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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fantasy League by Book Review

Ebook received at no charge to facilitate review.

Seventh grader, Charlie Gaines, has an uncanny ability to choose winning fantasy-football leagues, even if he's lacking the football field. His league picks earn him the well-deserved nickname, "the brain" among his peers.

His best friend, Anna, happens to be a huge football fan as well as the granddaughter Joe Warren, the owner of the LA Bulldogs. When she introduces Charlie to Grandpa Warren, he can't resist giving the old man advice on how he can improve his losing football team. While Charlie's insight does help improve the Bulldogs record, his friendship with Joe Warren drives the game.

Die hard football fans will overlook the improbabilities of Charlie's situations and relationships while his own quest on the football field will leave the reader some nail biting moments. For those not familiar with fantasy leagues and football, Lupica's novel may fail to spark interest.

Rating: Recommended 

Publishing Information:

Publisher: Philomel (Sept. 2014)
Pages: 304
ISBN: 978-0-399-25607-3
Ages: 10-14

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Temple Run by Chase Wilder Set of 3 Paperback Books Giveaway

Giveaway is sponsored by the publisher. Blog owner does not receive product or monetary compensation in exchange for giveaway.

I've teamed up with Egmont Publishers to offer my readers a great giveaway. Check out the set of three paperbacks we are giving away.

Temple Run Book One Run for Your Life!: Jungle Trek
Chase Wilder    

You're a lucky kid--for your birthday, you're having a destination party: a campout and scavenger hunt in an exotic locale. Depending on the choices you make, you will reach safety in time to enjoy your party, or you will be kidnapped and held for ransom, buying Guy and Scarlett time to make off with the treasure. You decide!

Temple Run Book Two Run for Your Life!: Doom Lagoon              
Chase Wilder    

You are an intern and will be accompanying the curator of an antiquities museum during school vacation on a dive to a newly discovered historic shipwreck. Depending on the choices you make, you will either be stranded at sea, drown, explore the wreck, or discover buried treasure. You decide!

Temple Run Downloaded Apptivity Book 

 Temple Run Downloaded is a cool, fast, addictive mobile game, and fans can relive the excitement with this activity book shaped like a tablet. Race down ancient temple walls, along sheer cliffs, and avoid evil monkeys as you challenge your brain to solve these fun puzzles. Temple Run Downloaded includes mazes, brain teasers, puzzles, 4 gatefold pages, and 4 sticker pages, with exclusive info about this favorite game and characters. Full color illustrations throughout.

Giveaway Details:

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Monday, September 8, 2014

The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick: Book Review and Giveaway

Book received at no charge to facilitate review

Edward rarely puts much effort into anything but he does make an effort to bring a rock to school for his assignment. A quick search in his aunt's garden yields what he thinks is a boring rock. The rock turns out to be a Fetch that begins to steal time after it is aroused.

Three of his classmates touch the Fetch and discover they are the only four people who can see time disappearing around them. As they try to make sense of the chaos around them, they lines between their world fade into a dimension of time terrifying and dangerous. They must escape the likes of ghastly witches and formidable panthers while they try to restore the Time Fetch and stop the clock against lost time.

While the four main characters are interesting, it is Edward's pagan aunt who inspires curiosity. Herrick's strong writing makes up for some plot holes and confusion about exactly how the Time Fetch came to be. A fun adventure, sometimes bogged down by lectures about time or references to myths about the Winter Solstice. A solid adventure sure to delight fantasy fans.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Publishing Information
Publisher: Algonquin
Pages: 320
ISBN: 978-1-61620-453-2
Ages: 10 and up

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Book Review: Made by Raffi by Craig Pomranz and Illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain

Book received at no charge to facilitate review.

Raffi feels different from all of the other boys at school. While they like to play rough and make a lot of noise, Raffi preferred to sit quietly by himself. While looking for a quiet spot, he finds his teacher knitting and can't hide his fascination at her creation. He jumps at the chance to learn to knit and gathers yarn in every color of the rainbow for a scarf for his dad.

As his project grows, he tries to ignore the taunting of the other children on the school bus.  He receives unwavering support at home when he asks his parents if there is such thing as a "Tomgirl." Raffi expands his skills for the school play and gains the admiration of his classmates in the process.

Made by Raffi celebrates children's unique difference with pizzazz and color in a spirited story that will win the hearts of those who feel different as well as those who want to celebrate differences. Move over Calvin Klein, the young reader may want to take over the world of fashion design.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Publishing Details:
Publisher: Francis Lincoln Children's Books (July 29, 2014)
ISBN: 978-1-84780-433-4
40 pages
Ages: 5-9

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