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review 2017-06-28 00:45
Judy Moody Declares Independence - Megan McDonald,Peter H. Reynolds

Classic Judy Moody.

This is such a great series. I loved how this book was educational and still entertaining.

Judy Moody is such an independent character in general, but her independence is really highlighted in this hilarious story as she tries to convince her parents not to treat her like a baby anymore.

A great, quick read. Nice continuation of the series.

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review 2017-03-14 21:56
Scars of the Independence
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth - Holger Hoock

I received this book via LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers in exchange for an honest review.


The quaint, romanticized version of the American Revolution that many have grown up with through popular history and school curriculum is not the real life story that those living during those years experienced.  In Scars of Independence, Holger Hoock looks past the good versus bad and underdog narratives so prevalent today to reveal the multifaceted struggle and very violent history of the American Revolutionary War from all its participants.


Hoock frames the American Revolution as not just a colonial rebellion, but first and foremost a civil war in which the dividing line of loyalties split family.  The Patriot-Loyalist violence, either physical or political, began long before and lasted long after the military conflict.  Once the fighting actually began, both the Americans and the British debated amongst themselves on the appropriate use of the acceptable violence connected to 18th century warfare and on the treatment of prisoners.  While both sides thought about their conduct to those in Europe, the Native Americans were another matter and the violence they were encouraged to inflict or was inflicted upon them was some of the most brutal of the war.  But through all of these treads, Hoock emphasizes one point over and over, that the American Patriots continually won the “propaganda” war not only in the press on their side of the Atlantic but also in Europe and even Great Britain.


One of the first things a reader quickly realizes is that Hoock’s descriptions of some of the events of the American Revolution remind us of “modern-day” insurgencies and playbooks of modern terrorists, completely shattering the popular view of the nation’s birth.  Hoock’s writing is gripping for those interested in popular history and his research is thought-provoking for scholars.  Another point in Hoock’s favor is his birth outside the Anglo-American historical sphere in Germany, yet his background in British history and on-off research fellowships in the United States has given him a unique perspective to bring this piece of Anglo-American history out to be consumed, debated, and thought upon.


Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth is a fascinating, intriguing, thought-provoking book on the under-reported events of the American Revolutionary War in contrast to the view of the war from popular history.  Holger Hoock gives his readers an easy, yet detailed filled book that will help change their perspective on the founding of the United States by stripping the varnish away to reveal the whole picture.

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text 2016-11-24 18:02
First Footing

Hogmanay is the Scottish New Year, with origins in the Winter Solstice celebration, and arguably more important, and social, than Christmas.


At just after midnight on Hogmanay a visitor ringing the doorbell and bearing a lump of charcoal is always let into the household. For he (usually he) is seen as bringing good tidings for the oncoming year. Traditionally this visitor should have dark hair and eyes.


I have not come

through the blizzards of snow

for war or trouble

I am here to forward you fortune

and the hope of independence


One day Scots and those living in Scotland will be free of those Sassenachs; those English we want no more of.




Source: chevrefeuillescarpediem.blogspot.com
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text 2016-11-01 20:13
Duck for President - Doreen Cronin,Betsy Lewin

This book is so enjoyable and humorous!


This book can be used in the classroom to introduce a unit on different leadership positions or elections. It could also be used to teach students that they should ask for help when they need it, instead of trying to do things on their own.

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review 2016-08-01 09:41
excellent follow up.
Happy Independence Day - Michael Rupured

Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book.

Terrence is a law student, and wants to change the world. Visiting bars that openly serve gay men leads him to meet Cameron. But Cameron runs from Terrence every chance he gets. Until Cameron meets a lady who whoops him upside the head and makes him see who he really is. He just needs to be with Terrence one time, before he disappears.

This is the second in the Philip Potter series I've read, but it is book 3, I think. There is one I have still to read so am reading them out of order. I don't think it matters too much, though.

Terrence is in New York, studying pre-law and has a wide and varied circle of friends. They spread time at the Stonewall Inn, which is a bar run by the Mafia catering for openly gay/lesbian people along with those who colour between the lines. Cameron catches his eye, but runs away all the time. Cameron does have good reason though. Being bait for his Mafia boss' blackmail scam has jaded the man. He knows he doesn't have long left, he is, after all, getting old, but Cameron also knows he needs to get away, before he is made gone and ends up at the bottom of the river with concrete boots.

I really enjoyed this book, but not quite as much as No Good Deed, and I the only reason I can maybe pinpoint, is the crime/thriller element is not here. Its based around the Stonewall Riots of June 1969, the run up and the few days after.  So there are are murderous thoughts from some people, but none that take flight. We get how one police officer feels before and after, how two amazing women stand up to the police, how people watching nearby felt. Its very deep, in the emotions that run through it, and I did like that.

Its also a little steamier than No Good Deed, not too much, still very mild, but in keeping with the fact that, times they are a-changing, if albeit slowly.

As well as Terrence and Cameron, we get Philip Potter, and George, his lover; we get Harold and Abigail;  we get several other characters too and it gives a huge amount of insight into what happened at Stonewall Inn that fateful night.

It took a long time for things to start moving but many believe this event was the birth of the modern LGBT movement.

As I said, I enjoyed this read, but not as much as No Good Deed, but it still gets....

4 stars

**same worded review will appear elsewhere**

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