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text 2018-12-05 22:16
24 Festive Tasks, Door 15 - St Nicholas Day
A Perfect Holiday Fling (Moments in Maplesville) - Farrah Rochon
Gaijin: American Prisoner of War - Matt Faulkner
Anya's Ghost - Vera Brosgol
The Soldier's Secrets - Naomi Rawlings

Sinterklaas / St. Nicholas Day

 

Book: I will read A Perfect Holiday Fling (Moments in Maplesville #1) by Farrah Rochon.

 

Task #2

1. For myself - the appliances in the In Death series. An Autochef would top the list, along with a drying tube and a car that can go "vertical" and bypass traffic. A computer that can run searches for me while I go to sleep would come in handy when grad school starts.

 

2. For my community - in this case, I claim the military veteran community for this wish. I want a competent, science and advance medical Veteran Affairs system, from the administrative and the medical sides. The system is broken and has been before this current administration took over, but three schmucks running the agency from Mar-Largo is not helping. A completely overhauled agency that not only takes care of OEF/OIF veterans, but the veterans of the humanitarian missions, the Gulf War veterans (especially those affected by Gulf War Syndrome, which needs more research!), and one that takes military sexual assault seriously. 

 

Sorry that was a downer, but it's frustrating to deal with this ass backward agency.

 

3. For the world - Every C-suite executive at Facebook goes to jail/is somehow punished for the shit that has been going in in global politics since 2015/16. Punitive fines would go to libraries to fund their digital citizenship/digital literacy programs for all ages. Also Net Neutrality laws in every country, even the good old USA, and regulate it as an utility.

 

Task #4

I tend to avoid kids in my reading unless I am reading a MG level book because I don't like to read about kids in peril. However, this year I read three great books that had this trope:

 

1. Gaijin: American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner

2. Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol

3. The Soldier's Secrets (Belanger Family #2) by Naomi Rawlings

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review 2018-12-05 01:13
Heavy material in a light package
Sunny Side Up - Matthew Holm,Jennifer L. Holm

Sunny is looking forward to her awesome summer vacation going to the beach with her best friend...and then she gets sent off to stay with her grandfather at his retirement community in Florida. What Sunny views as a punishment is actually her family trying to shield her from her brother's trip to rehab. Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm looks at substance abuse from the viewpoint of a younger sibling which is rather refreshing and ultimately important when a child is trying to find books that relate to themselves. (I don't know anyone with a picture perfect childhood so it's a good idea if children's literature reflects that.) The references to substance abuse are rather oblique for the majority of the book so it's not heavy handed in the slightest. For the most part, we see Sunny acting pretty snotty as she comes to terms with the fact her summer is not going to be anything like she had planned but intermixed with that is a healthy dose of fear, anxiety, and shame. Remember she has no idea what has caused her family to send her away but she think she must have done something terribly wrong. (Also, her grandfather is the mack daddy of the retirement community and it's hilarious.) She does manage to make a friend of commensurate age though and the two of them develop a mutual interest in superheroes and comics. 

 

It's hard to say where the author lands in terms of keeping family secrets (they experienced something similar to Sunny in reality) but what the reader does see is Sunny learning about the difficulty of maintaining secret identities as she gets into reading comics. By the end, she is told what has happened with her brother and the reader (if they hadn't already figured it out) sees all the puzzle pieces fall into place. Because the reader is seeing everything through the eyes of Sunny the reading experience is quite different from some of the realistic fiction on this topic that I've read before. I think from that standpoint this is quite a unique and important book especially for children who have experienced this and are feeling quite alone and isolated. In fact, at the end they tacked on a bit about talking to someone if you know a family member is struggling with substance abuse. If you're creating a booklist for your students and you're looking for material that touches on substance abuse and/or family dynamics you could do a lot worse than picking Sunny Side Up. 8/10

 

The illustrations reminded me of Sunday newspaper comic strips. [Source: Scholastic]

 

What's Up Next: 5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior by Alexis & Mark Siegel and illustrations by Boya Sun & Matt Rockefeller

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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text 2018-11-30 05:39
Bring the Christmas Spirit to Life

 

There is this misconception that Christmas is all and only about family. Spending time with your children, with your parents or with your grandparents. Some of you might just want this one day for that one special person who is the kernel of your being. The one who puts smile on your face on your darkest days and the one who is by your side all the time in your thick and thin. Christmas is the day you should rather spend time with this person alone than with or among your family. To top it all make this year’s Christmas a memorable one with all the amazing gifts. Top Voucher Codes has the discounts you need for the stores you are looking to buy presents for your beloved.

 

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review 2018-11-29 15:29
Simple story, but Maira learns about inner strength.
Rebellious Secrets - Elizabeth Rose

Third in the series and a chance for Maira to prove herself. I loved how she learned about inner strength as well as physical strength. She showed her strong physical side but found out she also had a softer, more emotional side. The story was a bit simple but was full of secrets. Once Jacob's story came out, I found it easier to like him. 

I received an ARC of this story, and this is my unsolicited review.

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review 2018-11-29 05:15
Turning Secrets
Turning Secrets - Brenda Chapman

The subject matter surrounding the case in Turning Secrets is not only disturbing, it's also current in today's world of high crime rates and drug abuse. It's a scary thing to think about the number of young girls that are preyed upon by older, unscrupulous men. That said, I felt like so much more could've been done with this story. There are quite a lot of characters to keep up with, and with so many POV changes throughout the book, I had a hard time getting to know any of the characters enough to really become invested in them. This is my first experience with this series, so I'm going to assume that a lot of character building was done in earlier books and base my rating on the mystery in this one. While it moved a bit slower than I care for, it did hold my interest enough to keep me reading. I wanted to know what happened to Nadia, and I wanted to see how things turned out for Vanessa and for Dawn. The biggest downfall for me was the amount of what felt like filler before getting back to the meat of the story. This one is certainly more procedural than action, which doesn't really pick up until close to the end of the book. That's not a problem for me except that I would've liked a little more on the procedure. I'm sure those who are invested in this series and know the characters will get more out of this one than I did as parts of it did feel like an ongoing story. However, it is what it is, and this is just my 2 cents worth. The story on its own is still worth the read, but I would recommend checking out the earlier books first. All in all, Turning Secrets is a decent crime drama with a thought-provoking case.

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