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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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January 11, 2015

Review: The Infinite Sea


The Infinite Sea
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey was pure awesome. It had excitement romance, everything that makes a good story was in that book. The Infinite Sea was good. It was not a bad book but it does fall into the second book syndrome. Writing a sequel to a very popular and successful book is very hard. Reading and judging the second volume in a series is difficult too. The story is to be told in three parts and this is only the second act.
The story continues right from where The 5th Wave leaves off. Cassie is with a small group of survivors of the first four waves, anticipating what the 5th wave might bring.
With enemies lurking and the situation being dire. The survivors do not know who to trust because the aliens can inhabit human bodies. This means you don't know who the enemy is. The best part of this book is the best part of all second volumes in trilogies, they all seem to have explosive endings that will have a great impact on the end of the story.
Ultimately, although this book did not live up to my expectations, I am still excited for the third volume.



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Review: Off We Go!


Off We Go!
Off We Go! by Will Hillenbrand

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Off we Go
A Bear and Mole Story
Will Hillenbrand
Holiday House New York

Will Hillenbrand presents a story in the tradition of Little Engine that Could.
Mole wants to ride his bike without training wheels. He tries and tries but after a few unsuccessful attempts he is ready to give up. He is very lucky to have a good friend in Bear for Bear encourages him to keep trying. With this little bit of encouragement he is able to ride his bike to stoytime.
Off we Go makes a good addition to children's collection. This is a title that families may want to borrow multiple times from the liblrary.



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Review: Bits & Pieces


Bits & Pieces
Bits & Pieces by Judy Schachner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Bits and Pieces
Judy Schacher
Dial 2013
New York
Bits and Pieces is a cute book about an odd cat.Judy Schacher, Author of Skippyjon Jones has created another character that is sure to appeal to many children beyond those that are already fans of Schacher.
Tink is a very strange cat that was raised by a grannyman. They say his brain is the size of a pea. He gets into all kinds of mischief. His family is concerned that he is lonely when they have to go away so they get him a friend. Tink becomes a sort of mother brother and finds his place in the world.
The illustrations add the perfect amount of humor to this story about finding where you belong. This is a must borrow from the library.



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December 27, 2014

Review: Dog Days of School


Dog Days of School
Dog Days of School by Kelly DiPucchio

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



Dog Days of School
Kelly Dipucchio
Disney Hyperion
2014

Dog Days of School is a freaky fridayish boy and dog story. A boy and his dog switch places and learn to appreciate what they have in their lives. With simple text, this book is good for early readers. Brian Biggs illustrations are appealing and add humor to the story. There is nothing to really distinguish this from other similar books. This book is a good book for parents to borrow from the library to enjoy with their children.



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Review: Story County: Here We Come!


Story County: Here We Come!
Story County: Here We Come! by Derek Anderson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Story County Here We Come by Derek Anderson tells the story of 5 friends builing a farm. The book is brightly illustrated with simple text on each page. While this book makes a good chioice for early readers there is nothing to make this book unique and distinguish it from other farm picture books. This book makes a good addition to a children's collection but not a must have. Parents will definitely want to simply borrow this title from the library.



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December 24, 2014

Review: Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town


Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town by J. Fred Coots

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
J. Fred Coots & Haven Gillespie
illustrated by Steven Kellog
Harper Collins
2004
Holiday, Sing Song Books, Great Kids Picture Books

The classic lyrics from "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" is republished in this picture book illustrated by Stephen Kellog. This is a brightly illustrated picture book that would make a great choice for holiday story times complemented by the 1934 song. Steven Kellog is an excellent illustrator and the illustrations breathe new life into the 80 year old song. This book is highly recommended to add to holiday collections for children.



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