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review 2017-11-20 17:30
The Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby, Jenny Lundquist
The Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby - J... The Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby - Jenny Lundquist

I enjoyed this middle school read. I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 5* rating. This was a fun, a little bit wacky story of a girl who lost her mother when she was young. My granddaughters enjoy this author and this is a second in a series. This addresses a lot of tough issues and I wanted to expand the reading of my grandchildren. This is wonderful for this age group.

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review 2017-11-02 20:00
The Charming Life of Izzy Malone, Jenny Lundquist

This is an enjoyable Teen read. I've voluntarily chosen to review it. I've given it a 5* rating. My hubby even enjoyed it. My granddaughters almost fought over it. It certainly held their attention. This is a fun, clean read especially for the young teen.

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review 2017-02-07 16:44
Out of Tune, Gail Nall
Out of Tune - Gail Nall Out of Tune - Gail Nall

This was an interesting read for a little older child. I received this book for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 4.5 * rating. It was full of adventures and finding out life doesn't always turn out like you want it to. This is pretty long for a child though. However, if a child really likes to read, it is pretty fast moving and there is something happening all the time.

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review 2016-12-12 13:27
The Thing About Jellyfish
The Thing About Jellyfish - Ali Benjamin

I thought this novel was okay. I loved the fascinating facts about jellyfish as I am find them interesting and amazing. Suzy is obsessed with them after a school field trip and she begins to believe that they are the cause of her best friend’s death which happened while she was swimming. Suzy is consumed to find a reason for her death, to pinpoint why this unfortunate disaster occurred. Suzy’s world is filled with facts and information about jellyfish after this field trip and the more that she thinks about it, the more blame she casts on the jellyfish but she needs verification. There are flashbacks where we see the girl’s relationship for what is was, how they nurtured one another and then how things changed between them. I wondered about Suzy, I wondered if she just didn’t see the big picture or was she afraid of change or afraid of standing out. She confused me at times and I wondered if students felt the same way when they looked at her.


The author had a way with words; I really enjoyed reading this novel. I liked how the author used a variety of fonts in this novel. I noticed that this helped make the information stand out, it helped with the transitions in the reading and it made reading the novel smoother using this technique. There were different typeset that transitioned you into the different time periods that the story inhabited, unique lettering that Suzy used to take notes of her scientists, notebook notes and Mrs. Turton notes each had different typescript. It’s funny how you notice things like that when you’re read. It’s a novel about grief, about death and about friendship. 3.5 stars


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review 2016-11-11 23:15
Grimm's Fairy Tales
The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales (Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library) - Wilhelm Grimm,Jacob Grimm,Joseph Campbell,Josef Scharl,Margaret Raine Hunt,Padraic Colum,James Stern

This is a book filled with many different stories by The Grimm Brothers.  This would be an excellent book for older students who are looking at myths, folktales, and short stories.

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