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review 2017-02-27 20:24
Phoenix Blood (Old School - Book 1)
Phoenix Blood (Old School Book 1) - Jenny Schwartz

This is a story set in a world of magic. Not quite the various worlds of vampires and/or werewolves we have all grown accustomed to - or the world of Hogwarts, although it does feature an English boarding school (the Old School of the series title) where magical talents are fostered.

 

Sadie Howard's talent is Finding. She can find anything, whether it be a physical object like the pendant she is carrying when the story opens, or something more intangible like the safety she is seeking as she races into a bikers' bar on the opening page pursued by two "Stag Mercenaries" intent on killing her and seizing the pendant, and finds safety with a man sitting quietly in the corner with his pet bird of paradise.

 

(Do you think one can judge a person's age by the length of her sentences?)

 

A man called Marcus Aurelius, who nine years earlier "couldn't fight a feather duster" but now effortlessly disposes of the two killers; who nine years ago had dropped her publicly and brutally, and broken her heart; who nine years ago had not believed in magic but proves now to be a powerful magician in his own right.

 

(I did it again.)

 

That, then, is the situation. But who wants the pendant so badly that he is sending Stag Mercenaries after Sadie? Will Sadie and Marcus ever complete the long road journey across the States to California, where she must deliver the pendant? Can their love have survived the nine years of heartbreak and loneliness they both (yes, both) went through? And what, really, is the entity now passing as a bird of paradise and Marcus's companion?

 

A great story that on two successive nights kept me riveted to my Kindle till the early hours of the morning.

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text 2017-02-24 16:45
Phoenix Blood
Phoenix Blood (Old School Book 1) - Jenny Schwartz

Am reading this (Jenny - are you there?) It's really good, grabbed me from the first page.

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video 2016-12-02 12:16

Started watching Luke Cage on Netflix last night and they have the most amazing bar/club on the show. If they had a place like this in Brisbane, I swear I would live there..... Anyways that's Where they I heard this guy ^^^

Doesn't he sound incredible? Ignore the film clip, I believe it's from a movie.....

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review 2016-11-10 22:52
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
How the Grinch stole Christmas! And other stories - Dr. Seuss

This tells the story of how the Grinch stole Christmas, and in the process learns the true meaning of Christmas. A very heartwarming story. 

 

For third graders i would use this book during a Christmas unit i would teach. Not only Christmas but i would include it in a number of books that i would teach about the many different traditions around the world. 

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review 2016-11-10 22:27
The Complete Adventure of Curious George
The Complete Adventures of Curious George - Margret Rey,H.A. Rey

These are a series of books involving "George" who is a monkey living with a man in a yellow hat. George is always curious and that curiosity always causes him to get into trouble but not so much that he can't learn a lesson from it!

 

Any grade up to 2nd i should say is good for this book series. I would most likely use it to plan a series of lessons involving following the rules and doing what you are supposed to. Most likely at the very beginning of the year.

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