Monday, January 31, 2011

Graphic Spins!

I loved these! They were much more simple than I had hoped they would be, but would work perfectly for a lesson on creating your own fairy tales and/or graphic novels! The neatest part is that at the end of each one there is a glossary, the history of the particular fairy tale, a discussion guide and writing prompts!! Stop by MMS LMC and check one of them out! My 3 and 6 year old LOVED them too! :D

Witness by Karen Hesse

WitnessWitness by Karen Hesse

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A young, jewish girl who loves animals and plants, a young man filled with anger who thinks the Ku Klux Klan is the answer to everything, a middle-aged couple who are struggling with their store, a single woman who runs her own farm, a newspaper owner, and more form the disfunctional town in Vermont where Leanora Sutter lives with her father. Will the Klan tear the town apart? Will the ones they are after leave to avoid the violence they promise?

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Review: The Roar by Emma Clayton

The RoarThe Roar
Author: Emma Clayton
From: Published
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ellie- has been torn from her home in the middle of the night and taken to a facility to be trained as a weapon and experimented on. All she wants is to go home.
Mika- is desperate to find his sister who he knows is still alive even though they tell him she is dead and he should move on. His hope keeps him going.
Kobi- loves to create animal borgs out of any and all bits of hardware he finds here and there. He just wants to to understand it all.
Audrey- has a love for life that no other equals! She lives, she loves and she just keeps moving forward! She was born without eyes, but can now do more than any other with her borg eyes.
Mal Gorman- he just wants to control it all- live forever, take everything and anything he wants, make it theirs!
What none of them realized is that once they started the children on this path the consequences set in motion would be beyond their control...

This was very interesting. A dystopia that could really be a future for us, but with an ending that truly lacks any resolution unfortunately. What I hope is that there will be another book to care of the lack of resolution. We will just have to wait and see.! *crosses fingers*
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Review: Maximum Ride, The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, #1)The Angel Experiment
Author: James Patterson
From: a Playaway (audiobook) from my library
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Max is your average teenager, oh except for the gigantic wings, thinner bones, super strength & vision and 5 other teenagers to take care of on her own that is! Maximum Ride, a name she gave to herself, is on the run with her "family" from the evil scientists who created them and then kept them caged most of their lives while experimenting on them. The one thing Max will NEVER let happen again is letting "the school" get any of them back again. Will she be able to keep this from happening? For how long? And what about the Erasers? And just when you think she can't handle anymore, a voice begins telling her things while also giving her extreme headaches.

I liked this, but it was annoying to have 134 chapters! He really couldn't deal with this some other way? Jeesh! I'm curious about what happens next! I'll have to find out which of his books come next. I'm also trying to decide whether I think this is ok for a MS LMC. Here's hoping the next one is good too!

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Review: The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)The Girl Who Played with Fire
Author: Stieg Larsson
From: Purchased
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After a brutal, double homicide of a couple Lisbeth visited just the night before, a manhunt begins to apprehend her. When her guardian is also found brutally killed, Lisbeth decides to figure out what is going on while all of Sweden hunts for her. Soon all of Millennium, Dragon Armansky and his crew, and the police of Stockholm are all after Lisbeth or after finding the real truth.

This 2nd installment of the Millennium Trilogy continues in a lightening fast account of evil men and how Lisbeth and Mikael hunt them done once again. The difference this time is that they are doing it separately since Lisbeth has hidden herself from the world now, including from Blomkvist.

I loved this one and blew through it to get to the end. Even though much of the actual drama was predictable and I figured out most of it before hand, but still loved reading the chase as it unfolded and desperately want to get to the last one so that I can see what happened to Lisbeth! Enjoy this one!

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