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review 2017-06-26 18:14
A Monster Calls / Patrick Ness
A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness,Jim Kay

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.  But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…  This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.  It wants the truth.



“The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do.”

That’s when our worries plague us—in the middle of the night when there’s nothing we can do except stew about them. Your nightmare is now interrupted by real-life worries that are worse. Deal with it!

I’ve lived through a similar situation. I was at my father’s side when he died, after three weeks of lingering in hospital after a car accident. I went through all the stages of grief, repeatedly. Denial, bargaining, anger, depression, acceptance. I had the advantage of a couple of decades of experience more than Conor, but the emotions are the same.

I can’t even remember who I was talking to on the phone, days before Dad died, when I said, “Why can’t this poor man die? What’s holding him here?” Because his life was never going to be the same. He would never be physically or emotionally whole again. His life would simply have been a frustrating struggle and he didn’t deal well with frustration. All in all, it was a relief when he made the decision to let go. I was grateful that he was able to leave, but I have missed him every day since then.

I shed a lot of tears towards the end of this book. I think it would be an excellent offering to any young person who has lost a parent or whose parent is on the brink of death. It’s okay to be angry. It’s okay to be sad. It’s okay to be relieved when that parent is released from pain. Whatever you feel, it’s okay.

Apologies to my real-life book club for choosing yet another “cancer book.”


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review 2017-06-26 13:04
Fun Saturday Science
Vacuum Bazookas, Electric Rainbow Jelly, and 27 Other Saturday Science Projects. - Neil A. Downie,Jim Wilkinson

I am a homeschooling mother and my husband works 3rd shift so I am constantly looking for ways for him to do things with our children that will encourage them to work on something together, learn something together and build a bond that will last a lifetime. Creating memories. 


I loved this book and I gave it to him and he enjoyed it, too. I think this will make it into the school year, with school on weekends. 


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review 2017-06-26 11:08
The newly-powered teens meet new dangers and allies
Wayward Volume 4: Threads and Portents - Jim Zubkavich


The gifted children are now dispersed, some in Japan and Rori and Ayane in Ireland with Rori's father who has links with the Irish fairy folk. There are flashbacks about Rori's origins as well as action in Ireland and in Japan. It's getting quite complicated so reading the three previous volumes is recommended. It's obvious that there is more to come and I look forward to it.

This series continues with a lot of action and adventure and is nicely written and illustrated. The series is well worth a look.


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review 2017-06-24 10:34
When Rosie Met Jim and Shoeboxes - Melina Marchetta,Kathryn Barker



And I'm happy, so so happy because (and I'm combining Pacey Witter and Adam Wilde quotes here) the simple act of knowing that he's somewhere out there, alive, is enough for me right now. So I don't care how long it takes for MM to write the full book because I will wait until the end of time (although I'm sure I'll be tweeting otherwise at 1am sometime in the near future).


Also, Shoeboxes was creepy as fuck. Please read In The Skin Of A Monster if you haven't already kthanksbye.

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review 2017-06-18 22:32
SE tie-in.
Uncanny Avengers (2015-) #24 - Jim Zub,Kim Jacinto,RB Silva

And there was no punching nazis.   Very disappointing, Marvel!

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