Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Book View: Rapture of the D..

Short & Sweet: Jacky is once again snagged from the arms of her lover, this time to embark on a diving adventure to help the British fund their ongoing war with the French. I was really actually quite relieved to see Jacky back on adventure. I'm starting to think maybe marrying Jaimy would actually do her some injustice. I love the new characters in this one.. especially Aunt Jemima with her tales of Brother Rabbit. And of course the reappearance of a few roguish beaus from Jacky's past is always fun. Beware, this one ends on a huge cliffhanger, so make […]

Posted August 24, 2011
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Book View: Bless This Mouse

Book View: Bless This Mouse

Short & Sweet: An interesting new novel by the wonderful Lois Lowry. I just can't help but fall in love with the illustrations of cute mice in this novel. Their world, however, is full of peril, as they must get by with not letting the humans know how big their society of mice is, or the evil X will come and kill them. Final Verdict: Bless This Mouse is definitely a book that reminds me a bit of the Rats of Nimh combined with Lowry's wonderful writing and is a book I think a lot of my students will enjoy.

Posted March 28, 2011
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Book Review: In the Belly o..

Book Review: In the Belly of the Bloodhound

  Jacky is hiding out in the Lawson Peabody School, being a wanted pirate with a price on her head by the British government. When they go out on school outing on a ship, they end up finding out that they are captured and their fate is to become slaves. Jacky takes the lead again and figures out a plan to get them free of their captures and hopefully safely back to Boston. Another high seas adventure fraught with terror and the ever so witty Jacky finding a scheme to make all better. Definitely a book that endears me a […]

Posted March 27, 2011
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Book Review: Under the Joll..

Book Review: Under the Jolly Roger

This is probably one of my favorites in the series so far. I just love the insane situations Jacky gets herself into and somehow manages to wriggle out of. I don't want to ruin anything so I won't go into too much detail but I love how Jacky can makes friends anywhere and turn it to her advantage when she is in most need of help. This swash-buckling tale is mostly told on the high seas, where Jacky must defend her honor against a crazed captain while trying to figure out how to escape her fate. Oh Jacky, you are […]

Posted March 22, 2011
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Book Review: Curse of the B..

Book Review: Curse of the Blue Tattoo

Poor Jacky has been left ashore at a school for young ladies, where she can't help but get into loads of trouble. Her new nemesis is a cocky girl named Clarissa and Jacky falls out of favor at the school quickly with her rash nature and quirky need to bend rules. Although Clarissa is harsh to deal with, Jacky also finds that the preacher is after her to adopt her and to strip her of her wicked ways. Jacky generally doesn't worry much, but this preacher seems to have a past that screams murder. Definitely another tale filled with music, […]

Posted March 17, 2011
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Book Review: Bloody Jack

Book Review: Bloody Jack

Mary (aka Jacky) is orphaned at a young age and decides life would be easier if she dressed as a boy. She happens upon a ship and manages to become a ship's boy. Only problem is, if someone finds out, it's to the noose with her. This book is full of violence, romance, life-threatening situations, and some more serious subjects like sodomy, rape, menstruation and death. Definitely a book that will keep you reading (or listening) until the very end. This book also takes place during the early 1800s when Britain is at war with the French and there is […]

Posted February 25, 2011
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Book Review: Wildthorn

Book Review: Wildthorn

  Wildthorn starts off innocently enough. A young girl with a "normal" Victorian family. Add in a little turmoil, plus sibling jealousy. And a girl's life changed forever. The plot of the novel is very simplistic. A young girl, who may or may not be who the reader believes she is, is forced into being committed into an asylum for reasons that are not all too clear. As the story processes, the reader is lead on the road of their own discovery. Is Lousisa who she thinks she is? Or does she really deserve to be locked away? Eagland deliciously leaves this and […]

Posted December 11, 2010
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Book Review: Annexed

Book Review: Annexed

  Annexed takes the beloved historical tale of Anna Frank and gives it a fresh new perspective. Entering into the tale, I knew that by the end this novel it would either blow me away or leave me with a (possibly) bad taste in my mouth. Thankfully, for all us Anne Frank fans out there, the first occurred much more than the latter. Dogar takes her time introducing readers to the setting, characters, and the whole emotional world that encompasses Annexed. It is like taking a step back in time. What I loved about Annexed is how familiar yet new […]

Posted November 21, 2010
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