Friday, September 24, 2010

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Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls) Review

As always, Ally Carter delivers the action in her Gallagher Girl series. Only the Good Spy Young contains a great balance between the mental and the physical. We don't get to see much of Cammie's regular life, or life at the academy in general because the series-long mystery has sped up considerably.

Everyone is wrapped up in what's going on, as they should be. What is really going on though? How are things with Zach going to play out? Is Cammie really going to lose another important man in her life? Hasn't the poor girl been through enough already? Throughout Only the Good Spy Young much hinges on Cammie's father's past. Having to face that alone, without the added danger, could cause many to lose focus.

I loved the support from Cammie's mom and friends. I love how they understand that she can't always be sheltered and that it's gotten to the point where dangerous or not, she has to stand on her own. They can back her up, but they can't do it for her.

I'm not quite sold on the ending. It's leading us directly into the next book, but I'm rather wary of the places it may take the story. I didn't have the gushy love for this book as I've had for the rest of the series, but I definitely liked it and can't wait to get my hands on the next one.

Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls) Overview

When Cammie Morgan enrolled at the Gallagher Academy, she knew she was preparing for the dangerous life of a spy. What she didn’t know was that the serious, real-life danger would start during her junior year of high school. But that’s exactly what happened two months ago when Cammie faced off against an ancient terrorist organization dead set on kidnapping her.

Now the danger follows her everywhere, and even Cammie “The Chameleon” can’t hide.  When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most-trusted allies is actually a rogue double-agent, Cammie no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers—or even her own heart.

 In this fourth installment of the New York Times best-selling series, the Gallagher Girls must hack, spy, steal, and lie their way to the truth.as they go searching for answers, recognizing that the key to Cammie’s future may lie deep in the past.

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amazing! - Leslie - Dallas, TX
I do have to say this is the best one of the series! Ally Carter delivers magnificently with this addition! It has everything I hoped it would have, action, love, friendship and mystery. I abs love that they gave us more on that cutie Zach, who has been my favorite! Carter kept me guessing and finally tied up many of the questions I had from the previous novels. The writing never ceases to amaze me! Oh and don't let me get started on that ending!!! I want the next book now!! Overall this novel gets 4 out of 5 paws!

WOW - Cary Stone -
This was the best book ive read in a long time i was so happy zach was in it more

Hmm - Heather Franklin -
I'm not sure how to rate it. I ordered it a month ago and it still hasn't gotten here.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

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Streams in the Desert(r) Review

Streams in the Desert is a classic devotional that never grows old. It moves the heart and inspires the reader to a closer walk with God. I highly recommend it. It is especially good for someone with a love of the poetic as it includes moving poetry by one of my favorite poets, Annie Johnson Flint, among many others.

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Devotional - D. Myers - Omaha, NE
Such a daily inspiration for me. Very easy to use and very well-made book. Absolutely worth the price. The leather cover feels nice and increases the durability.

A Little Dry and Dated; Not as Nourishing as I'd Hoped - Rev. Dr. Charles Erlandson - Tyler, Texas United States
I ordered "Streams in the Desert" because of the numerous positive reviews on Amazon. I'm constantly looking for new devotional books to see which ones seem to lead me and others closer to God. So I ordered "Streams in the Desert" with high expectations, especially since I knew it was a compilation of devotional materials from others.

However, I'm sorry to say that in comparison to many other devotionals I've used and looked at, I don't find it to be one of the more useful or edifying of devotional books. Don't get me wrong: I don't dislike it or think that it's useless. But there are many better ones out there.

Here's why I say this. First, I don't like devotionals that take only one verse of Scripture at a time to write about. The larger context of each Scripture verse is important in understanding what any individual verse says. By looking at only one verse, the odds of misunderstanding what the verse is actually saying is increased. Also, without the broader context, the devotional writer can take the verse in any direction he wants to and not lead us to what God is actually saying in the text.

Here are a few examples of the truncated verses that "Streams in the Desert" writes about, without reference to the larger portion of the Bible in which they are found:
"That night the Lord appeared to Isaac."
"A furious squall came up."
"Descend from the crest."
"We had hoped."
"And there came a lion."

Sometimes, 2 or 3 different devotional excerpts from 2 or 3 different readers are all cobbled together for a particular verse, without a feeling of consistency or continuity. Many of the images used and the style of writing are taken from the late 19th and early 20th century. In spite of this being the updated version edited by Jim Reimann, it has an old-fashioned feel that is not only difficult to get into but often seems too sweetly pious without being very practical. I don't feel this style reaches as many people today. The devotionals are very uneven, and some are much better than others.

In spite of my criticisms, I don't deny that "Streams in the Desert" has obviously benefited many readers and continues to do so. But I still believe there are many better devotional books out there.

Great purchase! - Nancy L. Moorman - cape coral, fl
We received the book within a week, and it was in great condition ~ as described by the seller.

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The Ranger's Apprentice, Book 10: The Emperor of Nihon-Ja Review

The Ranger's Apprentice, Book 10: The Emperor of Nihon-Ja Overview

Months have passed since Horace departed for the eastern nation of Nihon-Ja on a vital mission. Having received no communication from him, his friends fear the worst. Unwilling to wait a second longer, Alyss, Evanlyn, and Will leave their homeland behind and venture into an exotic land in search of their missing friend.

When they finally catch up with him, they find Horace entangled in a military coup. Determined to protect the imperial throne, Will and his band of Araluens must piece together and train a force in order to fend off the master Senji warriors intent on overthrowing the emperor.

Suspense and pulse-pounding action abound in this final adventure in the worldwide phenomenon that is RangerÕs Apprentice.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

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The Divine Comedy by Dante, Illustrated, Paradise, Volume 2 Review

This was required reading for a graduate course in medieval history. Norton edition has great articles to help explain the work and is a great translation. The other great translation is by Mark Musa. "The Divine Comedy" describes Dante's journey through Hell (Inferno), Purgatory (Purgatorio), and Paradise (Paradiso), guided first by the Roman epic poet Virgil and then by Beatrice, the subject of his love and another of his works, "La Vita Nuova." While the vision of Hell, the Inferno, is vivid for modern readers, the theological niceties presented in the other books require a certain amount of patience and scholarship to understand. Purgatorio, the most lyrical and human of the three, also has the most poets in it; Paradiso, the most heavily theological, has the most beautiful and ecstatic mystic passages in which Dante tries to describe what he confesses he is unable to convey (e.g., when Dante looks into the face of God: "all'alta fantasia qui mancò possa" - "at this high moment, ability failed my capacity to describe," Paradiso, XXXIII, 142).

Dante wrote the Comedy in his regional dialect. By creating a poem of epic structure and philosophic purpose, he established that the Italian language was suitable for the highest sort of expression, and simultaneously established the Tuscan dialect as the standard for Italian. In French, Italian is nicknamed la langue de Dante. Publishing in the vernacular language marked Dante as one of the first (among others such as Geoffrey Chaucer and Giovanni Boccaccio) to break from standards of publishing in only Latin or Greek (the languages of Church and antiquity). This break allowed more literature to be published for a wider audience - setting the stage for greater levels of literacy in the future.

Readers often cannot understand how such a serious work may be called a "comedy". In Dante's time, all serious scholarly works were written in Latin (a tradition that would persist for several hundred years more, until the waning years of the Enlightenment) and works written in any other language were assumed to be comedic in nature. Furthermore, the word "comedy," in the classical sense, refers to works which reflect belief in an ordered universe, in which events not only tended towards a happy or "amusing" ending, but an ending influenced by a Providential will that orders all things to an ultimate good. By this meaning of the word, the progression of Dante's pilgrim from Hell to Paradise is the paradigmatic expression of comedy, since the work begins with the pilgrim's moral confusion and ends with the vision of God.

The Divine Comedy can be described simply as an allegory: Each canto, and the episodes therein, can contain many alternate meanings. Dante's allegory, however, is more complex, and, in explaining how to read the poem (see the "Letter to Can Grande della Scala"), he outlines other levels of meaning besides the allegory (the historical, the moral, the literal, and the anagogical). The structure of the poem, likewise, is quite complex, with mathematical and numerological patterns arching throughout the work, particularly threes and nines. The poem is often lauded for its particularly human qualities: Dante's skillful delineation of the characters he encounters in Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise; his bitter denunciations of Florentine and Italian politics; and his powerful poetic imagination. Dante's use of real characters, according to Dorothy Sayers in her introduction to her translation of "L'Inferno", allows Dante the freedom of not having to involve the reader in description, and allows him to "[make] room in his poem for the discussion of a great many subjects of the utmost importance, thus widening its range and increasing its variety."

Dante called the poem "Comedy" (the adjective "Divine" added later in the 16th century) because poems in the ancient world were classified as High ("Tragedy") or Low ("Comedy"). Low poems had happy endings and were of everyday or vulgar subjects, while High poems were for more serious matters. Dante was one of the first in the Middle Ages to write of a serious subject, the Redemption of man, in the low and vulgar Italian language and not the Latin language as one might expect for such a serious topic.

After an initial ascension (Canto I), Beatrice guides Dante through the nine spheres of Heaven. These are concentric and spherical, similar to Aristotelian and Ptolemaic cosmology. Dante admits that the vision of heaven he receives is the one that his human eyes permit him to see. Thus, the vision of heaven found in the Cantos is Dante's own personal vision, ambiguous in its true construction. The addition of a moral dimension means that a soul that has reached Paradise stops at the level applicable to it. Souls are allotted to the point of heaven that fits with their human ability to love God. Thus, there is a heavenly hierarchy. All parts of heaven are accessible to the heavenly soul. That is to say all experience God but there is a hierarchy in the sense that some souls are more spiritually developed than others. This is not determined by time or learning as such but by their proximity to God (how much they allow themselves to experience him above other things). It must be remembered in Dante's schema that all souls in Heaven are on some level always in contact with God.

Recommended reading for anyone interested in literature and medieval history.

The Divine Comedy by Dante, Illustrated, Paradise, Volume 2 Overview

True love, that ever shows itself as clear In kindness, as loose appetite in wrong, Silenced that lyre harmonious, and still'd The sacred chords, that are by heav'n's right hand Unwound and tighten'd, flow to righteous prayers Should they not hearken, who, to give me will For praying, in accordance thus were mute? He hath in sooth good cause for endless grief, Who, for the love of thing that lasteth not, Despoils himself forever of that love.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

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AP World History Flash Cards Review

I have taught AP World History since the program began in 2002 - actually even longer than that since I worked on launching the program for a couple years prior to that. As a teacher, I've also been trained to be a bit skeptical about rote, 'drill and kill' learning strategies, but, on the other hand, I believe in results. I have found that the flashcards are a useful study tool, and perhaps most importantly, they seem to be most effective for students who are struggling to pass the exam with a 3. In many cases, it is my opinion that the bright students who easily score 5s can do so even with a standard textbook and a mediocre study guide - and either no teacher or a poor teacher. The challenge comes with students who are not the academically gifted ones - the students who are challenging themselves by enrolling in an Advanced Placement class. These are precisely the kind of students who need help and can benefit the most from flashcards. I have seen several students who I expected to earn 2s earn 3s and even 4s after using flashcards. I have even had several surprising 5s from students who I expected to earn 3s or 4s.

A couple other points...First, these are not flashcards with a question on one side and the answer on the other. The format is to list a concept, event, or vocabulary word on one side and then list all the relevant information about it on the other side. At first I was somewhat disappointed in this format, but after seeing students use them, the format seems to work better than the question-answer format. Second, if you think flashcards might help you, I recommend that you buy them early in the year so you can benefit from the practice all year long rather than just cramming for the exam at the end.

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Flash cards are convenient and highly useful study tools-- a great way to absorb a host of details when preparing for an exam. This brand-new boxed set of 350-400 flash cards presents World History topics with key information on reverse sides. The set is divided into six major historical eras:

  • Time Immemorial - 600 C.E.
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  • 1914 - The Present

    Although designed primarily as a study aid for the Advanced Placement World History Exam, these flash cards can be used as a preparation aid by students taking world history exams of virtually all kinds. Students preparing for the Advanced Placement Exam can also use these cards profitably in tandem with Barron's How to Prepare for the AP World History, 2nd Edition.

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    AP World Flash Cards - irishdancer7513 -
    I bought these cards for my ap world history class because they were required. I really didn't use them that much because they aren't very good. I love flash cards I make them for everything! But this is not a very good product. I didn't like this review book either. If you want to learn something and have a good study tool for your ap world history class buy http://www.amazon.com/Cracking-World-History-College-Preparation/dp/0375429956/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1283638171&sr=8-1 Its the best!

    Excellent Aid If Properly Used - William Alexander - Spartanburg, SC

    Students who have "slacked off" in AP World History and are facing both barrels of the AP WOrld History Examination would do well to pick up a set of these cards no later than mid-April. Card construction is fairly sturdy, and will sustain a great deal of "shuffling" and "flipping" before beginning to deteriorate.

    Ideally, these cards should be used as review sources as the student moves through each of the five "periodicities" of AP World History in preparation for each examination and essay question executed through the academic year. However, they can be used more towards the end of the course as not only the focus of a large review, but with some utility as a "cram" device, although that is not recommended. Since the cards do not have "pat" answers on the back in favor of about a short paragraph of analysis, the academic mode expected of AP World History Exam takers, they will not work as well in, say, the week before the examination because of the large amounts of basic information provided. So, any late review with the cards should begin no later than mid-April as I mentioned, and you can forget using them as a "night before the test" source.

    Further, they should not be used as a "stand alone" source. Rather, they should be used in conjunction with a reliable study guide like Kaplan, Princeton, or "Five Steps to a Five." The cards are very useful for "filling in the gaps." But, in a radical pinch, they might provide some assistance in introducing key concepts and provide some assistance on, especially, the multiple choice portion of the test. But, these are just possible suggestions.

    Good study aid and "nutshell." Recommended!

    Excellent study aid! - dad who cares - Southwest Florida
    The best, most productive way to study for the AP World History Exam.

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    Persuasion (Oxford World's Classics) Review

    In Jane Austen's time, young women were taught that it was practically their duty to "marry well" -- someone of at least equal social/financial standing.

    But if a woman turned down a suitor for being poor, she ran the risk of losing the man she loved. That's the problem for Anne Elliott, the heroine of Jane Austen's final novel "Persuasion" -- a delicate romance that takes place AFTER the romance, rejection and heartrending sorrow. There's some slight roughness around the edges, but the story and the characters are simply brilliant.

    Eight years ago, Anne Elliott was engaged to the handsome, intelligent and impoverished sailor Frederick Wentworth, but was persuaded to dump him by the family friend Lady Russell.

    Now she's twenty-seven (ancient by the time's standards), and her vain father Sir Walter is facing financial ruin. So he decides to relocate to Bath and rent out the vast family estate -- and it turns out that the new tenant is Frederick's brother-in-law. Of course, Anne still loves Frederick, but he doesn't seem to feel the same, especially since he's rumored to be interested in some younger, flirtier girls.

    And Anne's worries increase when she joins her family in Bath, where her father is attempting to live the lifestyle he feels he deserves (since he's a baronet). His heir, William Elliott, recently reestablished contact with his relatives -- and he seems very interested in Anne. But Anne suspects that he has ulterior motives... even if she doesn't realize how Frederick truly feels about her.

    It's pretty obvious that Jane Austen wrote "Persuasion" late in her life -- not only is Anne Elliott older than her other heroines, but she seems to have been more sympathetic to women who bowed to society's "persuasions." This was the last book that Austen wrote before her untimely death, and it was only published posthumously.

    As a result, the book can be a little rough and the story is rather simple. But Austen's writing is still intense and powerfully vivid. Her prose is elegant and smooth, and her dialogue is full of hidden facets. The half-hidden love story of Anne and Frederick is among Austen's most skillful writing ("I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever"), and it's virtually impossible not to be moved by it.

    And Austen went out of her way to praise the self-made man, who got ahead through merit instead of birth (something that bugs Sir Walter). She also pokes holes in social climbers, vain aristocrats ("Few women could think more of their personal appearance than he did"), nasty family and false friends.

    Anne herself is a very rare heroine, both then and now -- she's past her designated "marriage" years and would have been considered a lost cause. But she remains remains kind, thoughtful, quiet, intelligent, and as time goes on she starts to appreciate her own judgement instead of being "persuaded." And Captain Wentworth is a vibrant portrayal of a strong man who worked his way to the top, but had to do so without the woman he loved.

    Jane Austen's last finished novel is a little rough in places, but the exquisite beauty of Frederick and Anne's love story is simply staggering. Truly a masterpiece.

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    Persuasion (Oxford World's Classics) Overview

    Persuasion celebrates romantic constancy in an era of turbulent change. Written as the Napoleonic Wars were ending, the novel examines how a woman can at once remain faithful to her past and still move forward into the future. Anne Elliot seems to have given up on present happiness and has resigned herself to living off her memories. More than seven years earlier she complied with duty: persuaded to view the match as imprudent and improper, she broke off her engagement to a naval captain with neither fortune, ancestry, nor prospects. However, when peacetime arrives and brings the Navy home, and Anne encounters Captain Wentworth once more, she starts to believe in second chances. Jane Austen's last completed novel features a heroine much older and wiser than her predecessors in earlier books, and presents a more intimate and sober tale of a love found long after such happiness had been deemed hopeless. This edition includes an appendix giving the original ending of Persuasion.

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    Anne Elliot, heroine of Austen's last novel, did something we can all relate to: Long ago, she let the love of her life get away. In this case, she had allowed herself to be persuaded by a trusted family friend that the young man she loved wasn't an adequate match, social stationwise, and that Anne could do better. The novel opens some seven years after Anne sent her beau packing, and she's still alone. But then the guy she never stopped loving comes back from the sea. As always, Austen's storytelling is so confident, you can't help but allow yourself to be taken on the enjoyable journey.

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    "You perce my soul, I'm half agony, half hope" WOOOW!! - Elizabeth -
    I'm slowly becoming a Jane Austen fan. My first book was Pride and Prejudice and then I decided to give 'Persuasion' a shot...and I'm glad I did!

    This book tells the story of Anne Elliot. A woman of 28 who found love at 21 and lost it because she was persuaded by the family friend and her own family. But the story starts when she sees her former love eight and a half years later...it's a great journey.

    Captain Wentworth's letter just made me bawl like a baby!!!

    Amazing book, glad I picked it up!

    Inspiring! - yearningtoread -
    Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth were happily in love and ready to be married - until Anne's friend Lady Russel persuades her that Captain Wentworth, a poor man in the army, is not the man for her. Eight years later, however, society brings them together again. Anne still loves him, and she must divulge if he still loves her, a hard task considering all the lovely young women who would do anything to marry the handsome and now wealthy Captain. Persuasion is a story filled with jealousy and uncertainty, as well as passion, simple joy, and a powerful, unconditional love.

    Persuasion is my third Austen novel (the first being Pride and Prejudice, then Sense and Sensibility); I loved it. It kept me up late at night - midnight and later. I finished it in four days, which is a record for me as I do not read classics very quickly.

    In one word, I would say this is a simple book, in the best sense. It is written well and the way the events of the story are played out build the characters' personalities, their way of living. The story progresses in just a way that mirrors Anne's feelings for Wentworth... In the beginning, there is no word of a Captain Wentworth, and Anne's life is happy. At least, on the outside. As everything falls into place, however, Anne becomes more and more unnerved and unable to conceal her love, the love she's had all along. The tension between the Captain and Anne Elliot was substantial and realistic. I was very impressed and am every excited to read and re-read all of Austen's wonderful novels. They're sitting on my shelf...waiting!

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    Extremely Disappointed - mom the mega shopper - central fl
    I almost feel ashamed that I did not like this book, after all it is Jane Austin! I loved Pride and Predujice, I loved Emma but I found Persuasion tedious. The charaters were not interesting, the story rather disjointed and lackluster. I made myself finish it thinking perhaps it would get better, it did not.

    A Wonderful Classic Novel - Lover of Books - Eagan, MN United States
    Ms. Austen writes a fantastic story for the most part. The gossip was a little much at times. And the stereotypical situations and feelings were accurate even if a little annoying. The story flowed fairly well. I was impressed with keeping all the different characters and traits separate. Just a lot going on and different story lines. I was impressed with how much was in the book and everything was wrapped up neatly. Some things hadn't happened yet but you knew what was going to happen.

    I truly felt for Anne. She was trying to follow the influence of a friend since her mother was dead. I understand but she finally had to figure out for herself what was right and stick to it. Things seemed to go better now that she was older. Family and friends didn't fight things for her so much. Of her family members I loved her older sister Mary the best. She had her moments where she would get "sick" or get frustrated with her husband for making plans when plans were already made. But she had to learn to speak up as well. The women just kind of sat back and did nothing sometimes.

    All in all, I enjoyed the book. The drama was a little bit overwhelming but I had to find out how it ended. I wanted to know if Anne and Fredrick would end up together. I could see how things would all play out or at least how I hoped it would end up. Ms. Austen is an amazing author and I cannot wait to read more of her work.

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    Enrique's Journey (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) Review

    If you are not sure why theres such a big debate over immigration reform, this book will give you a glimpse at why a family may choose to migrate to the U.S. This book was an easy read, I couldn't put it down. The journey some immigrants take is dangerous, even deadly and yet some people live in such poor conditions, that they risk their own lives in search of jobs in the U.S. I highly recommend this book.

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    FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Describes one Honduran boy's difficult and dangerous journey to find his mother, who had made the trek northward to the United States in search of a better life when Enrique had been five years old, but who had never made enough money to return home for her children, in a poignant account that addresses the issues of family and the implications of illegal immigration.

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    Not the best... - Sam -
    Although the book has received numerous awards, and great reviews from critics, which I don't really see why, I hated it. The book is trying to garner sympathy for illegal immigrants. Simple as that. Sad story, simple story, not something I'm ever going to read again.

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    Enrique's Journey - Jim Johnson - Austintown, oh United States
    I read this while on a cultural exchange trip to Guanajuato Mexico...it certainly opened my eyes to the lengths immigrants are going to when trying to enter our country.

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    Friday, September 10, 2010

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    Speak Review

    Have you ever had an entire school cafeteria look at you with hate in their eyes? Seen someone whisper something to someone else and know, without a doubt, it is about you? Fourteen year old Melinda Sordino has. She called the cops at her first high school party over the summer and now she is a social pariah. Only no one knows she had a reason. A good one. She'll barely admit it to herself.
    Halse Anderson artfully and authentically describes the life of a high school outcast in a way that is both humorous and heartbreaking. It is fun to read because sometimes I find myself laughing out loud and other times I am holding back tears and sniffling. Her description of high school's social hierarchy and the journey to being comfortable in your own skin brings me back to my ninth grade year.
    The book deals with the very real and very serious issues of teenage depression and sexual assault in a way that it is accessible to teens who have dealt with all or none of the above. Any teenager who has struggled with some issue can relate to Melinda's struggle, even if it is not the same. I think using Melinda's struggle with her art project, the rendering of a tree, as a parallel for her struggle to face herself added a neat symbolic dimension to the book.
    This is a book that despite it's serious, controversial subject matter I have taught and will teach again because of its ability to connect to the teenage experience and accurate portrayal of adolescent struggles and issues. It's only weak point? The ending. Both myself and my students have lamented the lack of real closure we feel at the end of the book. However, as real life generally doesn't clean up into a well-rounded fairy tale ending, perhaps we shouldn't expect our books to as well.

    Speak Overview

    Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that's not safe. Because there's something she's trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.

    Awards for Speak

    A 2000 Printz Honor Book
    A 1999 National Book Award Finalist
    An Edgar Allan Poe Award Finalist
    A 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
    Winner of the SCBWI Golden Kite Award
    An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
    An ALA Quick Pick
    A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
    A Booklist Top Ten First Novel of 1999
    A BCCB Blue Ribbon Book
    A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
    A Horn Book Fanfare Title

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    Since the beginning of the school year, high school freshman Melinda has found that it's been getting harder and harder for her to speak out loud: "My throat is always sore, my lips raw.... Every time I try to talk to my parents or a teacher, I sputter or freeze.... It's like I have some kind of spastic laryngitis." What could have caused Melinda to suddenly fall mute? Could it be due to the fact that no one at school is speaking to her because she called the cops and got everyone busted at the seniors' big end-of-summer party? Or maybe it's because her parents' only form of communication is Post-It notes written on their way out the door to their nine-to-whenever jobs. While Melinda is bothered by these things, deep down she knows the real reason why she's been struck mute...

    Laurie Halse Anderson's first novel is a stunning and sympathetic tribute to the teenage outcast. The triumphant ending, in which Melinda finds her voice, is cause for cheering (while many readers might also shed a tear or two). After reading Speak, it will be hard for any teen to look at the class scapegoat again without a measure of compassion and understanding for that person--who may be screaming beneath the silence. (Ages 13 and older) --Jennifer Hubert

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    A character who truly comes to life, scars and all - Joshua Mauthe - Nashville, TN
    A couple of weeks ago, I read You, a YA novel that, for all its compelling thoughts and voice, got so involved in having a clever plot that it forgot that the best thing about "slice of life" books is when they remain grounded in everyday life. I mention that to say that Speak, by contrast, is the sort of YA book that manages, miraculously, to do almost everything right. Speak is the story of Melinda Sordino, a young girl who starts her freshman year of high school abandoned by her friends, misunderstood by her parents, and slowly withdrawing into a near-mute state. The reasons for this remain murky for some time, although Anderson foreshadows it well and deals with the nature of Melinda's crisis well. There's a lot here that I loved, but what Anderson really creates is a rich, thoughtful character whose psychology and scars seem genuine, not forced, and one whose story truly feels believable and relatable. The book stumbles at a few points - there's some heavy-handed symbolism, the art teacher is a bit absurd, and the climax is a bit silly. But they're all minor, forgivable points when woven into such a rich characterization. By the time you finish the book, you truly feel as if you know Melinda well, and she feels like someone who could easily be around you at any time. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical going in, but I really loved Speak a lot, and I totally understand the push to include it in English classes - and agree with it 100%.

    Speak - Twinmomma -
    This was another book my teen needed for her book report.I preferred ordering the books she needed,show she could take her time to enjoy reading and so she could get a better understand of the book with out rushing to return it to the library.Once again the book was very affordable and we recieved the book within days after ordering.Once again the amazon websit was easy and simple,and "Yes I'll be back"

    Forsaken Friendships - Joanne Reynolds - BRISTOL, CT United States
    Melinda begins high school as the outcast who called the police to a party that took place in the summer before the start of school. She has never been asked why she called the police and her best friends have abandoned her.

    Melinda carries a very real secret with a lot of pain involved. She is holding back speaking to most people and her grades and social life come to a dismal fall.

    Melinda has quite the personality, something that the reader is aware of, but not necessarily the people that she deals with.

    This book is very well written, you really do feel Melinda's pain, you just don't know the reason behind it until the end of the book. So sad that people she considered her friends don't bother to try to find out the reasoning behind her call to 911.

    Says so much about the torment that is adolescence, the hormonal changes and angst to becoming one's self.

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    Check Out Blue Moon: The Immortals for $9.99

    Blue Moon: The Immortals Review

    I love reading books and finding new ones to get interested in. I read the first book a couple of weeks ago, and I thought it was an "okay" book. I did still want to continue reading the series, because I don't like leaving things unfinished. I enjoyed Blue Moon a great deal more than Evermore. The storyline was so much more captivating, and I stayed interested enough to finish the book within 24 hours. To me, a book that can keep me hooked enough to finish it in one sitting is pretty good. There are a few twists in this book that keeps you guessing as well. I love it when things are unpredictable, and this book accomplished this. I think if you were a little disappointed by the first book of the Immortals, then you should hang on and read Blue Moon. I think you will enjoy this one. I'm waiting on the third installment to come in the mail, and I am definitely looking forward to it!

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    Blue Moon: The Immortals Overview

    Alyson’s Noël’s bestselling Immortals series has been hailed as “addictive” “beautiful” “haunting” and “mesmerizing.”  In the second installment, Ever can bring her family back from the dead—but only if she’s willing to sacrifice the guy she loves more than life itself.


         Just as Ever is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an immortal, initiated into the dark, seductive world by her beloved Damen, something terrible is happening to him.  As Ever’s powers are increasing, Damen’s are fading—stricken by a mysterious illness that threatens his memory, his identity, his life.

         Desperate to save him, Ever travels to the mystical dimension of Summerland, uncovering not only the secrets of Damen’s past—the brutal, tortured history he hoped to keep hidden—but also an ancient text revealing the workings of time. With the approaching blue moon heralding her only window for travel, Ever is forced to decide between turning back the clock and saving her family from the accident that claimed them—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows weaker each day...

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    Whine, whine, whine some more.. - Missy W - North Carolina, USA
    At the start of the book, we learn that Ever is learning about her new powers from her Immortal boyfriend, Damen. Everything seems to be going perfectly for the couple until they see the new kid in school, Roman. Damen pays him no mind, but Ever is put off by him from the beginning. Then, things start changing. Suddenly, Damen starts acting weaker ... and altogether starts ignoring Ever. As a matter of fact, everyone seems to not like Ever at school anymore - even her friends Miles and Haven. Typical high school clique change, right? No, not necessarily. The school seems to be getting along fine and it seems as though the lines between cliques have been blurred. Everyone seems to be getting along, and agreeing on the fact that Ever is the only outcast in the school. Damen even goes as far as calling Ever a stalker and takes a sudden interest in the school's queen bee/ Ever's nemesis, Stacia. Ever's only ally during this time is Roman, the new kid who is constantly flirting with her. Ever knows something is wrong with Roman and somehow he's responsible for everything happening - but she has no proof and Damen seems to be slipping farther away from her. With the help of her psychic friend Ava, a few trips to Summerland and some intuition, Ever learns that all is not well and she doesn't have much time at all. And if she can't find a solution? Damen's immortal life may be at risk.

    I mentioned on my Facebook that I literally stopped reading this a few times, which is why it took me a few extra days to do this review. There's just so many things that I can point out that make me want to scream, but I'll start with the good. Miles finally has some dimension! I know I mentioned in the first book that I was disappointed that the author didn't go anywhere with the token gay guy, but all is better. And there were definitely some spots in the book where it took unexpected twists, which was very refreshing. Having said that ... I feel as though Riley didn't get as much action time as she should have been given in this book. Yes, I know, she crossed over - but there were supposed to be signs everywhere for Ever! When you did get a sign and a scene, it was close to the end and just felt like an afterthought to me. The whole ordeal with Damen being weakened was a little sudden to me. I mean, it went from having a small problem with manifestation to a small bout of amnesia - to no amnesia and absolute disgust with Ever within a day. Oh, and you find out he's dying ... but there were never any signs that he was deteriorating. Instead, Damen's moments in the book were spent with threatening Ever and flirting shamelessly with Stacia. Yet, when the whole school seems to be acting the exact same to one another - Haven somehow manages to shine through by dressing like anyone that she likes at the moment. It was just so out of place. The plot seemed to be going in the same direction - which is Ever and Damen seem like they'll never get to actually enjoy being with one another - something always keeps them apart. And the worst part for me - Ever not following her instincts and her doing the exact opposite of what she should have done. To me, Ever just seems to be really immature, always acting irrationally. She never knows anything, but then out of the blue she has these genius ideas to save the world. With the negative out of the way, I can say that the read was light and flowed easily. Despite my complaints, I'm not going to stop reading the series because it does have that flair that keeps me coming back for more.

    Fragments, fragments, fragments - Amaris Love -
    Let me start of this review by saying that I liked Blue Moon much more than Evermore. That's not really saying much, but still. Here's the sequence of events:
    1. A guy named Roman moves to town.
    2. He is bad
    3. Ever thinks he's bad
    4. Damen has no clue
    5. Damen gets sick
    6. Everyone in the school, including Damen, starts to make fun of Ever, except for Roman, who keeps trying to persuade Ever to go out with him (or something like that)
    7. Ever meets the most awesomest people in the book: Romy and Rayne.
    8. Ever doesn't trust Romy and Rayne, who are, of course, the good girls trying to help
    9. Her lack of trust in the helpful twins, Romy and Rayne, results in her messing everything up
    There you go. That was Blue Moon - or, well, that was just a brief overview. What really made me want to stop reading it, or skim through the whole book, was the fact that Ever doesn't do things like a normal person. She doesn't trust Romy and Rayne, the two coolest people in the whole book. She falls for Roman's trap. She cringes at everything. She rolls her eyes and presses her lips at everyone (or she tries not to), and she shrugs way too much.

    It was disappointing, yet better than the first. There's some fragments that I had to reread because I didn't know how someone could let a fragment like the ones I saw slip. Ever's not the best protagonist. Noel does have some writing skills. I'll keep reading the series just to see what happens.

    Good Book - MikesDork -
    This is a good book. I was told it was similar to Twilight, I would disagree. It is a page turner that is for sure, I had to know what happened next. I am anxious for the 5th and 6th books to come out.

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    Thursday, September 9, 2010

    Check Out Biological Science for $14.99

    Biological Science Review

    I had this book for an honors Bio class (college). It was so informative and easy to read, though very detailed. While some science books are dry and boring, this one definitely was not, and it had great illustrations to further explain the material.

    Biological Science Overview

    Infused with the spirit of inquiry, Freeman's Biological Science helps teach readers the fundamentals while introducing them to the excitement that drives the science. By presenting unifying concepts and methods of analysis, this book helps its readers learn to think like biologists and gives them the tools they need for success in understanding more advanced subjects. A nine-part organization covers topics under the general headings of: the origin and early evolution of life, cell functions, gene structure and expression, developmental biology, evolutionary patterns and processes, the diversification of life, how plants work, how animals work, and ecology. For science enthusiasts who want to be inspired with a sense of wonder and excitement that makes learning about biology interesting and fun.

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    Awesome TIming - amykang717 -
    My books came next day immediately sent to me in good fashion. A nice small box to fit two texts which were both paper book and kept them in good condition. Thanks Amazon!!!!!

    brand new and a good price! - rlg -
    the price was excellent for the condition the book was it, practically new, if not new!

    Awesome Purchase! - Denali Tester -
    I received this book in perfect condition! Seemed like it had never been opened before! Im definitely happy with my purchase.

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    The Century Vocabulary Builder Review

    The Century Vocabulary Builder Overview

    The book has no illustrations or index. Purchasers are entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Subjects: Vocabulary; Juvenile Nonfiction / Language Arts / Vocabulary

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    Fablehaven Review

    I liked it. It was a good book and a fun read. But I only liked it. I've noticed that many of the reviews are about what an amazing book this is. I agree that this is a good book. I gave it four stars. I did it because, although this is truly a magical book, I think it could have done better. This book and the entire series has so much potential. The author did a wonderful job, but he made one error. This series reminded me much of the Harry Potter series. The difference between these series is the audience that each is receiving. Harry Potter is popular for every age group and every gender. I realize many of you will beg to differ when I say Fablehaven was more directed toward children. I am aware of the many adults who have read this book and loved it. But like I said, this book has so much potential. Harry Potter is worldwide and a favorite, if you mention the name everybody knows what it is. Fablehaven is known yes, but it could have been just as well known as the Harry Potter series. Excluding what I have said, the book is perfect. It's unique and the author truly has talent. I adored the main characters and their differences. The boy was the troublemaker, his sister the goody-goody. It was great perspective of the life of siblings. I thoroughly enjoyed how every character in the book had a big part to play in the plot. It was a good book and one that you will definitely want to reread often.

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    For centuries mystical creatures of all description were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite.

    Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken -- Seth is a bit too curious and reckless for his own good -- powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most.

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    Great Book - Horrible Narration - M. Rodriguez -
    I absolutely loved this book. When I read it. In fact I finished it in 2 days and went on to finish the rest of the series in two weeks. Since I'm an avid audio book listener, I wanted to give these audio books a try. Wow! what a let down. The narrator reads the book as if he were reading to a preschooler. The fluency of the narration is stilted and emotionally childish. The pitch to the vocals is too hi and excited for narration and the dialogue is extremely unnatural, almost as if the characters were all speaking to a 3 or 4 year old. I'm surprised that the reader chose such an approach since the book is well beyond a preschooler. I teach 5th grade and I am sure that if one of my students heard this audio book they would be insulted.
    Read the book. Don't waste your money on the audio version. Unless of course you want your preschooler to listen.

    decent new series debut about a magical haven - audrey - white mtns
    Fablehaven is just what its name implies -- a haven for magical creatures in a high-tech world. Seth and Kendra have no idea what they're in for when they are forced to spend two weeks with their grandparents while their parents are away, but it soon becomes apparent that there are strange things afoot. Seth's insatiable curiosity and his willingness to ignore the rules lands the sibs in a pile of trouble -- and an adventure they will never forget.

    In this debut we hear that the kids' grandparents are looking for possible successors to their responsibilities at the haven, and it' clear they're considering Kendra and Seth for the job.

    The characters are interesting and well-written, and there are some great fantastical ideas. We all enjoyed this book though it was not transcendent, and there is one surreal scene in which the kids need to milk a giant cow -- never read anything like it!!

    Fablehaven - Erica -
    When I read the first chapter I expected this to be another version of The Kingdoms and the Elves books. There were similarities, but I was gald to find that this childhood adventure to be different. The children are faced with the real life situation of having important information withheld from them for their own good. They react in opposite but believable ways. One follows the rules, the other breaks the rules. They are forced to make difficult choices and make mistakes that put loved ones and magical creatures in danger. It is a pretty good story about learning from your mistakes.

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    Wednesday, September 8, 2010

    Great Price for $7.75

    Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel Review

    OMG!! I absolutely love this book!! I cant even believe that Fang decided to leave. I will be hard to read the books without Fang there to help Max. The only way this book could be better was if it was about twice as long. It needs to be at the LEAST over three hundred pages, but it isn't. Personally, I think it needs to be over 450 pages. I read this WHOLE book in one morning!!!! The Angel Experiment and Schools Out---Forever we better lengths! PLEASE SHOOT FOR LONGER!!!

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    Being a kid with wings--constantly on the run--has never been easy, and Max and her flock are getting tenser than ever. First, on a trip to Africa, they meet a mysterious billionaire whose intense scrutiny of the flock makes her fear the worst. Then, a cryptic message from a young girl arrives, warning them "The sky will fall." And as if an impending apocalypse weren't bad enough, canny birdkid Angel makes a dire prophecy about Max's soul mate: Fang will be the first to die.

    Max's desperate desire to protect Fang brings the two closer than ever. But can the team weather the storm, or will the turmoil rip them apart for the last time?

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    Team Fang all the way! - -
    love all thebooks in thisseries and really likethis one. just have to say that Dylan can just go back to the lab he came from.

    Reading "Fang" - Sylvan Forest - California USA
    I bought this book for my grand daughter, and she says, "I have read the entire series and enjoyed reading this book. I would have liked a happier ending and will look forward to happier endings in books to come. The characters were very believable, and their parts well written. Looking forward to the next book!"

    So far back to focussing on the flock again...thank goodness. - P. Tran - Tucson, AZ
    This book brings the focus back to the flock and how cool they are. No big waste of time with side agenda's like that last several books. This book brings you back to the coolest part about the series...Max and the flock. If you were disappointed with the propaganda about worldly issues in the last couple books, this one will bring you back.

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    The 39 Clues Book 3: The Sword Thief Review

    Proceed with caution if you have not read book #1, The Maze of Bones, and book #2, One False Note, as this book begins just where the last book ended. I mean, you could have put the 2 books together and thought you were just flipping the pages between chapters. And, I will warn you again - do NOT start this series if you don't plan on buying all of the other books in the series as it is highly addictive! The series just keeps getting more action packed and more exciting as I learn more about the characters and what the clues lead to. I did not feel that this book was as strong in historical content as the previous two so I kind of missed learning about Japan & Korea through the eyes of the characters, however, from what little bit the author included, I can tell that the characters would agree with a lot of my descriptions of Tokyo, as I have had the good fortune to travel there twice so far. It was fun to learn a little bit more about ancient samurais and feudal Asia, though.

    The characters are separated more in this book and there are a lot of other characters including Alistair Oh and Ian Kabra who play vital roles in moving the plot along so the author jumps around a lot on his points of view. You will read one chapter from Dan's POV, then jump to Amy, then Ian, then Alistair, then Alistair's uncle, etc. All of this helps move the plot along, but does make it a little bit more difficult to follow for younger readers and takes a little bit of the surprise out of discovering their motives as they simply tell you what is going on in their heads. I loved that some of the "villains" started to show some heart in this entry in the series. Ian starts doubting the Lucian way, which is to achieve your objective at all costs - including the cost of lives. Alistair feels guilty for trying to kill Amy & Dan and double crossing them in previous meetings as he finds they remind him more and more of his own loveless childhood. It seems that Amy & Dan have finally found some relatives who believe in them and want to help them succeed. This sets you up for a whopping shocker of an ending so brace yourself and make sure you have book #4 handy!

    I think that boys in particular will enjoy this book as it is all about ancient warriors in feudal Japan and Korea. What boy doesn't like swords and dream of having the moves and stealth of a ninja? I also think it is great that the authors are going to take the characters around the world and not just focus on Europe. It opens up a little bit of a window to young readers about areas and people that they may not consider reading about until they are older. Through Peter Lerangis' clear and concise writing style, we find the plot rapidly moving forward and foreshadowing into what I believe will gradually happen throughout the rest of the books in the series. As with previous books, this title comes with a pack of 6 cards that you can use to play games and collect clues online. An installment not to be missed!

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    ATTENTION! Amy and Dan Cahill have been located once again, this time in the company of the notoriously unreliable Alistair Oh. Could they have been foolish enough to make an alliance?

    Spies report that Amy and Dan seem to be tracking the life of one of the most powerful fighters the world has ever known. If this fearsome warrior was a Cahill, his secrets are sure to be well-guarded . . . and the price to uncover them just might be lethal.

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    Perfect for a young reader - Lady Wynter - Chicago, Illinois
    I know other reviewers have given this series a very low rating. They could be written better but you have to remember the age group that these are written for. I think the series is a great buy since it does get my daughter to read.

    Alliances made and broken - Chris - Bountiful, UT United States
    As the third book in the 39 Clues series, this book picked up where the last ones had left off both in terms of plot/story and in terms of expectations.

    Another new author took over this time and did a great job of continuing the adventure in Japan and Korea. With the various details included, I wonder if part of the choice of author is based on his/her knowledge of the proposed setting for the book. In this book, we're given a fair amount of good details about the Japanese landscape, cityscape, culture and society.

    The way the plot was handled in this book was interesting to me and more believable in terms of the globetrotting done by the kids. In book 2, they were essentially on their own (along with their au pair) racing around Europe. In book 3, they hesitantly take on first one alliance and then a second alliance with fellow clue seekers who help the kids maneuver through various countries.

    The alliance aspect helped with the believability of travel but stretched a little thin in terms of the interactions with the temporary allies. The first alliance felt generally logical and believable especially with the subtle and enigmatic character development given during the story (I'm still not sure what to make of the guy...he generally seems "good" and like he cares about the kids, but at the same time, he seems brutal and frightening). The alliance that came a little later was less believable when considering the general character traits of the new allies. It seemed to me that they would have dropped the kids by the side of the road and stolen the kids' ally. Still, it played out well. The one character I was left a little confused about was Irina...what exactly was her initial role in the airport and with regards to those who took Amy and Dan's tickets? If she was involved in the ticket theft, why did she stay out of the picture further on in the book. I was a little confused as to where she was and why she never turned up again.

    I really enjoyed the twists and turns and especially the new revelations that came. The story continues to be intriguing. The reading is quick and simple (to be expected as a children's book) but is still a lot of fun.

    3.5 stars out of 5

    very entertaining - Carol Reyes -
    I started reading the series because I had nothing else to read, and because the first book of the series was written by Rick Riordan (a favourite). I found them very entertaining.

    Engaging book - Neldam - Long Beach, NY United States
    My son hasn't read a book this fast .....ever ! I can only summize that it is most engaging.

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    Julius Caesar (Oxford School Shakespeare Series) Review

    Gaius Julius Cæsar is the Caesar we think of when we hear the word "Caesar" -- he conquered Gaul, bedded Cleopatra, and died a pretty dramatic death. And while he only appears in a few scenes of "Julius Caesar," he's the nucleus that William Shakespeare's taut conspiracy play revolves around -- his murder, his legacy, and the bitter jealousy he inspired.

    Julius Caesar is returning to Rome in triumph, only to be stopped by a strange old soothsayer who warns him, "Beware the ides of March." Caesar brushes off the warning, but he has no idea that a conspiracy is brewing under his nose. In a nutshell, a group of senators led by the creepy Cassius are plotting against Caesar because of his wild popularity, suspecting that he wants to become KING.

    And Cassius' latest target: Brutus, one of Caesar's best buddies. Brutus is slowly swayed over to the conspiracy's side, beginning to believe that Caesar as a great man corrupted by power. Everything comes to a a devastating assassination on... guess when... the ides of March, which will elevate some men to greatness and destroy others.

    Though the story is supposedly about Julius Caesar, Caesar himself only has a few scenes -- but his charismatic, dominating presence hangs over the play like a heavy tapestry. What he does, what he plans, what he thinks and who he is are constantly on people's minds, and even after his death he is a powerful presence in the memories of the living.

    And Shakespeare cooks up a dialogue-heavy play that is a bit on the slow side, but whose speeches are so powerful and intense that you don't quite notice. There's a lot of those speeches here -- not only Antony's famous speech to the Roman people ("The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones"), but Brutus' impassioned argument with Portia ("You have some sick offence within your mind") and Cassius' oily slanted editorials about Caesar.

    Shakespeare's depiction of Brutus is also a beautifully nuanced one -- Antony calls him the "noblest Roman of them all" at the very end, despite the fact that Brutus calmly murdered his friend and leader. He's basically a gullible guy who follows his passions rather than his brain, and bounces into the conspiracy rather than trying to find out the truth about Caesar. You feel sorry for him, and at the same time you want the much smarter Antony to kick him like a soccer ball.

    "Julius Caesar" is rather slow-moving, but Shakespeare's powerful writing and nuanced depiction of Brutus more than make up for that. Friends, Romans, countrymen...

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    The Oxford School Shakespeare has become the preferred introduction to the literary legacy of the greatest playwright in the English language. This exclusive collection of the Bard's best works has been designed specifically for readers new to Shakespeare's rich literary legacy. Each play is presented complete and unabridged, in large print. Every book is well illustrated, and starts with a commentary and character summary. Scene synopses and character summaries clarify confusing plots, while incisive essays explore the historical context and Shakespeare's sources. Each book ends with a complete list of Shakespeare's plays and a brief chronology of the Bard's life. The detailed explanatory notes are written clearly and positioned right next to the text--no more squinting at microscopic footnotes or flipping pages back and forth in search of endnotes!

    The new edition of the series features new covers and new illustrations, including both new drawings and photos from recent productions of Shakespeare's plays around the globe. In addition, the notes and the introductory material have been completely revised in line with new research and in order to make them clearer and more accessible. Finally, the entire text has been redesigned and reset to enhance readability. The new edition achieves the feat of unprecedented clarity of presentation without any cuts to the original text or the detailed explanations.

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    Fine - Mike Lehr -
    Jesus! They were all great! They were in good shape and they arrived in a reasonable amount of time.

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    Confusing page numbers - R. Asher - IN, USA
    This edition of the text has very confusing page numbers. Rather than separating the sections by scenes and acts, the book numbers at the top 2.3.45 or 1.1.115. It makes it more difficult in a way to find specific scenes because they run together on the page rather than appear with a break between the scenes. However the Arden edition has very nice notes that help with difficult passages or references.

    Not what I expected - Wendy Williams - Rossville, Ga United States
    This series is great for students. The books are divided into three sections: the first section is a kind of history of Shakespeare and his plays, the second section is the actual play, and the third section is more of the details of the play,i.e. where the story came from, how it is performed,how to directed the play. All in all it was a great for teaching the works of Shakespeare.

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    Betrayed: A House of Night Novel Review

    i loved this book and it was almost impossible to put it down! i went for 3 hours just reading and reading and reading......... the characters were awesome too! zoey is my favorite! i loved the fact that she could sense all five elements and her own heroic way of saving ppl from bad events which she fortold! i just fell in love with this book from he fist sentence all the way to the last! you have to read this book and the one before it, marked!

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    Betrayed: A House of Night Novel Overview

    Betrayed, the second installment in the bestselling House of Night series, is dark and sexy, and as thrilling as it is utterly shocking.

    Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night.  She’s come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite group. Best of all, Zoey’s made some new friends and she finally feels like she belongs--like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend…or two.  And despite the best efforts of her mother and step-loser John to humiliate her publically during parent visitation, she’s earned the respect of her professors and High Priestess, Neferet.

    Then the unthinkable happens: human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night, straining human-vamp tensions in Tulsa to a breaking point.  While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she finds herself drawn into an intoxicating forbidden flirtation that threatens to distract her from the growing crisis.  Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night.  Too late, Zoey begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves, and she must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world. 

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    Loved IT - Antoinette Butts - South Dakota
    I loved this book. The characters are so different, but they make everything come together. The book keeps you turning the page to find out what happens next.

    Fantastic! - Jayashree M Anderson - Windermere, FL United States
    Excellent series! The second book is even better than the first! Can't wait to read the next one! Wonderful characters, especially the main girl!

    Zoey is a slut - Jeng - GUAM, USA
    I don't even know where to begin my review. Well, I just want to let the author know that they did a very poor job creating their main character. Zoey is a slut! She is attracted to most of the gorgeous male in the novel. I cannot stand her at all. She always hurt the people around her. When Loren came to the picture I almost drop the book but my curiosity got the best of me and decided to continue reading it. I think all the bad stuff they say about Aphrodite being a slut and hag from hell, those are the best description for Zoey.

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    Tuesday, September 7, 2010

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    Shiloh (Newbery Medal Book) Review

    This was my daughters next pick off of the Newberry Awards list. Unfortunately, I am finding that some of the content of some of the books on the Newberry list are not quite appropriate for my daughter yet. I would never censor what she reads, but the subject matter is not appropriate for a seven-year old.

    Fortunately, this was not one of those books. There were things we had to talk about such as the difference between the south during that era and now. Some of the language I had to explain. Not inappropriate, just not used anymore. As a seven-year old, she would have had trouble reading this book, even though she is an advanced reader. The dialect was best read aloud by an adult or older reader.

    This is the story of a boy and his dog, or rather a boy and someone elses dog. Marty is an eleven-year old boy that enjoys wandering the wilderness around his family home. One day he finds a small beagle following him around. The beagle is obviously shy, but continues to follow Marty home. Marty gains his trust and they instantly form a bond. Unfortunately when Marty's Father gets home, he insists that they must return the dog to his owner. He suspects the dog belongs to Judd Travers, a local hunter.

    They drive the dog to Judd Travers' house and he confirms the dog is his and gives him a great big kick for running off. Marty is horrified. He can't understand how anyone could treat a dog that way. His mind will not let him rest. He is continuously thinking of the dog he calls Shiloh.

    Shiloh runs off again, and Marty finds him. This time he is determined to save him from Judd. He knows it is wrong to lie to his parents and keep the dog even though he belongs to someone else, but he can't let Shiloh go back. The lies eat at him daily. He hates lying.

    The rest of the story is about the struggle Marty fights within himself. He knows there are wrongs on both sides...but how can he choose? I will leave the ending of the book out so as to not spoil it for you. I would highly recommend this book. It won the Newberry Award in 1992.


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    Shiloh (Newbery Medal Book) Overview

    Eleven-year-old Marty Preston loves to spend time up in the hills behind his home near Friendly, West Virginia. Sometimes he takes his .22 rifle to see what he can shoot, like some cans lined up on a rail fence. Other times he goes up early in the morning just to sit and watch the fox and deer. But one summer Sunday, Marty comes across something different on the road just past the old Shiloh schoolhouses -- a young beagle -- and the trouble begins.

    What do you do when a dog you suspect is being mistreated runs away and comes to you? When it is someone else's dog? When the man who owns him has a gun? This is Marty's problem, and he finds it is one he has to face alone. When his solution gets too big for him to handle, things become more frightening still. Marty puts his courage on the line, and discovers in the process that it is not always easy to separate right from wrong. Sometimes, however, you do almost anything to save a dog.

    Shiloh (Newbery Medal Book) Specifications

    When 11-year-old Marty Preston chances upon a mistreated beagle pup in his hometown of Friendly, West Virginia, he is not prepared for the ethical questions he has to face. Should he return the dog to its owner, only to have the animal abused again? Should he tell his parents? Should he steal food to help the poor creature? Marty's efforts to cope with these questions provides the moral backbone for this story, which is presented in a language and manner that will be understood by third- and fourth-grade readers. The heart and beauty of this 1992 Newbery Medal winner lies in lessons children will take away with them.

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    My Kids Begged Me to Continue Reading... - Pam Tee -
    What can I say. SHILOH is the book that had my children begging me to continue reading (boy and girl; 8 and 10). 'We don't need TV', they said, 'just don't stop reading, mommy'.

    And I think they liked it because unlike many of the books we read this one had REAL tension emanating from the pages, and not just 'pretend' drama. The story is about Marty Preston, a 10 year-old living in rural West Virginia. I'm not sure of the timeframe, but Marty's family has a television and a fridge, but not a phone.

    Marty's a boy, very much like my children, in that he REALLY wants a dog. Unfortunately, his family isn't in a position to afford one. BUT THEN one day he happens upon a lost beagle. The dog is skittish but eventually the two come together and it's more or less love at first sight. Only problem is that the dog belongs to another. A man name Judd, who it turns out abuses his hunting dogs -- much as he himself was abused as a child.

    Judd takes 'Shiloh' back and Marty is disgusted. But then Shiloh escapes again and this time Marty resolves that he won't give him up, no matter what.

    SHILOH might sound like a typical boy-and-dog book, but it's not. And what sets it apart in my view is that in keeping his promise to the dog, Marty crosses all sorts of barriers of right-and-wrong. He lies, for example, even to his family and best friend, and even resorts to blackmail at one point. Something I don't think you see in most of your standard kid books. And it's these decisions, and the threat of being caught, that created the drama that hooked my children. And which served as the basis of more than one serious conversation as we discussed what Marty did that was questionable and what we would do.

    Recommend this one as a good read.

    Pam T~

    shiloh review - Jillian Schreffler -
    I thought the book was pretty good and because the book was about a dog named Shiloh and a kid named Marty and he saved Shiloh from a guy that abuses Shiloh and his other dogs.

    CGE Student Review - -
    My favorite book is called Shiloh. The author of this book is Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Other books by this author are Shiloh's Season and Shiloh Runs. The genre of this book is fiction. The book theme is about a boy and a dog that fallowed the boy home one day.
    The authors writing style is slow and calm. The main characters in Shiloh are Marty, Shiloh, Becky, Daralyn, Ma, and Dad. My favorite character in this book is Shiloh because Shiloh is a dog and I love animals.
    The background information about Shiloh is that Shiloh has been abused by Judd Travers. That is why Shiloh ran away. The exciting and important scene in the beginning of this book is that Shiloh fallows Marty home.
    A summary of the book Shiloh is one day Marty was walking in the woods and suddenly a dog was fallowing him home. Marty found out that the dog belongs to Judd Travers. So Marty and his dad took him back to Judd Travers. Marty learns that Shiloh has been abused by Judd. To find out how the book ends you are going to have to read it.
    I recommend this book to people who like to read sad books with a happy ending. I like to read this book because it is fun and exciting just like when you get a new puppy. That is why Shiloh is my favorite book.

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    Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code (Book 3) Review

    I originally was skeptical about reading this series because I heard that it was a mixture of fantasy and science fiction, and those aren't my favorite genres. However,when my sister brought it back from the library I decided to try it. I literally couldn't put it down! The story was well written, it was very funny, and it was much better than the average dime-a-dozen fantasy or science fiction novel. I haven't yet read the first two but I will shortly hopefully, along with the later ones too, of course! I wholeheartedly give this book five stars. My only regret is that I didn't read Artemis Fowl and The Arctic Incident first.

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    Artemis Fowl is going straight. As soon as he pulls off the most brilliant criminal feat of his career.

    At least, that’s the plan when he attempts to sell his C Cube, a supercomputer built from stolen fairy technology. When his efforts to broker a deal for the Cube with a powerful businessman go terribly wrong, his loyal bodyguard and friend Butler is mortally injured. The only thing that will save him is fairy magic, so once again he must contact his old rival, Holly Short. 
    It’s going to take a miracle to save Butler, and Artemis’s luck may have just run out.

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    In this third installment to Eoin Colfer's funny, fast-paced, fairy-filled adventure series, boy genius and arch criminal Artemis Fowl once again can't resist plotting the perfect crime--and, once again, he can't keep from stirring up so much trouble that the fate of the entire fairy world teeters in the balance.

    The once hard-boiled Artemis has softened a bit between his bestselling debut and the seat-of-your-pants Arctic Incident, and that trend continues in The Eternity Code: He's still plotting for a billion-dollar-plus payoff for the Fowl family, but now his enemies are human (chiefly Jon Spiro, a ruthless businessman Artemis tries to blackmail using stolen fairy technology) and he has to turn to his old adversary-turned-friend Captain Holly Short and cutpurse dwarf Mulch Diggums for help. The dialogue and action prove as smart and page-turning as ever this time around, with Artemis struggling to bring his faithful bodyguard Butler back from the dead before racing Mission Impossible-style to triple-cross the double-crossing Spiro.

    Colfer's young antihero might be getting more likeable all the time, but that hasn't taken the edge off the Tom-Clancy-meets-Harry-Potter action. Artemis has to agree to a memory-erasing "mind wipe" from the People after helping them recover their technology, but only a foolish fan would count Artemis out after this blockbuster "final heist." Book four can't come soon enough.... (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes

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    Action and suspense create this book. I felt a bit downhearted when Butler changed ( I won't tell you how, because it would ruin the story for you). I highly recommend reading this book.

    Artemis Fowl 3.......OMG! - Quinton Hawk -
    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHh! Artemis Fowl 3 was off the hook. Beautifully written. My heart was on the verge of pounding out of my chest. Every page held descriptive words that described the situations even more. I loved this book reading a hundred pages in an hour! Eoin Colfer delivered another captivating Artemis Fowl book. This book was...AWESOME!!!

    Very Entertaining - Christine S. Jayan -
    I'm a total Artemis Fowl fan ... so I may be a bit biased.
    I finished this book faster than I'd like to have. It was too good to put down.

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