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review 2018-09-09 22:15
Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery

Lexile Level: 760 L 

 

This classic coming of age story by L.M. Montgomery tells the story of an orphan named Anne with a strong personality and a huge imagination. Anne stands out from her peers because of her uncontrollable imagination and her expansive vocabulary. Anne makes a great role model for students because of her individuality and her love of reading. Students could connect to her as she struggles through several conflicts. This book could be introduced to upper elementary students and could be used to teach reading comprehension skills. The book contains a large amount of advanced vocabulary and therefore would be perfect for teaching students to use context clues to infer the meanings of unfamiliar words. Students who need more challenging literature to read independently could benefit from reading this book. 

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review 2018-04-02 14:26
A good biography of a principled politician
Independent: A Biography of Lewis W. Douglas - Thomas G. Smith,Robert Paul Browder

Though the name Lewis Douglas may not be familiar to most Americans today, in his time he was a figure of national prominence.  The son of a mining magnate, Douglas grew up in comfort amidst the rough life of the mining towns of Arizona and Sonora before being sent east for an education at elite prep schools in New York and New Jersey.  After service in the First World War, he returned home and entered politics, winning election to Congress in 1926.  Quickly developing a reputation as a fiscal conservative, Douglas was asked by Franklin D. Roosevelt to serve as his first budget director and played a critical role in the development of the New Deal, but left the post less than two years into his administration due to his objections to the increasing amount of deficit spending.  He returned to government during the Second World War, serving a vital role in the War Shipping Administration before concluding his career as the American ambassador to Great Britain in the late 1940s.

 

Covering such a varied life requires command of a formidable body of information.  In this his biographers, Robert Paul Browder and Thomas G. Smith, prove more than equal to the task.  Using a wide array of sources, they write about issues as diverse as the fight over Colorado River water, the budget debates of the early New Deal, and the efforts to tackle postwar reconstruction in Europe with equal authority.  They portray Douglas as a charming and capable man who remained true to his principles, never deviating from his conservative beliefs even when they were out of step with the times.  Such principles won him considerable admiration but stunted what started out as a promising political career, one which could have led to even greater political heights than the ones he achieved.

 

Well written and informative, Browder and Smith’s biography is a good book about an unjustly overlooked political figure.  The product of meticulous research in a range of archives, it easily stands as the definitive work on Douglas’s life and career, one unlikely to be bettered in the future.  With it, readers can gain a better appreciation of a capable and talented man, one whose political career ultimately was defined by principles to which he held fast regardless of the limits they imposed on his prospects.

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text 2018-03-26 22:30
Found A Great New Local Bookstore!

 

For Christmas, my son and his girlfriend gifted me a certificate to this bookshop. I finally had a chance to go and redeem it yesterday and now I'm  sorry I wasn't able to go sooner! 

 

First off, fans of Stephen King will most likely recognize the name of this shop from the book Mr. Mercedes. Second, it was the coziest store ever, with exposed brick walls and cool displays. They host book signings and author events, which is pretty cool. They have a Stephen King book club and in April they're reading RAGE by Richard Bachman. I think I'm going to go!

 

Anyway, they had a small horror/sci fi section, and I happened on a few great finds.

Pics below!

 

http://www.blueumbrellabooks.com/ 

 

 

 

Below is their set up for their book group discussion of Agatha Christie's

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE

How cool is this?

 

 

 

My finds of the day! WILDWOOD is actually signed by Christopher Golden and it's in good shape. (It was only $6.00!!)

 

I am most excited about this find! Theodore Sturgeon in a Dell PB from 1978. It's in good shape too!

 

 

 

I had a nice chat with the proprietor behind the counter and we talked about some Theodore Sturgeon stories, Stephen King, Robert McCammon and Dan Simmons. It was a quiet and low key conversation, but we were both excited to talk about great books and I'm sorry, you just don't get that at the local big box (book) store. 

 

Thanks for reading this far if you're still here. Support Your Independent Book Stores!

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review 2017-05-26 12:30
Boo! by David Haynes
Boo! - David Haynes

 

Cue the circus music! Boo! was just plain fun! What horror fan doesn't enjoy a good evil clown story? I know of exactly none. 

 

A young boy has his smile stolen when a clown murders his parents right in front of him. How that affects him and those around him is the basic plot of this book. Toss in the author of a book called Clownz, a spunky police detective, and a super lovable grehyound, and that basically rounds out our main cast of characters.

 

Everything moves along, maybe not always completely believable, but that's ok-evil clowns can make up for a lot and these are especially evil. There are some nasty scenes in this book, and man oh man, it's just so darn FUN! (I may have mentioned that before.)

 

If you're in the mood for some creepy-ass clowns, characters you can relate to, and a fast paced story you can take down in a few settings, Boo! is what you need! Just don't blame me if you wake up in the night, and there's a dark figure in the shadows of your bedroom. You'll just have to hope that Sparkles decides to spare you.

 

Highly recommended to fans of creepy clowns!

 

You can scare yourself silly here: Boo!

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