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review 2018-10-14 00:19
The Mallards and Their Neighbors (Old Homestead #2)
The Mallards and Their Neighbors - Neil Wayne Northey

The Mallards and Their Neighbors is the second of four volumes of Neil Wayne Northey’s Old Homestead series.  Like the first volume, this is a quick and pleasant children’s book that follows the lives of numerous animals that inhabit the area around the Duck Pond though the titular Mallards with brief appearances by Mr. Bluebird.  Although this is the second book of the series, it can be read before the first volume and still provide enjoyment to young children either reading on their own or being read to by their parents.

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review 2018-09-30 00:26
The Bluebirds and Their Neighbors (Old Homestead #1)
The Bluebirds and Their Neighbors - Neil Wayne Northey

The Bluebirds and Their Neighbors is the first of four volumes of Neil Wayne Northey’s Old Homestead series.  A quick and pleasant children’s book that follows the lives of numerous animals, but mostly the titular Bluebird family, around the Old Homestead that will provide enjoyment to young children either reading on their own or being read to by their parents.  From the outset this book makes it clear that is coming from a Christian perspective and uses that to make comparisons for the traits animals show to that of humans in their sinful nature.  However given that this book was first published in 1930, it should not be surprising and should not deter some from reading this.

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text 2018-09-06 21:44
The Berenstain Bears' New Neighbors
The Berenstain Bears' New Neighbors - 'Stan Berenstain', 'Jan Berenstain'

The Berenstain Bears' New Neighbors, written by  By Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain, is about a family who is learning to accept their new neighbors even though they look completely different from what they are used to. I can use this story in my classroom to teach about acceptance, and being kind to others even though they may look different. I can read this book on during the first week of school and allow all of the students to have a Meet and Greet with each other. 

 

 

4 stars 

Lexile AD490L

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review 2018-09-04 07:33
Fight
Forget You, Ethan - Whitney G.

Rachel has hated her neighbor since she was a young girl.  He was always everywhere she looked.  He was always someone to hate.  He was always her strongest friend and confidante.  She hated it.

 

Ethan had hated Rachel since he was small.  Why would seeing her after several years change how he feels?  Maybe he felt this way for a while.  Maybe they are more than enemies.  Maybe it is time to find out.

 

This story was a bit of a surprise.  I thought the characters and their banter was great.  I was not a big fan of the back and forth.  For those wondering what that meant, I mean I dislike it when there are flashbacks in a book.  I find it disruptive.  This was a bit hard to follow, but the ending is more than worth the wait.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2018-06-14 15:57
Review of Bad Neighbors (An Agnes & Effie Mystery #2)
Bad Neighbors - Maia Chance

Bad Neighbors (An Agnes & Effie Mystery #2)Bad Neighbors by Maia Chance
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s leaf-peeping season in Naneda, New York, and Agnes Blythe has settled into helping her Great Aunt Effie restore the Stagecoach Inn. It seems nothing can shatter the golden idyll or the kaching of cash registers until a mechanic at Hatch Automotive is found bludgeoned to death with a wrench.
Sweeping into action, Agnes and Effie are on the scene, when a tourist laden motor coach breaks down outside of town. The Stagecoach Inn isn’t really ready for guests, but Agnes and Effie agree to take in a group of seniors while they wait for repairs to be done on the motor coach. Agnes finds herself being pulled into the investigation when she learns her boyfriend, Otis Hatch, is the Naneda Police Department’s prime suspect. With bodies falling faster than the leaves off of the trees, Agnes must leaf through the viable suspects and clear Otis’s name of murder.

The mystery is full of twists and and red herrings with some humor thrown in to help break up some of the more intense situations. The main characters are well written, well developed, and believable which makes them lifelike. The gaggle of senior citizens help bring some comic relief as they follow Agnes and Effie around town, even helping the two investigate the murders. The author describes the characters and scenes in the book so nicely that you can imagine what is happening throughout the book.

I like that while Agnes has low self-esteem issues she doesn't let it stop her from trying to find the killer, sometimes in humorous situations with surprising results. The snide comments that Delilah makes to Agnes every time they talk made me take a big disliking to her so I was glad to see she gets her just desserts at the end of the book. I was happy to see that Agnes and Otis made up in the end and decided to give their relationship another chance since they both have strong feelings for each other. Effie giving Agnes an equal share in the inn was nice, it showed Agnes that her aunt believes in her and that she's not a failure in her eyes. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series to see what Agnes and Effie get themselves into.

I got an ARC of this book from netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for my review of the book.

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