This book is a little too hard for my 5th grader so we are reading it out loud. We read a few pages a night, complete with side discussions about How Things Were Different Then. The story follows Joseph Martin, 14 year old boy who joined the Patriots to fight the British, ended his stint … More A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy by Jim Murphy
It’s storm season here, and I’m not sure I ever read 1st book in the series, so… Not bad. The action is fun. Most of the dialogue is good, some is very B-movie or clunky. Harry keeps finding himself in situations where he has no access to his wizard tools. Yay improvisations! No buildings were … More Storm Front by Jim Butcher
How is this book not required reading? Also, its so much better than the first book, Wizard of Oz. On the other hand, given the movie, it’s just as well this was never Disneyfied. You know that pretty girl in the fairy dress on the cover? Look out for her in the book. She’s a … More The Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum
How would you like the witch to give you a twin – one who is smarter, better, faster than you? She’s really nice, though: she only wants half of Mirka’s life. Half her meals, half her classes, half her basketball games – how will a nice Orthodox Jewish girl get her life back? And what … More Mirka Met a Meteorite & Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch
I actually know what Gemina means, and I still missed the plot twist. Because it was such a twisty twist! But when Our Intrepid Heroes figured it out, the trail was right there, ready to be missed due to the frantic pace of the action. And figuring out The Traitor was easy, except that you … More Gemina by Amie Kaufman
The main diff between the book and the movie was at the beginning and end: There’s no stupid old woman who hates Toto and becomes the evil witch. There are no farm hands to become the lion the tin-man and the scarecrow. The greyness is there, though. Aunt Em used to be a happy young … More The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
10 year old’s rating: Good. How do dams make you able to turn on the light? I could read all the words! Good pictures.