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review 2017-07-07 19:28
Get Coding!: Learn HTML, CSS & JavaScrip... Get Coding!: Learn HTML, CSS & JavaScript & Build a Website, App & Game - Young Rewired State

For any computer wiz kid or inspiring to be, this book is a great addition to their library. Simplified information that it can almost be considered a dummy guide for adults as well, lol. A number of hands on projects that help to reinforce what they've learned and just over all a lot of fun to read through.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-07-03 05:07
Beware of wasps...
The Nest - Jon Klassen,Kenneth Oppel


The first time I saw them, I thought they were angels.

- first sentence


Well, this was a bit quirky. I liked it, but I didn't love it.


Steve is a worrier, and what he worries about most nowadays is his baby brother. His parents are worried too. The baby has things wrong with him, and he isn't strong enough for the operation yet. The wasp queen visits Steve in his dreams and says she can make things better. All Steve has to say is "yes." But, things aren't always what they seem, and the queen may not have the baby's best interests at heart after all.


This book asks us to question what is normal and decide if an imperfect life is still worth living.


This book is nominated for a Sunshine State award, grades 6-8 (2017-18). It might be a bit creepy for kids though. The wasps are scary and there are some life or death situations. Steve doesn't know who to trust or how to protect his brother. He wants to do the right thing and readers will certainly root for him. Steve is scared at times, but he shows true bravery to protect his baby brother.


Just keep in mind, this is a horror story, a fairy tale horror story, but still...


This is my second Free Read Friday book. It has 272 and is worth $6.00

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review 2017-06-24 04:34
When Technology and Nature collide...
The Wild Robot - Peter Brown


We are geese,

And geese keep going.


We're a strange family.

But I kind of like it that way.


Ahh, this book. I didn't think I was going to like this one. I read it because it's a Sunshine State nominated book for the 2017-18 school year, and it fit the talking animals BLopoly space that I landed on.


The name of the robot is Roz and she has a lot of knowledge, but she doesn't know how to survive on this island. Roz is having difficulties until she realizes that she can learn from the animals. Once Roz realizes the animals are talking, she also realizes she can communicate with them. One day, Roz accidentally destroys a goose nest and can save only one egg. This leads to some pretty amazing and heart-warming moments that I really enjoyed. The ending is a bit sad but hints at the sequel which is coming out later this year.


The story is more than a bit quirky, but that's what makes it so much fun. I think it will be a big hit with our 3rd - 5th graders this coming school year. Though I'm sure it will appeal to older kids and adults as well.


Oh, and the illustrations really bring it all together.




I read this book for the Fantasyland 7 space, and this is my first book after the big shakeup. At 277 pages it is worth: $6.00



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review 2017-06-02 01:05
To Protect His Own (New York State Trooper Series Book 5) - Jen Talty

To Protect His Own by Jen Talty is a fantastic read.  Ms Talty has gifted us with a well-written book and loaded it with phenomenal characters.  Kenzie and Jake's story is loaded with suspense, drama, action, humor and spice.  This book has it all.  I totally enjoyed reading To Protect His Own and look forward to reading more from Jen Talty in the future.  To Protect His Own is book 5 of the New York State Trooper Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2017-05-14 16:53
State of Wonder
State of Wonder - Ann Patchett

State of Wonder tells the story of Miranda, a scientist who works for a big pharmaceutical company. After her colleague Anders has died in the Amazonian rain forest, the company sends her to find out what has happened to Anders and how advanced the research of Dr. Swenson, the former mentor of Miranda and employee of the same pharmaceutical company, is.


It´s been a week since I finished this book and I feel the same amount of bewilderment and annoyance that I felt immediately upon finishing the novel. Ann Patchett sure can write a compelling story, but there are so many factual errors in this book, especially when it comes to the medicinal facts, I had a hard time enjoying this book and at some point I couldn´t read these passages from a humoristic point of view anymore. And the notion that Miranda is supposed to have been a medical doctor at some point in her life is utterly laughable, because she is incredibly stupid throughout the whole book.

In the beginning of the book Ann Patchett manages to write Dr. Swenson as that incredibly mysterious and enigmatic character and the oppressive atmosphere of the rain forest is excellent. This is were the book shines. But other than that I haven´t been impressed by this novel.


State of Wonder has been publisched in 2011 and fits the square Carsland 18



Page count: 384 pages

Money earned: $3.00


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