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text 2018-10-13 13:32
The Life We Bury - Allen Eskens

My favorite book on October ! ! !

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review 2018-09-25 09:54
Catching up
The Earl's Practical Marriage - Louise A... The Earl's Practical Marriage - Louise Allen

There are some flaws here with his attitude and inability to talk to explain that he actually loves her. Yes he needs her help to keep his lands and she wants to find a place for herself. She doesn't realise that she has money and will lose it if she doesn't marry. Life is complicated and the two of them have known each other for a long time but there's an attraction there.

Entertaining but there are times when the petty conflicts could have been solved by more talk.

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review 2018-09-10 04:15
Grandfather's Journey
Grandfather's Journey - Allen Say

Grandfather's Journey is a book about a young boy who retells his grandfather's journey coming from Japan to America. The text illustrates all of the obstacles and hardships his grandfather had to overcome while inhabiting a new country. This text can be used in a 3-5th grade classroom during a lesson regarding immigration and migration. This book could lead to an activity where the students get to research their family's origin and where their great great grandparents immigrated from.     

 

Fiction

3-5th Grade

Fountas and Pinnell: Level P

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text 2018-08-24 00:15
Why?
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude (2017) #1 - David Pilgrim,Chris Allen

 

This is what the artist thinks Gamora looks like?   She's badass, all leather and class and actually kicking your butt, but in this she looks like fifty pounds heavier in bad BDSM gear. 

 

Why, why, why?

 

The whole cast, by the way, looks fifty pounds heavier and not at all like the actors. 

 

Also, this isn't a volume two prelude; it's a volume one novelization...   Which is okay, because Rocket.

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review 2018-08-03 21:16
The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir by Lesley Allen
The Lonley Life of Biddy Weir - Lesley A. Allen

I was recently at a writers’ group and shared the fact I’m writing a new novel with a theme of bullying. I was recommended this book by a local author which concerns bullying and started it a few days later.

 

The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir follows a young girl from primary school right through to adulthood. At the beginning of the novel she’s about to call into a chat show which is discussing bullying. When she eventually does phone she claims that her school bully nearly killed her. We then go back to the past where she’s roughly eight-years-old and follow her through the years until the point where she nearly died. The novel then jumps forward again to when she’s an adult.

 

Biddy is raised by her father as her mother abandoned her when she was an infant. Her father is emotionally absent and as Biddy has no other family and no friends at school she has no-one at all. She is left alone at school by teachers and students and has no problems until primary-six when a new girl, Alison, joins her class. Alison immediately singles Biddy out and gives her a nickname, bloody weirdo. From this point on the bullying is relentless and gains severity with each passing year. Biddy is constantly on edge, never knowing what Alison and her cronies have in store for her on any particular day. She can handle being shunned by everyone, but the incidents of active bullying are just too much.

 

Biddy doesn’t tell anyone what’s going on because there’s no-one to tell. She has no one and virtually nothing, except for a love of drawing. Biddy and her father co-exist amiably, but he never asks her anything abut her life and since she is crippled by an inability to say much, she carries her secret alone.

 

The novel was incredibly sad and while it wasn’t brilliantly written, the characterisation and plot were excellent. I could hardly put it down for any length of time as I was so eager to make sure Biddy was okay. I genuinely cared for her safety and felt unbelievably sad for her. Her teachers, peers and neighbours are deplorable. All I wanted was for Biddy to finally have someone and be okay.

 

There’s a nice twist towards the end that I really enjoyed and which brought the novel to a very satisfying conclusion. It's quite a claustrophobic novel and is largely just Biddy, but it was excellently done. This is a novel that deserves to be read by all.

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