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review 2018-09-24 00:33
The Girl Before: A Novel - J.P. Delaney for some square TBA
The Girl Before: A Novel - J.P. Delaney

I spent half a hour down a rabbit hole just because I couldn't remember if this was a library copy and Amazon deleted my review, which was witty and succinct and insightful but not spoilery, and not at all like the review of  a very tired person, which I am.

 

Good book, lots of twists in the spaghetti and many of them unexpected.

 

Good for genre: suspense, romantic suspense, darkest London, amateur sleuth.

 

Library copy

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review 2018-09-22 16:36
Hunter's Green - Phyllis A. Whitney for Country House Mystery
Hunter's Green - Phyllis A. Whitney

Would also work for Genre: Suspense, Terrifying Women, Murder Most Foul, Amateur Sleuth, and Romantic Suspense.

 

It's fun reading these old thrillers that are so slow, with hardly any murder, no kids or really old people, and servents neither seen nor heard. They're charmingly predictable. And although this was published in 68 and makes much of the brash young mods, they feel So Old Fashioned. There are phones, but only to ring up the doctor or the police to haul away the perpetrator. There are cars for running up to Town, and low speed pursuit, and explosive crashes. What I love most is that everyone stops at regular intervals to sit down and eat a hot meal. I suppose this is what people are talking about when they reminisce about a slower time. 

 

I did have one great disappointment though: a device was quite deliberately introduced in the first act, but played no subsequent part in the plot. It wasn't even a red herring: it was just never mentioned again.

 

The only disturbing part of the story isn't meant to be:

 

My apologies for my failed spoiler tag. 

 

Library copy 

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text 2018-09-20 16:08
Hunter's Green for Country House Mystery
Hunter's Green - Phyllis A. Whitney

After the manly pissing contest that is Jaws, I wanted something different.

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review 2018-09-10 04:38
A student’s worse nightmare!
Miss Nelson Is Missing! - Harry Allard,James Marshall

Another classic book with a hidden lesson for the classroom. Miss Nelson is Missing is about the ultimate reverse psychology on students in the classroom that don’t quite want to do as they are told. Of course it is much exaggerated but very hilarious to watch the student’s faces react to all that the “substitute” teacher is doing. I always thought it would be fun to dress up as Miss Viola Swamp for a classroom one day, but only as a joke of course. This book is a great lesson in integrity and respect in the classroom. I would love to use this book in a compre and contrast lesson and allow the students to work in groups comparing Miss Nelson to Miss Viola Swamp from how they look and talk to how they act. 

 

Guided Reading Level: L

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review 2018-09-10 03:30
I Like Me!

I Like Me is a book about a pig who is her own best friend. She likes the way she dances, the way she sings, and just everything else about herself. The little pig is not narcissistic, but really confident in how to be anyone but herself. I great activities for students to complete if a book about qualities they like about themselves. The activity could be broken down to separate days. One the first day, the teacher could read the book to the students and have them point out what the pig likes about herself. One the second day, the students could write out a list of qualities and characteristics they like about themselves or get help from friends if they have difficulty thinking of anything. After the students write out their list they should choose 3-5 qualities and write a sentence or more about each quality. On the last day, students should illustrate their top three to five qualities. The Lexile Measure is AD400L.

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