Category Archives: read-alouds

Mini-reviews: The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene; The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan; and Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

Title: The Heart of the Matter Author: Graham Greene Genre: Historical fiction, literary fiction Publisher: Penguin Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Source: Print copy from my personal library First line: Wilson sat on the balcony of the Bedford Hotel … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Midnight Gate by Helen Stringer

Title: The Midnight Gate Author: Helen Stringer Genre: Middle grade fiction, fantasy Publisher: Feiwel and Friends Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Source: Review copy from the author First line: “Mr. Evans!” Goodreads blurb: It’s been two months since Belladonna … Continue reading

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Recommended reading for the 2012 Ireland Challenge – plus, vote for the March read-along book

Here’s a HUGE list of suggested authors and titles in case you’re joining – or thinking about joining – the 2012 Ireland Reading Challenge. (If you already know what you’re reading for the challenge, and simply want to vote on … Continue reading

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Bookish links for Saturday, June 18, 2011

Author news: ~ J.K. Rowling announces Pottermore, says the owls are gathering. What could it be? Discussion starters: ~ Galleysmith: Standards, organizations, and relationship building ~ Caribousmom: The ugly side of literature ~ Bookalicious: Is dystopia becoming formula? ~ Galleysmith: … Continue reading

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Mini-reviews: Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan; Poet’s Choice: Poems for Everyday Life, Selected and Introduced by Robert Hass; and Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk

Title: Sea of Monsters Author: Rick Riordan Genre: Middle grade fiction, fantasy Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Source: Print copy from my personal library First line: My nightmare started like this. This is the … Continue reading

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Mini-reviews: Going Bovine by Libba Bray, Down the Long Hills by Louis L’Amour, Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell, The Game by Laurie R. King

Title: Going Bovine Author: Libba Bray Genre: YA speculative fiction Publisher: Delacourte Books for Young Readers Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Source: Audiobook from the public library Audiobook reader: Erik Davies First line: The best day of my life … Continue reading

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Book Review: Spellbinder by Helen Stringer

Title: Spellbinder Author: Helen Stringer Genre: Middle grade fantasy Publisher: Feiwel and Friends Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Source: ARC through Shelf Awareness First line: It was Wednesday. Belladonna Johnson, the main character in Spellbinder, can see ghosts. And … Continue reading

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Book Review: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

Title: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness Author: Andrew Peterson Genre: Children’s fantasy Publisher: Waterbrook Press Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Source: I won this book from Jen at Divinest Sense. First line: The old stories … Continue reading

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