Monthly Archives: March 2011

“A Lesson In Secrets” – Historical Fiction Has a Broader Perspective Than a Textbook

Book Review : A Lesson In Secrets, A Maisi Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear The Maisie Dobbs novels span from the end of WWI to the cusp of WWII in the most recent addition, A Lesson In Secrets. I have … Continue reading

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“Beyonders” – What Role Does Violence Play In Children’s Novels?

Book Review : Beyonders, A World Without Heros by Brandon Mull Jason is a normal teen worried about girls and his pitching speed in baseball. He loves his job at the zoo and it is there, much to his surprise, … Continue reading

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“Garlic and Sapphires” – A Book Good Enough to Eat

Book Review: Garlic and Sapphires, The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl After reading too many books with dragons, faires and mythical worlds it is very refreshing to read Ruth Reichl’s Garlic and Sapphires. We are … Continue reading

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“Matched” is another dystopian society, Is it a rip off of “The Hunger Games”?

Book Review: Matched by Ally Condie Cassia Reyes lives in a world of perfection. Everyone enjoys long lives, has the perfect job suited to them and the ideal mate, all of which is orchestrated by the Society. Cassia is excited … Continue reading

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“The Last Apprentice” – Even if a series is popular it doesn’t mean it’s good

Book Review : The Last Apprentice, Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son and appears to have no livelihood, but the Spook, Old Gregory, has agreed to take him on … Continue reading

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