Saturday, July 30, 2011

Book Review: Sally's Bones by MacKenzie Cadenhead

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 176 pages

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (September 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1402259433
ISBN-13: 978-1402259432
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Sally is a quirky character who loves Death Rock and faded blue jeans. She fits in better with the Addams Family than with a clique of catty sixth grade girls. After her mother's death, grief-stricken Sally begs for death... and death is exactly what she gets: a tail-wagging skeleton dog called Bones. A gift from beyond the grave, Bones is a dreadfully delicious girl's best friend. In this cleverly written, alliterative tale the town's bones go missing and everyone blames Bones. Sally must solve the mystery to save her cadaverous canine from puppy prison.

This book was super fun and funny! I liked Sally Simplesmith's character and LOVED Bones the dead dog. This was a detective book, so I was happy to see that Sally and Bones worked together very well. Bones always knew what to do, he was really the smart one. I loved all the names of the characters in this book like of course, Sally Simplesmith and her father Seymour. Then there's Viola Vanderperfect, haha Vanderperfect. Guess what she wasn't so perfect, kinda bratty. Viola had a dog named Princess Poopsy. Too funny.

Well, if you like a good, who stole what? dedetective mystery, then check this one out. It's a good one!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

This or That with Peter Lee, Character from The Detention Club

This book looks like so much fun!  I can't wait to read it!  Today we have one of the characters from The Detention Club with us to answer some fun questions.

Peter Lee, what do you prefer, this or that? (P.S. The fart question is from my dumb brother)

Summer or Fall:

 Either season is perfect for land-skiing.
Bouncy ball or inflatable ball:

Bouncy ball—I’m not a germ freak, but I don’t like to lick things that have been already licked by others if I can help it.
Cool or Jerk:

In theory, “cool.”
Gmail or Yahoo mail:

What’s Yahoomail?
Pop or rock:

I like poppy rock. Or rocky pop, for that matter.
Pants or shorts:

Shorts—bullies don’t feel comfortable giving wedgies to you if you’re wearing shorts for some reason. I think maybe it feels too personal for them or something.
Cats or dogs:

Cats. You have to earn the respect of cats. Plus, compared to dogs, it actually feels nice to get licked by cats.
Fart or burp:

I can burp-talk really well. (I just burped that answer out, in fact.)
Ice cream or donuts:

You have funner dreams if you eat ice cream before bed. Plus, even though I always feel like I could eat a dozen donuts when I first open up a box, I usually crash out after 2-3, tops. For some reason that annoys me about donuts.
Girl or boy:

Well, given that my sister Sunny’s a girl, I’d have to go with…duh--boy!
Mittens or gloves:

You’d be surprised to know that I prefer mittens. They’re not as useful and always make my hands clammy, which then makes them cold because it’s winter, but I like that nobody knows what your fingers are doing when you wear mittens.
Movie or TV show:

The special effects on TV shows are never as good as they are in movies. I respect big budgets—that says to me that the people behind it really care about their art.
Books or concert:

I enjoy watching street magic.
Computer or TV:

Computer. A TV is useless if you don’t have a decent cable-package, which my parents never get.
Music or walks:

I’m 11. I don’t do “walks.”
one wish or ice cream forever:

I do like ice cream (see above), but I’d have to say one wish. And assuming you can’t wish for a million wishes, I’d ask for a time machine.
Fairy or Fairy god parent:

Who wants a third parent?
Be awesome and have no friends or be nerdy and have friends:

Lately I’ve been that first choice so I guess I’d go for the second, just for the change of pace.
parents or friends:

If my answer didn’t result in me never being born, I’d choose friends.
Pink or gray:

Gray, I guess, but that says more about how much I don’t like pink.
Write a book or sing for a living:
I guess write a book since this feels like I had to write a book just to answer all these questions, so it would seem I’m qualified already to-oh, wait, we’re done? Actually, now that I think about it, I figure it might be cool to sing for a living. But not pop.

 I want to be a singer too!!  Maybe we can start a band!  Thanks for answering our questions!  I can't wait to read The Detention Club!

The Detention Club
The best worst thing to happen to Peter Lee?
Peter and his best friend, Drew, used to be so cool (or, at least, not total outcasts) in elementary school. But now they're in middle school, where their extensive mica collection and prowess at kickball have earned them a new label: losers. Then Peter attracts the unwanted attention of the school bullies, and his plan to become popular through his older sister, the practically perfect Sunny, backfires.
Things go from bad to worse when Peter gets detention. But what at first seems to spell his utter doom turns into an unlikely opportunity for making friends and influencing people. . . .

Monday, July 11, 2011

Maximum Ride By James Patterson

Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 4Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Yen Press (April 26, 2011)
Buy the Book:  Amazon

Despite their initial hesitation, living with Anne has softened the Flock, so Max is keenly aware that it's time to leave. With Thanksgiving so near, though, all of them want to stay, at least until they've had their first ever Thanksgiving turkey! But danger is on the horizon as Jeb's plan advances, and while the Flock's new school seems normal and safe, secrets are hidden beneath its prestigious facade...

I LOVE THIS BOOK! It's the best book in the world!! I think it was well written and I LOVED the characters but my favorite's had to be Max and Iggy. Because I think they really loved each other! ♥ :) There were some minor cuss words in the book but that's really it, and they hold hands, but that's it.... You really need to read this book! It's my favorite book!  

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (January 4, 2011)
Language: English
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In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.


I don't know where to begin or how much to tell.  When I read this book, all I knew was that it was about Angels.  That's it.  And I'm so glad that's all I knew.  So, I don't want to give too much away.  There's a pretty big spoiler in the book description (which I took out) that I wish wasn't there because I just want people to experience it without knowing what's coming.  It's so much better that way!!  So, if you haven't read the book description, don't read it!!

I absolutely loved Cynthia's writing style.  I flew through this book without even realizing that I was through it!  It was almost like reading two different stories in one.  Like there's this incredible book, with an extra amazing story placed in the middle of it.  I felt like I was transported!  And the setting was just compelling!  I wanted to go to Wyoming and go skiing and hiking and swing on rope swings into dangerous rivers.  Everything about it just made me smile and sigh and wish it were me there living that life!  Amazing!

Clara is an fantastic character!  I just loved her!  And it was so refreshing to read about a girl being the angel, trying to save a boy for once!  She certainly had her issues, but she was no damsel in distress!  She made me laugh with her orange hair and her playful talk.  I felt like she was a really relatable character.....even if she is an Angel!

I also loved the mystery in the book.  I found everything so mysterious!  From Clara, to her mother, to Clara's friend, to her brother, and even the boy she's supposed to save.  I feel like we're just glimpsing the tip of the iceberg in this book, and I can't wait to see what unravels in the following books!  Which brings me to the cliffhanger.  The book does have some answers, but there is also so much that is left unanswered.  Normally this drives me crazy, but when a book is this amazing, and this well written, I just want it to go on and on.  I can't wait for the next book!

You may want to know:  Unearthly has a minor amount of profanity, and a lot of kisses!  For more details, check it out on Parental Book Reviews!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day from ReadingTween

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