Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Share the LOVE ReadingTween Style! BEA Giveaway!!

FIRST PLACE: 1st choice of book

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Reasons to be Happy by Katrina Kittle
Flyaway by Lucy Christopher
The Dragons Tooth by N.D.Wilson
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick 


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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Werewolf of Fever Swamp (Goosebumps) by R.L. Stine

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (October 1, 2009)
Goosebumps Official Site: http://www.scholastic.com/goosebumps/
Buy the Book:  Amazon

There is something weird happening in Fever Swamp. Something really horrible. It started with the strange howling at night. Then there was the rabbit, torn to shreds. Everyone thinks Grady's new dog is responsible. After all, he looks just like a wolf. And he seems a little on the wild side.

But Grady knows his dog is just a regular old dog. And most dogs don't howl at the moon. Or disappear at midnight. Or change into terrifying creatures when the moon is full.

Or do they?
This is my second Goosebumps book and I really liked them both, but I liked this one SO much more than the other.  
What's it about?
This one is about how Grady and his family move to Florida because his mom and dad are scientists.  His dad caught some swamp deer and so he took them there to experiment and see if they could survive in the swamp.  Grady decides to explore the swamp with his sister, Emily, and while they were there, they were looking around and found a bog.  As they went farther in, they discovered a small, old hut where a hunched man lived.  When he opened his mouth, he had really sharp teeth.  They ran away as fast as they could, but ended up getting lost.  They told their parents about the Swamp Hermit, but their parents said it was nothing to worry about.  When Grady started hearing howls and scratches at night, during the full moon, he began to suspect that the hermit might be a werewolf.  But things aren't always what they seem, and Grady (and I) were very surprised by the outcome!
What I thought:
I LOVED THIS BOOK!! My favorite character was Grady.  He's the main character and I learned the most about him.  I liked how this book was a mystery, and it was really dangerous for Grady.  I love how everything was connected and how it all came together in the end.  The book was scary for the characters, but it didn't scare me.  My sister's friend thinks these books are too gross and scary, but I really like them!  So, maybe these books aren't good for girls!!  These books are pretty easy to read, and I like that because I got through it really quickly.  I'll be reading more of these books!
Parents:  This book has no bad language, but it can be a little scary and gross.

Some of the Goosebumps books have been made into short movies.  Here's the preview for this one:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (April 21, 2009)/Audiobook:  Recorded Books
Language: English
Buy the book:  Paperback, Audio

In a city that runs on a dwindling supply of magic, a young boy is drawn into a life of wizardry and adventure. Conn should have dropped dead the day he picked Nevery's pocket and touched the wizard's locus magicalicus, a stone used to focus magic and work spells. But for some reason he did not. Nevery finds that interesting, and he takes Conn as his apprentice on the provision that the boy find a locus stone of his own. But Conn has little time to search for his stone between wizard lessons and helping Nevery discover who—or what—is stealing the city of Wellmet's magic.

Plot Summary:
So this book is about a boy named Connwaer. He lives on the streets until the day he meets Nevery Flinglas and his life takes a turn. He picks Nevery's pocket and steals his locus magicalicus so Nevery takes it back and says he is taking Conn as a apprentice.

Plot High Point:

When Connwaer finds out what has been stealing the magic from Wellmet and he tells Nevery and the stop it!

Main Characters:

  • Connwaer- main person. Dark hair. Thief, wizard, and apprentice 
  • Nevery Flinglas- Old grumpy man. Wizard and mentor, Magister. 
  • Benet- Mean then Kind. Nevery's Muscle 
  • Rowan- switches all the time from mean to kind 
  • Brumbee- fat kind. Wizard, Magister, Headmaster of the Academicos 
  • Duchess- mean, hard to figure out. leader of the sunrise. 
  • Pettivox- Rude mean. Magister

Out in streets, Underground, In houses, in schools. I'm not sure what time period it is.  They go to school, and can take a Wizard class at the school.

Personal Opinion:
It was pretty good! My favorite character is Rowan! I like her cause she is Always SO COOL!!  She seems like she's smart, and she teaches Conn how to read.  Even though this book is about magic, it didn't remind me of Harry Potter.  But they can do spells.  I am going to read the next book LOST next!
I did not like the reader very much, because he sounds like he's shouting all the time.  I think I will listen to the next book on audio, though, because I do like when he reads Nevery's journal, I like his voice for Nevery.

Note to parents:  There were no bad words in this book, and no romance.......yet.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Vlog Review: Monster High by Lisi Harrison

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Poppy; 1 edition (September 1, 2010)
Buy the Book:  Amazon

The monster community has kept a low profile at the local high school, but when two new girls enroll, the town will never be the same. Created just fifteen days ago, Frankie Stein is psyched to trade her father's formaldehyde-smelling basement lab for parties and prom.

But with a student body totally freaked out by rumors of monsters stalking the halls, Frankie learns that high school can be rough for a chic freak like her. She thinks she finds a friend in fellow new student Melody Carver-but can a "normie" be trusted with her big secret?

Friday, May 13, 2011

KNIGHTTIME... a Medieval Adventure for Kids Online

Visit the site: HazardousPlayers.com

Welcome to the kingdom of Udenland, where you will see strange creatures and meet unique characters. You will follow Sir Cottonton and Bratwurst from land to sea as they go on adventurous quest throughout the kingdom.
This looks like a great site for kids, with wonderful storytelling and fun things to do, don't miss out on this.

So grab a turkey leg and a jug of mead and hop on over to Knighttime and get your adventure on!!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters by Rachel Vail

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (May 24, 2011)
Buy the book:  Paperback

It’s the start of the school year, and nothing feels right to Justin. He didn’t get the teacher he wanted, he’s not in the same class as his best friend, and his little sister, Elizabeth, is starting kindergarten at his school. Elizabeth doesn’t seem nervous at all. Justin is very nervous about third grade. And to top it off, he’s lost his favorite stuffed animal, but he can’t tell anyone, because technically he’s too old to still have stuffed animals. Right?

Title and Author
Justin Case Rachel Vail

Plot Summary
It's about a boy named Justin and his life in elementary/3rd grade. Nothing feels right to him. He hates it because he is moved from the classroom that his 2nd best friend Noah is in!

Plot High Point
My favorite part was when he woke up and realized he had no worries at all anymore. He is not afraid of bad guys or jiggly food or getting beat up by runny-aroundy kids or loud noises or death or dogs that growl. He has become the bravest kid on earth. April Fools.

Main Characters
Justin, Xavier, Gianni, Montana C., Daisy and Noah

It took place at his house and his school. It is the present.

Personal Opinion
I love this book!!!!!! I liked reading about his life and what it's like to be at school (because I'm home schooled). I liked Justin a lot. He's just like a normal kid. But he freaks out a lot about tons of different things. He's really funny because he exaggerates a lot. Like he thought that if he didn't climb this rope that was really high that he wouldn't pass third grade and he'd have to do it all over again. This book was pretty easy for me to read (I'm almost 9). I really loved it a lot!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins; Mti edition (January 4, 2011)
Buy the Book:  Amazon

We may be walking past you right now.
We are watching as you read this.
We may be in your city, your town.
We are living anonymously.
We are waiting for the day when
We will find each other.
We will make our last stand together—if
We win,
We are saved, and
You are saved as well.
If we lose, all is lost.

With thirty-four chapters this book is filled with fantasy, action, adventure and
romance. The first book in a series I am Number Four is highly suspenseful and
captures your attention. Pittacus Lore did a perfect job of adding action and romance
together to make the book suspenseful and exciting.

Pittacus Lore adds himself into this book brilliantly. He is the ruling elder on the
planet Lorien. He has been preparing for the war that will decide Earth’s fate. His
whereabouts are unknown.

-There are nine of them. They caught Number One in Malaysia. Number Two in
England. And Number Three in Kenya. They killed them all. Number Four is next.
What will happen?


Parents:  This book has some profanity and violence in it.  For more details, check I Am Number Four on Parental Book Reviews

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Today we have a guest post from an awesome friend of Reagan's, Olivia! We're hoping that Olivia will write many more reviews for us!!  If you haven't read Beautiful Creatures, you may want to read that before reading this review.  For a review of Beautiful Creatures, you can check out Amy's review on Reading Teen!

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (October 12, 2010)
Buy the Book:  Amazon

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

-Down underneath the magic, romance and action is something else . . . Beauty

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl are the queens of fantasy and romance.
Regret, loss, sorrow, happiness, and hope together makes something wonderful!
Beautiful Darkness is perfect for anyone who loves romance and adventure. The
second book in a series Beautiful Darkness is one of the best books that I have ever
read. I t is the perfect followup to the first book. Beautiful Creatures. I felt a connection
to Lena like I have never felt with any other character in any other book. I can feel her
sadness and her grief. What lengths will she go to to try to save everyone from her,
including herself?


Wondering if this book is ok for your Tween/Teen?  Check out Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness on Parental Book Reviews.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Book review: The O'Reilly Factor for kids by Bill O'Reilly

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: HarperEntertainment (September 28, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9780060544249
ISBN-13: 978-0060544249
Buy the book: Amazon
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The bestselling author ofThe O'Reilly Factor, The No Spin Zone, and Who's Looking Out for You? talks straight to kids this time. He is as demanding, direct, and wry asever—but he's also more revealing too, sharing candid snapshots of his own childhood throughout.

Bill O'Reilly, a former schoolteacher, now an award-winning broadcast news journalist, husband, and father of two, joins forces with an experienced educator to bring you, America's youth, a code of ethics by which to live. In this latest book, Bill takes to task bullies, cheaters, advertisers who target you irresponsibly, and parents who fight for their children to win undeserved honors instead of earning them on their own merit.

He lays bare the unvarnished truths about sex, money, smoking, drugs, alcohol, and friends. What he has to say about these issues may very well surprise you. He offers coping devices for those enduring a divorce, struggling with teacher, parent, or sibling relationships, and planning their futures. He also shares wisdom on such subjects as death, politics, and God.

Whether you take the tests he's provided, take the advice he doles out, or just take a cue from the personal stories he shares, you're bound to make smarter choices in your life, and that's all Bill asks for.

Drew's Review:
I learned a LOT of great information from reading this book, This book was very enjoyable from start to finish. I liked how in every chapter of the book, He wrote his own "My Story" to tell you how he dealt with things in his teen life, And how he doesn't make him-self sound all old and boring. I like how Mr. O'Reilly puts a lot of great humor here and there so that his readers don't put the book down and read something that they they think is good for their age group. I'm twelve and I did NOT get bored of reading a book from a guy that mostly just writes books about politics, And grown-up stuff with lots of long words!
You should get this book, because it will help you, ALOT!

*A note from the big brother:
This book in no way forces Mr. O'Reilly's political or religious views upon readers. Mr. O'Reilly writes chapters on religion and politics but he specifically says that though they are both important parts of life for him, they are based on beliefs and in no way is he telling the readers of this book what to believe. He is merely stating the fact that for a lot of people, these areas are filled with doubt and/or disagreement with others and that we shouldn't just believe what people tell us to based off of nothing. We need to actually believe in something because that is what we think is right.

I am always searching for great books for guys. Although this book is written for teens in general, it is mainly focused on a boy's point of view, and best read by boys. There is no way a boy could read this book without walking away with new knowledge and wisdom. There are many scenes of boyish tomfoolery. Also, some minor curse words and crude humor. ~ austin