Publisher: Scholastic Press

Book Review: The Eleventh P..

Book Review: The Eleventh Plague

First Impression: I had been meaning to read this book for a long time for I love a good post-apocalyptic story. This past summer it was a free audio download on AudioSync and I finally put it on my iPhone to listen to. I really liked the narrator and found myself finding excuses to clean or workout so I could listen to it.   While Listening: I was pulled into the story from the beginning. Stephen, his grandfather, and his father are salvagers, trying to make a living by trading what materials they find. An unfortunate turn of events finds […]

Posted February 16, 2013
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Book Review: The Giant and ..

Book Review: The Giant and How He Humbugged America

A petrified giant was unearthed in upstate New York in the 19th century and created an uproar all over the world about whether it was real or not. The biggest humbug of that time period, this giant was displayed for people to see and many people profited off the scheme. Within the book, lots of information is provided as to how the scam was pulled off along with the reaction of America to such an event. This book was well-written and with large enough text and pauses to let younger readers learn about this interesting event in our past history. […]

Posted February 8, 2013
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Book View: Samir and Yonato..

Book View: Samir and Yonaton

Short & Sweet: Samir is a Palestinian boy who has broken his kneecap and must stay in a Jewish hospital until the American doctor can come and perform surgery. Surrounded by kids that are Jewish, he finds that they are not so much different from him. Samir constantly blames himself for his brother's death and he must find a way to heal himself and his leg before he can go home. This novel is a beautifully written story of a boy growing up in an ongoing war zone. Samir is internally struggling with the death of his younger brother and […]

Posted January 30, 2013
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Book View: Touch Blue

Book View: Touch Blue

Short & Sweet: Tess’s small island off the coast of Maine may have to shut down her small school because they do not have enough students attending. Her mother is the only teacher who works there, which means if it does shut down, they would have to move so her mother could work on the mainland. So the island decides that a couple of families will take in foster children to get the numbers back up, and Tess’s family is taking in a boy named Aaron, who is 13, red-haired, plays the trumpet and isn’t as easy to get along […]

Posted January 9, 2013
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Book Review: Magisterium

Book Review: Magisterium

Magisterium was a weird read for me. Two world completely different, but connected. One world pure fantasy. One world dystopian. As weird as it was at times, strangely, it all works. The tale begins in our dystopian world, Colloquium. Here, order dictates everything. I found Colloquium to be a pretty standard dystopian world. Readers, sadly, do not spend much time here, so the lack of overall world building makes sense. However, of what is seen, it was done very well. The Magisterium, by contrast, seemed like a world out of a Hayao Miyazaki film. As soon as I entered the […]

Posted November 30, 2012
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Book Review: A Mutiny in Ti..

Book Review: A Mutiny in Time

My students are all fans of 39 clues, so I was excited to hear that Scholastic was taking up another project of that ilk. This time, with time traveling! And some great authors like James Dashner on board, I couldn't wait to read this first book.   There's something wonderful about books that feature a boy and girl as best friends embarking on an adventure. Sera is a science geek and Dak is a history geek. Dak's parents have been working in their secret lab on a project that they must hide. It's so secret, the kids aren't allowed to […]

Posted October 13, 2012
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Book View: The Scorpio Race..

Book View: The Scorpio Races

Short & Sweet: I've loved all of Maggie's books that I've ready. I heard that this was going to be unlike anything she has written and was excited to see what it was all about. I was fortunate enough to find the audiobook at my public library and was excited to see it was dual narrators for the two main characters. I definitely was not disappointed in this book. It had all the elements of a fantastic story. A story that unfolds throughout the book as one that is both dangerous, romantic and desperate in the way that life can […]

Posted May 24, 2012
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Double Monster Review: The ..

Double Monster Review: The False Prince

At first glance, The False Prince looks like it would be similar to the types of books that I grew up loving. Action. Adventure. And although, I usually prefer a female POV, I am at a reading point where I feel like I need something a little different. Four boys. Four completely different personalities. Only one will be chosen. The story begins with Sage. A teenage orphan who is street smart, knows how to push people's button, and an all round amazing MC. Through a strange twist of fate, Sage is selected to complete against three other boys for the […]

Posted April 23, 2012
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