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text 2017-04-28 15:05
Dreamfall Chapters sur Pc
Dreamfall-Chapters-XboxOne-702x336 Dreamfall Chapters commence à droite où Dreamfall: The Longest Journey terminé, poursuivant la saga des mondes jumeaux de la science et la magie dans un nouveau format. Dreamfall Chapters XboxOne2 Grâce à divers épisodes, les joueurs s’embarqueront dans un voyage à travers des mondes familiers et frais pour rencontrer différents personnages, explorer de beaux endroits et découvrir une nouvelle histoire. Dreamfall Chapters XboxOne3 Et à la fin de la route attend le plus grand mystère de tous – celui qui va apporter la saga à une conclusion surprenante et étonnante Dreamfall Chapters sur Pc . Dreamfall Chapters XboxOne

 

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text 2016-12-30 07:14
Favorite books of 2016 part 1
The Deal - Elle Kennedy
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon
44 Chapters About 4 Men: A Memoir - BB Easton
Pucked - Helena Hunting
Mud Vein - Tarryn Fisher
Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare
We Are The Ants - Shaun David Hutchinson
orange - Ichigo Takano
Because You'll Never Meet Me - Leah Thomas
The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater
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text 2016-12-02 11:20
The art of the possible
The Art of the Possible: An Everyday Guide to Politics - Edward Keenan,Julie McLaughlin

An everyday guide to politics.

by Edward Keenan

art by Julie McLaughlin

age range: 10 to 14 years old

Owlkids

 

You are a politician. This is the approach and reason for this book. Even if you are not old enough to vote, or think you don't need politics, or you choose not to pay attention to politics. Politics is the way we decide as a group how we do things. As a part of a community the decisions your make, or do not make, have an influence in the group. We need politics, and politics needs us. This is why is important to be a good politician, and that means being an informed and active member of the group.

 

This idea is repeated and explained along the different chapters of the book, and always in a positive way. The point is not to make the reader feel the burden of this responsibility, but understand how politics are the art of the possible. What is politics; how we decide things as a group, how do you make a good argument, and on the other hand how do you listen at other people's arguments, why conflict is good, and when it starts to be bad, how to keep all of this process honest, are some of the questions addressed by the book. The text is very accessible, and the author manages to avoid difficult or "big" words. The only few that are used are very well explained. The chapters include case studies to better illustrate how things work in real life, and at the end of the book there is also a glossary, index, and list of sources. I was surprised by the fresh and hopeful approach of this book. I am glad I crossed paths with it, and plan to buy a copy for my kids soon. Indisputable 5 stars to me.

 

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2016-10-13 12:52
The case of maker mischief
West Meadows Detectives: The Case of Maker Mischief - Liam O'Donnell,Aurélie Grand

#2 in the West Meadows Detectives

by Liam O'Donnell

ilustrated by Aurélie Grand

age range: 7 to 10 years old

Owlkids Books

 

Myron is a detective third grader, and Hajrah is his partner. In this second book in the series they are trying to find out who stole Robson, a robot built by their classmates, Jordan and "Glitch", for the Maker Faire Robot Maze Challenge. So far this sounds like an good mystery like many other mysteries for this age range. So, what makes this book different? 

 

The West Meadows Detectives series is told in first person by Myron, who happens to be in the autistic spectrum. The reader will notice from the very first pages how this is mirrored in the writing style, which is focused in the facts, without unnecessary descriptions, or needless extra words. Myron also express in many opportunities along the story how he feels about the situations in his everyday life, like noisy places, unexpected changes in the routine, or how sometimes his brain feels overloaded by the world around him. And at the same time how much he loves logic facts, and his ability to find and process clues. At the same time Hajrah happens to be hyper-energetic, with difficulties to sit or stay still, but also a great sense of how to help Myron when he feels overwhelmed by a situation. And Myron and Hajrah are not the only ones, since they are part of a neuro diverse group at the West Meadows School. The readers will also meet Sarah "Smasher" McGintley, who is a female bully bulling boys, something also uncommon to find in children's novels.

 

These nontraditional characters already make the story more than worthy. Now add a pinch of science, robots, coding, and challenges. Serve with black & white enjoyable pictures, that also complement the story showing the characters' body language and actions. And there you are.  A wonderful book I recommend you to try. I will keep a close eye on this series myself.

 

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-10-07 14:26
Everton Miles is stranger than me
Everton Miles Is Stranger Than Me: The Night Flyer's Handbook - Philippa Dowding

sequel to The strange gift of Gwendolyn Golden

by Philippa Dowding

age range: 9 to 12 years old

Dundurn

 

Gwendolyn is a fourteen years old girl who also happens to be a Night Flyer, which means she has the ability to fly without mechanical assistance. As every Night Flyer she has a Mentor and a Watcher, and she also has all the problems a "normal" teenager has. Everything gets even more complicated when Everton Miles, another Night Flyer, moves to town. Everton is strange, it's true, but not as strange as the black feathered creature who follows Gwendolyn calling her when she flies at night. What it is happening here?

 

This middle grade novel was very enjoyable to read. The plot is absolutely engaging from the very first pages. Although it clearly has fantastic components, the story is set in a pretty normal small town. There are many funny moments, and some scary ones. Some of the issues of being a teenager are addressed along the way: gifts and responsibility, grief and expectations, dreams and reality. Friendship, in its different forms, is probably the main theme. I didn't read the first book in the series, but I will do it soon. And I really would love to see more books in this series. I think Gwendolyn, Everton, Martin and Jez has still much more to give us.

 

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

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