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text 2018-09-06 21:44
The Berenstain Bears' New Neighbors
The Berenstain Bears' New Neighbors - 'Stan Berenstain', 'Jan Berenstain'

The Berenstain Bears' New Neighbors, written by  By Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain, is about a family who is learning to accept their new neighbors even though they look completely different from what they are used to. I can use this story in my classroom to teach about acceptance, and being kind to others even though they may look different. I can read this book on during the first week of school and allow all of the students to have a Meet and Greet with each other. 



4 stars 

Lexile AD490L

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review 2018-09-04 07:33
Forget You, Ethan - Whitney G.

Rachel has hated her neighbor since she was a young girl.  He was always everywhere she looked.  He was always someone to hate.  He was always her strongest friend and confidante.  She hated it.


Ethan had hated Rachel since he was small.  Why would seeing her after several years change how he feels?  Maybe he felt this way for a while.  Maybe they are more than enemies.  Maybe it is time to find out.


This story was a bit of a surprise.  I thought the characters and their banter was great.  I was not a big fan of the back and forth.  For those wondering what that meant, I mean I dislike it when there are flashbacks in a book.  I find it disruptive.  This was a bit hard to follow, but the ending is more than worth the wait.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2018-06-14 15:57
Review of Bad Neighbors (An Agnes & Effie Mystery #2)
Bad Neighbors - Maia Chance

Bad Neighbors (An Agnes & Effie Mystery #2)Bad Neighbors by Maia Chance
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s leaf-peeping season in Naneda, New York, and Agnes Blythe has settled into helping her Great Aunt Effie restore the Stagecoach Inn. It seems nothing can shatter the golden idyll or the kaching of cash registers until a mechanic at Hatch Automotive is found bludgeoned to death with a wrench.
Sweeping into action, Agnes and Effie are on the scene, when a tourist laden motor coach breaks down outside of town. The Stagecoach Inn isn’t really ready for guests, but Agnes and Effie agree to take in a group of seniors while they wait for repairs to be done on the motor coach. Agnes finds herself being pulled into the investigation when she learns her boyfriend, Otis Hatch, is the Naneda Police Department’s prime suspect. With bodies falling faster than the leaves off of the trees, Agnes must leaf through the viable suspects and clear Otis’s name of murder.

The mystery is full of twists and and red herrings with some humor thrown in to help break up some of the more intense situations. The main characters are well written, well developed, and believable which makes them lifelike. The gaggle of senior citizens help bring some comic relief as they follow Agnes and Effie around town, even helping the two investigate the murders. The author describes the characters and scenes in the book so nicely that you can imagine what is happening throughout the book.

I like that while Agnes has low self-esteem issues she doesn't let it stop her from trying to find the killer, sometimes in humorous situations with surprising results. The snide comments that Delilah makes to Agnes every time they talk made me take a big disliking to her so I was glad to see she gets her just desserts at the end of the book. I was happy to see that Agnes and Otis made up in the end and decided to give their relationship another chance since they both have strong feelings for each other. Effie giving Agnes an equal share in the inn was nice, it showed Agnes that her aunt believes in her and that she's not a failure in her eyes. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series to see what Agnes and Effie get themselves into.

I got an ARC of this book from netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for my review of the book.

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review 2018-05-07 12:43
Good Neighbors
Good Neighbors - Joanne Searling

In the idyllic suburb of Fair Lawn of group of neighbors has formed a loose friendship based on their proximity in their cul-de-sac and their children's age.  However, each neighbor has carefully hidden secrets or simply pieces of their past that they have kept to themselves if it does not fit into the cookie cutter lifestyle that they have envisioned.  When one set of neighbors, Paige and Gene unexpectedly announce that they will be adopting a four-year-old girl from Russia, they upset the fragile structure that the neighbors have become used to.  When the adopted Winnie comes into her life, neighbor Nicole can't help but become attached.  Nicole quickly puts aside all of Paige's strange behaviors in order to become close to Winnie.  As time passes Paige's behavior and Winnie's behavior don't seem to line up, other neighbors notice and the friendships become strained. Nicole doesn't want to see what she does not want to believe.  Bonds break,hard questions have to be asked of the neighbors and decisions made about the neighbors around them.  

This was a very insightful and ominous look into the everyday life of people around us.  In reading, nothing out of the ordinary really happens.  Narrated from Nicole's point of view, there is a feeling of anxiety and strain cast over all the interactions.  We are never quite sure if everything is all right or if Nicole just wants it to be that way.  She tries to keep the group of neighbors together as a group of friends despite what they really think of each other.  Through Nicole's eyes Paige is someone who she would like to see as cooky but harmless, however, even when Nicole describes Paige, it seems like she is trying to hide something from herself.  When Winnie enters the picture, perceptions begin to tilt.  Something just seems off; but because of the fragile nature of the friendships created, no one really seems to dig into what it is and get the full story.  I thought this was very interesting and opened up a lot of questions about what I would do in this situation, do you decide to be nosy and possibly embarrass yourself, or do you ask the tough questions and figure out the truth no matter what?  Throughout the story there is also a plot line of how Nicole's life is not as perfect as she presents, I really wish this was developed more or each neighbor's secrets were revealed.  With and exciting and unexpected ending, Good Neighbors is an exciting and uneasy look into the lives of others.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

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review 2018-04-25 20:15
Blah Romance
More Than Neighbors - Isabel Keats
I started this book last Friday while flying and quickly put it aside at the 25 percent mark. This was not good. If you want to read about some guy being weirdly and also grossly attracted to his new next door neighbor, than this book is for you. I just could not get into it. The whole thing made me squeamish. I found out later this was translated, so maybe that is why I got a totally blah feeling while reading this book. It just reads as predictable and I just wasn't in the mood for this. 

"More Than Neighbors" is told in alternating POVs by Leopold (that name is terrible) and Catalina (Cat). Leopold finds himself annoyed, but attracted to Catalina. He initially thinks she is his next door neighbor's girlfriend. So he's disapproving on her gold digger ways, but is drawn to her. Blech.

Of course she lets him know she's house sitting for her uncle, but he is still uptight. I left them panting in sexual tension with each other.


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