Monthly Archives: February 2016

First There Was Forever

Over the course of a sophomore year, everything can change.  This is the experience of Lima.  Attending a private school where students call their instructors by first names, Lima’s life has always been simple.  She was the only child.  She … Continue reading

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Come Count with Me!

I have always enjoyed counting books with pictures little children can physically touch and count along with the story.This book fits that bill. Little chicky is showing off her counting skills for Nana by counting from one to five. But … Continue reading

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My ABC Book

This is a reissue of a book originally printed in 1953. There is a reason why this book hasn’t been reprinted in over the last 50 years. It’s old! The illustrations are simple, the colors are dull and muddy. There … Continue reading

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Sleeping Beauty

This is the traditional Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, but Sarah Gibb has added her own distinct style. Her artwork is beautiful and the twisting vines and flowers seem to take you from one page to the next. She uses black … Continue reading

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When Otis Courted Mama

This is a story about a divided family, a family affected by divorce, told from the point of view of the child, Cardell.  Cardell had a perfectly good mama and a perfectly good daddy, but they lived on different sides … Continue reading

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Unleashed

Gordon Korman is a popular author among third through seventh graders.  It almost feels like you are eavesdropping on conversations while reading his books, the dialog is so natural.  Unleashed is book 7 in the Swindle Mystery series.  Korman’s popularity … Continue reading

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Encyclodedia Brown and the Case of the Midnight Visitor

This is the newest in the beloved Encyclodedia Brown detective series (# 13) . In The Case of the Midnight Visitor, Encyclopedia solved ten baffling mysteries, including the case of a kidnapped millionaire, a dangerous dog and it’s mean owner, … Continue reading

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Kakapos

Kakapos are the largest parrots on earth, endangered, and living on an island off of New Zealand.  These large birds are nocturnal and cannot fly.  These birds have been indigenous to New Zealand for at least a thousand years, since … Continue reading

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The U.S. Civil War: A Chronology of a Divided Nation

The U.S. Civil War is part of the A Chronology of a Divided Nation series. Also included in this series are The Battle Over Slavery, Yankees and Rebels, and the novel The Songs of Stones Rivers. The series includes chronology, … Continue reading

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The Untold Story of the Black Regiment

The Untold Story of the Black Regiment is part of a series including The Untold Story of the Battle of Saratoga, The Untold Story of Henry Knox, and The Untold Story of Washington’s Surprise Attack. Written for mid-elementary aged students, … Continue reading

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The Revolutionary War: A Chronology of America’s Fight for Independence

This is part of The Revolutionary War series that also includes Battle for a New Nation: Causes and Effects of the Revolutionary War, Patriots and Redcoats: Stories of American Revolutionary War Leaders, and A Rebel Among Redcoats: A Revolutionary War … Continue reading

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Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck is the son of a professional football player and was a standout quarterback for Stanford, and was the first player chosen in the 2012 football draft.  Chosen by the Indianapolis Colts, Luck was to be the golden boy … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Merlin: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life

T. A. Barron is a prolific writer and student of all things relating to Merlin.  In this small book, Barron has condensed the secret to a happy life in seven little words: Gratitude, Courage, Knowledge, Belief, Wonder, Generosity, Hope, and … Continue reading

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Where’s Rudolph?

This Christmas themed book is a spin off of “Where’s Waldo” with six characters to find on each page layout in addition to a list of toys to locate. It includes 15 colorful Christmas puzzles of searching for the hidden … Continue reading

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The Iron Trial

Callum, a teenager who deliberately failed the Iron Trial, wants no part of the magic taught at the Magisterium. However, even with the lowest scores possible, Callum is selected to attend the school against his will. Teamed up with two … Continue reading

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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

There seems to be a disconnect with the age of kids who play with My Little Ponies and the age of the reader of My Little Pony; the reading age is higher.  Also, this is volume 7 of 8 and … Continue reading

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Eloise Has a Lesson

Eloise is a poor little rich girl who lives on the top floor of a hotel with a nanny and a tutor.  When her tutor comes to give her a math lesson, she gives him a hard time and is … Continue reading

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Picture Perfect

In this beginning to read book, the main character is a Hispanic girl who wants to get noticed.  She is tired of being lumped together with her two sisters.  When school picture day comes, she plans to stand out by … Continue reading

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Lock and Mori

Lock and Mori, written by Heather W. Petty, is a young adult CSI read that both genders will enjoy.  James “Mori” Moriarty is a teen who has lost her mother to cancer and is basically in charge of protecting her brothers … Continue reading

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Minnie: Hocus Bow-cus!

In this Disney book, Minnie and the twins substitute as magicians for Penguini when he has to leave to get a bowtie.  All goes well until they make the audience disappear. Penguini comes back and fixes everything.  Very beginning readers, … Continue reading

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Meta-Rise

Meta-Rise picks up right where Bot Wars, book one, left off.  Trout St. Kroix has found his long lost father and brother and has joined their team.  Trout’s dad is now the leader of the revolution; he’s half human and … Continue reading

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Egg

“Butterflies, frogs, sharks, and humans all begin life as an egg. So does almost every other animal. The eggs of some creatures–including most mammals –are nurtured inside their mother’s body, where they develop into babies that are born alive. But … Continue reading

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Castle Hangnail

Ursula Vernon, the creator of the Dragonbreath series, has another winner with Castle Hangnail! This book is twice the length of the Dragonbreath books for twice the fun. Castle Hangnail is a proper ‘evil’ castle, full of dark dread because … Continue reading

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A Pirate’s Mother Goose

Ahoy, mateys!  A selection of well-loved Mother Goose rhymes have been taken over by pirates!  Black Beard and scallywags stomp and roar about pirates and treasures.  “Yo-ho, pirate! Have ye any gold?  Yes, sir!  Yes, sir!  Three bags told!”  Grab … Continue reading

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Loula and Mister the Monster

In this adventure of Loula, she overhears her mother say, “I can’t live with that MONSTER anymore!” and Loula immediately assumes she is talking about Loula’s dog, Mister, a Great Dane.  Loula knows Mister is a little too undisciplined most … Continue reading

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