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review 2017-05-05 18:21
My Review of Aster Wood and the Lost Maps of Almara
Aster Wood and the Lost Maps of Almara - J.B. Cantwell

Aster Wood and the Lost Maps of Almara by J.B. Cantwell is the first installment of the Aster Wood series. This story is about Aster Wood, who finds out that he is the one to find the sorcerer, Almara.

 

This story is full of magic and different worlds that Aster has to follow to find Almara. This story was good, but the flow of the story was interrupted by the editing. If the editing would have been better, then this would have been an easy 5 star read.

 

I want to add that this book is written by J.B. Cantwell, and not written by R.J. Cantwell. J.B. Cantwell and myself have alerted Booklikes of this mistake, but it has not been amended as of the writing of this review.

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url 2017-03-30 07:35
Lose yourself in this beautiful literary map of London
The Girl - Meridel Le Sueur
Main Street - Sinclair Lewis
War for the Oaks - Emma Bull
In the Lake of the Woods - Tim O'Brien
Freedom - Jonathan Franzen
Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values - Robert M. Pirsig
Fiend - Peter Stenson

A literary map of London, with its writers and characters charted by neighborhood. Which, this us just about the coolest. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul have nowhere near the literary relevance of London (not even close), but I would kill for a literary map of my hometown(s). Here's a start:

 

--Dr and Mrs Kennicot from Sinclair Lewis's Main Street honeymoon near Lake Calhoun; she's from St Paul
--Much of the action of War for the Oaks takes place in and around First Ave
--Zombie novel Fiend bops around St Paul and the St Paul suburbs, ending in the St Paul County Courthouse
--Meridel LeSeuer's The Girl takes place in the dodgy part of St Paul circa 1920s; not sure where exactly
--Franzen's Freedom takes place in Ramsey Hill in St Paul
-- Diablo Cody worked as a stripper in Sex World, Sheikh's, and other Minneapolis strip clubs, as detailed in Candy Girl
--Though much of Tim O'Brien's In the Lake of the Woods takes place in the Lake of the Woods (doi), it starts in St Paul when the protagonist's bid for governor fails
--Similarly, the (I think only pseudonymous narrator) of Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance starts in the Wedge neighborhood. Specific streets are named, something like 25th and Colfax
--For sure there's stuff by William Kent Kreuger, Garrison Keillor, Robert Bly, and Louise Erdrich I can't think of right now.

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review 2017-01-27 04:07
Me on the Map -Lexile level 280L
Me on the Map - Joan Sweeney

Me on the Map, written by Joan Sweeney, is about a young girl who shows readers herself on the map. She shows them her street, city, state, her room, and her country. The book uses bright illustrations and colorful pictures to help explain the maps. The young girl the story centers around explains the difference of certain maps and why it is important to know what a map is. This is a great book to read for shared group reading and you can do a picture walk before reading the book aloud to get the students excited and interested. After reading the book aloud you can then incorporate Geography by providing them with a graphic organizer where they will draw what their state looks like, town/city, room, street, and country. Allowing them do make their own graphic organizer is a great way to formally assess what they learned from the book, and it also keeps them interested and engaged. This lesson can be used from first grade through fifth grade. I believe it can be used in so many different grades because even though it is a basic story it is still a great way to incorporate Geography and even art into reading. 

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text 2017-01-10 17:09
Reading progress update: I've read 47%.
Maps - Nash Summers

“Little pig, little pig,” someone on the other side of the window whispered, “let me in.”

What. The. Shit.

 

What. The. Shit. Is. Right. My take on this is slightly altered since the last time I read this. Yikes.

 

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review 2017-01-09 18:27
Review: "Maps" (Life According to Maps, #1) by Nash Summers
Maps - Nash Summers

"If you ever get lost, just follow the lane, and you’ll find your way home."

 

This book is the embodiment of adorable. I fell in love with funny, sweet and geeky (also little drama queen) Maps the first time when I've read this story almost 2 years ago, and I fell in love with him all over again.

 

The only difference is that while the tentative HFN ending left me wanting more back then, I have not only one, but TWO sequels to look forward to now.

 

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First read: May 26th, 2015

1st reread: January 09th, 2017

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