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review 2017-04-21 12:10
Book Review of Giselda The Witch by J S Rumble
Giselda The Witch - J. F. S. Rumble

Giselda discovers that she will not be attending the same school as her friends; instead she will be going to Wigmore’s school for witches. Due to an unfortunate mistake she arrives a bit earlier than even she expected but soon settles in and makes a new friend through the fence.


Things are going well until some girls find out how she arrived at school and start to tease her about it. To prove that she is just as good at magic as everybody else Giselda agrees to travel up the mountain and steal from the dragon that lives there.


Review 5*


This is a sweet children's book aimed at children aged 4-10 years old. I loved it!


Giselda is a wonderful character and I really liked her. She is an eight year-old girl who finds out that she will not be attending the local school with her friends as she is a witch. Not realising water and witches don't mix, Giselda finds herself travelling to the school in a most unconventional way. When her classmates find out how she arrived at the school, she is teased badly. In order to prove she is good at magic, she accepts a dare.


As I said above, this book is a sweet children's book with an adventure included. It is ideal for children with short attention spans. It tackles topics such as friendship, bullying/teasing and teamwork. The school is not your typical witch/wizard school, nor is it like Hogwarts. Wigmore teaches their students to be bad (not evil) and play tricks on others. I liked meeting the other characters too. Tom is a young wizard who befriends Giselda through the fence that separates the two sections (girls and boys are taught separately). Beatrice and Emma are Giselda's nemeses and tease her unmercifully until danger in the form of a dragon makes them band together to solve a dangerous situation.


J.S. Rumble has written an entertaining chapter book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I love her writing style, which is not particularly fast paced though easy enough for children to follow whether reading on their own, or being read to by their parents. The flow is wonderful too. I would definitely consider reading more of her books in the future.


I highly recommend this chapter book to young children aged 4-10, and to adults looking for a chapter book to keep their little ones entertained. - Lynn Worton

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review 2017-04-04 18:25
Rumble in the Jungle - Giles Andreae,David Wojtowycz

This book describes different animals in the jungle and some of the characteristics of them. this book also has a rhyming scheme which makes it more fun for students to interact with.


This book would be good to use if the classroom was doing an animal theme. Another lesson that can be given with this book is to have the students write about one of the animals they saw in the book.


This books lexile level is AD1140L


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text 2016-02-05 20:22
This book is Rad!!!
Rumble Fish - S.E. Hinton

So before I started reading Rumble Fish, I read a book called That Was Then This Is Now; it is from the same author. I really liked That Was Then This Is Now  because it kinda related to my life. I am exited to read Rumble Fish because I want to have the same exact experience that I had with the first book I read.

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review 2015-09-15 13:00
Rumble Tumble by Joe R. Lansdale
Rumble Tumble - Joe R. Lansdale

GR Cleanup Read in 2011


Hap and Leonard, the two unlikeliest pair of best buds I’ve ever met in fiction, are back for another violent adventure filled with unexpected twists, lots of blood and gushy gore and enough offensive jokes to offend just about everyone. But that’s why we love ‘em.

Hap’s contemplating getting serious with his girl Brett but is living with Leonard and getting on his last nerve. But before the two can hurt each other, a midget named Red shows up and informs them he was the former pimp of Brett’s grown daughter Tillie who has fallen in with some shifty characters and wants out. Naturally, Hap and Leonard, always ready for violent mayhem, arm up and dive head first into their latest bloody adventure, meeting many new colorful characters, most with a long-winded hilarious story, along the way.

This is a Hap and Leonard novel and if you’ve ever read one you pretty much know you’re in for a lot of laughs and a plot that keeps spinning in directions you couldn’t predict if you tried. This one won’t disappoint. It made me laugh, despite (or because of) its moments of pure lunacy and potty humor, and kept me guessing.

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review 2015-09-01 20:35
Rumble Fish by S.E Hinton
Rumble Fish - S.E. Hinton

Ever since I read Outsiders last week, I’ve been trying to get my hands on any S.E Hinton that I can. This is the one that I managed to get a hold of first and even though I didn’t enjoy it as much as The Outsiders, for a 78 page book, it was pretty immersive.


Told from the perspective of Rusty-James, a high-school aged boy who idolises his brother, nicknamed Motorcycle Boy, we first meet him when he bumps into an old friend. This old friend, Steve, triggers some memories in Rusty-James, and it’s from there that we learn of a series of incidents involving the latter and his brother.


This book followed a similar vein to The Outsiders and encompassed many of the same themes to be found there, such as inner-city life, its challenges, what it looks and feels like for teenagers and how they deal with it. Unlike The Outsiders which was more wide-spanning, this book was quite contained in the fact that it focused on two central characters, making it feel slightly claustrophobic but at the same time more representative of the atmosphere. It gave me the deep chill that reality often does when I’m really seeing it, so in that way it was more realistic than The Outsiders.


A focal point here was identity and how that doesn’t always relate to circumstance. It felt a little surreal at times, but definitely had the desired effect.


One of Hinton’s great strengths is her ability to enter the minds of her characters. Although Rusty-James was a bit of narcissist and Motorcyle-Boy a bit strange, meaning that I couldn’t really connect with them, I still appreciated their understanding of the world.


There’s some tension here. Not a lot, but enough to sustain a mere 78 pages.


Definitely recommended for those of you that enjoy YA fiction that’s a bit gritty.

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