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Book Review: The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Book Review: The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Title: The Yearling Author: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Publisher: Aladdin Paperback: 513 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Young Jody adopts an orphaned fawn he calls Flag and makes it a part of his family and his best friend. But life in the Florida backwoods is harsh, and so, as his family fights off wolves, bears, and even alligators, and faces failure in their tenuous subsistence farming, Jody must finally part with his dear animal friend. Buy from the Book Depository! Overall Rating:…

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Book Review: The Travelers – Book One by DJ MacHale and Carla Jablonski

Book Review: The Travelers – Book One by DJ MacHale and Carla Jablonski

Title: The Travelers Authors: DJ MacHale & Carla Jablonski Series: Pendragon Before the War, Book 1 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Hardcover: 240 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository Before Bobby Pendragon. Before Saint Dane. Before the war . . . Every territory of Halla has a Traveler. They lived for years—some even for decades—before learning of their true destiny. What was life like for Bobby Pendragon’s fellow Travelers before they joined him in the fight to save every…

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Book Review: Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins

Book Review: Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins

Title: Gregor and the Code of Claw Author: Suzanne Collins Series: Underland Chronicles, Book 5 Publisher: Scholastic Hardcover: 412 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository Everyone in the Underland has been taking great pains to keep the new prophecy, The Prophecy of Time, from Gregor. Gregor knew from the beginning that it must say something awful, but he never imagined just how awful: The prophecy calls for the warrior’s death. Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 This was a decent…

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Book Review: The Floating Island by Elizabeth Haydon

Book Review: The Floating Island by Elizabeth Haydon

Title: The Floating Island Author: Elizabeth Haydon Series: The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme, Book 1 Publisher: Starscape Paperback: 368 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Long ago, in the Second Age of history, a young Nain explorer by the name of Ven Polypheme traveled much of the known and unknown world, recording his adventures. Recently discovered by archaeologists, a few fragments of his original journals are reproduced in this book. Great care has been taken to reconstruct the parts of…

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Book Review: My Bridges of Hope by Livia Bitton-Jackson

Book Review: My Bridges of Hope by Livia Bitton-Jackson

Title: My Bridges of Hope Author: Livia Bitton-Jackson Publisher: Simon & Schuster Paperback: 378 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) In 1945, after surviving a harrowing year in Auschwitz, fourteen-year-old Elli returns, along with her mother and brother, to the family home, now part of Slovakia, where they try to find a way to rebuild their shattered lives. Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 I went into this book not really knowing what to expect — I’m not sure how it ended…

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Book Review: The Princess of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen

Book Review: The Princess of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Title: The Princess of Trelian Author: Michelle Knudsen Series: Trelian, Book 2 Publisher: Candlewick Hardcover: 448 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) The hundred-year war with Kragnir is over, and Meg will soon be named the princess-heir of Trelian. But her connection to her dragon, Jakl, is making her parents’ subjects uneasy. Will they ever accept this dragon princess as their future queen? It doesn’t help that Meg is suffering horrible nightmares and sudden, uncontrollable rages—and…

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Book Review: Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Book Review: Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Title: Hunter Author: Mercedes Lackey Series: Hunter, Book 1 Publisher: Disney Hyperion Hardcover: 374 pages Source: County of Los Angeles Public Library Overdrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares. Monsters. Long ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were ripped open, and it’s taken centuries to bring back civilization…

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Book Review: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

Book Review: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

Title: The Last Guardian Author: Eoin Colfer Series: Artemis Fowl, Book 8 Publisher: Disney Hyperion Hardcover: 328 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) It’s Armageddon Time for Artemis Fowl Opal Koboi, power-crazed pixie, is plotting to exterminate mankind and become fairy queen. If she succeeds, the spirits of long-dead fairy warriors will rise from the earth, inhabit the nearest available bodies and wreak mass destruction. But what happens if those nearest bodies include crows, or deer, or…

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Book Review: Summer of Lost and Found by Rebecca Behrens

Book Review: Summer of Lost and Found by Rebecca Behrens

  Title: Summer of Lost and Found Author: Rebecca Behrens Publisher: Aladdin/Simon & Schuster Hardcover: 288 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Nell Dare expected to spend her summer vacation hanging out with her friends in New York City. That is, until her botanist mom dragged her all the way to Roanoke Island for a research trip. To make matters worse, her father suddenly and mysteriously leaves town, leaving no explanation or clues as to where he went—or why. While Nell misses the city—and…

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Book Review: The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Book Review: The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

Title: The Dark Unwinding Author: Sharon Cameron Series: The Dark Unwinding, Book 1 Publisher: Scholastic Hardcover: 318 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) When Katharine Tulman’s inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village…

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