Monthly Archives: January 2016

What We Become

What We Become, a companion novel to Those That Wake, could stand alone but it’s not going to win any awards.  Main characters Mal and Laura, along with their foils Rose and Aaron respectively, are fighting against the “Old Man” … Continue reading

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Detective Gordon: The First Case

Detective Gordon: The First Case is the perfect book for kids who have finished beginning chapter books and are ready for a longer story.  It’s about a squirrel who has had their winter supply of nuts stolen and went to … Continue reading

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Nomad

I found reading NOMAD to be like putting together a large jigsaw puzzle in which some of the pieces are missing. Bit by bit, I reasoned out that this was the second book in a series. I enjoyed the story-line … Continue reading

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Evil Fairies Love Hair

This book will appeal to girls who love fairies and fantasy.  Ali has the perfect sister whom their parents praise and she will  do anything to get the attention she thinks she deserves.  She signs a contract agreeing to raise … Continue reading

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The Secret Spiral

Seeing the future across the curve of time, travelers from another world (one who loves to talk in rhyme), a magical hat that acts as transport and can expand to easily fit five people, an ancient wizard and a special … Continue reading

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Shyanna’s Song

Since her father’s death, song has left Shyanna’s life.  She no longer sings nor does her mother. But this is the year the Shyanna decides to change that. Even though she has terrible stage fright, Shyanna decides to enter the Melody … Continue reading

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Superman vs. Bizarro

Bizarro is a not-too-bright copy of Superman.  An evil copy of Superman.  Bizzaro has designs to change the world to an alternate reality of this one.  It is up to Superman to save the day. Full color graphic novel format. … Continue reading

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Mr. Pants Trick or Feet!

Third in the series of Mr. Pants books, Trick or Feet is as funny and entertaining as the other books. It’s Halloween and all Mr. Pants and his siblings, Foot Foot and Grommy, want is to get lots of candy and … Continue reading

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The Daring Escape of The Misfit Menagerie

“Smalls the sun bear, Tilda the Angora rabbit, Rigby the Komondor dog, and Wombat the wombat are the four animals that make up “the misfit menagerie.” Together they’ve always lived a happy life on Mr. Mumford’s farm. That is, until one … Continue reading

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How to Draw Batman and His Friends and Foes

A step-by-step drawing tutorial on how to draw Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Two-Face, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze, The Riddler and The Joker. Also included are step-by-step visual guides to drawing the Batmobile, bat cave and the bat suit. Each two page … Continue reading

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Leopardpox!

Little kindergartener, Sadie, does not quite feel right. Her mother asks the usual questions, “sore throat?” , “tummy ache?” , and checks for a rash.s “A strange cough rumbled in her throat and turned into a roar…as her fingernails grew … Continue reading

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Birthday Rules

Everyone loves birthdays, but here is a boy who thinks he has it mastered with his 10 rules. “Here’s a little secret. I’m a birthday pro. When it comes to festivities,’There’s nothing I don’t know.” Percy Isaac Gifford explains these … Continue reading

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We Forgot Brock!

We Forgot Brock! is a very exciting, adventure filled children’s picture book that will keep readers engaged.  Phillip sets out on a journey of a lifetime to find Brock when the family accidentally left him at the fair.  What puts … Continue reading

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I Love You More Than Moldy Ham

I Love You More Than Moldy Ham is an intricately illustrated picture book that is sure to keep kiddos intrigued.  The young monster sets out to make a little feast at his house for his mom as a surprise.  The … Continue reading

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The Normal Kid

Fifth-graders, Sylvan, whose parents’ divorce causes him stress, and Charity, who lived in Kenya for the past five years, both strive for normalcy at school and start a petition to keep their teacher from being fired.  Certainly appropriate for students … Continue reading

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Zora!: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston(1891-1960) was confident, charismatic and determined to be extraordinary.  She grew up in Eatonville, Florida, an all-black community.  She loved the arts and writing and became a writer.  Her life story is one of ups and downs and many attempts … Continue reading

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Hacksaw: The Jim Duggan Story

Jim Duggan (1954-), a wrestler, was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame.  This book tells his story from childhood to becoming a professional wrestler and entertaining crowds around the world for 30 years.  Includes a few pictures.  … Continue reading

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Death Sentence

Evil books have been released from the library. There is only one hope, the League of Librarians. On a bus, a book is loose, sliding along the floor. It only contains one sentence among many, many blank pages. A student … Continue reading

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The Secret of Shadow Ranch #5

This is the fifth Nancy Drew Mystery in the long line of Nancy Drew mysteries. The suspense holds up more than 80 years since it was written. The reader may notice the absence of cell phones, lack of air conditioning … Continue reading

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I Lost a Tooth

Young primary grade readers will immediately identify with the photos of children with missing baby teeth. Factual information on the number of baby teeth, permanent teeth,  ages for beginning and ending of childhood tooth loss, and how to care for … Continue reading

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Stranded

When their tour guide dies in a tragic accident that happens while Emma and her small group of strangers are hiking during a huge wind storm, they now have no choice but to make it to Lake Superior on their … Continue reading

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Smick!

Smick! is a picture book story told in extremely simply drawings using a total of 15 different words. Smick is a dog. He listens. He follows the command to, “Sit, Smick.” He is rewarded with, “Good, Smick.”  Someone, off page, throws Smick a … Continue reading

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Don’t Fail Me Now

The absolute best part of Una LaMarche’s Don’t Fail Me Now is Michelle’s voice.  It is aided by LaMarche’s terse storytelling abilities, keeping the action moving along without a single chance to pause.  In the 1st chapter of the story, … Continue reading

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You and Me and Him

Kris Dinnison’s premise in You and Me and Him is very possible in any high school around the world today, which is what kept me anticipating how the conflicts would be tied up.  Unfortunately, for this reader, the ending is … Continue reading

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The Yellow Fairy Book

The Yellow Fairy Book is a compilation of fairy tales from all over the world.  Originally published in 1894, this book has stood the test of time.  With a fresh new cover, it’s ready to be read by today’s children.  … Continue reading

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