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review 2018-09-11 17:14
A Wolf Apart by Maria Vale
A Wolf Apart - Maria do Vale Cartaxo

***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***

Elijah Sorensson has spent over thirty years Offland, only returning home, to his Pack, once a month, during the Iron Moon. He's slowly losing touch with his wild and knows the only way to regain himself is by returning home. But his Alpha demands he stay among the humans, protecting the Pack's interests off Pack territory.

Almost at the end of his tether, utterly disgusted with himself and what he's become, Elijah meets his saving grace. A woman who calls to both halves of him, but mostly to his wild. A woman he can be himself with, a woman he can confide in...But not fully, since she's the biggest taboo of his Pack—she's human.

As its predecessor this story also moved rather slowly, but apart from a few slower than slow scenes, it wasn't boring. It wasn't as suspenseful as the first book in the series either, focusing more on the main character (hero), his inner struggles, and his environment, but it still worked.

At first, Elijah came across as a prick, one of those you meet on the street every day. The smooth operator with an overused pick-up line, but one the story really kicks in, the reader (and the hero himself) realizes Elijah Sorensson, the lawyer and player, is just a mask. A suit he pulls on for those days of the month he's not home, a suit that's become too tight, almost ingrown, until he hardly recognizes himself or knows who and what he really is.
It takes a woman, the right woman, a vegetarian loner with a passion for animals, someone rather similar to him, to bring him out of the thirty-year-old fugue state he's been living in. It takes the right woman to make him see what he's missing and what he's been losing. And it takes the right woman to make him see the true meaning of sacrifice, Pack, and home.

The story is once more told in first-person POV—Elijah's point of view. And once more, it didn't bother me at all. This was mostly a one-character show with the rest of the cast (Thea included) serving as backdrop, set design for Elijah and his character development and change.

I was happy to see more of Silver and Tiberius, discover just how Evie is taking on the Alpha duties...And in the end, I was more than glad to see the Pack would be fully reunited, since I didn't really appreciate how they behaved toward Elijah, almost judging him for his life in the Offland, while it was the Pack that sent him there in the first place.

The issues dealing with the suspense arc of the first story were only touched upon in this one, and since the main architect of evil is still loose, I'm looking forward to what the future might bring. The Pack is growing, and no matter what many of them think, to me having a Shifter and now a human in their midst, will only make them stronger.

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review 2018-09-09 22:39
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up For Others - Bob Sornson,Maria Dismondy,Kim Shaw


Brief Review:

The juice box bully is about a young boy who just moved to a new school and was bullied at his last school and nobody did anything about it, so he decides he’s going to be the bully, so he doesn’t get bullied anymore. And learns a lesson of how to treat others.

Idea of how it can be used in a classroom:

The Juice Box Bully could be used during the first week of third grade teaching students its not okay to bully anyone in the classroom not even if there is a bully. The teacher could have the students come up together to write a pact about how no one in the class will be a bystander to bullying or be a bully and then sign it to show that they are willing to follow the pact.

Reading Level & Leveling System:

Accelerated Reader

3.2; Third Grade Second Month

Book Rating:

I would rate this book a 5 because it is empowering to young students, who could possibly having a hard time being bullied and gives a method to stopping bullying.

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review 2018-09-07 18:53
The Juice Box Bully
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up For Others - Bob Sornson,Maria Dismondy,Kim Shaw

Pete starts at a new school and because of his past experiences he believes that he needs to show authority to the others and bully them. He quickly realizes that this new school has a no bully policy and his behavior is not going to be tolerated. He tried to fight back and bully more after he was confronted but it did not go well for him. He was confronted again by the entire group and explained to them why he had been acting the way he was. They talked it out and at the end everyone was forgiven and Pete was happy to be there. 

This book could be read at the beginning of the year to address the topic of bullying. Have the students write about if they were ever put into that situation what would they do? Also, the students could work with the teacher and come up with their own saying to do away with bullying if and when it happens. 


Grade 2-5

Book Level

Accelerated Reader 3.2

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review 2018-09-05 03:57
The Juice Box Bully
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up For Others - Bob Sornson,Maria Dismondy,Kim Shaw

The Juice Box Bully is a book to empower children to stand up to bullies rather than being a bystander. Pete is a new student in Mr. Peltzer's class. He bullies the other children from stealing their soccer ball to squeezing juice onto Ruby's white shirt. Instead of letting Pete get away with his antics, the students step up. They learned that Pete was bullied by other children at his old school so he starts bullying other children before they can be mean to him. The students tell Pete about 'the promise' they made to Mr. Peltzer. Pete later apologizes. 


An after activity in the classroom of any grade could be the students and teacher creating their own 'promise' for when they see bullying happening. Together, the students and teacher can sign the promise. 


AR Level: 3.2

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review 2018-09-04 06:09
Kids forging friendships over mysteries
Vecinos y detectives en Belgrano - María Brandán Aráoz

This series is just as cute as I remembered.


Loved the way the city is part and parcel (something I can enjoy even more now that I know the places this talks about), and that the kids are such flawed little hellions. Their little prides and petty fights where so spot on, as are the friendships they develop.


Bit of a dark-horse list-wise, but since it fits so well, there it goes to fill my Amateur Sleuth square besides my non-English reading project.


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