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review 2017-09-27 03:17
A Call to Arms (The Chronicles of Arden #1) by Shiriluna Nott
A Call to Arms - SaJa H.,Shiriluna Nott

This is young adult novel, so don't expect any sex or many romantic moments. 
However, closer to the end of the story, there were confessions and a few tender kisses. 
I would recommend this for my 13-year olds (that's roughly the age of the characters, anyway) without hesitation.

The Academy in this book houses many professions: military, healing,magic, law... However, there is virtually no magic of any sort in this book, save for a couple of healing episodes.

Despite being true "young adult" novel, the book was pretty interesting to me and I really enjoyed the characters and the plot.

There are a few bumps in the writing style, but one that annoyed me most was the author's inability (or fear) to use pronouns. "Sentinel trainee" or "mage trainee" started to drive me (excuse my language) nuts by the end of the book.

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review 2017-09-18 17:22
he Supreme Might of Love by Christa Tomlinson
The Supreme Might of Love - Christa Tomlinson

In all fairness, gladiators are not my slice of salami. 

I read this book for a challenge because of the Mars character. He disappointed me a quite a bit, since his true nature never got a chance to shine. As for the mortals, as entertaining their relationship was in the beginning, it all turned to lust and then love all too quickly, at the same time failing to produce any hint of chemistry between them. 

The book is short, and of course, it limits the opportunities for the characters and relationships to develop fully. The plot was a bit of a cliche, the chemistry, like I said, was non-existent, the sex was meh. 

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review 2017-04-02 00:34
The Boy with Pink Hair
The Boy With Pink Hair - Perez Hilton,Jenn Hill

I found this book while I was bargain shopping one day. At first glance, I thought this book would not be very good just because the topic seemed so crazy to me at the time. After I read the book, I definitely changed my mind.  I literally judged a book by it's cover. This happens to be the same ideal the story focuses on. I think that this book would be great for third and fourth graders. It has an ATOS level of 3.7. It covers the topic of bullying, peer pressure, and gender stereotyping in a light hearted way while also using more advanced language. It would be a great way to open the door to a discussion about gender equality and even teamwork. Wits program.ca has a great activity to use an extension to this book. The teacher could pair students with partners of the opposite sex. Each pair could discuss talents or things that make their partner unique. The students could write three to five sentences about things that make their partner unique and illustrate them. They could share these with the class and also display them on a bulletin board. This could promote a loving environment for all students in the class.

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review 2017-04-01 22:59
Olivia - Ian Falconer

This book is about a pig named Olivia who is very active. I believe this book would be mostly enjoyed by younger grades. The Lexile level of this book is AD270L. I believe this would be a good book to use when discussing comparing and contrasting. The students could complete a venn diagram contrasting themselves and Olivia. For an extension, the students could play a game where they wonder around the room until the music stops. Once the music stops, pair up with the nearest student. Then they could compare and contrast themselves an their partner. I think this would be a great way to open a discussion about differences and acceptance.

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review 2017-03-31 22:46
Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

This is a book that features a rollercoaster of emotions and has a happy ending. This would be a good book to read with any grade. The Lexile level of this book is 460L. For younger grades, the teacher could focus the lesson on emotions. The teacher could have students identify all the different emotions Chrysanthemum felt throughout the book. They could do a writing activity where they identify times that they have felt the same emotions Chrysanthemum felt. For older grades, teachers could go more in depth and talk about feelings she had at beginning, middle, and end of the story. Students could even compare and contrast Chrysanthemum and themselves.

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