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review 2016-11-11 23:09
Give a helping hand
Jack and Rick (Green Light Readers Level 1) by David McPhail (2003-07-01) - David McPhail

The story of Jack and Rick is all about helping each other. Jack and Rick worked together to get across the river. My class would work together with a friend in this game. I would partner the students up and ask the students to stand side by side with your friend/partner. I would go around and tie one of the students legs to the other student. I would then ask the class to try walking or hopping together. We would then discuss what happened. I would also talk about what they learning about working together?


Intended/Audience/Grade Level: 1st Grade.

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review 2016-10-11 02:52
The Jack in the Green - Frazer Lee
The Jack in the Green - Frazer Lee

Mild-mannered Tom McRae keeps having the same night terrors over and over. He keeps reliving that horrific morning when he was six and his parents were brutally murdered. His wife isn't able to provide any relief. She's trying to recover from her own nightmare of having a miscarriage and is in a semi-catatonic state from all of the meds she's on. Tom's boss sends him to Scotland to secure a large tract of land to be used in extracting biofuels. The small village of Douglass isn't too keen on the idea of someone coming in and hacking down all of their trees. They still cling to pagan rituals and celebrate their holidays, such as Samhain. On top of that, a group of hippy protestors also have a beef with the whole thing. Last, but certainly not least, Tom is stuck with his overbearing and obnoxious co-worker, Dieter along for the ride. Tom's nightmares begin to spill over into his time in Douglass when he's not sleeping and he begins to question his sanity. Is Douglass more than it appears or is Tom losing his mind?


Frazer Lee slowly unravels this tale with a sophisticated voice and a nice vocabulary. Tom seems like a sad sack that you can't quite put your finger on whats going on. This was turning out to be a solid 4-star read before it ground to a halt towards the end and then the "tie-it-all-together" ending felt too rushed to me. Almost as if the story ran out and there wasn't a better way to explain things, so lets just throw all our cards down and show you our hand. Or, I wonder if this story suffered from the dreaded editors knife in an attempt to keep it under so many words for the publisher. This dropped it down to a 3 1/2 stars for me. Other than that, Lee can write his ass off. I have no doubt I'll be reading much more from the Brit. Theres a reason he was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. In The Jack in the Green, you can see why.




3 1/2 Jack and Jills out of 5


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review 2016-03-15 18:57
Jack in the Green by Diane Capri
Jack in the Green (The Hunt for Jack Reacher Series Book 5) - Diane Capri

Jack in the Green by Diane Capri is a Jack Reacher story.  It started with a strong hook about Jack being charged with a murder he didn't commit.  I gave it four stars because it kept my interest & was a fast moving book.


Carlos Gaspar is working with Special Agent Kim Otto.  His Boss paired them for some unknown reason.  Their partnership was slowly improving.  They were at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.


"They’d been warned to watch out for Reacher, who came, destroyed and departed like a liger.  Neither he nor Otto needed to be reminded to watch for him, but Gaspar wanted to believe it unlikely Reacher would try to get Weston today.  Their feud was sixteen years old and surely even Reacher might have lost track of Weston in all that time.


'Weston has stayed out of Reacher’s way all this time,' Otto said.  'So why is Weston sticking his neck out by attending this particular memorial ceremony?  He could have come any time.  The base holds these generic memorials for military family members to pay their respects every year.  Weston contacted them a month ago and said he wanted to attend this particular service.  It doesn’t make any sense, does it?'


'Not to me,' Gaspar replied.  'So we do what we do.'


'Meaning what?'


'Meaning we stay alert.  We’re missing something important...'"


Otto was tiny, but fierce.  Gaspar liked that about her.


Upon meeting Weston for a few words before the ceremony, Gaspar ..."slouched a little & settled his hands into his trouser pockets because it made him seem friendlier.  Gaspar knew many successful interrogation techniques, but none of them worked unless the subject wanted to talk.  Most of the problem was making them want to.  Once they wanted to tell him everything, witnesses were nearly impossible to shut up."


After observing Weston's behavior in attempting to intimidate Otto, he realized that he was a sociopath.


After a shooting..."Within minutes the entire base was locked down.  The voice came on the speaker advising everyone to 'shelter in place.'  Meaning hunker down until the situation was secured."


I received a complimentary copy of Jack in the Green from the author.  This did not change my opinion for this review.


Link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Green-Hunt-Reacher-Book-ebook/dp/B00JWZZDE2

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review 2015-01-21 16:54
Jack in the Green - Charles de Lint

I bought this Subterranean Press grab bag and I've been trying to wade through all the novellas that came in it. I've never read anything by the hallowed De Lint before but this just wasn't very good so I wouldn't start here. The sentiments are right but the story is too preachy. It is some kind of Robin Hood fairy tale updated to contemporary times and given a drug war bent. And then it has this resurrection theme too but also involves a high body count(Is it Christian or just Magic?). It involves mainly teenagers then why was it written as though it should be read to an 8 year old? Good question, because you would never read this to an 8 year old. The story isn't even very good. The only thing that saves it from two stars are the cover and the all too few illustrations by Charles Vess.

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