Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Book Review of Fearless Joe Dearborne

Fearless Joe Dearborne
Author: Lisa Mitchell
  • Print Length: 135 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1495933598
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing (October 14, 2014)
  • ASIN: B00OJ9M6BE



Book Description:
Some might say he’s courageous, while others would say he’s daring, maybe even a little crazy. But when Joe Dearborne risked his life and ran into a burning building to save a puppy, the local newspaper referred to him as “fearless”—and that’s a pretty big title for a sixth-grader to live up to.
Plus, Joe already has plenty else to worry about. After other daring feats in the past, Joe promised his father he wouldn’t do anything dangerous again, and, alas, he’s just broken that promise.

But whatever trouble he expects to get into with his father, and despite the dangers he’s triumphed over in the past, nothing could prepare Joe for what he’s about to encounter when a cold, bitterness creeps into his home.
A mysterious and peculiar woman named Mrs. Chill has just been hired to care for Joe while his father is away on business. In no time, however, Joe discovers that she’s up to more than cooking and cleaning, and she has plans to destroy his family. Joe’s effort to save them results in perilous, sometimes humorous, encounters, and leads him on a journey through the threatening wilderness where he faces his greatest challenge yet.

Book Review:
Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness)
@ohmybookkness
December 30,2015

Just starting off, it would be hard to pass Fearless Joe Dearborne by  Whitney Mitchell in a bookstore on a shelf if you saw it. The cover immediately grabs your attention with its dark neutral colors and the vibrancy of the cover. Not that you would even notice it first, the title commands attention to be seen, to be read and looked at in large, bold, white letters. It easily stands out against the books background, commanding attention.

Chapter one starts off with a word and by the definition you will know how it starts off, "adrenaline a substance produced in the body that increases energy" . Once you you read further you will see why this is important to the story! Can't wait.....keep reading you might just want to pick up a copy yourself. Now the first line of the first chapter starts off with this:
              "It had been  ninety-nine days since Joe Dearborne risked his life."
For me this opening line set the story, and gave you a basic idea of what is to come. It set the story of what we would be soon to be seen from Joe, and gave us an idea of what type of kid Joe is. Energetic, a complete adrenaline junky, or just Fearless?

Joe really does not know fear so he seeks out dangerous tasks hoping to get a rush, be AFRAID! But for Joe, not even running into a burning building to save a puppy gives him the feeling he is looking for.  So he starts off on a more reckless endeavors. I mean who would go into a dark cave for a friends, dad  autographed baseball? I mean your being one great friend for doing it but for Joe, it's more about the mere challenge and the thrill .

Things change for Joe after he gets a dare he could not refuse.......to pick up a poisonous snake...well as you could guess things didn't turn to well. Now Joe, "fearless Joe", is no longer fearless and of course at the worse possible time. His dad is going away on business trip while stuck at home with some strange nanny. Ugh, nanny, who does want to be watched by one, none the less a strange one. 

This for Joe, maybe over reacting, maybe just a scared kid, but he finds the nanny to be a 'little off' and 'creepy'. Though what kid does not find any form of sitter to be a little off and sinister. Joe notices things around his room has changed and or has gone missing. Is it the nanny?  Is it just the nanny doing her job cleaning and picking up? And Joe being paranoid. Or is the Nanny really up to no good? That's a mystery all in its self you'll have to find out by reading the story for yourself.

With crazy things Joe gets into, it's funny with keeping the underlying tone of the overall message.....you don't conquer fear, a little fear is good for you. With the ultimate comparison, where is the line between fearless and brave, and do you always have to be "brave"?

I think readers will thoroughly enjoy Joes over the top eccentric aunt. Have you ever heard of a lamdoodle? Well Joes aunt manages to find one for Joes birthday. Why? You ask, well because whatever the rage is in Paris, it just has to be so here . Even though it's joes birthday party, his aunt manages,  not intentionally steel the thunder from Joe by having a mini party to introduce Joes new "pet friend." 


The book is witty and funny, adventurous, with a kid pushing the boundaries where and when he can. For the length of the book so much takes place. From Joe making sure his lamdoodle is safe from the crazy nanny? Fearless Joe Dearborne is like a young Indiana Jones for kids. While spreading the message, we cannot conquer fear but learn to control and advise us. As well there is a very fine line between being brave and recklessness, and bravery and fear. 

Ultimately a fun tale for Tweens and any adult who just likes a nice, fun, casual read every now and again. It is also a perfect length book where kids won't get overwhelmed by volume, but where kids get to enjoy the story from start to finish and in the process have a good laugh or chuckle with all the welcome gasp of surprise. 


About The Author:
Lisa Whitney Mitchell lives in Florida with her husband, two sons, and their dog. When she’s not writing, she practices law. Fearless Joe Dearborne is her first novel. 

Where to Purchase:

Amazon:
www.amazon.com/Fearless-Joe-Dearborne-Lisa-Mitchell-ebook/dp/B00OJ9M6BE


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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Book Review of Our Wild and Precious Lives by A.G.Russo

Book: Our Wild and Precious Lives
  • Author: A.G. Russo
  • Print Length: 391 pages
  • Publisher: Red Skye Press (August 20, 2014)
  • ASIN: B00MW552LS



Book Description:
In 1960 Cold War Germany, Tom and Melly McCarron, teenage Army brats, contend with adolescence on a small American base near Bavaria, where their father, a decorated war veteran, begins a three-year tour of duty. As tensions in Berlin rise between the Allies and the Soviets, and threaten to bring about World War III, the base teenagers forge bonds of loyalty and love stronger than any of the adults understand.

Leaving New York on a night flight to Germany, the quiet, thoughtful Tom, and feisty, emotional Melly, are apprehensive about life in a foreign land. While they will attend the American high school in W├╝rzburg, brother and sister realize they are the only stability each has had in their young lives. They also leave behind the sole adult they came to trust, their Aunt Deeny, a librarian who introduced them long ago to a way to cope with life's ups and downs—reading and books.

Confronting the overwhelming challenges of making new friends, adjusting to a foreign environment, and enrolling in yet another school, they also must endure their abusive father and moody war bride mother. But they are not fully aware of how their father's wartime experiences and sacrifices have left him scarred. Relying on their inner strength and resilience, they navigate the boundaries of military dependents—American teenagers with the same needs, yearnings and heartbreak as any of their generation.

Book Review:
Brittany Perez ( Oh My Bookness )
@ohmybookness
Bperezbookreviews@gmail.com
November 30,2014



An engaging story that will speak to young adults, filled with historical fact and romance this is a historical fiction that reaches out to a generation moving through an enormous changes. The WWII generation within the early 60s.  

Seeing a life through Army Brats, a perspective that is not as common as one would think. Following the bond between teens of the era, friends through understanding and similar circumstances and the path to finding love. 

There will be those who will be able to relate to the strength of a bond between brother and sister and those who will get to see beyond and a look at hardships of trials and tribulations of being part of a family who's lives been effected by war. A perception of events seen through the eyes of teenagers, not all could completely understand because not all experienced but one cannot trivialize either. 

A story that will reach out to a wide range from YA to adults alike, a story for the generations.






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Monday, November 17, 2014

Book Review of A Year In The Secret Garden

Book:A Year In The Secret Garden
  • Author:Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Winters 
  • Paperback: 143 pages
  • ISBN-10: 193642617X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936426171


Book Review:
Brittany Perez ( Oh My Bookness )
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November 17,2014


Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Winters created a "guide or companion "  to the beloved classic Novel The Secret Garden. A Year In The Secret Garden introduces you to the beloved Classic tale of The Secret Garden, to a whole new generation and to a whole new way to families familiar with the classic tale with guide photos, as well goes through all twelve months of the year bringing the magical story to life. With the use of historical of information, monthly gardening information and activities, easy to make recipes, step by step crafts brought to life from the pages of a classic tale...The Secret Garden. Now you can bring a little piece of the story into your home, to life and into your own home, garden, kitchen, and or play area.

To give you a example the month of April alone has how to create "Robin Cakes", on pg. 74. To give you a little taste here's what you need to make "Robin Cupcakes", you actually put Cadbury Eggs in the cupcake with fondant robins on top of buttercream frosting. This is a cup cake I'm looking forward to try out because well, it's just looks real good.  The idea for the Robin Cake comes from Mary in The Secret Garden, the Robin is in the month of April and shows In Mary's Garden.

 Continuing to pg. 78, there is beautiful felt patterns , Dickens's felt creatures to be exact. What's great about these patterns its you get three different ones to choose from. The first patten you get is it fox and each piece is numbered in order the pieces go together. The second piece is a Lamb numbered for orderly, and thirdly you get a bunny. What's great you don't have to tear any pages put, you can create as many copies of the patterns you like so you can make as many or use them as craft study with students or while babysitting. With each activity their is a backstory or to to the original story, so how do these felt creatures tie in? Well in The Secret Garden, Dickens has uniquely intimate relationships with the land, described as a god like Pan, he has the ability to charm animals and all creatures who come instantly close to him. 

As we continue through the month of April, and can you guess......it's also the month my birthday falls in. Now we get to see what other joyous projects and/or crafts that we see in the month of April, In The Year Of The Secret Garden. I already know one I would like to do and that is the Robin Cakes....mmmmmm. just a example of a project that can work for multiple occasions.

As I move forward to the next project, The World Of Mason Bees, I wonder as many as you must be, What Is The World Of Mason Bees? Well that's a great question and a fun spring project to have in your arsenal, especially for all you Gardnere or planters.Mason Bees are non-violent, non-territorial, and hardier than honey making bees. They have two big advantages, they are solitary, work for themselves, and are independent workers. A plus they are less susceptible to disease. They are quite effective pollinators! As well.
 Just two or three can pollinate a full garden or Apple tree.


Need a good staple for a costume or just an extra piece for maybe a British spy costume for Halloween or, learning just to learn different currencies. You Can now learn all about British Money, the amount, about different pounds and shillings and more. The Secret Garden, with its companion a great source of materials for class when there leaning about a book because there is facts mixed fun activities pertaining to the story.

The rest of activities and more from May all the way back to January you'll just have to buy the book to see all the creative and fun things to do and snippets about the different characters. A Year In The Secret Garden now allows you have your own array of tamed pets.






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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Book Review of Ever After High A Wonderlandiful Adventure by ShannonHale by Oh My Bookness


A Wonderlandiful World (Ever After High)
 

  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Ever After High (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (August 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031628209X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316282093


Book Review:
By: Brittany Perez ( Oh My Bookness)
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Review Date: November 6,2014

Ever After High;A Wonderlandiful Adventure  by Shannon Hale is as the title Wonderlandifully puts it. The story you go on is a Wonderlandiful Adventure. For those who have not followed the Ever After High Series, you may be just discovering the unique and fun twist on classic fairly tales and rhymes like Humpty Dumpty, had a passing glance in a book store and it caught your attention, maybe seen it before or this new discovery may just may make you wonder how a bunch of fairy tales can come together.......Well I would be lying if I tell I was positive when I picked up the first book that it would be good, what caught me was the cover, I honestly was unsure about the story itself though but I picked it up and gave it a shot. 

I have to say I was quite SURPRISED when I read the first book, Ever After High; Storybook Legends. I was surprised on how they were able to bring all these characters together from fables, rhymes, Fairytales, and ahem.... A story around where their children "relive their parents story" as history is repeating itself.


With a basic idea of how the books are formatted the storybook legends "fairytale children" are separated into rebels and royals because "rebels" want to choose their own destiny "royals" want to follow their story. From leaving book two, we enter the review of book 3, Ever After High;A Wonderlandiful Adventure. I was excited for the new plot twist of "Wonderland"  or something "wonderland like" weaved into the stories plot with more focus on four Wonderlandian characters......and much more in book 3. We get more insight into Maddie Hatter (Madd Hatters Daughter), kitty Chechisre (of course daughter of the Chechisire Cat), Cedar Wood (Think Pinocchio!), and last but not least.............Lizzie Hearts ( daughter of the Oh-So-Wonderlandiful, Queen Of Hearts).

In book 3 of Ever After High; A Wonderlandiful Adventure, wonderland or something Wonderlandiful "like" comes to Ever After High thanks to a wonderland creature.....Jabberwakee. Nothing is the same in  Ever After High, the narrator is speaking in "Wonderlandianand Maddie Hatter becomes a step in narrator? The actual narrator acts as the Maddie Hatter we know a wonderlandian. Unfortunately what would seem like a good idea, conflict arising and and the only few wonderland characters can fix with the varpol sword turned south. I understand there is supposed to be a sense of confusion but 
all seemed all over the place, incomplete. The story felt flat where there was a lot of potential. It started off quite good but fell apart towards the middle end, it lost focus, depth, the story fell flat it did pick up towards the end. The story had potential but I think the author for lost in trying to make it wild and whimsical.




About The Author:

New York Times best selling author Shannon Hale started writing books at age ten and never stopped, eventually earning an MFA in Creative Writing. After nineteen years of writing and dozens of rejections, she published The Goose Girl, the first in her award-winning Books of Bayern series. She has published fourteen books for young readers including the Newbery Honor winner Princess Academy and its two sequels, multiple award winner Book of a Thousand Days, superhero novel Dangerous, and the first three Ever After High novels. Her books for the adult crowd include Austenland (now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell) and Midnight in Austenland. Shannon and her husband Dean Hale have collaborated on several projects such as Eisner nominee Rapunzel's Revenge and early chapter book The Princess in Black. They spend non-writing hours corralling their four young children near Salt Lake City, Utah.

Shannon Hale's Social Media Pages:
Amazon Author Page:
http://www.amazon.com/Shannon-Hale/e/B001JP9U7E/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

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Shannon Hale:
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Twitter:
https://mobile.twitter.com/haleshannon

The Hatchett Group:
http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/shannon-hale/ever-after-high-a-wonderlandiful-world/9780316282093/











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