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text 2018-09-22 13:26
The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted - Andrew E. Kaufman


Who was behind the murders is easy.

The why's and wherefore's not so much, but were thankfully less twisted than what I had running my head.  


I don't understand why his mother kept Patrick drugged though.

Unless she just hated him that much.

Actually, there's not much I fully comprehend about Patricks childhood, mainly why no one noticed anything odd despite his mothers explanations.


There's no romance, but the interaction with the female (whats-her-name  LOL) reporter did not come off as believable given what we know of Patricks childhood.


Not the smoothest flowing book I've ever read, but the story is good.



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review 2018-09-10 05:06
Be prepared to show all your students a picture of a wardrobe.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

Honestly just go ahead and have the picture ready because most of your students won’t know what a wardrobe is and it’s a great way to go ahead and start new vocabulary right at the beginning. In all seriousness, I recommend any book written by C. S. Lewis but especially this book as well as the series that follows it. However, this book alone is such an exciting read for students to truly feel like they have their own secret world hidden in our classroom that we all get to go to together when we have shared reading. This book has, adventure, magic, war, humor, trials, and above all love and true sacrifice. It’s also an all time favorite of mine that grabs your attention and holds it to the very end. This book would be perfect for a lesson on character traits as well as comparing and contrasting the different siblings. I would love to have a creative writing entry in their journals as well where they describe what their own secret works would be like and how they would enter it. 


Guided Reading Level: T

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review 2018-08-16 01:40
When An Alpha Purrs (A Lion's Pride) (Volume 1) - Eve Langlais

Another book with ridiculous characters. I've come to the conclusion I like my shifters to be ridiculous. Those who are all grim and borderline psychopathic just don't do much for me.


So our H goes for a haircut, only his usual barber is on the other side of the country, and his granddaughter manages to goad the H into letting her give him a trim. His baiting her leads to a slip of the scissors, which leads to her running off, which leads to his plotting revenge, which leads to his showing up the next day to get her to fix it, which leads to...at some point...his realizing she's his mate.


The flaw in the whole thing is that her ex is also (unbeknownst to her) a shifter, and a slightly deranged one at that. Of course, his persistence leads to his demise, and she finally accepts that this rabbit hole appears to be real.

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review 2018-07-19 05:40
The Lion and the Lamb - Charles Causey


Charles Causey

paperback, 288 pages

Published November 17th 2016 by WestBow Press

ISBN: 1512761095 (ISBN13: 9781512761092)

also available in Hardcover and Kindle




I had read Corrie Ten Boom's a while ago, so seeing her story side by side one of Hitler's top aides, was an interesting choice. Causey writes this as a novel, but his research on the historical detail is amazing. He alternates chapters between Ten Boom and Albert Speer. Both deal with betrayal, both starting off as innocent or naive. Who is the lamb? Who is the lion? Something for each reader to discern on their own. It took me a while to read this novel. Not because I didn't like it. I did like it. The subject matter, and seeing part of WWll Germany from Speer's side, was difficult at times.

****This book was received from the author, Charles Causey, through a Goodreads giveaway. ****


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review 2018-07-17 09:04
Lion by Saroo Brierley
Lion (Movie Tie-In) - Saroo Brierley

A nice, quick memoir about something that for many small children might be one of their worst nightmares: getting lost and not being able to go home. Five-year-old Saroo unwittingly went so far from his hometown in India, and then went event farther across the world as he was adopted by a couple in Australia. Armed with his childhood memories, advanced technology and a hefty dose of luck, he managed to trace his way back home as an adult. Although some inconsistent details confused me, it's quite a good read that's written in a simple, straightforward manner, which makes it also accessible to a younger audience.

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