5 posts from day 08/12/2013

Gifts for kid readers

If you're thinking about what to get the special kids in your life for the holidays, keep in mind that books make perfect gifts. To help you choose the best books for your middle-grade reader, I'm putting up my reviews of some of the books I've read over the last year. To see book reviews by kids, go to the bottom of this page.     For the history enthusiast The Unfortunate Son (15th century life, slavery, & some pirates) The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio (a treasure hunt in the ...

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Review: Darth Paper Strikes Back

Darth Paper Strikes Back: An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger My rating: 4 of 5 stars If you enjoyed Tom Angleberger's first book Origami Yoda, you'll definitely like Darth Paper Strikes Back. He does a great job staying true to the attitude and humor of the previous book and brings back all the main characters for an unexpected turn. I read Darth Paper with my third-grader, who didn't get all the jokes but still enjoyed it. (I think I laughed more than she did.) It's a quick read and ...

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A Real Amazon Author

I finally got around to making myself into a "real" author on Amazon. (I know, it's about time, right?) I now have a profile there, so if you click on my author name on Amazon, you can learn a little bit about me and see all my books in one place. V.K. Finnish on Amazon    

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Review: The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire, #1)

The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland My rating: 4 of 5 stars I give 4 stars to books I enjoyed while reading and think I can read again.The Dragonet Prophecy is a middle-grade book that tells the story of a young dragon named Clay and his four dragon friends, who have been raised from eggs in order to (hopefully) fulfill a prophecy to end the dragon wars.The story is told from the view of Clay, who is a Mudwing dragon. As eggs, Clay and his friends were taken from their various tribes by ...

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Review: The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio

The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio by Lloyd Alexander My rating: 3 of 5 stars The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio is told from the view of Carlo, a gullible, daydreaming youth who lives with his intolerant uncle in the port city of Magenta. Carlo's fortunes change when he finds a map inside a book he obtains from the market and sets out on a misadventure to find treasure.The characters of the book are rather one-dimensional in that they each have their specific role to play in the story, and they ...

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