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
10 year old’s review: Read it again! Why is a king allowed to stay in charge if he is crazy? Why were the king and the big general both named George? Why did the colonies want to separate from England? Why were the colonies attached to England to start with? What to wear, how to … More If You Were There in 1776 by Barbara Brenner
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
No Good Deed byKara Connolly 3 star tags: author-female, cover-art-enticing, hero-female, hero-rushes-around-planless, historical-fiction, palace-politics, sf-f, test-bechcel-pass, ya The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson (World of Solace) 5 star tags: author-female, big-fat-book, cover-art-enticing, hero-brain-over-brawn, hero-female, middle-grade, mystery, palace-politics, sf-f, shapeshifter, steam-punk, test-bechcel-pass, test-johnson-pass
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.