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review 2017-07-01 17:39
Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive!
Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive! - Ammi-Joan Paquette,Laurie Ann Thompson,Lisa K. Weber

Two Truths and A Lie: It's Alive! presents nine chapters of three stories each about plants, animals and humans where each story seems a little crazy but only one is a lie! Each story is backed up with sources and pictures and might even be sprinkled with some truths making some stories very difficult to see through. 

This was a very fun book to read with middle school aged children. After learning about certain topics, we would read the three stories in a corresponding chapter and have a great discussion in trying to decipher which story was the lie. Our favorite group of stories was the very first one which contained stories of a human-shaped root, an entire forest made up of only one tree and plant communication. The only thing that I would have prefered is if the answers were directly after each section instead of all together at the end of the book, since this made it easy to see the false story for the next section. These stories were a fun way to engage kids and have them do some critical thinking, can't wait for the next one!

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

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review 2015-11-07 00:09
A Sandy Grave
A Sandy Grave - Donna M. McDine

Friends, Leah, Nicole and Hayley are looking forward to their beach vacation.  When they arrive, they find an unappealing surprise.  A whale has washed up on the shore and the police are investigating!  Someone has poached teeth from the whale.  When the girls notice some men acting strange, they decide to act.  

This is a great story for middle readers.  It brings to light the  important issue of poaching that isn't usually discussed with kids.  The writing is simple but exciting, helping kids dig into the issue.  The characters in the story are easy to relate to and go through the process to ultimately make the right decisions and bring the poachers the attention of the authorities. With a great message and great characters, A Sandy Grave makes an exciting and educational story.

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

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