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text 2018-09-09 18:06
David Gets in Trouble
David Gets In Trouble - David Shannon

David Gets in Trouble, written by David Shannon, is another silly book about David. David is getting in trouble yet again and he comes up with different excuses for his bad behavior. I can use this book in my classroom to teach about the different types of sentences (command, question, exclamatory and simple) and punctuation (period, question mark and exclamation mark). We as a class can go through each sentence and determine what type of sentence it is and identify the punctuation.


5 stars


Lexile BR160L

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review 2018-08-29 03:36
great book and great characters
Nothing But Trouble - Ashley Bostock

Michael needed a date . He was the founder and CEO of Together,Com- the largest and most successful matchmaking website in the world. It shouldn’t be hard to get a date. But tonight everything seemed to be against him.  He had employee issues to deal with. One employee posted nude pictures of himself on the website when he was drunk which was against the websites terns as well as breaking company policy. Then he had to deal with his new intern. Today Together had a list of over a billion users. Michael knew what he wanted -Fun, Freedom, and Sex. Michael wasn’t looking for long term, not after being burned  by Mindy who he had loved and wanted to have a family with and she had left him at the altar. Besides he worked eighty hours a week who would put up with that, work always came first. Devas Art Foundation was having its annual gala on Valentines Day. Michael was invited because he was one of the biggest donors and his company headquarters was located next to the Institutes Administrative Offices. Michael needed a date for this. The Center provided art classes for children and adults as well as supplies low income people can really benefit from the program and it can keep kids off the street, Michael’s grandmother was his secretary but she was completely professional while at work. Michael took his grandmother’s advice and made a fake profile after looking through a lot of female profiles Michael found a woman he was interested in -Sophia. Then Michael got a call that Mindy would be at the Gala this year. Sophia had been a member of Together .com for a little over three months. She was tired of working non-stop and not having any friends to talk to, let alone get together. Companionship was the main reason Sophia had created a profile on the site. This date with Clint who was actually Michael was exactly what Sophia needed. -a night out with no strings attached. Sophia liked to paint but hadn’t in quite a while and her heart ached at the loss. Having only enough money to get by on, her joy while painting never seem to fit in her budget. Sophia’s grandma-Eleanor had raised her as Sophia’s mother had been pretty much absent from her life. Sophia’s grandmother was her rock.  But Eleanor was old now and not healthy. Sophia had no problem taking care of her grandma. Sophia dropped out of college and worked full time as a stripper still there wasn’t enough financially but Sophie did take one class toward her nursing degree every semester she wasn’t giving that up. Sophie loved her grandma so much her heart hurt. Sophie felt many things when Michael showed up : excitement, shock, and attraction- a strong attraction and the unexplainable pull between Sophia and Michael. Even though she was a stripper Sophia was also a virgin at twenty four.

I loved this book and of course the Cinderella aspect to it. I felt bad for Sophia when her grandmother died that was her rock had been all her life. I loved Michael and Sophia together and how they interacted. I didn’t blame Sophie for not telling Michael what she did for a living she didn’t believe they were really going anywhere and he acted like  an ass like most men would even though Sophie wasn’t her job she had to support her grandmother and herself the best she could. This was a sweet emotional easy story to read and I loved it. I really hated Mindy and why did she still have any control or anything where Michael was concerned after what she had done to Michale already? I loved how Sophie stood by her grandmother. I choked up at times while reading this and at other times I chuckled. I loved the plot and pace. I loved the character sand the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.

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review 2018-08-09 13:52
Constance perseveres
Lady Cop Makes Trouble - Amy Stewart

Constance is moved sideways to the role of prison guard while her boss argues that she should be enabled to be a full officer but society pressures loom large.


When she temporarally takes charge of an apparently immobile prisoner who is in the hospital he disappears when the lights go out and she has to find him, whether she is sanctioned or not.


Meanwhile life continues with her sisters and there is change coming.


It's an interesting series reflecting real life of the era and a woman who was determined to do her own thing.

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review 2018-08-06 19:20
Tess Heads to Texas
In Big Trouble - Laura Lippman

I got so behind with my reviews and realized I fell down on keeping up with my reviews of Tess and her many adventures. This one is almost a five star read. I marked it down one star since I thought the whole why behind one of the villains doing this was a reach. And I mean a really big reach. It also doesn't make sense why this person involved Tess in this. I did love the fact the action takes Tess away from Maryland. It allows us to see how she does in another location. Tess is still fast on her feet and not willing to let things go even when she should. This book also brings a resolution to her relationship with her ex, Crow. 


Tess is still smarting from being foolish and letting her ex Crow go. Though she thinks she has gotten better in the almost year apart they have experienced, she still has pangs. When she gets a cutout from a newspaper saying In Big Trouble, Tess wonders if Crow is alright. When she is asked by his parents to track him down and let them know if he is okay, Tess reluctantly takes the case. 

Tess in Texas is funny at times. She misses Baltimore and feels a bit lost while in San Antonio trying to track down Crow. The characters Tess comes across are unique and interesting. I did have a hard time with her taking her dog though. Come on. 


The mystery aspect of things kicks into high gear when Tess finds a dead body and all signs points to Crow as the murderer. With bodies dropping, things seem to be looping back to an old case of kidnapping and also a multiple murdering incident that still haunts some of the characters in this story.


I loved seeing Jackie and Tess's Aunt Kitty in this one (only briefly). We have Jackie settling in with her new life raising her adopted daughter. Kitty seems to be moving onto something long-term too which has Tess horrified (I loved who the new love interest is) and pretending it's not happening.

The writing was typical Lippman. I feel like I know Tess and even though I would have told Crow to pound sand after a while, I get why Tess keeps trying to save him.

The flow was pretty good, not too bad until almost the end where it felt like too many coincidences kept happening. 


Moving the setting from Baltimore to San Antonio was interesting, but was happy to see Tess back in familiar surroundings in the next book.

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text 2018-07-31 18:56
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
In Big Trouble - Laura Lippman

Wow. Seeing Tess in Texas was pretty good. I really don't get why she kept playing a sucker for Crow, but I get that she was trying to make amends in her own way. Loved another woman calling out Tess for her terrible habit of taking other women's men and her own aunt saying the same. The mystery was not that interesting though. And reading the set-up of it sounded a little outlandish to me.

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