I thought it was pretty good, but nothing special. It's a neat, though
not really unique, world where dragons transform into human form and
live in a tense alliance with humans. There's all sorts of heavy handed
shades of prejudice, fear, and related racial issues. There was a prior
war. There is an impending war.
See? None of that is very unique or amazing, so I definitely am not in
the camp that hails the world building as something uniquely special.
With the Irish famine wiping the landscape, Molly and Kip are forced to
travel to England to find whatever work they can. They are hired as
servants in a creepy, crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what
it seems to be and the locals avoid at all costs. Soon the children are
confronted by a mysterious, dark specter and an ancient curse that
threatens the lives of everyone in the house.
Read more about THE NIGHT GARDENER at Literary Hoots, HERE:
have spent the last ten hours at a baseball field about an hour from
our house watching our grandson play hard and have a lot of fun with a
team other than his regular team that asked him to help them out this
weekend. Today they played three games and we were there for all of them
and all the time in between. My brain is fried. I'd love to write some
brilliant new thing for you, but I'll be lucky if I can cut and paste
correctly, but I'll try. Here is the review I wrote for San Francisco Book Review for Hero by Sarah Lean. I like her books and reviewed A Hundred Horses just about a year ago. If you missed it, click HERE to read that review. Here is my review for Hero.
I’ve fallen in love with the covers of the Dinosaur Cove
series. Aren’t they just too cute?There are 26 books in all. In
addition to the great pictures on the covers, there are line drawings
that are exuberant and full of detail on about 75% of the pages. Attack of the Tyrannosauraus (Dinosaur Cove No. 1) (by
Rex Stone, 2008, 68 pages) and many others in the series are out of
print, but used copies are readily available. Alas, the covers of the
more recently written ones partly follow the trend of
title-words-as-image and are not quite as cute.
Read more about DINOSAUR COVE at Time Travel Times Two, HERE:
Nothing but the Truth by Avi follows the unfolding events
after a teacher has a boy suspended for humming along with the Star
Spangled Banner every morning in homeroom. Through "documentary
evidence", namely transcripts, letters and interviews, Avi presents the
points of view of the different involved characters: the 9th grader, the
English teacher, the Principal, and so forth.
My mother in law worked for twenty years as a high school math
teacher. She describes teenagers as elementary school children in adult
bodies. Clearly that's the case here with Philip Malloy. Being
transferred from a rather liberal homeroom where the request for quiet
isn't enforced, to a very strict room where I suspect an accidentally
dropped pencil during the music would be cause of a trip to the office,
is a rather disconcerting proposition for a teenager or for anyone.
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Cecil is a toad who lives in a pond at the edge of town with his friends
Sprout (a frog), Jeremy (a worm), Rayray (a lizard) and Reggie (a fly
with a five day life span). After visiting Jeff the free-range hamster
in his luxurious treehouse and getting picked up by a hawk, Cecil sees
that there is a freeway coming right towards his habitat. Gathering his
friends (including Jeff with his spiffy radio controlled car), Cecil
tries to stop the construction in various ways, all of which prove
unsuccessful. In the end, the group is saved when one of them turns out
to be an endangered species.