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review 2017-04-01 00:38
A Series of Unfortunate Events
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Books 1-10) - Lemony Snicket

This is a series I grew up loving when I was a child! I remember having AR quizzes on these books when I was younger.They tell the story of the Baudelaire children who are orphaned after losing their parents in a fire. The novels describe the journey these children go through to protect their parents fortune and the mischief they become involved in. It is a great series to get children interested in reading with. The books would be good in 5th or 6th grade and the series as a whole has a lexile level of around 1010L for each book. For the classroom, I think it would be hard to cover the whole series, so you could create a book club for students to join and have these series as a fun after school book to read with friends. The books would also be good to use for summer reading. 

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review 2017-03-31 10:31
Review: "Carry the Ocean" (The Roosevelt, #1) by Heidi Cullinan
Carry the Ocean - Heidi Cullinan

"I am normal. I belong. I have a friend who can kick ass from a wheelchair. I live independently and get good grades. I’m an excellent lover.

Like I said. I’m awesome. I’m Emmet David Washington. Train Man. The best autistic Blues Brother on the block."

I love this book more and more with every reread.

 

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First read: April 15th, 2015

1st reread: May 19th, 2016

2nd reread: March 31st, 2017

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review 2017-03-18 17:40
The Three Little Pigs
The Three Little Pigs (Railroad Books Series) - James Marshall

This version follows the story line that a mother pig let her 3 baby pigs off when they got old enough. The first pig built a house of straw, the second built a house of sticks, and the third built a house of bricks. After the big bad wolf blows down the first two pigs' houses and eats them, he attempts to do the same to the third pig but fails. The wolf tells the third pig he was only kidding and tries to befriend him, only to find out that the pig was plotting revenge the whole time. I had not previously read this version of The Three Little Pigs, but I liked how the pig tricked the wolf at the end! It also has a video version of the story to go along with it on YouTube. 

 

In the classroom, this story would be great for comparing and contrasting with The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.

 

560L - Lexile Measure

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review 2017-03-14 00:00
The Bennett Series (Books #1-3)
The Bennett Series (Books #1-3) - Olivia... The Bennett Series (Books #1-3) - Olivia Folmar Ard I've read all of these books separately, and am thrilled to see them in a box set with such a cute cover! The stories are heartwarming contemporary tales about the lives of three women whose separate lives intertwine throughout the books. Each young woman faces her own heartbreaking dilemma, and their stories center around the college town of Bennett. Each story will challenge you in ways you never thought possible through fiction, and I even found one akin to a therapy session without the awkward, "and how do you feel about that?"

A lovely series that's well worth your time.
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review 2017-03-10 21:53
Review: "The Imperfection of Swans" by Brandon Witt
The Imperfection of Swans - Brandon Witt

"He was more than a pretty face, this Kevin Bivanti. Maybe he was worth crying over in a bathroom. “Because of fate. We have to have both. Fate and hard work. And the willingness to leap."

 

This was even more wonderful in the reread. So I'm bumping up my initial rating from 4.5 to 5 stars while also putting this gem on my "favorite" shelf.

 

If this book was a wedding dress, it would have been designed by Vera Wang.

 

 

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First read: January 28th, 2016

1st reread: March 10th, 2017

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