Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Time Travel Times Two Reviews TREASURE CHEST

When President Garfield was shot by a madman in 1881, the doctors called Alexander Graham Bell. They asked him if he could use his scientific knowledge to hurriedly build a metal detector so they could find the bullet lodged in Garfield’s body, so they would not have to do major exploratory surgery. Bell immediately set to work, and succeeded in making the device.
Unfortunately, when he tried it on Garfield, it didn’t work. It may have failed because there was a mattress made of metal underneath the cloth one, that might/may have created too much interference for the machine. Sadly, many of Bell’s scientific contemporaries  heard of his failure and laughed at him. I learned of this event by reading the endnotes of the time travel story, Master of Sound.

Read the complete review at TIME TRAVEL TIMES TWO.

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Monday, April 27, 2015


I dare you to read this book and not laugh. I don't remember ever being in my work break room giggling so much. 

This book is filled with ads from the 1800s that Stanley uses to help document his journey. Stanley's original and hilarious voice will stick with you as you cheer him on in his quest to become a man and find his father. 

One thing I liked about this book is how it addressed gender roles. Stan believes that in order to become a man, he must do manly things. Unfortunately, these aren't always good things. His cousin, Geri, who is aspiring to be a woman doctor, tries to set him straight as they battle out to become their own person. 

Read the complete review on TWEEN YOU & ME.

Friday, April 24, 2015


Matt Nadel, age 16, is’s youngest baseball history Pro Blogger. He was appointed a Pro Blogger in 2012 by MLB’s official historian, John Thorn. Matt blogs mainly about baseball history and his favorite era is the 40s and 50s.  His favorite team today is the Yankees.  Matt started blogging about baseball history back in April 2012, because he was finding that many of his friends knew very little about it, and he thought that a blog would be a fun way to teach kids and even some adults about it. He knows a lot about baseball history including every World Series winner (going back to 1903) by heart.

Matt’s has written almost 350 posts, in addition to a book, Amazing Aaron to Zero Zippers: An Introduction To Baseball History. He has appeared in TV and in many newspapers. He hopes to one day be a baseball historian, journalist and broadcaster.

Read the interview and book review at THE KID REVIEWS BOOKS


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mundie Kids Posts an Excerpt of Holly Black & Cassandra Clare's THE COPPER GAUNTLET

Hey miz Clare!!!! I love your books! Seriously, they mean a lot to me. So…I was wondering Since you put out quite a few dark artifices snippets maybe you could put out some copper gauntlet ones??? Maybe. You know if you had some lying around and Miz black doesn’t mind. Just a thought Have a lovely afternoon! Your books are my moon and stars — venus-backpack
Miz Black doesn’t mind! From The Copper Gauntlet:
Call’s head hurt.
"I don’t want anything bad to happen to Aaron," Call said. That was the one thing he was sure about. "I never did."
Aaron looked miserable. “Well, we’re not going to get anywhere tonight,” he said. “It’s late and we’re all tired. Maybe if we sleep for a couple of hours, we can figure something out in the morning.”
Read the entire excerpt at MUNDIE KIDS

Monday, April 20, 2015


The Tapper Twins Go to War (with each other) was my first experience of Geoff Rodkey's writing. Supposedly he's written for Disney and a couple of other things...I just have never watched any of those things, so, his writing was a new experience for me. I'll say this, it was funny and impossible to put down.

It has been quite some time, or at least it feels that way, since I last devoured a book as fast when I read The Tapper Twins Go to War (with Each Other). As one with three sisters, I seem to find myself drawn to books with siblings even the ones where they go to war with each other. Claudia and Reese, are a riot in this book. I spent my time flipping between laughing out loud and wondering how the got away with half the things they did. Ah, some good times reading this one.

Read the complete review on THE HAUNTING OF ORCHID FORSYTHIA.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Heise Recommends THE BREAKOUT

There is something about this book that struck a chord with me as a middle school teacher. Anthony reminded me of students I have currently and had in the past who feel misunderstood by their teachers...and seeing events from his perspective makes me want to do better by them. For this reason, I think Breakout is a book that teachers should read (especially Emerson's author's note about the inspiration for this character).

Breakout will appeal to the boys in my classroom, but also some of the girls who want to get into the head of the boys and figure out what they're really thinking. But the best audience for this book will be the musicians or kids who feel misunderstood. They will relate to the main character and root for him as they go along on this twelve day journey with Anthony, to Arts Night when his band will play for the school, to figure out how to stand up for what he believes and be true to himself.

Read the complete review on HEISE READS & RECOMMENDS

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Library Mama Reviews ENCHANTMENT LAKE

Enchantment Lake by Margi Preus. University of Minnesota Press, April 2015.
Teen TV detective Francie is in New York, about to audition for a new part, when she gets a crackly but urgent phone call from her (Great) Aunt Astrid.  It sounds like someone is trying to murder Aunts Astrid and Jeannette.  When neither police nor the grandfather with whom Francie lives takes her seriously, Francie ditches the audition and gets on first a plane and then a bus to get out to the tiny Minnesota town on Walpurgis Lake where they live.

Read the entire review at A LIBRARY MAMA.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Becky's Book Review Reminices about Ramona

Ramona the Brave. Beverly Cleary. 1975. HarperCollins. 208 pages. [Source: Library]

Ramona the Brave is the third book in the series. I love it. It has some GREAT moments.

"Trouble in the Park" Ramona can't understand why Beezus is angry with HER for standing up to the big, bad bullies at the park who were teasing her (Beezus). Ramona thought that she was loving her sister by speaking up, but, Beezus is too angry to explain. Readers also learn that Ramona and Howie LOVE to play BRICK FACTORY.

Read the complete post on BECKY'S BOOK REVIEW.