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review 2020-12-08 15:58
The One And Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The One and Only Ivan - Patricia Castelao,Katherine Applegate

What a beautiful story!
I love reading about animals, but to read it from the animals perspective is way cooler! It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster though. Not every chapter had a happy ending. That's what made this story brilliant though. It captured everything you could imagine for that space and time. Once, I got choked up, had to put the book aside for a few minutes before finishing.
I look forward to The One and Only Bob.  So much so, in fact.

 

 

Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2020/12/the-one-and-only-ivan-by-katherine.html
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review 2020-11-23 14:49
The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris
The Magic Misfits - Lissy Marlin,Neil Patrick Harris,Author
Love Neil Patrick Harris since his Doogie Houser days, and I know a lot of you are with me. I saw this debut book of his on sale and grabbed a copy. I was excited to see what he had in store for the literary world.
He didn't disappoint either!
What a fun adventure, reading about Carter and the friends he acquires. Plus there is a few magic tricks shared in the book that you can try and practice. There's a mathematical one that I will be doing to my peers often. It was just so much fun! 
I look forward to the next book in the series.
 
 
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2020/11/the-magic-misfits-by-neil-patrick.html
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text 2020-10-08 19:53
September's Book Haul

 

September was my biggest book haul by far. I would like to say Thank you to all the Publishers and authors that send me books for September. They are all over the place for this past month. They are all review books. Some were send as gifts and other were review books. I requested some. They are seasonal and children and some are part the of #Fall2020Stacks.

 

Here are the books I received from several different publishers.Thank you to some authors as well. All are review books. Two are Book Tour Books I want to say Thank you to @IreadBookTours. I want to say Thank you all.
  • The Naughty List by Thomas Conway
  • Evergreen Forevermore by T.A. Cline
  • The Proctor Hall Horror by Bill Thomas
  • Beholden by Jody Hedlund (Review)
  • The Red Ribbon by Pepper D. Basham (Review)
  • Piecing It All Together by Leslie Gould
  • This is The Earth by Deedee Cummings
  • In the Nick of Time by Deedee Cummings
  • The Goose on the Roof by Sarah Sommers
  • The Endangereds by Philippe Cousteau and Austin Aslan
  • Animals at the Office by Sarah Sommers
  • Caley Cross and the Hadeon Drop by Jeff Rosen

All are on my radar to read. I hope to read these books soon. This is my Book haul for this month.

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review 2020-08-06 12:04
Resurrection: The Legend of Sanction
The Legend of Sanction (Part one: Resurrection) - Kayne Sampson

by Kayne Sampson

 

This has an interesting concept where demons are corporeal and have uneasy relations with humans. There was a lot of emphasis on swordplay and a smattering of magic that would appeal to sword and sorcery readers, but the writing struck me as middle-grade and didn't hold my attention as much as I'd like.

 

I would recommend it for boys 10-13 and maybe a little older. Especially reluctant readers who might get captivated by the fight scenes.

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review 2020-07-31 04:34
Lifeboat 12
Lifeboat 12 - Susan Hood

Audience: Grades 4 & up

Format: Audiobook/Library

 

I shouldn't do it.

- first line

This book is based on a true story of kids that were travelling on the SS City of Benares to Canada to escape the Nazi bombing of London. When the ship is torpedoed, Ken (13) and other survivors are left on Lifeboat 12 in the middle of the ocean. It's the little details in this book that make it so impactful. Ken was supposed to be on a different lifeboat, the young woman who makes up stories for the boys, the one sailor who acts crazy to make everyone laugh.
The story is told in verse, so I recommend reading a written copy more than the audio (or maybe both together). The audio is very well done and I could hear the emphasis and lyricism in the narrator's voice. The story is compelling and shows the importance of believing in yourself and each other and joining together to survive. Highly recommended. A 6-8 Sunshine State nominated book for 2020-21.

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