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Picture Book Review: Noah Webster’s Fighting Words

Picture Book Review: Noah Webster’s Fighting Words

Title: Noah Webster’s Fighting Words Author: Tracy Nelson Maurer Illustrator: Mircea Catusanu Publisher: Millbrook Press Hardcover: 40 pages Source: County of Los Angeles OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository Noah Webster – famous for writing the first dictionary of the English language as spoken in the United States – was known in his day for his bold ideas and strong opinions about, well, everything. Spelling. Politics. Laws. You name it, he had something to say about it. He even commented on…

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Audiobook Review: The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse

Audiobook Review: The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse

Title: The Music of Dolphins Author: Karen Hesse Narrator: Michele McHall Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Duration: 2 hours, 49 minutes Source: County of Los Angeles Overdrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) At the age of four, Mila fell rom a refugee craft and was lost in the ocean between Cuba and Florida. Until her rescue eight years later, she lived as a wild child of the sea. As Mila now learns to communicate and deal with the complexities of human feelings, she develops an understanding…

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Book Review: The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Book Review: The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Title: The Headless Cupid Author: Zilpha Keatley Snyder Series: Stanley Family, Book 1 Publisher: Yearling Paperback: 224 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository When the four Stanley children meet Amanda, their new stepsister, they’re amazed to learn she studies witchcraft. When she shares her secrets, strange things start happening in their old house. They suspect Amanda until they learn the house was long ago haunted by a ghost that cut off the head of a wooden cupid on…

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Book Review – Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl

Book Review – Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl

Title: Boy: Tales of Childhood Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake Series: Roald Dahl’s Autobiography, Book 1 Publisher: Puffin Books Paperback: 176 pages Source: Own Summary: (taken from Goodreads) In Boy, Roald Dahl recounts his days as a child growing up in England. From his years as a prankster at boarding school to his envious position as a chocolate tester for Cadbury’s, Roald Dahl’s boyhood was as full of excitement and the unexpected as are his world-famous, best-selling books. Packed with anecdotes — some funny,…

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Book Review: The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo by Judy Blume

Book Review: The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo by Judy Blume

Title: The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo Author: Judy Blume Illustrator: Amy Aitken Publisher: Yearling Paperback: 48 pages Source: Chicago Overdrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Second grader Freddy Dissel has that left-out kind of feeling. Life seems lonely when you’re the middle kid in the family. Freddy feels like “the peanut butter part of a sandwich,” squeezed between an older brother and little sister. But now for the first time it’s Freddy’s chance to show everyone, including himself, just how special he…

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Book Review: Will’s Words by Jane Sutcliffe

Book Review: Will’s Words by Jane Sutcliffe

Title: Will’s Words Author: Jane Sutcliffe Illustrator: John Shelley Publisher: Charlesbridge Hardcover: 40 pages Source: BEA 2016 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository When Jane Sutcliffe sets out to write a book about William Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre, in her own words, she runs into a problem: Will’s words keep popping up all over the place! What’s an author to do? After all, Will is responsible for such familiar phrases as “what’s done is done” and “too much of a…

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Book Review: P is for Pirate – A Pirate Alphabet by Eve Bunting

Book Review: P is for Pirate – A Pirate Alphabet by Eve Bunting

Title: P is for Pirate: A Pirate Alphabet Author: Eve Bunting Illustrator: John Manders Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press Hardcover: 40 pages Source: Chicago Overdrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) The word pirate means one who plunders on the sea, and piracy has been around for as long as men and women have longed for adventure and lusted for riches. But it wasn’t all fun and pillaging! Being a pirate was not an easy life. Written by award-winning author Eve Bunting, poetry and expository text are used…

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Book Review: Baby-Sitting is a Dangerous Job by Willo Davis Roberts

Book Review: Baby-Sitting is a Dangerous Job by Willo Davis Roberts

Title: Baby-Sitting is a Dangerous Job Author: Willo Davis Roberts Publisher: Aladdin Paperback: 161 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) From the moment she set eyes on the three Foster kids, Darcy knew being their baby-sitter would be no picnic. But the pay was twice her usual rate, and the job was only for a few hours a day – surely an experienced baby-sitter like her could handle it. But Darcy hadn’t counted on the mysterious things that started happening at the…

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Book Review: A Spy Called James by Anne F. Rockwell

Book Review: A Spy Called James by Anne F. Rockwell

Title: A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent Author: Anne F. Rockwell Illustrator: Floyd Cooper Publisher: Carolrhoda Books Hardcover: 32 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Told for the first time in picture book form is the true story of James Armistead Lafayette, a slave who spied for George Washington’s army during the American Revolution, and whose personal fight for freedom began with America’s liberation. * I received a free copy of…

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Audiobook Review: Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

Audiobook Review: Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

Title: Anne of Green Gables Author: LM Montgomery Narrator: Colleen Winton Series: Anne of Green Gables, Book 1 Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press Duration: 10 hours, 8 minutes Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Anne, a young orphan from the fictional community of Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia, is sent to Prince Edward Island after a childhood spent in strangers’ homes and orphanages. Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, siblings in their fifties and sixties, had decided to adopt a boy from the orphanage to help Matthew…

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