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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Bookworm Buzz Special Edition


Liv has been reading quite a few books so far this summer.  These books will appeal to my high school friends. Check out a few of her reviews below.
The Heretic QueenThe Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Heretic Queen was the second of Michelle Moran's books I read recently. It was different that Cleopatra's Daughter in the sense that it was definitely for a more mature audience. However, Moran threw in several plot twists that kept me turning pages. I can't wait for Michelle Moran's next book to come out in August!


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
On the ride down to Jersey, I read Smart Girls Get What They Want. The best part of this book was the ending, because it had my favorite kind of ending, which was similar to the ending of Cleopatra's Daughter. I found that the characters were somewhat relatable, and so I really enjoyed reading about their adventures. This book stayed with me for a few days, as I kept re-reading the ending. 



A Midsummer Tights Dream (Misadventures of Tallulah Casey, #2)A Midsummer Tights Dream by Louise Rennison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An intriguing sequel to Withering Tights, A Midsummer Tights Dream kept me turning pages. I re read Withering Tights before starting A Midsummer Tights Dream so that I would be familiar with the characters and the plot.  I really enjoy the recurring theme of tights in the titles.  My high school is very different from Tallulah's, it's more traditional, so I enjoy reading about life at other schools.  I can't wait to see what happens to Tallulah in Ms. Rennison's next book!


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Monday, July 16, 2012

Bookworm Buzz


Between the LinesBetween the Lines by Jodi Picoult
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting read by popular author Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha Van Leer.  This book will appeal to readers who like stories told from different perspectives and that have a happy ending.  True to form there is a twist at the end, which I didn't see coming, much like many of Picoult's other books.  A great introduction to Jodi Picoult if you have never read any of her books and are looking to give one a shot.


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Friday, July 13, 2012

At the Core

Click here for a great article about Yoga and Autism by Shakta Khalsa, founder of Radiant Child Yoga.  Yoga can be so beneficial for all children, but especially for children with Autism or for those who are on the spectrum.  Enjoy!

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Babymouse for President (Babymouse #16)Babymouse for President by Jennifer L. Holm
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another great addition to the Babymouse collection.  This book is just right for 4th graders and will appeal to anyone who loves Babymouse or is interested in running for JFK Student Council.  Babymouse learns some lessons about running for office and making promises to her classmates that many of you will be able to connect with personally.  The results of the election are pretty interesting and definitely similar to elections held at JFK.  Give it a try, I think you will like it!


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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Juicy Nibble

Here is an interview that I did with Shakta Khalsa at Kripalu on School Yoga.  Enjoy!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Bookworm Buzz

Hey everybody, the new Babymouse came out yesterday!  I can't wait to read it.  Check it out!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Bookworm Buzz


Belly UpBelly Up by Stuart Gibbs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you love animals, zoos and mysteries, Belly Up is just the book for you!  I REALLY enjoyed this book and I am NOT an animal lover.  This book has been sitting on my to read shelf for a few months and I just didn't pick it up.  What was I waiting for?  Belly Up would be a bit of a challenge for fall 4th graders, but just right for spring 4th graders and my middle school friends. However, it would be a great read aloud for younger audiences as well.  My niece, who is going into 1st grade, LOVED listening to me "book talk," this story and will be getting my sister to read it to her. I enjoyed the way Stuart Gibbs started right off with action and suspense and managed to weave these two elements into the entire story right until the end.  I also enjoyed all of the factual information about animals, especially Hippos, that was woven into the story. Well done Mr. Gibbs, you just may make an animal lover out of me yet!


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