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May 25, 2015

Review: Rebels of the Lamp

Rebels of the Lamp (Rebels of the Lamp, #1)Rebels of the Lamp by Peter Speakman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

When Parker finds a magic lamp and accidentally releases a genie he thinks everything is awesome, but he becomes drawn into a war between genies that could destroy the entire world.
Parker This book was filled with magic and adventure. But the pacing was inconsistent. At the start, and the end the pags were flying but the middle was bogged down and slow going. This book will find an audience, because there will always be readers looking for a magical adventure, but non Robin Williams genies are just not that popular. The ending sets up the next volume which seems like it may start off even quicker than this one.
My final recommendation for this title is to borrow it from the library if the concept interests you. Personally I thought it was in the OK-- good range. Not super impressive, but not terrible.

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May 23, 2015

Power Play Review

Power Play (Kingdom Keepers, #4)Power Play by Ridley Pearson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Kingdom Keepers are a group of kids that help to save the Disney Parks and keep the magic alive. In Power Play the overtakers plan their next move which will have drastic ramifications for the kids and the park. This series is really good and well paced. Each one of the Kingdom Keepers from Philby to FInn to Wilma and Amanda are very fleshed out and fully formed characters.
The story is picking up the pace as things start to get more complex. The Overtakers have taken control of the DHI server that controls which parks the Keepers wake up in. But they have also made a move that could land all the Keepers stuck in the Sleeping Beauty Syndrome forever!!
This volume would have to be my favorite so far and it leads directly into book 5 Shell Game.
Be warned, when you finish this book, you will want to have a copy of book 5 avaliable to read as soon as you are done!

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May 19, 2015

On Sale Today

The Orphan Army (The Nightsiders, #1)The Orphan Army by Jonathan Maberry

This book goes on sale today.  I received a copy to review from Simon and Schuster.  I hope to have a review up soon!!!


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May 15, 2015

Reviews

Scooby-Doo and the WerewolfScooby-Doo and the Werewolf by Jesse Leon McCann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Scooby-Doo and the Werewolf is an all new Scooby Doo story with a moral. This is a good book to teach about jumping to conclusions and judging people. Shaggy and Scooby are hosting an exchange student from Romania. Velma gives them a huge pile of reading to do to learn about Romania and make their guest, "Andre" feel at home. Being true to their characters, Shaggy and Scooby take the easy way out and just watch a scary movie about a werewolf. When Andre arrives they are convinced he is a Werewolf. Is he a Werewolf? or is he something worse?
This is a fun book with a moral and makes a good borrow from the library.

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D.W.'s Library Card (D.W.)D.W.'s Library Card by Marc Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When your last name is "Read," you really look forward to getting a library card. D.W. can't convince Arthur to check out the book she wants for her because it is a "baby" book. D.W. asks what you need to get a library card. All you need is to be able to write your name. D.W. practices and practices until she can write her name.
The Arthur books are one of my favorite picture book series. I really liked this one and it is a good library themed book too!

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Power Play (Kingdom Keepers, #4)Power Play by Ridley Pearson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My review is coming. I really liked this book. Probably my favorite so far.

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Arthur and the True FrancineArthur and the True Francine by Marc Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Arthur and his friends learn about being a true friend. This book like all the Arthur books are popular with 2nd graders. I thought this book was good and I read it to my students.

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How the Meteorite Got to the MuseumHow the Meteorite Got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A well done creative picture book that is great for students in grades 2-3. It details where meteorites come from and how they get to the museum. This would be a great read before a field trip.

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Math-terpieces: The Art of Problem-SolvingMath-terpieces: The Art of Problem-Solving by Greg Tang
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great picture book for problem solving skills. This is a great cross curricular reading and math activity.

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ConstellationsConstellations by Diane M. Sipiera
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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May 12, 2015

On Sale today

Rebels of the Lamp book 1: Rebels of the Lamp by Michael M B. Galvin and Pete Speakman goes on sale today.  It is the story of a boy who finds a genie.

May 10, 2015

May 3, 2015

Currently Reading

It's a good thing they already redesigned the cover, Mickey's hat is not at Hollywood Studios anymore!

Review: Nowhere to Run


Nowhere to Run
Nowhere to Run by Jude Watson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



The 39 Clues series is turning into something like a TV series. Season 1 was the Clue Hunt and chronicled finding the 39 Clues. Season 2 Cahills Vs. Vespers chronicles the plans of the Vespers to get the pieces to a doomsday machine, which would be equally deadly as the formula for the serum getting out. Dan was desperate and enlisted his cousin to help him create the serum so they could stop the Vespers.
This book is the first volume of "season 3". Jay Pierce, a man with a plan has stolen a copy of the serum and is using it to gain power. The only people in his way are Amy and Dan and the other members of their family. It is up to them to stop Jay Pierce before he uses the formula to take over the world.
This was an awesome first volume. Readers should note, you will want book 2 in your hands the moment you finish with Nowhere to Run.
As I said before 39 Clues series are awesome and fun reads but with over 22 volumes so far, they are great binge reads from the library.



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