Kids Book Reviews ~ Library Haul #2

Throughout this summer, Sophiapea and I are participating in our library’s summer reading program.  That doesn’t really change anything about our reading habits, except that there are incentive prizes, and who doesn’t like incentive prizes?  Anyways, since we’re reading so much now anyways, I thought it was high time that I introduce a weekly post…

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This Moment

This moment.  This bleary-eyed, early morning moment, is only here once. It’s easy to forget, and settle into a routine of wishing.  Sometimes I wish the baby would sleep through the night.   I really wish Sophiapea would get through her latest ‘difficult toddler’ phase. Somehow I wish there was both more and less time in the day.…

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BOOK REVIEW: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Book: The Maze Runner by James Dashner Genre: YA, Dystopian Description (from goodreads) “If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.”  When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers–boys whose memories are also gone. Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a…

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KIDS BOOK REVIEW: Oh No, Gotta Go! By Susan Middleton Elya

Book: Oh No, Gotta Go! by Susan Middleton Elya Genre: Children’s, Bilingual   Oh No, Gotta Go! Is the hilarious and entirely believable tale of a car ride and a child who realizes, shortly after the departure, that she has to go.  Parents everywhere understand the fear that arises when this phrase pops up during a…

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BOOK REVIEW: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Book: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins Genre: Fantasy, YA, Popular Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch.  It’s gotten her into a few scrapes.  Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father–an elusive European warlock–only when necessary.  But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for…

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BOOK REVIEW: Letters From Skye by Jessica Brockmole

Book: Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole   Genre: Historical, literary   In early 1912, a fan from Illinois writes a letter to the little known poet, Elspeth Dunn, who has never left the tiny island of Skye.  They begin a correspondence that spans several years, and  ultimately leads to their falling in love in…

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BOOK REVIEW: Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

Book: Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini Genre: Historical Fiction   Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker chronicles the friendship that sprung up between Mary Todd Lincoln and her dressmaker, Elizabeth Keckley–a free black woman–during the Lincolns stay in the White House.  A skilled seamstress,  Elizabeth Keckley built a business for herself, fashioning gowns for the elite ladies…

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