaten to eat their brains. Lew, Gary and Lugnut make attempts to find … Continue reading

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Franklin’s Big Book of Stories

I have known Franklin the Turtle by sight for years, but had never read (or seen on TV) any of his stories until now, as he came on the scene when my sons were in high school. My sons missed … Continue reading

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Tasty Desserts Little Chef Recipes

This is a fun easy to follow recipe book.  The recipes sound yummy!  Many of the directions are simplified by using the microwave.  There are pictures for each step.  I liked this young cooks recipe book.  Nice addition to our … Continue reading

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Mom Goes to War

A book explaining beast cancer in terms of a kingdom battle.  A good tool for kids who may be facing this with their mom or other family member.  The pictures are beautiful and colorful, and fun.  They simplify understanding cancer.  … Continue reading

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On the Farm our Holiday with Uncle Kev

This book is silly and unique.  The pictures are full of tiny funny details;  you could look at them for a long time.  The story line is rambling and crazy, full of silly poems and characters. It is not run-of-the-mill.  … Continue reading

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The Secret Life of the Wolly Bear Caterpillar

This is a great science book for young children.  The pictures are large colorful simple paintings.  The information about the caterpillar is factual, but interesting.  There are scientific words that will be new to children, but they are explained both … Continue reading

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Ski Superpipe

This book is a little “all over the place.”  Lots of facts about Superpipe but resented in a disjointed way.  Many references to things kids may not know.  ie-IOC.  Also seems add that they start the book talking about a … Continue reading

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Big Pigs

Some similarities to the three little kittens, as the mother pig is very concerned that her naughty pigs are so muddy.  She is so concerned that she gives them all a reward for their terrific pig-like behavior.  Very wonderfully illustrated, … Continue reading

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Colin Kaepernick: NFL Phenom

Colin Kaepernick was a competitive child growing up and excelled at sports.  He got good grades in school and many awards for sports.  Both in college and the pros, Kaepernick has been a top-notch player.  This book will appeal mostly … Continue reading

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Homestretch

Gaston, “Gas,” is devastated by the loss of his mother, who he believes was killed by an illegal alien in an auto accident. When Gas’s father begins drinking more and becomes physically abusive, Gas decides it is time to leave. … Continue reading

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Falling for Hamlet

Ophelia is paparazzi fodder: she is the daughter of the King of Denmark’s adviser and the girlfriend of the King’s son, Hamlet. Her life is the epitome of today’s celebrity culture. When Hamlet’s dad dies unexpectedly and his mother marries … Continue reading

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My Unfair Godmother

After being forced to move in with her father and new step-family because her mother must travel with her actress little sister, Tansy thinks life is horribly unfair. Her father has never had enough time for her, and now she … Continue reading

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The Different Girl

In a dystopian future, where global warming has threatened resources and the religious right does not trust scientists and bullies want to wipe out education and replace it with the rule of might, four “girls” are being raised on a … Continue reading

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Snowy Owls

Snowy Owls is one of a series on Arctic animals by Julie Murray.  A small map of the Arctic Circle shows the many countries included in the snowy owls’ territory.  Backgrounds for photos are colorful and work well with the … Continue reading

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Komodo Dragon

Well-written text provides accurate information about this exceptional predator.  What type of animal the komodo dragon is, where they live, and what they eat is presented in a clear, easily read format.  Captioned, colorful photos and side boxes offer additional … Continue reading

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Guantanamo Boy

Khalid, a fifteen year old from England, is on a trip to Karachi to visit family when he is mistaken for a terrorist and sent to Kandahar and then Guantanamo Bay. An innocent victim of the war on terror, he is held, … Continue reading

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Getting Somewhere

Instead of serving time in juvie, four girls elect to enter a new correctional program. Each of the girls has some sort of history that makes them reluctant to trust. Working together helps the girls to slowly begin to open up … Continue reading

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Better off Friends

Levi moves to the Midwest at the beginning of seventh grade and just hopes to fit in with the guys. When pretty girl Macallan is assigned to show him around, they immediately discover their love of British comedy and become … Continue reading

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Heather Fell In the Water

Wonderfully illustrated with watercolor, appropriate to the topic, this is a story about a little girl who is attracted to but afraid of the water.  Maybe for humor, the parents make Heather wear arm floaties any time she is near … Continue reading

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Trouper

Trouper is a touching story of a black lab who is rescued from the pound.  Told from the dog’s point of view, readers learn that he ran with a pack of mutts until caught by an animal control worker.  The … Continue reading

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Snorkeling With Sea-Bots!

Kolten goes out into the water for some snorkeling fun.  What he discovers is an underwater city of hard working robots whose job it is to keep the ocean running smoothly. I feel comic books and graphic novels are a … Continue reading

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The Good, The Bad and The Monkeys

Jake has an unusual job of herding monkeys.  When monkey rustlers come and try to steal his “herd”, Jake acts responsibly to tend to his small group. I feel comic books and graphic novels are a great way to draw … Continue reading

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Triple H

Pro wrestling WWE fans this might be the book for you if you like a bad boy champion. Triple H has gone by a few names on his way to the top: Terra Ryzing, Jean-Paul Levesque, The “Connecticut Blueblood”- Hunter … Continue reading

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