Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Pat has read 0 books toward a goal of 100 books.

2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Pat (Get Kids to Read) has read 0 books toward his goal of 50 books.

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
Pat (Get Kids to Read) has read 3 books toward his goal of 25 books.

March 29, 2015

Star Wars Comic Series

I've never been much of a comic person, but I picked up the first three volumes of the new Star Wars series.  Set after A New Hope it chronicles the adventures of our heroes as the Rebellion continues after its victory. Luke develops his Jedi powers and moves closer to the Luke we see at the beginning of Empire.  
Recommendation: BUY!

Review: The Deep Beneath

The Deep Beneath
The Deep Beneath by Natalie Wright

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

HALF The Deep Beneath
Natalie Wright
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair review.
Grades 9 and Up
HALF is a sci-fi adventure from Natalie Wright that will have readers burning the midnight oil to finish and clamoring for book 2. The first in a new series HALF is about a group of teenagers that accidentally run into a boy/alien hybrid they name Tex. From the moment they meet they become on the run from the government organization determined to keep Tex secret. Unfortunately no one can know about Tex's existence, and the secret government organization is determined to make the witnesses disappear.
This book is best for readers in High school and beyond. It is a roller coaster of a read that takes off right from the very beginning and keeps going until the last page.

Verdict: At $2.99 for the Kindle version this is a Buy!
Also available with the Kindle Unlimited subscription for free.

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Review: Mark of the Thief

Mark of the Thief
Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nic is a slave living in Ancient Rome. A time when slaves have very very little chance of a better life. After working in the mines for years, Nic is forced to steal from the tomb of Julius Caesar. He takes an amulet and is marked by the Griffin guarding the treasure in the tomb. The amulet and the mark have given Nic magic.
When Nic accidentally uses the magic in pure self defense he is forced to go on the run. A powerful General with eyes on ruling the empire wants the amulet for himself. Nic will have to show courage and brains if he is to survive and save the empire.
Jennifer Nielsen is an awesome writer. She has created a brand new system for how magic works in her book that is interesting without borrowing too much from other writers like Rowling who have had the most success with a magic system.
Mark of the Thief is the first in a new series from the author of The False Prince.

Verdict buy or borrow: Mark of the Thief is a buy to keep on your bookshelf.

Personal note: I liked this book a lot. I still like The False Prince more but I will definitely be reading the rest of this series!

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March 7, 2015

Review: Waiting is Not Easy!

Waiting is Not Easy!
Waiting is Not Easy! by Mo Willems

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Waiting is Not Easy!
by Mo Willems
Disney Hyperion

Should I buy or borrow this book? Buy.

Mo Willems continues to get better and better. Each book seems to top himself. Waiting is not Easy is about Elephant and Piggie. Piggie has a surprise but Elephant must wait. Elephant is so excited but he does not like having to wait. His anxiety for waiting will match the audience as this book is read or being read to an audience.
For children under 6, the Elephant and Piggie books are always a great buy.

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The Murk by Robert Lettrick

The Murk
by Robert Lettrick
Disney Hyperion
In Store Date: 4/21/15
A copy of this book was provided by Netgalley

Should I buy this book or borrow from the library?  BUY!!!
My full review will be published in School Library Journal. But I wanted to post a small promotion to tell my readers how much I liked this book. This is definitely a book that young readers will like. Particularly if they are looking for something with a bit more substance than Goosebumps.  
Put this on the list of Must Buy Books

March 1, 2015

Review: The Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox by Mark Stewart

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Boston Red Sox by Mark Stewart is an easy picture book for the elementary level about the history of the Boston Red Sox. The Boston Red Sox won the first World Series in 1901 and were very successful until 1918. 86 years later the success continued. Stewart introduces the important aspects of the history and the important players throughout the more than 100 year history. This is a great book to get for children who are just beginning to follow the best baseball team out there. This is a must buy for any children's collection.

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February 17, 2015

Review: Story Thieves

Story Thieves
Story Thieves by James Riley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Story Thieves
James Riley
Series: Story Thieves
Volume 1
Story Thieves by James Riley is the type of book that bookworms will adore. It is the perfect combination of Inkheart and Artemis Fowl. The entire book is an action packed , well plotted love letter to books. Owen is a regular kid who likes to read when he discovers his friend Bethany is actually half fictional. She can physically enter books. She is trying to find her father. Owen tricks her into taking him inside a Kiel Gnomefoot book. Things get tricky when book characters decide they want freedom. What does this mean? What would happen if monsters and dragons were freed from their books and start roaming our world.
This entrie book was a page turner. The action was well plotted and the characters were well formed. There are many references to other awesome book series like Fablehaven, Percy Jackson and of course Harry P. Reluctant readers will also enjoy it because it is well paced and the action begins right away without a whole lot of set up. It may even inspire them to read the books that are referenced.
Story Thieves has firmly earned a place on my shelf of favorite books of 2015. This is not a book to borrow, this is a book to buy at full price because it is worth every penny.

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Review: The Spook's Revenge

The Spook's Revenge
The Spook's Revenge by Joseph Delaney

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Fury of the Seventh Son
Joseph Delaney
Greenwillow Books
Series: The Last Apprentice
Volume: 13

This review is originally posted on Get Kids to Read:

The Last Apprentice series is a long but well written book series by Joseph Delaney.The series tells the story of Tom who is destined to save the County as he learns how to become a spook. A spook is a sort of exorcist, witch hunter. Over the course of the series Tom faced off with the Fiend and was able to separate his head from his body. But now he is faced with trying to make sure the Fiend can never rise again. If the Fiends agents are able to reunite and resurect the Fiend an evil will rule over the County.
Like most hero stories in order to defeat the evil once and for all, this requires sacrifice. Alice, has just journeyed through the Dark to the territory of the Fiend to retrieve a legendary sword that will be used in a ritual that will kill her. She has to be willing to sacrifice herself in order to defeat the Fiend once and for all. Alice has been loyal and she and Tom have fallen in love. Will she be able to perform the ultimate sacrifice? Or is there another way?
Delaney delivers in this final volume. The aura is spooky, the danger feels real and the next step must be taken.
Please don't let the movie Seventh Son turn you off from this fantastic book series. The movie was truly not like the book at all.

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January 30, 2015

Review: The Box and the Dragonfly

The Box and the Dragonfly
The Box and the Dragonfly by Ted Sanders

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A copy was provided for this review by Edelweiss.
Release Date March 3,2015

Horace Andrews runs into a mystery shop filled with magic objects. He wanders in because he saw the words on the sign House of Answers read his name. The shop is filled with all kinds of objects in bins. After an Olivander's like scene in which the object chooses the keeper, he gets a cool looking box to keep. Once he becomes a keeper he is thrust on an adventure.
The action is non stop in Keepers. Horace finds both friends and enemies on his journey to save the world. This book will definitely appeal to fans of 13th Reality and Adventurer's Wanted with the mix of science and fantasy.

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January 18, 2015

Review: I Am Alice

I Am Alice
I Am Alice by Joseph Delaney

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Last Apprentice: Book 12 I am Alice
Joseph DeLaney
Greenwillow Press 2012
Series Books, Fantasy Horror

I am Alice is the penultimate book in The Last Apprentice series by Joseph DeLaney. This series is among the best fantasy series being written today. This book provides a means to go forward with the story but also provide backstory on Alice who will become a major part in defeating the Fiend in the final book.
Alice is on a journey into the Dark. She must retrieve a special dagger from the throne of the Fiend. This dagger will be used in a ritual that involves her personal sacrifice.
Alice's power has been growing all through the books. It is left ambiguous whether she will turn evil before the Fiend is defeated. This book also gives a context for where Book 11 fits in. Slither (Book 11) was a story told of totally different characters in a land far north of the county. It is nice to have a context of how that story fits into the grand arc.
The entire Last Apprentice series is a MUST OWN for fans of fantasy and for library collections for children and young adults.

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