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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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We're Going on a Bear Hunt (Walker story board books) Review



This is a song that has held a special place in my heart via summer camp and school days alike. Michael Rosen has taken the song, presented it in a thoroughly classic version that proves very charming. The story is steadily paced, bit by page, bit by page, to create a true storybook rather than just a song. Here comes our family, determined to find a bear despite the many challenges along the way. And when they find the bear... well, that's when the true fun begins, and the pacing and organization is marvelous. To top it off is Helen Oxbury's incredible artwork that lends such wonder, sweetness, and humor to this story. Definitely a keeper.




We're Going on a Bear Hunt (Walker story board books) Overview


Imagine the fun of going on a bear hunt-through tall, wavy grass (SWISHY SWISHY!); swampy mud (SQUELCH SQUELCH!); and a swirling whirling snowstorm (HOOOO WOOOO!) - only to find a "real" bear waiting at the end of the trail!


We're Going on a Bear Hunt (Walker story board books) Specifications


"We're going on a bear hunt. / We're going to catch a big one. / What a beautiful day! / We're not scared." So begins Michael Rosen's award-winning read-aloud romp We're Going on a Bear Hunt. In this lovely boxed gift edition illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, a small paperback version of the book is packaged with the softest, most fabulous little brown bear we've ever seen. Reenacting "Splash splosh! Splash splosh! Splash splosh!" across the river is much more fun with an actual bear on hand. (Ages 4 and older)

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Fun plot - A. Santarelli - Orange County, CA
At first my 3 year-old was a bit scared by the bear at the end and didn't want to read it. But then, she started to pull it out of her shelf to have it read and she now likes finishing the sentences. Yesterday, we were walking on a wilderness path, and she was repeating "Stumble, trip", Stumble, trip, (a part of the book where they are walking through the forest).



Hunting? - P. R. G. -
Who wants to teach a child to be happy about hunting? Like: yey!! let's go and kill beautiful animals!



A forever favorite! - Wyndham S. Juneau -
My grandmother bought this book for me when I was 2, and I remember as a kid loving it soo much. I remember wanting to wear the outfits and wanting to go on bear hunts and teaching all of my younger siblings to read it as well. (Having it memorized definitely helped!) I recently bought a new copy for the 1 year old I nanny and she absolutely loves it. It's quickly becoming her favorite book, with her favorite part being the end where they're rushing back home. I would recommend that everyone have this book!




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Pretties (Uglies Trilogy, Book 2) Review



I found the second book in the Uglies trilogy to be an excellent pick-up from the first book. I was very curious about the subculture of the Pretties when I read the first book, and this one opens up right in the middle of it, thick with the new vocabulary of the Pretties, with words such as bubbly, bogus, surge, pretty-making, fashion-missing, spinning, criminal, etc. At first, I liked being immersed in the world of the pretties, a mixture of familiar and foreign aspects, but it quickly became very apparent how much of the Pretties were complete air-heads! Being shallow is the social norm, and if anyone even attempts to have a little depth, the authorities are quick to step in. I admit, being a Pretty is not completely unattractive, what with an improved immune system and perfect skin, teeth, and eyesight. The focus of the book was mainly on escaping the Pretty society with more development of the world of Uglies, Pretties, and Specials. I found the discovery of the reservation that the Pretties maintained to study Pre-Rusty civilization very interesting and a great way to reveal how deeply people are being controlled by the authorities. She made an excellent observation about the Smokies, that even though they lived in the wild and lived similarly to both Pre-Rusty and Rusty civilization, they still had not completely escaped from the influence of the Pretty / Ugly society because of the devices they depended on and how their mindset has changed in regards to violence and caring for the earth.
Even though I had no doubt that Tally would be turned into a Special in the end, I can't help wondering how the people in charge think they can keep a leash on her, since it has become very apparent that she will always try to escape. I look forward to the final book in the Trilogy, Specials.



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Gorgeous. Popular.

Perfect. Perfectly wrong.

Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she's completely popular. It's everything she's ever wanted.

But beneath all the fun -- the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom -- is a nagging sense that something's wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally's ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what's wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold.

Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life -- because the authorities don't intend to let anyone with this information survive.


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Plus One Star - -
Darn tecnology won't let me give this book six stars! I loved it even more than Uglies, which I thought wasn't possible! I love you Scott Westerfeld, but if you can top this, you are author above all other authors.
It's completly impossible to hate this book it's better than any book I've ever read. I didn't want to skip anything thinking I'd miss something important. It was always so interesting, there is no way Westerfeld can top this!



Better than the first? - Z. M. - Utah, USA
Upon finishing the Uglies I knew I must have the second book in the Uglies trilogy. After reading the Uglies I thought there couldn't possibly be any way that the other two books were better than the first. How wrong I was. Pretties was quicker paced, enthralling and more informative than the Uglies. Although I was quite disappointed that the smokies weren't involved openly in the book so much, the author still did a wonderful job. He also did an amazing job introducing the character Zane. It felt like he had been there the entire time. There was more urgency in the Pretties it had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Scott Westerfeld portrayed the Pretties in wonderful light I felt as if I was struggling with them all. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loved the Uglies.



Ashlynn from Lake Tapps says,"This is a great book!" - -
Have you ever been perfect but perfection isn't good enough? Well this book called Pretties is all about getting into trouble and it being hard to get out of. It has a total of 370 pages, the authors name is Scott Westerfeld. The main character is Tally, Tally Youngblood, creepy last name huh?
The book Pretties is all about a girl Tally Youngblood, she is now a prettie and when Tally goes to a party and David gave her instructions to get something important but Tally doesn't understand, Zane shows up at the party and all three Zane, Tally, and Shay start taking pills, but Shay does this to become like Tally, but instead gets addicted and becomes a cutter. It's a great book, read it! And see what happens next!
My favorite part of the book is when Tally has to take Zane to the hospital and Tally has to talk to the doctor, but instead of talking about Zane's injury he talked about why Tally and her best friend Shay were fighting.
The most important thing that I learned from reading this book is to never take pills or lie because you might just become a cutter like Shay!
The other books by this author (Scott Westerfeld) are Uglies, Specials, Extras, Bogus to Bubbly, Midnighters, Peeps, and more.
I recommend this book because it makes you scoot off you chair....... And is so amazingly great I think this book will be perfect for you.
Star Rating ***** 5 stars




Not as bubbly as the first - DelusionalAngel - USA
First - I read this in the Kindle format. Be forewarned there are some errors that I would assume are probably (hopefully) just in the Kindle version (as of May 2010). They don't make it totally unreadable, but they are a bit annoying. Things like missing periods or a period followed by a paragraph break in the middle of a sentence. Hyphens in the middle of words. "The Smoke" being called "die Smoke". Or "I'm scared" being "Fm scared". Silly things that could have been found if the editor had simply skimmed the Kindle / eBook edition even once. 2/5 to the editor.

Okay, that said, onto the content. It is nowhere near as good as the first book in the series: Uglies. Probably because we're now focusing on the lives of pretties. The language has changed. Some new characters have been added. Everything is so "Bubbly" to the point you'll be sick of the word "bubbly" by the end of the book. Still it is good. Not great, but good. We follow Tally as she's already been made Pretty. Will David come back for her with a cure in hand? Will she really want it if he does? That's what this book is all about. Picking up right where Uglies left off, seeing just how much prettydom has changed Tally. Can it be undone? Is there a cure? If so is there a price? Even if there is a cure, do Pretties want to be cured, even if they know the truth about what being Pretty means?

Despite not living up to the first in my eyes, it was good enough to make me want to move onto the third.

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Cracking the ACT, 2010 Edition (College Test Preparation) Review



As an ACT Tutor, I have found this book most helpful to use with my students. From math strategies to punctuation technicalities, this book covers it all. The Science section is extensive, and very helpful as it is bursting with strategies. The practice tests provided in the book are of moderate difficulty. I recommend this resource to any student who wants to be prepared for all 5 test sections and get inside the heads, per say, of the test writers. As the ACT is very time pressured, learning Princeton Review's strategies would be very beneficial to students. I also recommend this resource to any tutor or parent that is looking to help a student prep for the ACT exam. ACT prep can be rather arduous, but is always rewarding--good luck!

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If it’s on the ACT, it’s in this book. Cracking the ACT, 2010 Edition includes:
 
·         3 full-length practice tests with detailed explanations—2 in the book and 1 online
·         Comprehensive and engaging review of all ACT subjects from trigonometry to reading comprehension
·         Practice questions and explanations in every chapter
·         Practical information on the what, when, where, and how of the ACT
·         Detailed walk-through of how to write great essays
·         Strategies for turning complex algebra into simple arithmetic
·         Online lessons and tutorials for more practice
·         Planning and organization tips to get you all the way to test day!


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Good starting book, but there are some errors - Richard Corn -
I am a private math tutor and author of Math Study Guide for the SAT®, ACT®, and SAT® Subject Tests - 2010 Edition (Math Study Guide for the SAT, ACT, & SAT Subject Tests). I sometimes use the practice tests in this book as a warm up for students and then follow it with the official practice tests found in The Real ACT Prep Guide: The Only Guide to Include 3Real ACT Tests. However I found two errors in the math tests in this book:

pg 445 problem 39. The answer is C, not H.

pg 453 problem 58. The answer is -12/5. This does not match any of the answer choices.



Great Book - J. L. Wendt - Fort Benton, Montana
I love the book. It makes studying for the ACT interesting. I enjoy the inserted humor.



ACT Book - CollegeBound - Texas, USA
I like the beginning section of the book that tells you the good, the bad, and the ugly behind taking the ACT vs. the SAT. The practice tests were pretty helpful, and the real test ended up being easier than the practices. So this prepares you really well, much better than "The Real ACT Guide." I would definitely recommend this to somebody who has had trouble on the SAT and looking for something different. Just remember, some people are better at one test and others are better at the other, so just because somebody did poorly on his SAT does not mean he will do so poorly on the ACT, and vice versa.




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My Utmost for His Highest Review



My Utmost for His Highest is the granddaddy of 20th century devotional books. I remember seeing a copy of Oswald Chambers' book on my dad's bookshelf, and I was given a copy of book in 1979 by my Sunday school teacher and Bible study group leader when I was a senior in high school attending a Bible church. It would make a great gift for any Christian you know who is looking to spend more time with God in His Word every day.

It is still a perennial favorite among Christian devotional books, and I think there are a number of reasons for this. First, Chambers wrote in a simple format: one verse from the Bible, followed by one page of devotional writing. This simple format makes My Utmost for His Highest very easy to use and to keep up with. The second reason this book continues to be a favorite is that Chambers writes simply, forcefully, and practically. There is also a directness and power in Chambers' words that touches his readers.

For these reasons, My Utmost for His Highest has become a classic. Anything that encourages people to read their Bibles, reflect on God's Word, and attempt to live by it is a very good thing. However, such devotional books are, ultimately, very limited. Scripture is meant to be read in its entire context, and not chopped up into single verses. Reading My Utmost for His Highest has benefited me, but as I've gotten older it always leaves me wanting something that goes more deeply and broadly into Scripture.

Having said all this, I'm truly thankful that Chambers doesn't sugarcoat the Christian life but clearly communicates that it is a difficult one. For the kind of simple, daily devotional that it is, My Utmost for His Highest will always remain a classic.




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Today's youth want to live ""on the edge""--and that's where Oswald Chambers wrote My Utmost for His Highest. The classic devotional, calling for radical Christianity, is a perfect match for today's teens seeking a real, vital faith. This exciting promotional edition features Jim Reimann's modernized text of My Utmost for His Highest, helpful Scripture and subject indexes, and a cool, youth oriented cover. Best of all, it's priced at only .99--the lowest price ever--to introduce tens of thousands of young people to a devotional that can truly change their lives.


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Oswald Chambers, a Scotsman who converted to Christianity in his teens under the ministry of Charles Spurgeon, has been affecting Christians with his devotional words since My Utmost for His Highest was first published in 1935. This acknowledged classic contains 365 daily readings that take heady doctrine and make it practical, realistic, and intensely personal. With humor and humility, Chambers speaks plainly to the common man struggling with devotion to Christ in daily living. Worldly cares and self-serving desires begin to lose their appeal as Chambers aides the reader in transforming his mind by viewing life through the instruction of God's Word. Richard Halverson, former chaplain of the United States Senate, attests to this: "no book except the Bible has influenced my walk with Christ at such deep maturing levels." This is Chambers's chief desire, directing the reader to "shut out every other consideration and keep yourself before God for this one thing only--My Utmost for His Highest... determined to be absolutely and entirely for Him and for Him alone." --Jill Heatherly

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Best Journal Ever - Mary P. Martin -
Going through this wonderful book/journal is a most rewarding and spiritual experience. My husband and I have used this for years and have given it as gifts many times. This particular edition is the best presentation in cover and material yet to be published. It is timeless as it does not pertain to any certain year, just to the dates in each month page for page. Plenty of room for journaling notes also. I highly recommend this.



I apperently was wrong at first - Christoper D. Puksta -
At first I didn't understand the book. Then I grew mentally and later I felt bad after i read it can considered the book condeming without grace. Then after some spirutal growth I have come to realize that there are indeed many faults in my life and Chambers convicted me on them all!! And I realize my need for the grace of christ more so than ever before!!






Best Devotional Book Ever - Levine Bowen - Florida
Oswald Chambers's devotional book has been my guidepost for over 50 years. I bought this edition to pass on to a young friend who is seeking her bachelor's degree in theology. This book has opened my eyes to God's truths so many times, lifting me out of some doubts and despair along the way, giving me inspiration to do my best. I highly recommend it for any age reader who is seeking a better life and one that is enforced with strength and leadership.

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Math Review For Standardized Tests (Cliffs Test Prep) Review



After several years, I have decided to take the GRE, in order to apply to graduate school. The only problem is the content on the test. English? No problem. Vocab? Got it. Math? Math? Really? Math? I am decidedly toast.

Or would be, were it not for Cliffsnote Math Review for Standardized Tests. If you or someone you know is preparing for any standardized test, I highly recommend this volume on math. When this math review arrived on my doorstep from Amazon, I placed it on my dresser and tried unsuccessfully to ignore it.

But, alas, I picked it up one day and tied my seat to the chair to do an hour's worth of review. I opened it with much fear, because I was sure that I would not understand and that I would fail. My fears, though, were unrealized. From page one, the explanations were simple and easy to understand. The material seems to move at just the right pace. Not so fast that I get lost and fail to understand, but also not too slow. Going to slow I think would be just as frustrating.

So, if you are like me and are struggling with what are proper fractions and what are improper fractions, this book is for you. And, if you think you have a pretty good grasp on mathematics and just a review, this book would work for you also.

Bravo Cliffsnotes, you may have saved my sanity!




Math Review For Standardized Tests (Cliffs Test Prep) Overview


Math Review for Standardized Tests is designed specifically to review, refresh, reintroduce, diagnose, and give you a fighting chance by focusing squarely on a test-oriented math review.

This is the most unique math guide available today! It combines insights and strategies for problem types while reviewing the most needed basic skills: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and word problems.

Each review section includes:

  • A diagnostic test
  • Rules and concepts with examples
  • Practice problems
  • Complete (understandable) explanations
  • A review test
  • A glossary
A special section provides key strategies, practice, and analysis for the most common question types.

If you're planning on taking the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, PSAT, CBEST, NTE, or any other standardized test, this book is designed for you!


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MIRACLE BOOK - Catherine -
I have every GRE study guide imaginable but this book is all I needed. It's quick, precise, gets to the point and...get this...I am improving my math skills immensely...If you find all the GRE book "explanations" more confusing than helpful, BUY THIS BOOK!



great review book - Sonya -
Excellent study guide. All topics covered thoroughly. The only downfall is that pre-calculus and above is not covered.



Awesome Math Review! - kitkatthecat -
This book would be helpful to anyone studying to take a the math portion of a standardized exam. I'm studying to take the GRE in a couple months. I'm a chemistry major and have taken math up to vector calculus and linear algebra, but I forgot simple things I learned in geometry and algebra. In each chapter of the book, you first take a diagnostic test to see your areas of weakness, then you review those areas and take another test at the end. I'm not all the way done studying with this book, but it is very clear and organized. The explanations are written in a simple, understandable way. Also, this book is very thorough. It is helpful if you don't know any math at all or if you just need a good review of essential skills!

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Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower, Book 4) Review



The fourth book in King's Dark Tower series is a slight departure from his previous entries. It picks up where the third novel left off but soon uses a flashback to whisk the reader away to Roland's past where the majority of the book takes place. Part love story, part action-adventure, the flashback is so interesting and involving that you forget about the current story for awhile.

At the start of the book, our intrepid ka-tet composed of Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake, and Oy must survive their trip on the insane train Blaine. Using a slight twist on the riddling begun in the previous book, they manage to make it to Topeka in one piece and find a variation on Kansas which is both familiar and foreign to them at the same time. Their trip has taken them away from the path of the Beam however, and they must find their way back via a highway. Nearby is a thinny, a disruption in reality that makes a noise which gets into your head.

Along the way, the group stops and Roland tells a long tale from his past which gives the others insight into how he began his quest for the Dark Tower. The reader also gets a lot of insight into Roland's character from this flashback. Roland, with his best friends Alaine and Cuthbert, his original ka-tet, are sent away from Gilead after Roland earns his guns in order to keep them away from danger. A war with the "Good Man" Farson is seemingly about to spread to the region, but the distant small town of Hambry is thought to be safe. Soon after arrival, Roland meets Susan, a young woman promised to the town's mayor as his consort. Roland and Susan quickly fall in love. Although they try to fight it, fate - ka in this world - brings them together and they do their best to keep their relationship secret. Susan becomes an important part of Roland's ka-tet and aids them in their plans.

Meanwhile, the three boys discover there's some sort of plot related to Farson going on in the town. Not long after arriving they make enemies of a trio who call themselves the Big Coffin Hunters and are friends of the mayor. They are lead by Eldred Jonas who failed his gunslinger test years ago in Gilead. The two opposing ka-tets try to outmaneuver each other, hoping the other will expose their real plans. Roland and his ka-tet find supplies which are part of Farson's plan; however, the most crucial piece is safely hidden away. The Coffin Hunters have temporarily given a local witch named Rhea a crystal ball to keep safe. This ball can show people terrible things, which often have terrible consequences both intended and unintended. In the end, there must be a showdown between Roland's ka-tet and Jonas's ka-tet.

Finally, the story returns to the present day where Roland, Eddie, and the others make their way to an emerald glass building. It becomes clear the group is off to see the Wizard and before long they aren't in Kansas anymore. This portion is much shorter compared to the flashback.

Overall, the book is very engaging, especially the flashback. You learn a lot about what made Roland the way he is today and you can sympathize with him more. Returning to the present day is a bit jarring and this portion pales in comparison to Roland's tale. Despite that, I'm looking forward to reading the next book and seeing where Roland and friends go from here.




Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower, Book 4) Overview


Stephen King invites listeners back into the world of Roland the Gunslinger in this eagerly anticipated fourth volume in his epic "Dark Tower" series. Roland and his companions escape from one world and slip into the next, where Roland tells his story, one that details his discovery of something even more elusive than the Dark Tower--love. Simultaneous trade paper release from Plume. 12 cassettes. The first three volumes of this series have been repackaged and are listed below this annotation.


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Frank Muller, the recognized virtuoso of audiobook narration (The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption), takes on Stephen King's Goliath tale of sorcerers, time travelers, and sci-fi love. Totaling more than 27 hours and spanning 18 cassettes, Wizard and Glass requires the listener to love Muller's Hannibal Lecter-like voice--either that or suffer in audio hell for the equivalent of three full working days. While some might find his breathy staccatos irritating at best, others will find his voice the perfect accompaniment to King's creepy characters and nightmarish plots. (Running time: 27 hours, 18 cassettes)

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Good, but a little too lengthy for the tail it contains - Brandon Boller -
While I did enjoy this novel, it has been my least favorite in the Dark Tower series thus far (I have just finished book 5). At the beginning of the story, Roland and his band are doing riddle battle with Blaine the mono, and find themselves in a alt-Topeka. This part of the story, as well as the ending, were great. The middle of the novel, however, was a little less compelling to me. I thought that when we finally got Roland's back-story, I would be pleased beyond belief to learn what made him who he is and what compels him to hunt for the tower. Instead, I got a love story that, while informing Roland's personality, doesn't do much else for me. It is by all means greatly written, and there were some great characters and situations, but I felt that this story could have easily been chopped in half and it would have been better for it. It was just too long and at many points uninteresting. The mystery surrounding oil tankers and Conoco signs in a seemingly technology devoid Mexican/western village loses it's luster after a while. The end, after Roland's tragic love story has been told, is so wacky and great that I found myself wondering why there wasn't more of this and less of the back-story. It was an enjoyable story, if not a little too lengthy and slow at points. It helped flesh out who Roland is, and I guess that was the point.



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A Girl of the Limberlost (Library of Indiana Classics) Review



I am thrilled! I can't believe I found this book still available in print on Amazon. This was one of my mother's favorite books as a child. She gave it to me to read when I was a girl. I read it several times and was fascinated with the strange but beautiful evolution of the relationship between the mother and daughter in the story. I will also never forget the parts about how the girl collected bugs against a white sheet at night or how her mother went to the hair salon and had them style her hair several times so she could learn how to do it herself. I cannot wait to get my copy and read it again. I never thought I would find it. But if this story stayed with me all these years and with my mother before me, it must have an extraordinary magic that transcends space and time. I am so happy to see that it is a classic and that it's here for others to enjoy. My mother died when I was 15 and this book is a fond memory of her.



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Of all the books written by Hoosier writers, Gene Stratton-Porter's A Girl of the Limberlost is unquestionably the most cherished: the timeless story of an impoverished young girl, Elnora Comstock, growing up on the edge of the Limberlost swamp. Elnora Comstock has served as a role model for successive generations of independent young readers.




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A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter - Peggy B - Norwich, New York United States
I wish more of the classics would be available. This was a fun re-read. I really like this author.



Wonderful book! - CatS - Maryland
I love this book. I had initially read it many years ago and I absolutely loved it. Gene Stratton Porter was a wonderful author who depicts the "Limberlost" vividly in her books. Also, the way she also very poignantly describes the relationship struggles and joys between mother and daughter brings you to tears and full laughter in places. This is just a terrific and wholesome book. I give it a big thumbs up and I believe that everyone should read it at least once.



A Classic - Me - Utah
I love this book. It is well-written and is full of characters that it is easy for the reader to identify with. I first read this book when I was in elementary school. I am now approaching my mid-thirties and have re-read this book countless times since. This is a book that one can enjoy regardless of their age group.




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Bon voyage! Level 1, Student Edition (French Edition) Review



this book is good for my daughter , bcause she wants to learn french then move to paris!!!!!!




Bon voyage! Level 1, Student Edition (French Edition) Overview


Bon voyage! Clearly the best choice!

Bon voyage! (Schmitt and BrilliƩ Lutz) is a comprehensive program that encourages meaningful, practical communication by immersing your students in the language and culture of the Francophone world. The text and its complementary resources help you meet the needs of every student in your diverse classroom.

Bon voyage! provides your itinerary for success with exposure to the Francophone culture; clear expectations and goals; thematic, contextualized vocabulary; useful and thematically-linked structure; progressive practice; real-life conversation; cultural readings in the target language; recycling and review; and exquisite National Geographic Society panoramas of the Francophone world.


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Missing important lessons - amahler -
I used this book in my class. I wasn't impressed. Important lessons needed in a beginning level French class wasn't presented in this book. Such as accent marks...






Interesting, but Cluttered - M. E. Sumner-Wichmann - Questa, NM USA
I think this text presents the information needed to teach French I, but it is terribly hard to tell. I'm currently using it as a home school text and find it so cluttered with pictures and graphics that it is difficult to use. Apparently, the student is supposed to learn grammar by osmosis as the rules and needed information such as regular and irregular verb endings are not presented as such here.

It seems to appeal to the student, but I find it overwhelming and not of much use.




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The Time Machine Review



In my opinion, this book gets an "A" for originality. Most stories of time travel that I have read or watched on the big screen include super intelligent humans and fantastic technology. Not so in "The Time Machine." The two distinct races of humans in this book are simple and animalistic, or perhaps child-like. There is no incredibly advanced technology or even a grocery store to get the food, for goodness' sake. It's as if humanity reverted to the times of the Neanderthals. However, in the area of character development, Wells scores a "C" at best. None of the characters are terribly deep and I didn't find myself getting terribly attached to any of them -- few though they were. In storytelling, I think Wells did a nice job, as I was engaged in the narrative and enjoyed the description of places, things, and people. However, I was also vaguely aware of some kind of social commentary with the frequent references to the "upper class" and "working class," but I'm afraid this was lost on me, as I am not familiar with the culture of 1800s England. Overall, I give this book four stars.



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Tor Classics are affordably-priced editions designed to attract the young reader. Original dynamic cover art enthusiastically represents the excitement of each story. Appropriate "reader friendly" type sizes have been chosen for each title—offering clear, accurate, and readable text. All editions are complete and unabridged, and feature Introductions and Afterwords.

This edition of The Time Machine includes an Introduction, Biographical Note, and Afterword by James Gunn.

The time? 802,701 A.D.

The place? An Earth stranger than you can imagine.

The people? A pretty, childlike race, the Eloi-and their distant cousins, the Morlocks: disgusting, hairy creatures who live in caves and feed on the flesh of-what?

Enter the Time Traveller, who has hurtled almost a million years into the future. After the Morlocks steal his machine he may be trapped there...and at their mercy.



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Wells Was Far Ahead Of His Time! - Rune Rindel Hansen - Copenhagen, Denmark
This is a cool book from Wells. In it he takes a giant leap into the future, more precisely year A.D. 802701! This is an action packed novel, it's really quite amazing that it was first published all the way back in 1895! Because the action level is equivalent to a Dan Brown novel. Of course Wells is far better than Dan Brown, because Wells is not only action he is also vitamin! The novel ends with the words "in the heart of man". That end is kind of a signature for Wells' work, because he was really curious, and of course the curiousity was particular related to what a human can do? What a human is? What a human can become? What there is in the heart of man?



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Great time travel - Jeffery Pilson -
The Time Machine is one of those books I'd been meaning to read for years and finally got around to it this summer. I'm a sci-fi fan and enjoyed Wells's book, which was one of the first well known time travel stories ever written. It's a concise story without any unnecessary fluff, which makes it exciting all the way through.

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The Kissing Hand Review



This is a good book if your child is nervous about school. Mine is not so he really wasn't into it. He did think it was interesting that the animal was nocturnal and went to school at night. It is my understanding that lots of schools read this to the younger students the first day of class. My nephew was in kindergarten last year and my sister is a first grade teacher and both classes did read this, so if your school does this it might be a good idea to read it to your child as something familiar that first day of class.



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In this contemporary classic Chester Raccoon seeks love and reassurance from his mother as he ventures out into the world to attend his very first day of school.


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Chester Raccoon doesn't want to go to school--he wants to stay home with his mother. She assures him that he'll love school--with its promise of new friends, new toys, and new books. Even better, she has a special secret that's been in the family for years--the Kissing Hand. This secret, she tells him, will make school seem as cozy as home. She takes her son's hand, spreads his tiny fingers into a fan and kisses his palm--smack dab in the middle: "Chester felt his mother's kiss rush from his hand, up his arm, and into his heart." Whenever he feels lonely at school, all he has to do is press his hand to his cheek to feel the warmth of his mother's kiss. Chester is so pleased with his Kissing Hand that he--in a genuinely touching moment--gives his mom a Kissing Hand, too, to comfort her when he is away. Audrey Penn's The Kissing Hand, published by the Child Welfare League of America, is just the right book for any child taking that fledgling plunge into preschool--or for any youngster who is temporarily separated from home or loved ones. The rough but endearing raccoon illustrations are as satisfying and soothing for anxious children as the simple story. (Ages 5 and older) --Karin Snelson

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Wonderful book, especially before a new school or trips - kgb -
Many friends had told me to buy this book before our son went out to preschool and he loves it!






Social Story type - Richard A. Lazear - tennessee
I am using the Kissing Hand thematic unit which is very helpful for small children understanding transitions concerning leaving mom for a learning experience. I teach children or rather they teach me and it has been a very good social story type book for children who might not understand why they are going to school.



The Kissing Hand is a book you carry in your heart - Brian -
This is a wonderful story to help young children overcome seperation anxiety, especially for kids going to school or day care for the first time. We used the "kissing hand" with our daughter for the first few weeks at her daycare and it helped limit the trauma and drama of morning drop offs. The best part was when she offered to give us a "kissing hand" of our own!
Now that you're wondering what a "kissing hand" is, go read the book!

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The War of the Worlds (Modern Library Classics) Review



my mind went wild when i read this masterpiece. my imagination went wild with visions that could never be showed on television. none of the movies could ever do right by the book. a great staple for all aspiring high school and college writers.




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“No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own.” Thus begins one of the most terrifying and morally prescient science fiction novels ever penned. Beginning with a series of strange flashes in the distant night sky, the Martian attack initially causes little concern on Earth. Then the destruction erupts—ten massive aliens roam England and destroy with heat rays everything in their path. Very soon mankind finds itself on the brink of extinction. Wells raises questions of mortality, man’s place in nature, and the evil lurking in the technological future—questions that remain urgently relevant in the twenty-first century.


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This is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories, first published by H.G. Wells in 1898. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator tells readers that "No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's..."

Things then progress from a series of seemingly mundane reports about odd atmospheric disturbances taking place on Mars to the arrival of Martians just outside of London. At first the Martians seem laughable, hardly able to move in Earth's comparatively heavy gravity even enough to raise themselves out of the pit created when their spaceship landed. But soon the Martians reveal their true nature as death machines 100-feet tall rise up from the pit and begin laying waste to the surrounding land. Wells quickly moves the story from the countryside to the evacuation of London itself and the loss of all hope as England's military suffers defeat after defeat. With horror his narrator describes how the Martians suck the blood from living humans for sustenance, and how it's clear that man is not being conquered so much a corralled. --Craig E. Engler

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Shame on Penguin - Law Geek -
I hope they did not succeed in getting anyone to pay .00 for an electronic copy of a public domain work.



Steam driven extraterrestrials - Rune Rindel Hansen - Copenhagen, Denmark
It's amazing to read this book from 1898 because in many respects it has scenes which seems to be taken from the countless Mars attackers movies that was made by Hollywood in the last half of the 20.th century. One almost thinks that H. G. Wells was able to tap into the collective experiences of the American film makers more than 50 years after he had written his book. In this book the metropolis is not New York, but good old London, but when the Martians attack London we see the same traffic jammed roads, when people tries to excape the monsters. One thing which puzzled me a bit reading the book was that Wells always describes the workings of the Martians machines as exhausting steam and smoke. But then I thought about it, and it's obvious. Wells was living in an age where every mechanical action was steam driven so it was impossible for him to imagine mechanical action without steam and smoke.



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Dreamland Review




Though this book starts out somewhat slow, once it gains momentum it becomes intense. The defining thing that sticks out in my mind is the cycle of abuse. Early in her relationship with Rogerson, Caitlin witnesses his father smack him hard across the face. When he started turning his hand on her, it really wasn't all that surprising. That's the way he knows to express his frustration but watching the abuse kick up in intensity was gut wrenching.

Caitlin began to function her entire life around Rogerson, fighting to keep him in her life, keep their abusive secret, and keep him from laying another hand on her. Given her age as a teenager, even though her actions were incredibly stupid, I could understand it. She loved Rogerson in a way that had never happened with anyone else, falling for him quickly from the start. Throughout the entire book, I just felt pity for both her and Rogerson. References were made to his father's hand more than once- it was certainly not a one time thing with him and even at the end of the book, I didn't entirely hate him. I still felt empathy towards the boy who had made many mistakes, forged his own rough path, and was having to live with the consequences. I also had to wonder, once word got out of the abusive relationship, how Rogerson's father dealt with it- and how many hits the boy had to take.

Right at the beginning of the book, the dissonance between Caitlin and her older sister Cass is shown. When Caitlin wakes up on her birthday morning to find her sister gone, having run off with her boyfriend, she talks about how much she doesn't want to be in her sister's shadow anymore. Having the burden of her parent's needs fall on her didn't help any of the situations and though it seemed incredibly random for her to see Rogerson outside a party and just go with him, I could also see her reasons. Cass would never do that- if Caitlin did, she would be set apart. The same went for cheerleading and many other things, her life first becoming a way to be different and then fading into the background while she tried to hide every mark and bruise.

All Caitlin had known for years, however, was how to follow and unknowingly, that's exactly what she did walking out the door with Rogerson that first night. She went along with everything he did, finding ways to ignore the bad. In some ways, her parents were ignorant and didn't pay attention but even if they doted on her every move, Caitlin still could have easily hid what was happening- she did. There were opportunities for her to tell but she kept them in, every time. This wasn't a result of bad parenting- it was a result of a teenager trying to figure out who she was, forced into it at an uncomfortable time.

It wasn't until close the end when things started kicking up in intensity that I found myself completely engrossed in this book but this experience was interesting. As the title of the book suggests, Caitlin was going through her life almost in a dreamlike state, keeping things at a distance from her and that's how I felt in much of this book- like it was a little distant. Dessen's writing pulled everything together, however, leaving me stunned by the end.

Only because I felt there were a places where things lagged am I giving this one 4 stars but the characters were fantastically done, the emotions charged, and the plot easy to follow. I would love to say teenage girls could read this book and know to get help in this same situation but for the same reasons Caitlin hid it, I know they won't. This book brings to light how easy an abusive relationship is to hide and how smoothly the cycle of abuse can continue, each victim taking it in silence.



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Rogerson Biscoe, with his green eyes and dark curly hair, is absolutely seductive. Before long, sixteen-year-old Caitlin finds herself under his spell. And when he starts to abuse her, she finds she's in too deep to get herself out...


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Strange, sleepy Rogerson, with his long brown dreads and brilliant green eyes, had seemed to Caitlin to be an open door. With him she could be anybody, not just the second-rate shadow of her older sister, Cass. But now she is drowning in the vacuum Cass left behind when she turned her back on her family's expectations by running off with a boyfriend. Caitlin wanders in a dream land of drugs and a nightmare of Rogerson's sudden fists, lost in her search for herself.

Why do so many girls allow themselves to get into abusive relationships--and what keeps them there? In this riveting novel, Sarah Dessen searches for understanding and answers. Caught in a trap that is baited with love and need, Caitlin must frantically manage her every action to avoid being hit by the hands that once seemed so gentle. All around her are women who care--best friends, mother, sister, mentor--but shame keeps her from confiding in any of them, especially Cass, her brilliant older sister, whose own flight from home had seemed to point the way.

Dessen has here created a subtle and compelling work of literature that goes far beyond the teen problem novel in a story rich with symbolism, dark scenes of paralyzing dread, quirky and memorable characters, and gleams of humor. With the consummate skill and psychological depth that brought her praise for Keeping the Moon, she explores the search for self-identity, the warmth of feminine friendships, and the destructive ways our society sets up young women for love gone wrong. (Ages 14 and older) --Patty Campbell

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you should read this book - kelli l bailey - vail, co United States
this book was s great. I loved it. there was always something going on. I could ever put it down



Eye opening read. - Marie - California, USA
Caitlin wakes up on the morning of her birthday to find that her older sister Cass has ran away from home. And from there, things go downhill. Caitlin doesn't know what to do with herself, she witnesses her parents falling apart and her mom doing crazy thing after crazy thing to hide the hurt. Caitlin herself tries not to fall into the mold of her older sister and tries to do things Cass wouldn't do... like join cheerleading. Her mom starts treating Caitlin the way she treated Cass, always involved in her activies, always invovled in every single move of her life. Then she meets Rogerson who people have "heard" about. She doesn't care about the rumors, just the way he makes her feel.


I was attracted to this book because of the fact that it delt with abusive relationships, which is something I am extremely interested in. The book doesn't start off that way, of course. It tells you about Caitlin and her family's struggles everyday, how she tries to cope with the loss of her sister in her life and about her relationship with Rogerson that doesn't really make any sense. The abuse comes out of nowhere, but I guess that's much like real life. And of course, after that first strike, the ones after it come much easier. Caitlin starts staying away from her friends, making up lies, covering herself with clothes that don't show any skin and hiding brusises. In a story like this, you end up frustrated with the character, wondering why they don't just leave. Especially when they're well aware that the relationship they're in is wrong. But you can't help but feel bad for Caitlin, with all she's going through.


I want to say I liked this book, but I guess I just expected a little more from it. Either way, it's a book well worth reading.






kibri - OH THE LOVE TO READ - OAKLAND, CA USA
i bought the book for my daughter. i always let her read about the book before i order it, but this time she was dissappointed. She said the book is boring and she didnt like the fact that it was based on a sister whom was nearly grown & college aged who ran away. Her input was why are the so focused on the sister running away? WHO CARES SHE ALMOST GROWN, she states the story drags on & on before any action happens

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Touching Spirit Bear Review



Ben Mikaelsen's Touching Spirit Bear is the gripping tale of Cole Matthews, juvenile delinquent who's about to be sentenced to jail time for assaulting a fellow student. Tough-as-nails Cole feels like the world is out to get him and it's his right to smash senseless all who defy him; his alcoholic father beats him, and his alcoholic mother enables it by keeping silent. Cole blames everyone but himself for his anger.

Cole's Tlingit parole officer Garvey insists on trying an alternative to jail time called Circle Justice. This ancient healing ritual is based on the Native American / First Nations practice of having the accused perform a vision quest and community service in order to address the roots of his anger and to try and offset the harm he's caused. Cole puts on a show, hoping that the yearlong banishment on an Alaskan island offers the chance to escape.

Once on the remote Alaskan island, Cole lashes out and seeks escape, only to find himself stranded and angry. He runs into a large white bear: a Spirit Bear, an animal sacred to Native Americans. Cole is outraged that the bear doesn't fear him, and attempts to kill it with devastating consequences.

The remainder of Touching Spirit Bear chronicles Cole's rehabilitation from his injuries, along with his newfound empathy towards Peter, the student whom he assaulted. Peter is left with permanent brain damage and severe depression, and Cole thinks he knows a way to help him get over his fear and anger.

Touching Spirit Bear is at heart a story of wilderness survival, but it also teaches respect for one's ancestors and for nature. Cole learns to dance animal dances based on creatures he's observed in the wilderness; each improvised dance teaches him some strength of the animal. He soaks in a freezing pond to still his thoughts and carries a large stone up a hill, representing his ancestors, then rolls it down, releasing his anger. This might sound preachy and touchy-feely, but it works in the harsh context of the wilderness as Cole gradually learns to control his anger. The Tlingit (Garvey and Edwin) aren't represented as "perfect"; each is atoning for some crime committed in the past. Garvey in particular served five years in jail and wasn't offered the healing that Circle Justice provides.

The story does contain some graphic moments (the brutal beating of Peter, Cole's mauling), but uses violence sparingly. The powerful nature imagery really brought the story to life. This would be a good pick for those who enjoy wilderness survival tales such as Hatchet, Island of the Blue Dolphins or Julie of the Wolves (rack).



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Will the attack of the Spirit Bear destroy Cole's life or save his soul?

Cole Matthews has been fighting, stealing, and raising hell for years. So his punishment for beating Peter Driscal senseless is harsh. Given a choice between prison and Native American Circle Justice, Cole chooses Circle Justice: He'll spend one year in complete isolation on a remote Alaskan island. In the first days of his banishment, Cole is mauled by a mysterious white bear and nearly dies. Now there's no one left to save Cole, but Cole himself.




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Cole Matthews is angry. Angry, defiant, smug--in short, a bully. His anger has taken him too far this time, though. After beating up a ninth-grade classmate to the point of brain damage, Cole is facing a prison sentence. But then a Tlingit Indian parole officer named Garvey enters his life, offering an alternative called Circle Justice, based on Native American traditions, in which victim, offender, and community all work together to find a healing solution. Privately, Cole sneers at the concept, but he's no fool--if it gets him out of prison, he'll do anything. Ultimately, Cole ends up banished for one year to a remote Alaskan island, where his arrogance sets him directly in the path of a mysterious, legendary white bear. Mauled almost to death, Cole awaits his fate and begins the transition from anger to humility.

Ben Mikaelsen's depiction of a juvenile delinquent's metamorphosis into a caring, thinking individual is exciting and fascinating, if at times heavy-handed. Cole's nastiness and the vivid depictions of the lengths he must go to survive after the (equally vivid) attack by the bear are excruciating at times, but the concept of finding a way to heal a whole community when one individual wrongs another is compelling. The jacket cover photo of the author in a bear hug with the 700-pound black bear that he and his wife adopted and raised is definitely worth seeing! (Ages 12 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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Good survival story for young male readers, decent picture of restorative justice principles - Kurt Conner - South Hadley, MA USA
I participate in a restorative justice program similar to the one Mikaelsen describes, and I read this book on the recommendation from a fellow volunteer. It is, first and foremost, a novel for young adult readers, so it never claims to be outstanding literature, but it succeeds as an exploration of personal growth and development that can (hopefully) occur for participants in restorative/circle justice groups. Essentially, the story follows an angry young man as he commits a violent crime and then engages in a dialogue designed to restore the community and reveal his connections to those around him. The morality is a bit heavy-handed (one character, Edwin, never speaks except to dispense his traditional Native American views and occasionally offer hints as to a troubled past), but it is presented with honesty and respect, and I recommend the book to volunteers and potential volunteers. I was personally a bit uncomfortable with the Circle of Life spirituality presented, as it is not entirely consistent with Biblical Christianity (even if all creation is connected in a circle that demands respect, God is sovereign over that circle and not somehow just a part of it), but the basic messages about love and forgiveness and respect and healing are quite beautiful and can easily be related to a more Biblical analysis of the protagonist's situation and his needs.

Also, as a simple survival adventure story, this book draws favorable comparisons to the classic Hatchet, so I recommend this book even for adolescents who will skip the emotional struggles and focus on the storms and the mauling and the shelter-building and bug-eating.



Touching Spirit Bear Book Review - Scott B. Perry - Bristol, Connecticut United States
I read Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen and I loved it.
The book is about a teenager named Cole Mathews who has anger issues that lead him to commit many crimes wihtin the city of Minneapolis. He decided to brag about his latest crime and then a classmate turned him in. Cole denied everything and then beat up the kid who turned him in, a boy named Peter Driscal. Cole applied for Circle Justice afterward, a system of justice that promotes forgivness instead of punishment. Cole failed and was banished to a remote Alaskan island where the real story begins. At the begining of Cole's banishment, he burned down the hut Garvey and Edwin made and failed at escaping. He then provoked and was mauled by a Spirit Bear he saw repeatedly before that. After returning to the island from a hospital, he was able to heal inside and decided to try to help Peter heal. Peter came and was showing no kindness to Cole for most of the time. But finaly at the end, when they both saw the spirit bear, they became friends.
This book sadly has little to no examples of simile or metaphor in it.
The book has lots of imagery though, and I can give a few examples. One says:"Cole's stomach churned and cramped harder". Another says:"Cole squirted on a glop of ketchup and then devoured his hot dog.
The characterization in this book is rich. For example, Cole goes from a violent, rough, delinquent to a gentle, thoughtful boy.
The plot can get a little twisted with all the flashbacks and areas of description that goes so deep that you forget whats happening.
The book's flashbacks are exeptable since they provide good back story, insight, and answers to questions.
The book uses personification on the animals, and sometimes the environment and it makes things interesting. Like when Cole has to explain his animal dances and it is used astoundingly.
The dialogue is filled with powerful sayings and language.
I loved this book in the end.



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This book is amazing. It's about a total rebel who thinks everyone hates him. In the beginging he beats up this kid and curb stomps him it's so cool.



Excellent book for Middle School Boys - ked - massachusetss
My son is 12, and really hates to read.

He loved this book so much, he was constantly updating me on the story.

I do not enjoy reading either (not fiction anyway). My attention needs to be grabbed by page 3, or I'm not going any further.

I decided to read the book at the same time as my son, and loved it!

I am so glad my son finally found something to read that was enjoyable.

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My Side of the Mountain Review



If you're looking for a book about surviving in the wilderness, this is the one for you. "My Side of the Mountain" is a great story about wilderness survival. In this story, Sam Gribley runs away from home to live in the Catskill Mountains by himself. He learns how to cook new recipes from food in the wilderness, and he also builds a small house in the roots of a tree complete with a deerskin bed and a fireplace. He even trains a falcon named Frightful! But soon problems start to arise. People have been starting to see him and reporting this incredible story to the newspaper. What if someone finds out where he's hiding? What would he do then? Will he survive the one year in the mountains? Find out by reading "My Side of the Mountain" by Jean Craighead George. You'll absolutely love this book!



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In this enthralling story, a boy builds a treehouse in the mountains and learns to live entirely by his wits. "(Emphasizes) the rewards of courage and determination."--The Horn Book.


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Every kid thinks about running away at one point or another; few get farther than the end of the block. Young Sam Gribley gets to the end of the block and keeps going--all the way to the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. There he sets up house in a huge hollowed-out tree, with a falcon and a weasel for companions and his wits as his tool for survival. In a spellbinding, touching, funny account, Sam learns to live off the land, and grows up a little in the process. Blizzards, hunters, loneliness, and fear all battle to drive Sam back to city life. But his desire for freedom, independence, and adventure is stronger. No reader will be immune to the compulsion to go right out and start whittling fishhooks and befriending raccoons.

Jean Craighead George, author of more than 80 children's books, including the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves, created another prizewinner with My Side of the Mountain--a Newbery Honor Book, an ALA Notable Book, and a Hans Christian Andersen Award Honor Book. Astonishingly, she wrote its sequel, On the Far Side of the Mountain, 30 years later, and a decade after that penned the final book in the trilogy, Frightful's Mountain, told from the falcon's point of view. George has no doubt shaped generations of young readers with her outdoor adventures of the mind and spirit. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

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Great Children's Book - Book Club Mom - PA
I could not resist reading this children's book and I was not disappointed. An excellent coming of age story about a boy (Sam Gribley) who leaves his large family in New York City to live by himself in the Catskill Mountains. His efforts to survive and his experiences living in a hollowed out tree are remarkable.



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Teenage Sam runs off to the wilderness not knowing how fun and adventurous it will be.


This is very educational and imformative. I'd recomend this book to kids 10
years and up.

Even my mom liked it!



My Side Of The Mountain - Kenneth C. Locke -
I am over 50 and this book is still one of my favorites. I re-read it every so often. I read it as a boy in the 1960's and also remember the movie. Great story!



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The fictional story, "My Side of The Mountain", by Jean Craighead George is an adventurous tale about a 15 year old boy--Sam Gribley--who decides to run away into the Catskill Mountains of New York. He makes some unexpected friends along the way. Frightful, Sam's pet Falcon, is loyal and acts as a security alarm by squawking at approaching dangers. The Baron, a weasel, and Bando, a human, are also very well written side characters. The ending is disappointing and leaves the reader feeling empty, so perhaps the resolution will be found in the sequels. "My Side of The Mountain" is a fun story for children 9-13 who wish they could escape into the wild.

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The Thief (The Queen's Thief, Book 1) Review



Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief is a novel both broad in scope and minutely personal. It is the story of Gen, a talented thief that at the story's opening is captive in the king's prison, victim to his own bragging. But when the king's magus wants to steal a fabled relic from another kingdom he needs a master thief, and none is more skilled than Gen. So begins Gen's adventure, as the magus and his companions set out on a journey to steal the unstealable.

Turner fashions a well wrought web of history and political intrigue, painting it on a canvas of half-forgotten gods and myths. The first half of the book is relatively slow as we learn about Gen's companions and the kingdoms they inhabit, but I was never bored. The world, based loosely on ancient Greece, is lush and interesting, and the characters are all deeper than they first appear.

Unfortunately The Thief suffers from one major flaw: the story is told from Gen's point of view, but we know next to nothing about his personal history or motivations until the very end. Gen isn't an unreliable narrator which, handled well, can make for a clever twist; he is a deficient narrator, simply omitting key pieces of information until he springs them on the reader with self-satisfied relish. It makes an otherwise thrilling story somewhat flat; Gen could have been a lot more interesting and sympathetic a character if we had known his plans all along.

Despite my complaints, I did enjoy The Thief. I have it on good authority that the following books are better, so I'm looking forward to reading those too. Megan Whalen Turner has created a vivid, fascinating world, and I can't wait to see what else happens there.



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"I can steal anything."

After Gen's bragging lands him in the king's prison, the chances of escape look slim. Then the king's scholar, the magus, needs the thief's skill for a seemingly impossible task -- to steal a hidden treasure from another land.

To the magus, Gen is just a tool. But Gen is a trickster and a survivor with a plan of his own.




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Great idea, but needs a little work - lpgeorge123 -
I've been craving a good fantasy book lately, and this one sounded interesting. It has a good plot, with several nice twists that make the story more interesting. I only have one big complaint about the book, and that is on how the story and dialogue is told, especially in the first half of the story. Instead of having dialogue between the characters, everything is relayed by Gen, as if he's telling the story to someone else and skimming over those details. At the end of the book the reader realizes that he is retelling his story, but considering that the entire book is told in the moment, that style issue drove me nuts. It helps show that Gen is kept distant from his companions, but it also has the effect of distancing the reader, and making the story seem more boring.

I haven't decided yet if I will be reading the next books in the series. My favorite part of this book (SPOILER ALERT) was the hidden temple, and I would like to see more interaction between the gods and the main characters.






Wow! What a great find! - mztreus - Sunnyvale, CA
I STRONGLY recommend all of Turner's books. After reading The Thief in two days, I had to read more of Megan Turner's books. I have now read all of the books of this series except the latest, Conspiracy of Kings, (to be ordered on next order)and each book has left me wanting more. The books are not repetitive nor get out of control in some crazy plot of desperate ideas. Turner absolutely has the gift! You won't be disappointed if choose to get captivated by this author!



A great read! Finally... - Michael Cochran - NC
What can I say? I've been looking for well written, engrossing fiction for awhile now. And I believe that I've found it. The story doesn't seem to be derivative of other work and the faux-Byzantine empire adds a nice touch of fantasy yet familiar.

Our hero is thoroughly like-able and thoroughly a jerk. And yet all of this isn't even cookie-cutter anti-heroism. I don't want to give anything way so I'll leave it with this: this is a well written yet economical book (in that the author doesn't spend needless time expounding unpronounced flora and fauna).

I'm already enjoying the second in the series. I can't recommend it more highly.

Kindle edition: perfect as far as I can tell. I got it when it was priced more reasonably though.


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I was a little thrown off by the title "a guide". i wasnt sure if it was a self help type book or what. But, after reading the reviews, it looked cute so i went for it and got it for my daughters easter basket. We have really enjoyed this book. My daugher calls is the "bucket book". Its a sweet story about doing good deeds and making others happy and as a result, making others happy, makes you happy! As an adult, its a good reminder as well. I highly recommend this book for all ages!



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This is a version of Have You Filled a Bucket Today? for younger children. The concept of bucket filling is an effective metaphor for encouraging kind and considerate behavior as well as teaching the benefits of positive relationships to children.


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Great for a teachable moment for younger children! - Dr Nancy Johnson -
This book offers a great lesson for younger children in terms of kindness, generosity and bullying. It provides an easy to learn method for teaching children how to give back to self and others. I recommend this book for children 6th grade and under.



Great Book - T. Wright - USA
I am an elementary school counselor who plans on using this book for guidance lessons with my kids! It's such a great book to use for teaching students kindness and compassion.






Great book to Teach Kindness - Kristie Finnan (Author of Mommy's High Heel Shoes) - www.mommyshoes.com
I picked this up as a birthday gift today and love it so much that I want to keep it! Anyway, I highly recommend this clever story about the invisible buckets we all carry each day. It teaches kindness and being nice to others through simple kind everyday acts! Highly recommend!

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House of Mirth Review



I just sort of stumbled upon this book recently: the price was right -- .00 from Dover! I was not expecting much, although I like Wharton. The subject matter seemed unpromising: the hedonistic rich and their hangers-on. But the quality of the writing kept me going, and the character of Lily Bart was intriguing. By the time I was finished, I was moved enough to do something I rarely do: start over at the beginning. This time the book opened up for me with increasing pleasure and, indeed, awe. How a mere mortal is able to write with such authority about so many facets of life, fabricate a hugely complex social tapestry while all the while keeping the story moving, and create a flawed but achingly noble and sympathetic character out of mere words on a page - is beyond me. So I just indulged. Here is the case study par excellence of inexorable fate determined by upbringing, character, and circumstances. Lily Bart is perhaps the most exquisitely drawn character in all of literature, and her memory will stay with me forever.

There is, however, one fly in the ointment ... and one that is found frequently in great literature, alas. The book is blatantly anti-Semitic. One of the main characters is Simon Rosedale, who is slimy like so many others in Lily's circle but who has the distinction of being described several times as representative of his "race." For example:

"He had his race's accuracy in the appraisal of values, and to be seen walking down the platform at the crowded afternoon hour in the company of Miss Lily Bart would have been money in his pocket, as he might himself have phrased it." (bk 1, ch. 2)

"Rosedale, with that mixture of artistic sensibility and business astuteness which characterizes his race ..." (bk 1, ch. 2)

"He knew he should have to go slowly, and the instincts of his race fitted him to suffer rebuffs and put up with delays." (bk 1, ch 11)

The book in fact adopts an exceedingly conflicted view of this fellow. For Wharton attributes some very touching qualities to this man, such that he turns out to be one of the few sympathetic figures in the book. On the other hand, there is the definite suggestion that Rosedale represents the utter depths to which Lily may have to descend in order to maintain the style of life she seems to require. That would be fine (plot-wise) if Rosedale were portrayed simply as an individual or even as a type. But ... as typical of his race? Hmm. Rosedale emits some quality that causes almost visceral disgust in Lily (and her set), even when she can recognize his kindly features; yet that quality is simply to be understood rather than defined, probably because it is little more than the subjective projection of society's prejudice.




House of Mirth Overview


From the esteemed author of The Age of Innocence--a black comedy about vast wealth and a woman who can define herself only through the perceptions of others. Lily Bart's quest to find a husband who can satisfy her cravings for endless admiration and all the trappings of the rich comes to a scandalous end when she is accused of being a wealthy man's mistress. (Literature/Classics)


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"The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth," warns Ecclesiastes 7:4, and so does the novel by Edith Wharton that takes its title from this call to heed. New York at the turn of the century was a time of opulence and frivolity for those who could afford it. But for those who couldn't and yet wanted desperately to keep up with the whirlwind, like Wharton's charming Lily Bart, it was something else altogether: a gilded cage rather than the Gilded Age.

One of Wharton's earliest descriptions of her heroine, in the library of her bachelor friend and sometime suitor Lawrence Selden, indicates that she appears "as though she were a captured dryad subdued to the conventions of the drawing room." Indeed, herein lies Lily's problem. She has, we're told, "been brought up to be ornamental," and yet her spirit is larger than what this ancillary role requires. By today's standards she would be nothing more than a mild rebel, but in the era into which Wharton drops her unmercifully, this tiny spark of character, combined with numerous assaults by vicious society women and bad luck, ultimately renders Lily persona non grata. Her own ambivalence about her position serves to open the door to disaster: several times she is on the verge of "good" marriage and squanders it at the last moment, unwilling to play by the rules of a society that produces, as she calls them, "poor, miserable, marriageable girls.

Lily's rather violent tumble down the social ladder provides a thumbnail sketch of the general injustices of the upper classes (which, incidentally, Wharton never quite manages to condemn entirely, clearly believing that such life is cruel but without alternative). From her start as a beautiful woman at the height of her powers to her sad finale as a recently fired milliner's assistant addicted to sleeping drugs, Lily Bart is heroic, not least for her final admission of her own role in her downfall. "Once--twice--you gave me the chance to escape from my life and I refused it: refused it because I was a coward," she tells Selden as the book draws to a close. All manner of hideous socialite beasts--some of whose treatment by Wharton, such as the token social-climbing Jew, Simon Rosedale, date the book unfortunately--wander through the novel while Lily plummets. As her tale winds down to nothing more than the remnants of social grace and cold hard cash, it's hard not to agree with Lily's own assessment of herself: "I have tried hard--but life is difficult, and I am a very useless person. I can hardly be said to have an independent existence. I was just a screw or a cog in the great machine I called life, and when I dropped out of it I found I was of no use anywhere else." Nevertheless, it's even harder not to believe that she deserved better, which is why The House of Mirth remains so timely and so vital in spite of its crushing end and its unflattering portrait of what life offers up. --Melanie Rehak

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Great description of victorian society! - CoraPersephone - pittsburgh
One of Wharton's greatest gifts is making her characters seem so alive, and of getting the reader involved with their thoughts and feelings. She is great at describing the psychological processes of her heroine, Lilly Bart, who is compelling as a woman trying to find her way in a society that she both covets and finds superficial. Reading the novel, I could feel what Lilly was feeling, and her thought process made perfect sense from my perspective, I was so involved in her story that I could not put the book down. The narrative is flawless from beginning to end, Wharton having the gift of being romantic without being sentimental (a very hard task for woman writers) and she delivers a wonderful story. The ending made me cry, and I appreciate its realism and it caught me by surprise, Wharton is definitely one to cater to romantic whims or the idealistic desires of her readers.






Very Moving - Dan Carrison - Santa Clarita, CA USA
I cannot comment on this particular edition, but felt compelled to review the novel anyway, in the hope that others will read it.

I didn't think I would feel sympathy for Lily, but I don't think I've ever wanted to help a character in any novel as much as I wanted to save Lily. I didn't exactly fall in love with her; frankly she is not my cup of tea. But I desperately wanted to see her happy.

For days I was affected by the end. I was very, very moved.

That said, I do not accept Edith Wharton's sense of determinism; nor do I accept the basic plot, with its scarcity of men. Lily is the most beautiful woman in New York and there are only two or three obnoxious men she can choose from? I found that hard to swallow. I also found it difficult to accept that (even for an unaccomplished woman) it was either a life of frivolity with the rich set, or a life of impoverished loneliness. Even in 1905 there were more alternatives. Lily, for example, could have learned her lesson that the rich were leading shallow lives, and still have found happiness on a lower social scale with a hard working doctor, or a military officer, etc. She also could have left New York and struck out West.

I love the writing of Edith Wharton. And I've read most of her works. But I don't buy the determinism; and I think it was a little strained in this novel.

But Lily is unforgettable.



Protagonist, Blame Thyself - Gary Schroeder -
High American society, New York, turn of the 19th century: Lily Bart, an associate of the well-heeled who often attends their social functions, has no fortune of her own. What to do? Marry into money. This should be easy enough for Lily as she's found to be beautiful by many of the men who orbit about her, but she seems to have no interest in them. She longs for the trappings of aristocratic life but is unwilling to accept the sacrifices attendant to marrying simply for position. Letting one too many opportunities slip by, and being embroiled in a couple of social faux pases along the way, she eventually finds that she's been dumped by polite society, facing penury in a boarding house.

House of Mirth is of course beautifully written, though the plot moves quite slowly with few truly dramatic punctuations. Lily is a largely unsympathetic character whose motives are not easy to understand and whose actions are often frustrating. Indeed, many of the misfortunes that befall her seem to be of her own making.



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