The Enchanted

Posted in Modern Literature by - Jul 17, 2014
The Enchanted
  • Release Date: 3/4/2014

By Rene Denfeld
Harper, $25.99, 256 pages

Every once in a while, a book comes along that takes some time to digest. Rene Denfeld’s new novel, The Enchanted, is such a book. At only 233 pages, it doesn’t look like it will be all that intimidating a volume. But between the subject matter, the characters, and some interesting stylistic choices, The Enchanted will demand your attention long after you close its pages.

Our narrator is a death row inmate. We don’t know his name or his crime, but that’s not the point. He wants to tell us about the enchanted place he and his fellow inmates …

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Keeping the Faith Without a Religion

Posted in Religion by - Jul 17, 2014
Keeping the Faith Without a Religion
  • Release Date: 3/1/2014

By Roger Housden
Sounds True, $21.95, 184 pages

Does it seem like more people than ever identify themselves as spiritual but not religious? It’s a growing trend, as evidenced by several studies in recent years. But it can be a confusing and complicated place to be; so many people seem to feel that one either believes in religion or one believes in science, and that there is no room for faith in a mind that seeks to rationally understand the world. Roger Housden, who has studied the works of various religious writers, mystics, and freethinking authors, offers readers a starting place to investigate their …

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Jerusalem (Let’s Go Explore)

Posted in Early Reader, Kids' Book Review by - Jul 17, 2014
Jerusalem (Let’s Go Explore)
  • Release Date: 4/8/2014

By Zondervan
Zonderkidz, $6.99, 48 pages

Reviewed by Christina, Age 9

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The Shark Whisperer (Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians)

Posted in Kids' Book Review, Tweens by - Jul 17, 2014
The Shark Whisperer (Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians)
  • Release Date: 5/1/2014

By Ellen Prager, Antonio Javier Caparo, Illustrator
Scarletta Junior Readers, $9.95, 288 pages

Reviewed by Christina, Age 9

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Magic Tree House #52: Soccer on Sunday (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))

Posted in Kids' Book Review, Tweens by - Jul 17, 2014
Magic Tree House #52: Soccer on Sunday (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
  • Release Date: 5/27/2014

By Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca, Illustrator
Random House Books for Young Readers, $12.99, 128 pages

Reviewed by Christina, Age 9

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Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier

Posted in Kids' Book Review, Tweens by - Jul 17, 2014
Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier
  • Release Date: 1/7/2014

By Ying Chang Compestine
Amulet Books, $16.95, 224 pages

When Ming’s dad, Old Chen, has to go to Xi’an to try to stop the officials from closing the factory he works at, the Gee brothers come to their house, and they try to sell Old Chen and Ming stuff that they dig up.  Old Chen and Ming are poor, they don’t even have enough money to buy good food, and usually artifact is worth pretty much nothing. But this time is different. They bring something big in a wheelbarrow. Ming takes it and tells them to come back in a couple days for their …

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Lost Children of the Far Islands

Posted in Kids' Book Review, Tweens by - Jul 17, 2014
Lost Children of the Far Islands
  • Release Date: 4/8/2014

By Emily Raabe
Knopf Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 288 pages

When Gus and Leo’s mother gets really sick, the twins don’t know why. They soon learn a poem that their mom calls The Night Poem, but it isn’t a regular poem, it is a spell. The twins also have a sister that refused to speak for her whole life, until now. One night when they were all asleep, a Sea Mink comes to the kid’s room. They thought they were dreaming because Sea Minks were extinct.  They learn that this was the last Sea Mink in the whole entire world. He wasn’t a …

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The Mirk and Midnight Hour

Posted in Kids' Book Review, Young Adult by - Jul 17, 2014
The Mirk and Midnight Hour
  • Release Date: 3/11/2014

By Jane Nickerson
Knopf Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 384 pages

If you liked the written style of Beautiful Creatures then you will love The Mirk and Midnight Hour. Seventeen-year-old Violet is living through the hardships of the Civil War. Her father’s off fighting, her twin brother was killed in battle, her mom is a drug addict, her step-sister Sunny is in her own little world, vibrantly in love with Violet’s cousin Dorian, who despite his reciprocation to Sunny, heatedly desires Violet, and working at the hospital has left her drained, only wishing she had someone she could turn to. When she and little cousin …

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National Geographic Kids Myths Busted! 2: Just When You Thought You Knew What You Knew . . .

Posted in Kids' Book Review, Tweens by - Jul 17, 2014
National Geographic Kids Myths Busted! 2: Just When You Thought You Knew What You Knew . . .
  • Release Date: 5/13/2014

By Emily Krieger
National Geographic Children’s Books, $7.99, 208 pages

This book lists facts that most people think are true but they are really myths.  In the book a claim is made, the origin of the claim is given, and then the truth is explained.  For example:  A penny placed on railroad tracks can derail a train.  People like to flatten pennies by putting them on train tracks. Some people started and spread untrue stories that a penny derailed a train. But there is no record of a coin causing a train wreck. The book explains why a coin that weighs less than an …

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Cheesie Mack Is Not Exactly Famous

Posted in Kids' Book Review, Tweens by - Jul 17, 2014
Cheesie Mack Is Not Exactly Famous
  • Release Date: 2/25/2014

By Steve Cotler
Random House Books for Young Readers, $15.99, 256 pages

Cheesie Mack is Not Exactly Famous is the story of a boy who finds a historical artifact and gets the idea of putting a time capsule together to be opened in a hundred years to tell future people about present life in their town.

It is written so that Cheesie, the main character, is telling the story and it is just like an eleven-year-old wrote it. He is very funny, and sometimes disgusting–a lot like some of the kids at my school. Some parts are disgusting, but in an entertaining way. He’s not that …

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