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review 2017-04-08 02:56
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White,Garth Williams,Rosemary Wells

This story about a pig’s perseverance is great. With the help of a couple other animals, especially Charlotte the spider, Wilbur’s life is saved. Even though he was the runt, he had people (and animals) that believed in him. Charlotte’s Web is a very fun and entertaining read for any age.

 

 

This book could be used in many ways in the classroom. It could be used to read as a class, literature circles, or independent reading. The book could cover comprehension, characters, setting, plot, etc.

 

 

  • Lexile Measure:680L
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review 2017-04-08 02:52
Enemy Pie - Derek Munson,Tara Calahan King

The main characater in this book becomes best enemies with a new boy in town named Jeremy; when he confronts his dad about it, his dad offers to bake enemy pie as a solution. He expects this pie to be horrible, but it was actually just a way to make him and Jeremy spend time together and become friends. The enemy pie plan ends up working, and the two become good friends.

 

In the classroom, this could be used for learning lessons or morals, such as not judging someone before you get to know them.

 

Lexile Measure: AD330L

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review 2017-02-10 19:04
Gone for You
Gone for You (Wild Side Book 1) - Riley Hart

What a nice surprise this was...of course...it is Riley Hart so you know it's gonna be good...but this one was even better than I was expecting.

 

Childhood friends to lovers with so much heart and devotion that you can't help but love these men to death.  This story takes a good 50% of the book to kick into any sort of sexual relationship but honestly this worked for them and made you appreciate the relationship they did have on a different level.  Once this got there it was off the charts with sexy times.  

 

Oliver is just one of those people everyone wants and needs in their lives.  The strong supportive friend who always has your back.

 

Matty is just a lost soul and while he loves his Oliver, he also needs to be able to learn to stand on his own.  And he tries and tries.  But it is only in his music where he can truly be himself and the man that Oliver has loved for so long.

 

“There you are.”

“You knew where I was,” he replied, and then, “sorry if I woke you.”

“That’s not what I meant. Earlier, during your shoot you had your walls so fucking high around you, I couldn’t see you. I looked for you, even afterward but you had your mask firmly in place. You do most of the time, don’t you, Matty? You’re always fucking wearing it but not when you play. That’s the only time you’re really you.”

 

While both men are in their late 20's this is almost a coming of age story for Matty as he struggles to find himself.  

 

This book is filled with some very touching, sexy and possessive moments (which are some of my favorite).

 

"If you were mine, I’d burn the fucking world down before I let anyone else touch you.”

 

Phew!  Riley can definitely get the heat going.  

 

This one has very little angst as well which was nice.  Even the little there was was absolutely necessary and showed the maturity needed to make this work long term.

 

Miles is up next and already I am in love with his character (plus there is a sneak peek to his story at the end of this) and hopefully we will get Chance's story eventually too. 

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review 2017-01-17 16:33
Big Al by Andrew Clements
Big Al - Andrew Clements

Big Al by Andrew Clements is a great book about not judging people by their "cover". This is a children's picture book about a big, scary-looking fish named AL who just wants to find a friend. Even though Al appears to be mean, he is actually the nicest fish in the entire ocean. Later on in the book, Al tries to do all these things to "fit in" with the other fish, but nothing ever works. At the end of the book, he finally was able to make bonds with friends because Al saved the other fish from being captured in a net. Overall, this book is a great story for reminding the readers that actions speak louder than words and looks can be deceiving. 

I would use this book in kindergarten through the third grade. I would use this book to implement character education, and how I expect my students to be with their "friends" throughout the school year.  

 

Lexile Level: 880L

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review 2017-01-08 21:24
Perfect Catch
Perfect Catch - N.R. Walker

Was risking my friendship with my best friend worth it?

 

Well...with NR Walker writing your story you better damn well risk it.  My heavens...not even 10% into this shortie and I was totally taken with these two.  Once again, Ms Walker has been able to capture true love and an undeniable connection between her characters beautifully well.  

 

His gaze met mine, a mix of uncertainty and longing. I brought my other hand up to his cheek, touching him as if he were made of glass. I leaned in slowly, his breath hitched and his eyes fluttered closed, and just before our lips met, I stopped. This moment, I’d waited years for this… I took everything in. His face, the smell of him in the rain, his pink lips so close to mine, and that nervous, heart-stopping almost-kiss perfect moment.

 

 

If you are new to Ms Walker then by all means...take the risk and go for it here.  And if you love everything Walker writes, as I do, then don't miss out on this amazingly hot and touching shortie.  You will not be disappointed!

 

*An ARC was received for an honest review.*

 

 

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