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April 25, 2015

Review: Day of Doom


Day of Doom
Day of Doom by David Baldacci

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



7 Cahills were kidnapped at the beginning of Medusa Plot and held ransom to get Amy and Dan to procure certain artifacts. Since it began, 5 more Cahills have been kidnapped. The Vespers are on the verge of taking over the world with the "Doomsday" machine.
The final volume of the Cahills versus Vespers series was a bit of a disapointment. Several storylines that had been building slowly over 5 books are suddenly tied up in a neat bow. Specificly Amy and Jake's storyline which is very rushed in this volume.
Verdict: This was a bit disapointing but if you have read the other volumes, you will want to know how it ends. This series makes a great binge read, getting all volumes from the library.



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April 24, 2015

Currently reading

Review: Planet Kindergarten

Planet KindergartenPlanet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt is a very creative and well done picture book that tells the story of an imaginitive little boy who views going to kindergarten for the first time like going to a different planet. The entire experience of being away from parents, learning to sit and raise hands to speak and procedure for the daily routine is a lot like going to a brand new planet. Youngsters heading off to Kindergarten will enjoy this.
Verdict: This is a BUY for children about to start Kindergarten.

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April 23, 2015

Binge Read

My binge read of the 39 Clues Cahills VS Vespers is almost over.  Less than 70 pages to go! 
I liked this series but look forward to reading something different.  

Review: Ben Franklin's Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First Invention


Ben Franklin's Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First Invention
Ben Franklin's Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First Invention by Barb Rosenstock

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Ben Franklin's Big Splash by Barb Rosenstock is an excellent picture book that illustrates a portion of the life of Benjamin Franklin. Unlike most others in his time, Ben liked to swim. Through observation and experimentation, Ben invented the first swimming gear, a set of paddles for hands and feet that will make swimming more efficiently. It was his first invention, that would be followed by many important inventions including the first public library.
Verdict: This should be in every children's collection. This is a great book to buy to inspire the scientific mind of children under 8.



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April 22, 2015

Review: Trust No One


Trust No One
Trust No One by Linda Sue Park

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



In the 39 Clues series things just keep getting more intense. Without spoiling the major events, there are seven members of the Cahill family held hostage by the organization known as the Vespers. Vesper One is holding all the cards. But who is he? There are some hints that he could be someone Dan and Amy knew. But what hope of stopping Vesper One do they have if there is a traitor within their innermost circle.
This book was very good, it picks up the intensity and throws it into 5th gear as it leads into the Day of Doom.



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April 21, 2015

April 20, 2015

Upcoming reviews

Today I picked up Ben Franklin's Big Splash by Barb Rosenstock and that review should be up within the next few days.  I am also progressing very fast through the 39 Clues series and expect to finish book 5: Trust No One either today or tomorow.  
Happy Reading!

Review: Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings


Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings
Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings by Deborah Hopkinson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Girl Wonder tells the story of one of the first women in baseball, Alta Weiss, Girl Wonder by Deborah Hopkins tell her story broken into 9 innings. From the beginnings getting boys to just play pick up games with her to breaking barriers into a semi pro team, Alta's story is very interesting. In the end she does not continue to play baseball because she is among the first women to become a doctor.
This is truly a great book to buy for little girls, to show that they can do anything the boys can do. This book is higly recommended for a baby shower gift for new little girls and should be on every little girls shelf. Little boys should also read and hear this one so they can understand that girls can do anything that they can. Highly recommended.



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Review: Sneezy Louise


Sneezy Louise
Sneezy Louise by Irene Breznak

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Sneezy Louise tells the story of a little girl who is having a rough day after waking with a cold. She sneezes several times causing chaos and someonoe to bark at her to cover her mouth and nose when she sneezes. Louise has had a rough day but her parents still tuck her in and tell her they love her.
This is a good book to borrow when the little one has a cold. It is a little repetititve but this is appropriate for this level book.



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Review: Shatterproof


Shatterproof
Shatterproof by Roland Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



The 39 Clues series build on one another. They should not be read out of order. This is not a series you can simply pick up book 4 and begin. The Cahills Vs. Vespers series is especially so. The six book arc form one story. In Shatterproof Dan and Amy are sent to steal a diamond but things go wrong. They must still figure out a new puzzle from the Vespers before the time runs out or a member of their family will die. With only two books left in the spinoff series, things are getting intense as Roland Smith adds to the character fatalities.



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Review: The Dead of Night


The Dead of Night
The Dead of Night by Peter Lerangis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



39 Clues Cahills vs Vespers Book 3: The Dead of Night

There are seven Cahills held captive by the Vespers. Dan and Amy are blackmailed into finding different items for the Vespers. They have a limited time to solve the puzzle and find the item or a Cahill will die. In book three the hunt takes a twist as the Vespers have kidnapped Atticus, Dan's Best friend to add an 8th hostage to their scheme. Continuing their world wide treck that will take them to back alleys of Prague and rock caves of Turkey, the Cahills must do everything they can to solve the puzzle and stop the Vespers. But Lerangis loves to add a twist and this book has one that will blow your mind.



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April 19, 2015

Next review

I finished The Dead of Night yesterday and will have that review up soon. 

Review: A King's Ransom


A King's Ransom
A King's Ransom by Jude Watson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



The 39 Clues books Cahills vs Vespers should really be reviewed in one chunk but since the story is serialized I will write a short review of book two here. Dan and Amy are being blackmailed by Vesper One. He has kidnapped 7 members of the Cahill family and is threatening to kill them if Amy and Dan do not deliver 6 important artifacts.
This time they are after a map that has not been seen in many years. Their journey will introduce two new characters Jake and Atticus who are going to play an important role as the Cahills try to stop Vesper One.
Jude Watson is a great writer and is great at expanding the world of 39 clues. A King's Ransom is no exception.
This book comes very close to a Buy recommendation except that it does not work as a stand alone and you have to buy the other 5 books at $13.00 each. The price tag is why I recommend that you borrow this series in bulk from the library.



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