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review 2017-08-10 16:36
"Operation Hail Storm", by Brett Arquette
Operation Hail Storm - Classroom Edition - Brett Arquette

Book #1, in the Hail series

If you are a die-hard fan of thrillers that uses detailed technology of drones and military equipment to intricately detail a plot you will find all you wish for with “Operation Hail Storm” and much more. This captivating story has multi-billionaire Marshall Hail, the main character, using his vast resources to fight a personal vendetta after losing his family in a terrorist attack.

Although well done, this thriller has a level of technology details all through that is quite overwhelming, maybe it is a bit too technically challenging and rather overly done at least in my books. Once passed all those terms we are into a cleverly laid and executed plot with characters we come to know in minutia details. Alongside Hail is Kara a deadly CIA operative who plays the female lead. The drones in Hail fleet are piloted by elite video gamers and MIT graduates we meet some of them in their unique roles. This interesting high-tech story includes super tankers with cinemas, high class restaurants and all the goodies found in upper class hotels, not forgetting all the fire power found on naval ships and plus. The experience may be over the top but is quite exciting to read.

This thought-provoking thriller that uses drones as a way of assassination may have a slow start but the originality and the constant alternate action between Hail’s ship, what happens between US Security Council and Hail (the USA Executive’s problem- solver) and what happens in North Korea make for a very captivating read hard to put down. Yes, the pacing does pick up and becomes fast and furious…or was I so much into this story that I couldn’t help swiping pages at a rapid pace to see what would happen next. Excellent story.

I wish to thank the author for providing a review copy of his book. 

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review 2017-04-08 04:45
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up For Others - Bob Sornson,Maria Dismondy,Kim Shaw

This children's book talks about the very real issue of bullying in a way that child can know how to defend themselves and what to do in bullying situations. My favorite part about this book is that it promotes that a bystander has a lot more control than one may think, and that one voice to speak up may make a world of difference. I would like to use this as a group reading book if I felt like a bullying problem was occurring or even the first day to establish rules and expectations. This book also has a "bully free policy" at the end. I would like my class to come up with out own bully free policy as an activity. Great read for the first day of school! 

Grade Level- appropriate for all elementary ages 

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text 2017-04-08 04:21
It's Snowing, It's Snowing
It's Snowing! It's Snowing!: Winter Poems - Jack Prelutsky, Yossi Abolafia (Illustrator)


Pre K-5

This is a poem story about winter.  This story tells all about winter and what the students can expect to occur during winter.  I would do a lesson on differences.  Snowflakes are all different just like people are.  The students would fold paper and cut shapes out and when it was unfolded it would have a design.  Each student's design/snowflake would be different just like they all are.  The students will see that they all have individual snowflakes that are similar in some ways and different in others.  They can apply this to their classmates.  Some of them will be more similar or different.

4 Stars

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text 2017-04-08 04:15
The Chalk Box Kid
The Chalk Box Kid (Stepping Stone Books) - Clyde Robert Bulla
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This book is about a little boy who moves to a poorer part of town.  He does not have any friends at school and has no one to talk to.  He does not have anywhere to play until he discovers an old chalk factory.  The little boy begins to draw flowers and designs on the sides of the building and he grows through his art.  I would like to use this story to allow the students to make new friends.  I would place pieces of paper at each student's desk.  They would go around and write one nice comment on each student's paper.  The students would have these to look at on a bad day.  They would all feel loved and accepted by their peers.

5 Stars

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text 2017-04-08 04:08
Pumpkin, Pumpkin
Pumpkin Pumpkin - Jeanne Titherington


Pre K-2

This book is about a little boy who plants a pumpkin seed.  He waits for it to grow and then he carves it.  He makes sure to save seeds for next year.  I would love to use this book to discuss the life cycle during Halloween time.  I would read the book and discuss the life cycle of plants and their similarities to life cycles of animals.  I would also let the kids decorate their own pumpkin.

3 Stars

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