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review 2017-08-20 12:44
The Strange Files of Fremont Jones
The Strange Files of Fremont Jones: A Fremont Jones Mystery (Fremont Jones Mysteries) - Dianne Day

This story was creepy but not really scary. It did keep my interest though and when I wasn´t reading I was wondering about what would happen. I´m glad I finally read it since I´ve had this book on my to-be-read list for a really long time. Fremont Jones reminds me a lot of myself, strong-willed and different. I love that she left her home to support herself and decided not to be married. She wanted to be her own person without the limits of societies ideals. I can´t wait to see what happens as I read more of this series.

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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
Election
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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