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review 2017-11-09 19:38
We Were Strangers Once - Betsy Carter

It took me a little while to get into this book. Even though Egon's parents are rich and famous, they are very strange. They don't really like people other than each other and that was fine by me. I felt really sorry for Egon. His mother included him in things, but after she died, he was pretty much on his own.

This story takes place before and during the round up of the Jews. Egon and his friends saw it happening but could not believe that it could happen to them. They finally left Europe, Egon an ophthalmologist, and his friend, Meyer, was an author. When they got to America, both were neither of those. They were not citizens and their fame in Europe stayed there.

I really enjoyed the story especially the articles that Meyer would write about his group of friends. I found it very interesting how long it took people to figure out what exactly was going on with the Jews. I guess because it was too horrific to believe. And, each character had their own feelings and thoughts about what was happening or not happening. 

I was kind of sad when the book ended, as I had to leave them.

Thanks to Grand Central Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-11-05 13:13
"B" Is for Betsy - Carolyn Haywood

This was a nice, easy read.

The style is similar to the Ramona Quimby books; each chapter has its own little adventure (rescuing dogs, putting on a circus) to fill up one school year. Betsy is definitely much better behaved than Ramona, but still has interesting adventures.

This is an easy book to read, however I would suggest adult assistance if a child were to read it. The story was originally written in 1939, therefore there are some references that children might not understand (word choice) or might need some additional discussion (reference to being hit with switches at school). I would recommend for children who enjoy reading and are mature enough to handle the understanding of changes in writing and society that have taken place since this book was published.

A very cute book with a likeable main character.

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review 2017-04-20 11:53
A Slightly Feminist Installment in Project Frankenstein in the form of My Frankenstein by Michael J. Lee.
My Frankenstein - Frauke Spanuth,Michael J. Lee




So far, I've read about Frankenstein's twin brother whom he tried to save but couldn't, which lead to the events of the original version.


I have also come across his twin daughters, one of whom was curious enough to continue with his work.


And, this last book that I read mentioned him to be a champion of Industrial Revolution, trying to force a small town into the modern world.


What is evident in the Frankenstein family tree is there is a dark thread running through it, which appears in all its members!


What I Liked About My Frankenstein


The refreshing way Frankenstein acted to Eva's intelligence. It didn't matter to him if she was a girl. What made her beautiful to him was her mind. In fact, there was one scene where he sees Eva and her very beautiful friend together. Even then, Eva's beauty calls out to him while the friend he dismisses as an Amazon. That isn't to say that Amazons weren't awesomesauce. It is simply how Victor thinks because to him, brute strength is for mentally inferior people.


The "monster", Adam, is as innocent as the original monster. He also retained the stubborn nature and had a way with words. All of it kept the true spirit of the original alive.


Some of the words that stood out to me:


It's in that moment you discover that you never really cared about benefiting mankind. What you did, you did for yourself. To stand on the mountaintop and look down on mankind. The mortal sin of pride.


These words were spoken by Igor who assisted Victor in his quest and later came to regret it.


Maybe I feel nothing because I am nothing. Or am I nothing because I feel nothing?


Spoken by Adam, these words made me sad. They stem from all the brainwashing that Victor had done on the poor creature, even going as far as to tell him he wasn't even a thing, let alone a man!


What I didn't Like About My Frankenstein


There wasn't any depth to the story. I don't know why it felt that way to me. It could be the sequence of events, which wasn't surprising at all. It could also be how Eva behaved towards Frankenstein, which was again no surprise. It might be the ending as well, which doesn't fit in with the rest of the novel.


So, this is how the project stands now




I'm now reading, Undead and Unworthy, by MaryJanice Davidson.



Undead & Unworthy is a part of the Undead series, which is a whole lot of fun. Give it a try, if you like Vampire Queens who have a killer sense of fashion and not much brains! I still love how she deals with being easily distracted and doesn't let it stop her from doing the right thing. It awes me that people constantly underestimate her and yet she just does her thing.



Because Tor has a re-read going on and I've been meaning to read it for a long time:



I will end this post with a Frankenstein joke:



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review 2017-04-08 04:25
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type - Doreen Cronin,Betsy Lewin

Click Clack Moo: Cow's That Type by Doreen Cronin is a book about cows that get a hold of an old type writer and decide to go on strike against Farmer Brown. They make continuous requests/demands (for example electric blankets) in order to give Farmer Brown their milk. I would rate this book a four out of five stars and It is listed as an AD160L on the Lexile scale. I would have my students write letter to the Farmer Brown making a request from a different animal. I would make it clear that the students could choose any other animal they would see at a farm except a cow. This is a super cute book that i will have on my bookshelf for sure.


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review 2017-04-08 02:48
Duck for President - Doreen Cronin,Betsy Lewin

Duck for President is a book that I will definitely carry on my book shelf along with other books written by the same author such as Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type. The book Duck for President is about a barn of animals voting for the duck on a farm to be in charge. Duck ran the farm while farmer Brown was no longer the head guy in charge. Then Duck goes on the campaign trail to winning president. He realizes that it's no fun being in charge. Duck heads back the farm where he writes his autobiography and continues his life no longer in charge. For this book, I would do a simple sequencing chart. I would have my student sequence events of the story and explain the events using key details from the book. I would rate this book a four and a half out of five stars. This book would also be an ad680L on the Lexile scale.

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