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review 2017-08-13 17:36
GRAVITY BUSTERS: JOURNAL #2 OF A CARDBOARD GENIUS by Frank Asch
Gravity Buster: Journal 2 of a Cardboard Genius (Journals of a Cardboard Genius) - Frank Asch

Alex improves his Star Jumper and it is bigger and better than ever.  But he knows he still has a few more inventions to make to ensure success as he goes into space, hopefully with Zoe as his co-pilot.  He needs an anti-gravity belt so the gravity differences between planets can be handled by his body.  He also needs a way to restrict Jonathan's spying and getting in the way. 

 

I love this series.  Alex's asides and explanations as he tells the story have me laughing out loud.  He is a riot.  The drawings that illustrate what he means are great.  Alex and Jonathan are so realistic.  I cannot wait to read book 3.  This is so much fun!

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review 2017-08-13 03:31
DRAGON'S FIRST CHRISTMAS by Emily Martha Sorenson
Dragon's First Christmas (Dragon Eggs Bo... Dragon's First Christmas (Dragon Eggs Book 3) - Emily Martha Sorensen

Virgil is a dragon with human parents who are trying to raise him in an apartment in NYC in 1920.  Rose and Henry are college students raising Virgil.  They are learning as they go.  So far they've learn Virgil is fascinated by the Christmas tree and that does not go well.  He is also eating a lot and they need to find out why and where can they put him to sleep.

 

What an imaginative, creative, interesting story!  I loved it.  It was fun to hear Virgil's thoughts and how he communicates.  I liked Rose and Henry even though they were very much like newly married couples defining their positions and territories in the early days of their marriage.  I have got to read the earlier books in this series to find out how the three of them ended up together.  What fun!

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review 2017-08-13 03:20
FARFEL AND BOB'S SUMMER BROMANCE by Kendra Carmichael
Farfel and Bob's Summer Bromance (Bromance Cats Book 1) - Kendra Carmichael

Creative story of how Bob, a cat, spends his time while his human, Marcia, is out of town.  His neighbor, Farfel, brings offers over and puts them on the front doorstep.  Marcia is not pleased.  Then she discovers what is happening.

 

I enjoyed this story.  Told with words and drawings it is imaginative.  Marcia's thought processes are interesting.  Wrong, but interesting.  I would read more of Bob and Farfel.

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text 2016-07-25 20:10
A Drift of Quills - August 2016

 

I swear the earth tilts back and forth (hence, our seasonal changes) faster and faster all of the time! Can you believe it is August already? Well, with its debut comes the monthly post for we Quills. It is a particularly exciting time for us, as we've just added a new member, Parker Broaddus, who publishes under the author name, P.S. Broaddus.

 

In celebration of Parker's joining us, we decided we would interview him. 

 

So, Parker, here's your first question(s): What are your earliest memories of reading as a child? Did you visit a library regularly? A bookmobile? How did that impact your life as a reader and/or writer?

 

 

I recall reading quite a bit as a kid. One of my earliest favorites was Call it Courage, by Armstrong Sperry. I loved it! I drifted toward adventure stores and we had a whole shelf of G.A. Henty's historical novels that I enjoyed.

 

Read more here.

 

 

Robin Lythgoe, author of As the Crow Flies, has another question for Parker. Go ahead, Robin!

 

When we had Parker as a guess on the Quills a few months ago, Patricia and I liked his style and his wonderful sense of humor so much that we . . . 

 

Read more here.

 

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review 2016-06-25 18:52
For Middle-Grade Readers
Jacqueline - Jackie Minniti

Reviewed for Readers' Favorite.

 

In Jacqueline, author Jacki Minniti tells a story she greq up hearing, about the real life Jacqueline Falna, a young girl in war-torn Francing following the Nazi's invasion of her country.

 

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