Book Review: When the Whist..

Book Review: When the Whistle Blows

I’m the first stop on Traveling to Teen‘s tour of When the Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slayton. Jimmy comes from a family where all the boys eventually end up working on the steam engines of the trains nearby. His father keeps telling him the times are changing and that soon steam engines will be replaced with diesels. This doesn’t squelch Jimmy’s dreams – especially when his two brothers start working with his father. Under all of this is whispers of The Society – a group of men that meet secretly for reasons unknown. The book is written in small […]

Posted November 7, 2009
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Design It Up! (3)

Design It Up! (3)

For today’s lesson, you are going to learn how to make a Blog Button slideshow. This one is fairly easy, and should not take you but a couple of minutes to get the hang of. As usual, start out by going to: 1.) Layout- Page Elements. Then: 2.) Add a gadget- HTML/Javascript 3.) Enter this code: *To adjust the size, make the height or width px larger or smaller. It really depends on your sidebar. To make it go slow or faster, change the scroll delay.* 4.) Next input the code for the blog buttons underneath it. For example, this […]

Posted November 6, 2009
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Book Review: Storm Glass

Book Review: Storm Glass

Storm Glassby Maria V. Snyder Opal is a glass magician – but she thinks of herself as a one-trick wonder. She’s only able to put magic into small glass animals – which the Master Magicians of Sitia use as messengers. With a lack of confidence and trust, she’s simply getting by in life at the academy. All of that changes when she is sent on a mission to figure out why the glass orbs Stormdancers use are breaking. She finds there is more to her magic then her glass messengers and more people to trust then herself. Opal is not […]

Posted November 6, 2009
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Book Review: Skin Hunger

Book Review: Skin Hunger

Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey Released: July 2007 by AtheneumDescription from GoodReads: Sadima lives in a world where magic has been banned, leaving poor villagers prey to fakes and charlatans. A “magician” stole her family’s few valuables and left Sadima’s mother to die on the day Sadima was born. But vestiges of magic are hidden in old rhymes and hearth tales and in people like Sadima, who conceals her silent communication with animals for fear of rejection and ridicule. When rumors of her gift reach Somiss, a young nobleman obsessed with restoring magic, he sends Franklin, his lifelong servant, to […]

Posted November 4, 2009
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Book Review: This is Why Yo..

Book Review: This is Why You’re Fat

Author: Jessica Amason and Richard BlakeleyReleased: November 1, 2009 by HarperStudioDescription from GoodReads: Food was once the providence of celebrated chefs and critical connoisseurs. Cooking shows featured all gourmet creations and web sites displayed artfully photographed delights. Then something changed. Perhaps it was the desensitising of web culture or perhaps it was a cry for help from the food-loving public. But by God – there came a day when fancy vegetable towers came crashing down and $50 mushrooms were no longer acceptable. Amason and Blakley wanted see the old stand-bys, the carnival foods of their childhoods, the sticky mess of […]

Posted November 4, 2009
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Researching Medina Hill wit..

Trilby Kent, author of Medina Hill, has graciously offered to talk a bit about her researching process for her book – which I loved. It might sound a little strange, but I often find I enjoy researching a new book just as much as I enjoy writing. There’s something very exciting about historical research, in particular. Not only does it help to really understand my characters, to get under their skin, but it can also suggest all sorts of alternative plot developments that would never have occurred to me otherwise. One thing that you learn very quickly as a historical […]

Posted November 4, 2009
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Book Review: Medina Hill

Book Review: Medina Hill

Medina Hillby Trilby Kent SummaryIn the grimy London of 1935, eleven-year-old Dominic Walker has lost his voice. His mother is sick and his father’s unemployed. Rescue comes in the form of his Uncle Roo, who arrives to take him and his young sister, Marlo, to Cornwall. There, in a boarding house populated by eccentric residents, Marlo, who keeps a death grip on her copy of The New Art of Cooking, and Dominic, armed with Incredible Adventures for Boys: Colonel Lawrence and the Revolt in the Desert, find a way of life unlike any they have known. Dominic’s passion for Lawrence […]

Posted November 3, 2009
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Book Review: Fire Study

Book Review: Fire Study

I am on fire for Maria’s study series. Oh, aren’t I pun-ny! No, really, I am so incredibly in love with this series… keep reading to find out why… Fire Studyby Maria V. Snyder I’m tempted to start with the ending… but I have to be “vague” – it ends the way I wanted it to. Oh Maria, I love you for ending this series the way you did! Okay, onto the plotline: Yalena continues her adventures in Sitia with a lingering evil force still free and another, more sinister plan boiling beneath the surface. Yalena is a Soulfinder and […]

Posted November 3, 2009
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