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Book Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Synopsis (from rickriordan.com): Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is on the most dangerous quest of his life. With the help of a satyr and a daughter of Athena, Percy must journey across the United States to catch a thief who has stolen the original weapon of mass destruction – Zeus’ master bolt. Along the way, he must face a host of mythological enemies determined to stop him. Most of all, he must come to terms with a father he has never known, and an Oracle that has warned him of betrayal by a friend. Continue reading

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Book Review: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Toulane by Kate DiCamillo

Synopsis (from the last page): Once, there was a china rabbit who was loved by a little girl. The rabbit went on an ocean journey and fell overboard and was rescued by a fisherman. He was buried under garbage and unburied by a dog. He traveled for a long time with the hoboes and for a short time as a scarecrow. Once there was a rabbit who loved a little girl and watched her die. The rabbit danced the streets of Memphis. His head was broken open in a diner and was put together again by a doll mender. And the rabbit swore he would not make the mistake of loving again. Once there was a rabbit who danced in a garden in springtime with the daughter of the woman who had loved him at the beginning of his journey. The girl swung the rabbit as she danced in circles. Sometimes, they went so fast, the two of them, that is seemed as if they were flying. Sometimes, it seemed as if they both had wings. Once, oh marvelous once, there was a rabbit who found his way home. Continue reading

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Book Review: Go Teen Writers by Stephanie Morrill and Jill Williamson

From the back cover: The question we hear most from new writers is, “How do I get published?” And the answer is: Respect your dream Every writer’s journey is different, yet as we’ve reflected on our experiences and those of the writers around us, we’ve seen time and time again that those who are successful are the ones who had the patience and endurance to stick with this writing thing. They didn’t look for shortcuts (at least, not for long), nor did they quit after five, ten, or one hundred rejections. We can’t make the process easy for you, but it’s our hope that this book will be a tool you can turn to time and time again when you’re thinking, “Okay … what’s next?” Continue reading

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Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Synopsis (from the back cover):  “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel—a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man’s struggle for justice—but the weight of history will only tolerate so much. Continue reading

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Formatting Stuff

I have decided to make my reviews a bit more organized. This will be the set-up from now on:

  • Synopsis of the book (probably from the back cover)
  • Youngest age that I think the book is appropriate for
  • A list of any inappropriate things (this will be mostly major stuff; I’m not going to nitpick through the book searching for it)
  • My thoughts on the book and my favorite characters

Alright, so that’s the set-up. I’ll be posting a review of the book Divergent in a few days. Stay tuned!

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Book Suggestions

Hi, everyone!

I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been at a bit of a loss for books to read and review. Does anybody have any books suggestions that would be appropriate for a Christian thirteen-year-old? If so, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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