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review 2017-07-18 03:11
Ghost Town At Sundown - Mary Pope Osborne,Sal Murdocca

A great continuation of the series.

I am so in love with these books. A nice quick read that is very entertaining.

I love how different Jack and Annie are, but how well they compliment each other. Annie is so impulsive and intuitive while Jack wants to plan and research before acting. They work so well together.

Definitely can't wait to continue this series. A perfect fit for young readers who want to learn while having an epic adventure.


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review 2017-07-05 23:53
Goldfish Ghost - Lemony Snicket, Lisa Brown
Goldfish Ghost - Lemony Snicket,Lisa Brown

The team who brought me The Latke Who Wouldn't Stop Screaming, one of my favorite holiday books, has brought another delight. The former goldfish goes out in search of company. Unexpected and sweet, with a deceptively simple and traditional style of illustration. Special props for the diverse street and beach scene. Brown and Snicket are a fabulous team.

And this business of special endpapers is a great one. That and the common sentence on how the art is created are both splendid additions. I have come to expect them, and am disappointed if a book doesn't include them.

Library copy

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review 2017-07-03 01:56
Ghost (Track) - Jason Reynolds

Ghost by Jason Reynolds is the first book in a planned middle grade series focusing on "a fast but fiery group of kids who have a shot at the Junior Olympics, but have a lot to prove first - to each other, and to themselves."  Castle Cranshaw  (aka Ghost) hails from the poor part of town and as we discover in the first chapter, his Dad is in jail for attempting to shoot his Mom. Ghost is nicely done, and I think would be compelling to a middle grader who liked realistic fiction or a young African-American who loved to run.  While this book is well reviewed by Teachers and Youth Librarians I respect, I found the story arc that little bit too predictable to an adult for me to rate it higher than 3.5 stars.


Volume 2 in the series, which focuses on a different member of the team, is expected out at the end of August


(Read outside of Booklikes-opoly because it was due back to the Library).


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review 2017-06-27 02:40
Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
Ghost Talkers - Mary Robinette Kowal

Imagine a first world war where the English have recruited mediums and devised a method to have soldiers report intelligence from their dying moments before moving on. Of course, the Germans are trying to figure out the secret of how they do this, and this is the basis for the plot of the novel. Ginger Stuyvesant is an American heiress who is one of these mediums.


It was a quick read and I liked it overall but I can’t say that I ever really got fully absorbed by it. Little things kept distracting me. I’m not entirely sure whether they were even problems, exactly. Just little period details that made me wonder whether things would have happened quite like that. Maybe they would have. I do think the title could have been better.


Anyway, I read this for the booklikes-opoly Water Works square on a gamble since that one says to “Read a book with water on the cover, or where someone turns on the waterworks (i.e., cries) because of an emotional event.” I got lucky, and there were a few instances of people crying, usually as a result of a death. This wasn’t emotional weeping but more subdued crying, the kind that you just can’t seem to help, but I think it counts.


At 299 pages, this nets me another $6 for my bank, leaving with a current total of $156.


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