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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-10-21 03:54
The Duke With the Dragon Tattoo
The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo - Kerrigan Byrne

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The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo is the 6th installment of Kerrigan Byrne’s dark and steamy Victorian Rebels series. Despite the ups and downs I’ve faced in this series, liking some installment more than the others, I’ve been a fan of it since book 1.

The Victorian Rebels series is based on a few Victorian-era bad boys getting their HEAs with women who bring them down to their knees, quite literally. They are a diverse bunch who’d do anything to survive and protect the ones they love. As mentioned in the intro of my review, I was sold on the idea since book 1that started it all. Kerrigan’s writing was pretty dark and she, throughout the story, took us to places I never thought I’d explore. I.e. book 2 where some really nauseating stuff that were happening, seeing the hero was an assassin. The description of it all weren’t always for the faint-hearted. Nevertheless, I found the stories thrilling and engaging.

In The Highwayman, Dorian Blackwell AKA Dougan McKenzie is introduced to us alongside his plight of life in a prison as a youngster. He’s one of the bastard sons of the cruel and lecherous Hamish MacKenzie, now-deceased Laird of MacKenzies. His darkness has seeped into every single one of his sons, doesn’t matter whether they’re legitimate or illegitimate. The only difference was Dougan/Dorian wanted to fight it for the love of his life, Farah. But, as he grew up seeing and experiencing stuff no youngster should, Dougan had already transformed into someone with a blackhole for a heart. He is called ‘The Black Heart of Ben More’; the reigning king of the underworld for a reason. It was a great beginning to this series that I absolutely enjoyed.

Book 2 and 3, The Hunter and The Highlander, kind of followed book 1. The Hunter is the story of Dorian’s best friend since prison, Christopher Argent, the aforementioned assassin. I really liked his story with a famous actress of that time. I’m sure it wasn’t an easy task to make a hero out of a ruthless killer but Kerrigan pulled it off quite masterfully. The Highlander veered more towards the McKenzie family. It’s the story of Liam McKenzie, the legitimate heir of the McKenzie kingdom, who is also Dorian’s half-brother. He didn’t even know Dorian existed until book 2, as their father was infamous for emptying his nastiness everywhere he went, never bothering with the repercussions. Liam also grew up in a disturbed household as we find from the beginning of the book. His life afterwards was what can only be called hell-ish. He was forced to marry the wrong person, a woman his younger half-brother, Gavin St. James, loved. He’s Hamish’s son from his second marriage. Later, Liam finds love in Mena, a woman haunted by her own past and hunted by a cruel husband. I loved that Liam and Dorian are now united, their wives being friends, because Farah already knew Mena before she escaped to the Highlands to save herself.

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review 2018-09-10 03:43
Miss Nelson Is Missing! - Harry Allard,James Marshall

The students in room 207 were very misbehaved for Miss Nelson, but when she disappears, a new teacher makes them do work ALL DAY! Miss Nelson is Missing!! When Miss Nelson comes back the students in room 207 never misbehaved again! I would use this book to work on expression and voice when reading!

Lexile: 340L

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review 2018-09-10 03:35
Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends is a book full of silly poems that talk about common childhood problems! I would use this book to introduce poetry in a fun way. It can also be used for vocabulary and fluency!

Lexile: NP

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review 2018-09-09 17:20
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein

Every child should read poetry and this is the perfect book to find the best children's poetry out there! When I was in 4th grade my teacher actually went to the library and hand picked this book just for e because she thought I would enjoy it. She was right! I went home and read the poems to my grandparents all afternoon. The poems in this book often have meanings that may confuse younger readers so I suggest not using it until at least 4th grade and even then, for the advanced students.

Scholastic classifies the DRA level as 40 which means 4th or 5th grade.

An activity I would assign for my students would be to pick their favorite poem from the book and dissect it. Find any figurative language within the poem and determine its literal meaning.

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review 2018-09-09 17:15
Click Clack Moo
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type - Doreen Cronin,Betsy Lewin

Ever met a cow that could type? Or a cow who left notes for the farmer? Well get ready to read a silly story about some who do just that!

According to Scholastic, the DRA level is between 20-24 which would make this a 2nd or 3rd grade level book. I think that sounds just right. 

A fun activity for my students to do after reading this book would be to write a letter to Farmer Brown!!! They could write it from the cow's perspective, from their own, or from another animal's perspective. This would really bring out their creative writing skills.

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