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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Endangered Video

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Endangered- Eliot Schrefer 

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Endangered is scheduled for release October 1, 2012, but is currently available from Scholastic in select bookfairs.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2012 in Book Review, Books, Videos

 

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore- William Joyce (Illustrator) William Joyce and Joe Bluhm

A great story framing the importance and joy of reading

Morris Lessmore loved to write in his journal and read his books. Then one day, a storm came destroying his house and his precious books. Wandering alone, Morris was upset and lonely, until one day he sees a woman flying by, surrounded with books. Noticing how sad Morris is without his books, she gives him her favorite, a walking, talking, and flying tale.

Back surrounded by the books that he loves and his journal, Morris listens and reads all of their tales.  He continues to write in his journal until he is old and grey and his book is finished. With his own story complete, he leaves his friends and his own story behind, for someone new to discover.

Delightful and well-illustrated, the love Morris has of books and the great companions they make shines through.  Although the writing might be hard to follow for younger readers, the creativity behind the storyline heralds the importance and timelessness of great literature.

Recommended for readers age 4 -8 and the inspired by the Academy Award winning short film by the same title. Film can be seen here.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Book Review, Books, Videos

 

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Me…Jane- Patrick McDonnell

A lovely illustrated book about how inspiration as a child can lead to a passionate career

In this story, a young girl named Jane loves everything about nature. She reads about and draws all of the plants, insects, and animals that she discovers with her stuffed chimpanzee Jubliee. She even reads a story about Tarzan in Africa and his friend Jane, who live with and save animals. Jane is very inspired, and her passion leads her to fulfill her own dream.

Beautifully, illustrated, the story of how Jane Goodall life in nature as a child inspires her to follow her dreams. Includes a brief biography of Jane Goodall and a message from Jane herself.

*Caldecott Honor Book, recommended for readers age 1 and up.

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2012 in Book Review, Books

 

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Tony Baloney School Rules- Pam Munoz Ryan and Edwin Fotheringham

A cute book about starting school that every young child should read

It is the first day of school for Tony Baloney. As he gathers up his backpack and his best friend, the stuffed animal Dandelion, Tony Baloney is a little nervous about the first day. His mother tells him he will be fine, but he has a lot to live up to, following his Bossy Big Sisters shadow. Tony Baloney really likes his new teacher, Mrs. Gamboney, who is really nice, and wants to be as perfect as his sister was, but Tony has a hard time following the rules.

In this cute novel, Tony Baloney discovers that school can be really fun and he can shine on his own. The conversations that Tony Baloney has with Dandelion reflect the nervousness that children can experience with the first day of school, the hardship of learning and following rules, and that having someone to talk to can calm the nerves.  Filled with fun illustrations, Tony Baloney School Rules is a great read for children getting ready to start school.

Recommended for readers age 4-7. This paperback book is exclusively priced and available from Scholastic in select book fairs.

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Ponyella Video

If you are looking for a cute read check out

Ponyella- Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans (Illustrator) Lynn Munsinger

click here for a video and click here for the review…enjoy!

Ponyella is available in hardcover at major retailers, but is available exclusively in paperback from Scholastic at select bookfairs.

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2012 in Book Review, Books, Videos

 

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Bared to You- Sylvia Day

Erotic and intense…leaving you panting for more

Eva Tramell moved to New York with her best friend Cary Taylor to work at the renowned advertising agency Crossfire. Even before her first day at work, Eva literally stumbles into the billionaire owner, and sexiest man she has ever laid eyes on, Gideon Cross. She instantly feels the animal magnetism of him pull her in to the depths of erotic desire, leaving her craving more.

But Eva has a tragic past, an over protective mother, and a best friend who is just as damaged and broken as she is, that makes the titillating yet emotionally intense Gideon completely wrong for her. Despite her protests, Eva’s desire for Gideon might be exactly what she needs, especially when he has skeletons of his own hiding in the closet. Gideon is used to power and control, but Eva is upsetting his normal routine and stimulating emotions in him that he has long since hidden deep within himself. Tumultuous and passionate, their fragile relationship develops as they try to fill a deep seated need that only the other can provide.

Seeking love and trust between one another, their relationship is intense, complicated, and emotional which creates the perfect setting for explosive and fantastic sex, that leaves the reader nearly as satisfied as Gideon and Eva. Sylvia Day has created an addictive read that promises to get even better.

One of the few issues I had with the book was the lack of resolve of the issues between the two characters. Sex was used as a Band-Aid, and while as fantastic as it was, the characters simply passed over issues without coming to any resolutions.

Readers looking for a Fifty Shades of Grey fix should not pass up Bared to You. While there are many similarities between the two books, particularly with the characters, they are two completely different plots with Bared to You having superior writing, better dialogue, and more creative sexual encounters.

The second book in this trilogy, Reflected in You is currently available to purchase as an e-book. You can find my review of Reflected in You (Crossfire Series #2)–> here. The paperback version is going to be available October 23, 2012.

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2012 in Book Review, Books

 

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The Scorpio Races- Maggie Stiefvater

Winning is not the only prize in the life or death Scorpio races

Each November, a life and death race is held along the beach of a small island of Thisby- The Scorpio Races. The horses are not ordinary thoroughbreds; rather they rise out of the water and prefer to eat flesh over hay. The stakes are high, but the purse and the pride of winning tempt the riders to enter every year, despite the prospect of death.

Eighteen year old Sean Kendrick is as quiet as he is fearless, and as the returning champion he and his red stallion Corr are favorites to win again. Kate “Puck” Connolly, is a stubborn orphan as fiery as her hair. She had no intention of entering the Scorpio races, especially on her gentle island horse Dove, or as the first female, but dire financial circumstances leave her no choice. Thrown together by fate, Sean and Puck both have a lot riding on their winning, including their lives, but only one can win.

Stiefvater, weaves as action packed plot seamlessly with the mythological water horses and the islanders of Thisby. Filled with strong characters and beautiful scenery, the plot is more than the races, it is about love, loss, family, loyalty and courage.  The Scorpio Races is a fascinating storyline that will have readers glued to the pages as they race alongside Sean and Puck to finish.

Recommended for readers age 13-17.

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Book Review, Books

 

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