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Title: Savvy Girl
Author: Lynn Messina
Pages: 264 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-0-15-206161-6

  Savvy Girl by Lynn Messina tells the story of 17-year-old, Chrissy Gibbons.  Chrissy has obtained her dream job, an internship at the hottest magazine, Savvy.  On her first day, it is announced that Savvy will be adding a new column to their magazine, Savvy Girl.  One of the lucky 4 interns will be asked to write the column, all they have to do is write a sample article for the column.  When Chrissy is befriended by the fashion editor, Jessica, she is taken to all of the best parties, and gets to meet tons of famous people.  She soon gets wrapped up in the glamorous life, and procastinates about her Savvy Girl article.  Among all the parties (and even a couple of boys), she also starts to neglect her best friend, Lily, whose parents are getting a divorce.  This book is fast-paced, and filled with wonderful characters.

  This was a wonderful book, I really enjoyed it!  It was fun, and each character had a flaw, which made them more real.  You can easily relate to the characters, they don’t have superpowers or anything.  It teaches you the lesson of friendship, and how wonderful friends can be.

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Title: Kisses and Lies
Author: Lauren Henderson
Pages: 320 (hardcover)
ISBN: 978-0-385-73489-9

  Kisses and Lies by Lauren Henderson is the sequel to Kiss Me Kill Me.  In Kiss Me Kill Me, the talented gymnast and sleuth, Scarlett Wakefield, kissed Dan McAndrew at a party.  Doesn’t sound like a big deal, right?  Well think again.  Right after Scarlett kissed Dan he dropped dead in her arms.  Everybody thinks that Scarlett somehow killed him.  This is where Kisses and Lies picks up.  Scarlett is not convinced that she was the cause of Dan’s death.  She senses there was some foul play involved.  So together with her friend Taylor McGovern, she tries to figure out the puzzling enigma.  Scarlett goes to stay the weekend with Dan’s parents, hoping to find some clues.  There are many possible suspects, each with a different motive.  Scarlett endures many dangerous encounters with people, but will she solve the mystery?

  I really enjoyed this book.  It kept me guessing until the very end.  Though I had my suspicions about who the culprit could have been, it also could have been other people, so I had to keep second-guessing myself.  That is one of the points I look for in mystery books to determine whether or not I think it is good.  There was a lot of drama in this book, but the author didn’t over do it, which was good.  This book is set in England, so I also really enjoyed the English sayings that the characters would use.  I also fell in love with the cover the minute I saw it.  I don’t know what it is about the cover, but I think it’s amazing.  It depicts the story well too.  Overall, I found this to be a pretty good book that I would probably recommend to a friend.

Title: The Bomb that Followed me Home
Author: Cevin Soling
Pages: 37 (hardcover)
ISBN: 978-0-9767771-2-0
Website: http://www. rumpleville.com

The Bomb that Followed me Home  The Bomb that Followed me Home by Cevin Soling is the story of a young boy who finds a bomb following him home.  He names the bomb Rusty and begs his mother to let him keep it.  Mother tells him about the responsabilites of keeping a bomb.  Rusty must be polished, be guarded over every night, and have its fuse changed every day.  The boy promises that he will take good care of it, but mother makes him wait until his father comes home.  It seems like an eternity before he finally comes home from work, but when he does, he sternly refuses the boy’s plea to keep the bomb.  The father calls everyone, the Department of Defense, the National Guard, and even the Weathermen, trying to find the owner of the lost bomb.  Without success, they give the bomb to their grouchy neighbors.  What will happen now that the neighbors own the bomb?

  I wasn’t too entirely impressed with this book.  I found it a little confusing.  It’s filled with big words that younger ones may not be able to understand.  Although I do like that the author is trying to put a different spin on the classic tale (of a dog following a boy home), I don’t think that it was done the best that it could have been.  Though if you are looking for a book with some humor in it, you may want to check this book out.

Title: Baron Thinks Dogs are People too!
Author: Laurie Dean
Pages: 24 (hardcover)
ISBN: 978-1-60131-035-4
Website: www.baronthinks.com

  Baron Thinks Dogs are People tooby Laurie Dean is a children’s book about a lovable dog named Baron.  More than anything, Baron wants a best friend.  While he is trying to get the attention of his family, Baron misbehaves, causing his family to send him to obedience school.  “Doggie” school is hard for Baron.  They teach him to sit, heel, and stand.  When the father announces to his family that he must go away for awhile with the Air Force, Baron decides to put the good behavior he has learned into action.  While the father is gone, Baron sits quietly in the car, and heels next to mother on their walk.  A snow storm soon comes and lets the children out of school.  Billy pulls girls around on the sled, but they soon go inside and leave Billy out all alone.  Baron knows what he must do, he runs over to Billy and pulls him on the sled.  Baron has now found his best friend, Billy.

  I found this to be a great children’s book.  The pages are covered with bright illustrations.  It is very easy to understand, the little ones will be able to keep up.  This book can also teach them the power of friendship, and the importance of obedience.  Great for curling up on a rainy day with your special kiddo, or a bedtime read!

Title: Paper Hearts
Author: Debrah Williamson
Pages:333 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-0-451-22142-1

Paper Hearts  Paper Hearts by Deborah Williamson tells the story of a 15-year-old runaway.  Chancy Deel has had a rough life and wants things to get better.  Her mother never wanted her around, and there were always strange men hanging around.  Chancy never knew who her actual father was.  Chancy’s mother, B.J., has drug and alcohol problems.  B.J.’s mother sold her at a truck stop when she was young to get money for drugs.  B.J. now feels the need to take her abandonment issues out on Chancy.  She beats her, deprives her of needed things, and abuses her verbally and emotionally.  The men that B.J. brings around also abuse Chancy.  Social workers have taken Chancy away from her mother several times, but they always give her back.  This time though, while Chancy is staying in a group home, she decides to not take the chance of being given back to her mother.  She runs away and hitches rides with people, finally ending up in the tiny town of Wenonah, Oklahoma.  While in Wenonah she meets an elderly man who needs her as much as she needs him.  The two bond, and Chancy starts to learn that not everybody in the world bad.  With time, she learns trust, forgiveness, and the meaning of love.

  I fell in love with this book from the very beginning.  Deborah Williamson has created wonderful, flawed, real-life characters.  She takes you on a journey that will make you laugh and cry and wish that it didn’t have to end.  While I was reading this book I found myself not wanting to put it down, but at the same time I found myself reading it very slowly, because I did not want it to end.  Chancy is such a lovable character, you want to enter the story and help her.  I think that everybody should take the time to sit down and read this book.  It teaches you about the power of love and friendship.

Author: Dorothy Hearst

Review:

Promise of the Wolves
by Dororthy Hearst is mainly about a young wolf named Kaala and her struggle at becoming pack.  The rest of her littermates are killed and she is left alone to convince the wolf leader Ruuqo that she is worthy to be a part of his pack.

I didn’t really like Promise of the Wolves.  I felt that it moved to slowly and that I had read it all before.  Something I did like about it was all of the wolves had a different personality that you could instantly recognize.  All the author had to do was describe the wolf, and you would know which one she was talking about.

  Ok, so I know it has been forever since I’ve been on here and I apolagize for that.  With the holidays, English papers, the flu, etc. things have been a little crazy, but I’m coming back (oficially) with a bang!  There shouldn’t be anymore prolonged abscences from me (at least I hope not, sometimes things are out of your control).  So without further ado, I present to you, reviews!

  Author: Claudia Chandler (http://claudiascustomcreations.com/)

Review:

  Ralphina, the Roly-Poly by Claudia Chandler is a wonderful children’s book.  Children will learn many facts about Roly-Polies as they read this book.  Children will also learn about the power of friendship.  Claudia Chandler, as well as being the author, is also the illustrator of this book.  She has filled this book with wonderful, colorful pictures that will catch the eyes of little ones everywhere.  This book should be available for all pre-schoolers and early readers to enjoy.

Author:  J Lou McCartney

Review:

  De Marco Empire by J Lou McCartney, set in London, England, is a book filled with drama, love, malice, corrumption, and many other exciting things.  Katie Saunders and Lucy Carmichael get jobs at the hottest new club, Club La Pregheira.  Little do they know that working at there will change their lives.  The owners of the club, the de Marco brothers, live a life of crime, and soon, Katie and Lucy are entangled in their events.
  I found this book exciting, but not really very appropriate for me.  There was some language and some suggestive content that I did not feel entirely comfortable with reading.  Other than that, I found this to be a good book and I wish this author all the best!

 

Author:  Tim ‘Dr. Hope’ Anders (www.thestrengthofasparrow.com)


Review:

  The Strength of a Sparrow by Tim ‘Dr. Hope’ Anders is based on the true story of his mother and father.  Bouvette Sherwood, a successful producer and actress of New York Broadway, meets Hughie Hewitt, a Catholic priest.  The two soon fall madly in love.  There is just one problem though, Hughie, due to him being a Catholic priest, is unable to marry and start a family.  Will Huighie and Bouvette be able to work things out?
  This is a wonderful book.  I enjoyed it immensly.  The true story of the author’s parents pulls you in and makes you wonder what will happen next.  This book is inspiring, it sends the message that you should never give up on what you want the most.  Included in the back of this book are pictures of his mother and father.  The pictures really help you connect with the story.

 

  I have two reviews for you!  Yes, two!  Since I’ve been so busy and haven’t had time to get on and post reviews for you guys, I though I owed y’all more than just one, and I only have time for two, but I promise to try and get on again tomorrow and post two more!  So here we go, I hope you enjoy them!

CAUTION: ONE OF MORE OF THESE REVIEWS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!

Reforming the Potter’s Clay review

 

Once again it’s another book about the common discussion in many households across America, should we allow our children to read Harry Potter or should we keep it away from them?  In Reforming the Potter’s Clay by Donald James Parker, the Morales family is divided.  There are two positive votes for Harry Potter and one against it.  Much to EJ and Pedro’s, the two kids of the family, dismay, only Sal’s, the father, vote counts.  Sal is afraid that Harry Potter will teach his two children bad things.  What will the Morales family decide?  You’ll have to read the book for yourself!
  I never really got into this book.  The Morales family decides that Harry Potter is bad.  I really enjoy the Harry Potter books, and as a reader, it’s frusturating to me to see all the books that only mention the bad about Harry Potter.  I find nothing wrong with the Harry Potter books, but sorry, this isn’t about me and my rant on that.  If your divided about the Harry Potter books, then you  may want to read this book, but just remember, you may want to inform yourself about the GOOD points in Harry Potter, before you make a definate decision!

The Bulldog Compact review

  In Madison, South Dakota, the Bulldogs always produce a losing basketball team.  Bambi decides that he is going to change that.  He puts together a contract which he names, The Bulldog Contract.  Bambi gives this contract to everybody on the 8th grade basketball team and encourages everybody to sign it.  ONce they sign it though, they have to commit to conditioning themselves for their highschool years so that they can win the State Championship!  This book is full of hard work, determination, and great spirit!  The Bulldog Compact by Donald James Parker is a good book for everyone!
  This book is well written and it gives great examples of hard work, determination, and great spirit, something we all need more of!  Whether you need more confidence, or your just looking for a good read, this is the book for you!

 

To learn more about Donald James Parker and his books visit his website at www.DonaldJamesParker.com!

Author: Joshua Doder

Review:

Tim and his dog Grk leave their home in London, England to go on a holiday in New York City with his friends Natascha and Max.  They visit the Empire State Building, ride the Staten Island Ferry, and view the Golden Dachshund statue at the National Museum.  Then, the billion-dollar statue disappears, and the police need help.  Max goes down to the station to tell the police everything he knows, but Tim soon discovers that Max is giving the police false information.  Tim decides that it’s up to him to find the criminal, problem is, the only clue they have is a trail of hot dogs.

I found Grk and the Hot Dog Trail very amusing.  Even though it’s a book meant for little kids, I greatly enjoyed it.  Joushua Doder is coming out with another Grk book in January 2009, Grk: Operation Tortoise.  I hope I have the chance to read it.

Overall I would give it 5 stars.

Author: Alan Armstrong

Review:

Raleigh’s Page
by Alan Armstrong is about young, 11-year-old, Andrew Saintleger.  All Andrew wants to do is go to American where there are no landlords, no taxes, and where there will be a place for Catholics like his friend Rebecca.  When Andrew turns 12 he is taken to live in the Queen’s court to be a page to Mr. Raleigh.  Andrew learns lots of new things and goes on many exciting adventures.  When Andrew has been with Mr. Raleigh for awhile, Mr. Raleigh gives Andrew exciting news, Andrew gets to go to America!  While in America, Andrew sees lots of new things, meets a lot of Indians, and even gets a dog which he names Salt.

 I wasn’t too impressed with Raleigh’s Page.  It didn’t seem to flow together the way I like books to go.  It seemed like there were chapters missing in some parts, it didn’t really make a whole lot of sense.  I’m not planning on reading this book again, and I definitely wouldn’t recommend it to a friend.

Overall I would give it 1 star.