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review 2018-06-13 08:32
The Hyena Scientist by Sy Montgomery & Nic Bishop
The Hyena Scientist - Sy Montgomery,Anne Bishop

The Hyena Scientist is a book written with 10-12 year old's in mind.  However, I'm sure most adults can get something out of it as well.  In this book Montgomery and Bishop take a tour through the Hyena research station in Kenya lead by zoologist Kay Holecamp.  The book reads like a travelogue with intersting bits about the spotted hyenas that this group studies, along with a nail-biting episode of floods and getting stuck in mud.  There are also short biographical sections for the scientists and assistants that operate this particular research station.  The main attraction of this book are the numerous (every single page!) colour photographs of spotted hyenas (fascinating creatures!) and other wildlife.  This is a good inspirational and educational book for children.

 

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review 2018-05-28 09:12
Bunnicula by James Howe
Bunnicula - a rabbit tale of mystery - James Howe

Harold the Dog and Chester the Cat must solve the mystery of the white dessicated vegetables and if this has anything to do with the home's new pet rabbit that sleeps during the day and can escape from his unopened cage.  This is a childrens book but the author doesn't talk down to children or use overly simplified language.  The story is cute and funny, while the characters each have their own personality.  An entertaining read for children and older "children".

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-05-22 09:58
Unwritten by Tara Gilboy
Unwritten - Tara Gilboy

NOTE:  I received an Uncorrected Advanced Proof of this book from NetGalley.  This review is my honest opinion of the book.

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TITLE:  Unwritten

 

AUTHOR:  Tara Gilboy

 

EXPECTED DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16 October 2018

 

ISBN-13 (paperback):  978-1-63163-178-8

ISBN-13 (ebook):  978-1-63163-178-8

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Unwritten is a beautifully written portal-fantasy/adventure novel written for middle-graders but that is also interesting enough for adults to read.  The novel also has an attractive and eye-catching front cover.

 

The reader follows twelve-year-old Gracie, who is not a normal child.  She is actually a character from an unpublished novel that she has never read.  She only knows that she was supposed to die in the story.  That's why her parents took her (and some other people) out of the story, into this world, to save her.  She longs to know more about the story but her mother refuses to talk about it. All that this secret-keeping does is foster Gracie's curiousity about herself and the story she came from.  Then the author of Gracie's unpublished story comes to town and things get interesting... and messy.

 

The main characters are believable (even if I did want to stuff Gracie in a broomcloset for continually ignoring sound parental requests), and the conflicts dealt with are complex.  however, the other characters (Walter, Cassandra and Jacob) could all have used a bit more "flesh".  The plot line is interesting and slightly twisty, with the setting skipping between our world and the story-world.

 

There are many themes in this book - keeping secrets, being honest, the detrimental effects of being too stubborn, family - but the main theme is about figuring out who you are in a world that may try to turn you into something else; realizing that your story is not written for you and you can determine your own path. 

 

Being geared for the 8-14 years olds, this novel is rather short and fairly easy to understand, but it is a fantastic story about magic and self-determination that is enjoyable to read.

 

 

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text 2018-04-15 06:48
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Flash: Johnny Quick - Barry Lyga
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text 2018-04-14 21:25
Reading progress update: I've read 48%.
The Flash: Johnny Quick - Barry Lyga

Appearances by HR Wells AND Harry Wells in this one! 

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