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review 2019-01-17 19:54
Pete the Cat Rocks!
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes - Eric Litwin,James Dean

Pete the Cat is such a good book to start the school year with. It comes with a c.d. for you and your students to jam to while reading the book. The illustrations are adorable! It is a wonderful book for your students to interact with. This book is for students on a DRA Level of 16. If you read it to the class as a whole, it is great for students from kindergarten to second grade.

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review 2019-01-16 20:29
Book Review: The Fugitive Factor
The Fugitive Factor - Gordon Korman

Title: The Fugitive Factor
Author: Gordon Korman
Series: On The Run, #2
Format: ebook
Length: 216 pages (iPhone)
Rating: 4 stars

 

Synopsis: Aiden and Meg Falconer are now celebrities ... for all the wrong reasons. It's much harder to be on the run when the whole country's looking for you....
Aiden and Meg Falconer are out to find the evidence that will free their parents from a life sentence in prison. But in order to do that, they have to live undercover. Ever since they broke out of a juvenile detention facility, they've been chased by the FBI ... and by a strange killer they've nicknamed Hairless Joe. Now their story has hit the airwaves, and suddenly everyone is looking for the Falconer kids. They think they can hide with an old family friend ... but when she turns them in and Meg is put in jail, the danger and adventure only increase.

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Favourite character: Meg
Least favourite character: Emmanuel Harris

 

Mini-review: I am loving this series. It’s fun, action-packed, keeps you on the edge of the seat and it’s a pretty quick read. Would highly recommend this series.

 

Fan-cast:
Aiden Falconer - Cameron Boyce
Meg Falconer - Storm Reid
Emmanuel Harris - Lee Pace
Jeffrey Alder - Elijah Wood
Chelsea - Malina Weissman
John Falconer - Bobby Cannavale
Louise Falconer - Tiffany Haddish
Jane Macintosh - Claire Danes

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review 2019-01-16 17:15
Book Review: Most Likely To Die
Most Likely to Die - Carolyn Keene

Title: Most Likely To Die
Author: Carolyn Keene
Series: Nancy Drew Files, #27
Format: ebook
Length: 160 pages
Rating: 3 stars

 

Synopsis: Nancy's high school class reunion provides a mysterious opportunity when former cheerleader Wendy Harriman finds her room ransacked and a horrifying death threat is left among the mess.

 

Favourite character: George
Least favourite character: Wendy

 

Mini-review: I thought this was a pretty good Nancy Drew book. I always like reading the ones I’ve never read before, because then I don’t know the ending ahead of time. I didn’t guess this one, surprisingly. But I wasn’t really shocked. I can’t actually remember the last time a Nancy Drew shocked me.

 

Fan-cast:
Nancy Drew - Katherine McNamara
Bess Marvin - Abigail Breslin
George Fayne - Brianna Hildebrand
Ned Nickerson - Ansel Elgort
Carson Drew - Paul Rudd
Wendy Harriman - Madelaine Petsch
Patrick Emmons - Luke Benward
Don Cameron - Timothée Chalamet
Monica Beckwith - Amy Forsyth
Celia Quaid - Haley Lu Richardson
Judd Reese - Justice Smith

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review 2019-01-16 04:11
Book Review: Tales From A Not-So-Fabulous Life
Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life - Rachel Renée Russell

Title: Tales From A Not-So-Fabulous Life
Author: Rachel Renee Russell
Series: Dork Diaries, #1
Format: hardcover
Length: 282 pages
Rating: 3 stars

 

Synopsis:
Meet Nikki Maxwell! She's starting eighth grade at a new school—and her very first diary packed with hilarious stories and art in Book One of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!
New school. New mean girl. New crush. New diary so I can spill about all of it…
I put a lot of really personal stuff in this diary along with my sketches and doodles.
But, mostly it’s about how TRAUMATIC it was transferring to my new private middle school, Westchester Country Day.
And, how a lot of the CCP (Cool, Cute & Popular) kids were really SNOBBY and made my life TOTALLY miserable. People like, oh, I don’t know, maybe…
MACKENZIE HOLLISTER!!
And, it just so happened that I got stuck with a locker right next to hers. I could NOT believe I had such CRAPPY luck. I knew right then and there it was going to be a VERY, VERY long school year :-( !

 

Favourite character: Nikki
Least favourite character: MacKenzie

 

Mini-review: This series is like my guilty pleasure, I swear. I love all the sass and I appreciate the pop-culture references of the times (Jonas Brothers, High School Musical, etc.) and her obsession with Tyra Banks. I also love how she has sassy speeches in her head that she’s too scared to say out loud. I relate big time.

 

Fan-cast:
Nikki Maxwell - Kassidy Slaughter
MacKenzie Hollister - Taylor Ann Thompson
Brandon Roberts - Will Verchere-Gopaulsingh
Chloe Garcia - Mya-Lecia Naylor
Zoey Franklin - Skai Jackson

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review 2019-01-14 22:30
Book Review: The Paris Connection
The Paris Connection - Carolyn Keene

Title: The Paris Connection
Author: Carolyn Keene,
Series: Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys: Super Mystery, #6
Format: mass market paperback
Length: 219 pages
Rating: 3 stars

 

Synopsis: Nancy and Bess are in Paris posing as publicists with Johnny Crockett's World Hunger Rock Tour. But before long, they run into the Hardys and discover that their separate cases are connected!

 

Favourite character: Frank and Joe
Least favourite character: N/A

 

Mini-review: This was a pretty good crossover, but not enough NancyxFrank in my opinion. I wish Frank had referenced Callie at the very least, but no such luck. The mystery was good, slightly solvable but good. One minor character I feel like it’s slightly based on David Suchet’s version of Poirot, but it was kind of fun. It was great to have a recurring character in Alan Wales (from Nancy Drew Files books 1 (Secrets Can Kill) and 2 (Deadly Intent)).

 

Fan-cast:
Nancy Drew - Katherine McNamara
Frank Hardy - Richard Harmon
Joe Hardy - Dylan Playfair
Bess Marvin - Abigail Breslin
Fiona Fox - Ellie Bamber
Dr. Fox - Martin Shaw
Ned Nickerson - Ansel Elgort
Alan Wales - Austin Butler
Johnny Crockett - Riker Lynch
Jules - Pierre Boulanger
Kevin Fuller - Tom Hiddleston
Roger Hart - James Maslow
Ruby Bloom - Taylor Swift
Brent Travis - Martin Freeman
Commissaire François Guillaume - David Suchet ;)

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