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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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text 2017-03-12 20:16
Week 9 & 10 of 2017
The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime - Judith Flanders
Why I March: Images from the Woman's March Around the World - Abrams Books
The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #10) - Brett Helquist,Lemony Snicket,Michael Kupperman
The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #11) - Brett Helquist,Lemony Snicket,Michael Kupperman
The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #12) - Brett Helquist,Lemony Snicket,Michael Kupperman
The End: Book the Thirteenth (A Series of Unfortunate Events) - Tim Curry,Lemony Snicket

 

And I'm back. My training has been completed, IT finally resolved my issue with logging into my profile on our system (it only took 2 1/2 weeks) so I can now do billing under my own user name, and we're back to 8 hour days, five days a week.

 

Books Read: 6

 

Why I March: I had to make a minor correction here. I previously had written that I had purchased this book from Amazon due to a review written by Grimlock ♥ Vision, but she pointed out in the comments that she hadn't read it yet, though she had written about it. So, I actually have Grimlock ♥ Vision to thank and Stacy Alesi, thank you so much both of you.There are so many powerful images packed into this book: men, women, children, the young, the old all marching for a cause. The royalties go to several nonprofit organizations. 5 stars

 

The Invention of Murder: This is one of my favorite non-fiction books. Judith Flanders walks the reader through some of the more well-known Victorian murders and the public's reaction to them; how people profited from them, how public opinion played a large role in the outcome of the trials, and the influence these murders had in the writings of some well-known authors including Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Wilkie Collins. 5 stars

 

The Slippery Slope, The Grim Grotto, The Penultimate Peril, The End: And this wrap-ups of A Series of Unfortunate Events. The series itself is, as it's name suggests, rather dark, but book eight, The Slippery Slope, is where it pulls out all the stops. 4 1/2 stars.

 

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review 2016-11-12 04:03
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - Laura Joffe Numeroff,Felicia Bond

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a cute book that tells about the chain reaction that you are bound to encounter if you, in fact, give a mouse a cookie!  For grades 1-2, this text provides a great opportunity to learn all about cause and effect and series of events.

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review 2016-03-25 17:41
The Penultimate Peril (A series of unfortunate events #12)
The Penultimate Peril - Brett Helquist,Lemony Snicket,Michael Kupperman

❝Certain people have said that the world is like a calm pond, and that anytime a person does even the smallest thing, it is as if a stone has dropped into the pond, spreading circles of ripples further and further out, until the entire world has been changed by one tiny action. ❞

Okay this is the best of the series yet. It's full of adventure for our beloved children, as:

- both new and old questions appear,and

- mysteries are solved, on a hotel everyone from the lives of the orphans makes an appearance.

 

The children pose as the staff, on a hotel where the meeting of the infamous V.F.D. organization will take place. They have limited time to figure out who can be trusted, as more and more familiar faces begin to check in the hotel...

 

I never thought I would say this but I'm beginning to like the dreadful count...Of course the next one was picked immediately and I both want and dread the moment I close the last page of the last book on the last chapter of the orphans' lives.

 

P.S = Remember that quote I marked in the review of the previous book?

❝The way sadness works is one of the strange riddles of the world. If you are stricken with a great sadness, you may feel as if you have been set aflame, not only because of the enormous pain, but also because your sadness may spread over your life, like smoke from an enormous fire.❞

I think it gives us a very great insight on the life of a certain villain...

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review 2016-03-24 17:49
The Grim Grotto (A series of unfortunate events #11)
The Grim Grotto - Michael Kupperman,Lemony Snicket,Brett Helquist

❝He who hesitates is lost.❞

 

That's captain Widdershins's personal philosophy. In this very fast paced adventure the orphans will once again fate mortal dangers and try to overcome them the best way they can: together.

The Grim Grotto holds some terrible secrets for the unfortunate Baudelaires and for once the story closes on a positive note...

Off to the next one!!

 

Quote I really liked in this story:

❝The way sadness works is one of the strange riddles of the world. If you are stricken with a great sadness, you may feel as if you have been set aflame, not only because of the enormous pain, but also because your sadness may spread over your life, like smoke from an enormous fire.❞

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