Monthly Archives: August 2015

Staff Review: These Shallow Graves

these shallow gravesThese Shallow Graves

Jennifer Donnelly

$19.99

Available October 27th, 2015

Delacorte Press

New York City in the 1800s was a completely different world. It was a time when woman didn’t have the same rights as men. A time when woman weren’t good for anything except getting married right after school and settling down, sitting pretty and doing as they were told — which meant not speaking out of term and staying home and behaving as a proper young woman of society should behave. A girl could never be forgiven for wishing to know things, which doesn’t stop Jo Montfort. Jo wants to know what really happened to her father, Charles Montfort, New York City’s wealthiest man and owner of a newspaper. He accidently shoots himself after cleaning a loaded gun, but Jo Montfort knows her father was way too smart to clean a loaded gun.

Jo is a true rebel at heart with much different dreams. Instead of getting married right after high school to a wealthy bachelor like a young woman is expected to do, she dreams of being a writer: specifically a newspaper reporter like the famous Nellie Bly. Nothing will stop Jo Montfort from finding out the real truth behind her father’s death. If it means breaking and entering into abandoned homes, digging up graves, or lying about where she has been, then so be it.

There’s nothing I like more than a determined, strong minded young rebel like Jo Montfort, breaking out of the very society that ties her down and contradicting and breaking all the rules to follow their dreams and get what they truly want. If you’re interested in mysteries that have you at the edge of your seat then These Shallow Graves written by Jennifer Donnelly is the book for you.

~Eryn, 16

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Customer Review: Kid Athletes: True Stories Of Childhood From Sports Legends

kid athletes  Kid Athletes

David Stabler and Doogie Horner

$13.95

Quirk Books

Available November 2015

Have you ever wondered how kids become award wining athletes? The book Kid Athletes: True Stories of Childhood from Sport’s Legends by David Stabler and Doogie Horner has the answer. This book is filled with exciting tales about stars of hockey, basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, horse racing, gymnastics, and soccer. Your favorite athletes are in this book.

My favorites  were Gabby Douglas, Yao Ming and Lionel Messi. Lionel Messi impressed me the most. He started walking at nine months . From the first second he was persistent . I was amazed that even when he broke his arm he didn’t scream or cry in pain. Her learned how to deal with pain.

Every sports legend was fearless but did not start that way. It was funny to read about the tough NFL quarterback Peyton Manning doing the tango. You will learn how these kids worked hard to accomplish their dreams. I really liked the book and enjoyed the funny illustrations.

~Rosella, Age 9

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Customer Review: Upside Down Magic

upside down magic

Upside Down Magic

Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Mvrace and Emily Jenkins

$14.99

Scholastic Press

Available September 2015

I loved the book “Upside Down Magic” by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins because everyone in the book had an unusual ability. They were a freezer, a kid that turns into a rock, a girl who makes a it rain, a guy who sees invisible sound waves, a girl who scares animals, a kid who is like a balloon, a girl who shrinks things, a little girl who turns not a beaver, not a kitten but bitten and many other combinations. Nory was sent away to live with her aunt. Go to a different school and leave her friends behind.

Nory was different, not able to do regular school assignments. At first Nory was unhappy but she soon realized it was okay to be different at her new school.

I liked the character Bax, a fluxor at Nory’s new school who could turn into objects instead of animals. In the story Bax turned into a rope to help Nory with a problem.

I cant wait for the second book, to find out what happens to Nory.

~ Rosella, age 9

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