Despite some faults, Do-It-Yourself Magic by Ruth Chew is a quick read about what two kids discover in a Build-Anything Kit that is marked down in price. If Do-It-Yourself Magic is representative of what Ruth Chew wrote, you should check out her books for the reluctant reader in your life.…Continue
Added by Allison on February 29, 2012 at 3:12pm — No Comments
How would you react if someone greeted you with a bow or by avoiding eye contact? Captain Whitfield reacted with impatience, which puzzled Manjiro and his fishermen companions. To them, those actions showed politeness. Other similar examples of miscommunication between cultures abound in Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus, the fictionalized true story of how a Japanese teenage fisherman named Manjiro discovered America in 1841 and how as an adult he persuaded Japan to ease open its…Continue
Added by Allison on February 26, 2012 at 10:29am — No Comments
Mix together angst and attitude. Then pile on the romance and rebellion. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins is an addicting read. I wanted to guzzle it like a fizzy soft drink. Unfortunately, by the end, I also felt as if my teeth had rotted.
Added by Allison on February 18, 2012 at 7:59pm — No Comments
Did you know there are both good and bad pirates? In Fish by Gregory Mone, when Fish (whose real name is Maurice) is forced to join the crew of The Scurvy Mistress, he doesn’t know one kind of pirate from the other.
Added by Allison on February 18, 2012 at 5:59pm — No Comments
What a delightful find! Although I grew up reading several books by Eleonor Estes, until recently I hadn’t the pleasure of discovering The Witch Family. This book is a fun blend of imagination and fantasy.
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What kind of fantasy books do you like best? What are your reasons for avoiding certain fantasy? Are some just not fun? Do some cross religious beliefs? What ones can you accept, despite controversy about them?
Added by Allison on February 18, 2012 at 5:39pm — No Comments
“What’s wrong with me?” Have you ever asked yourself that question? Chances are that at least some point you have. Author Daree Allen not only asked herself that question during her teen years, but she also filled many journals with her experiences. Recently, she reread the entries as part of her research for a book she wished to write to encourage girls to have self-esteem and to make a positive impact. The result is part self-help book and part mentoring book about the lessons Allen has…Continue
Added by Allison on February 4, 2012 at 12:35pm — No Comments