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Lucky Broken Girl By Ruth Behar 256 pages – ages 9+ Published by Nancy Paulsen Books on April 11, 2017 Synopsis from Publisher- “Ruthie Mizrahi and her family recently emigrated from Castro's Cuba to New York City. Just when she's finally beginning to gain confidence in her mastery of English—and enjoying her reign as her neighborhood's hopscotch queen—a horrific car accident leaves her in a body cast and confined her to her bed for a long recovery. As Ruthie's world shrinks because of her inability to move, her powers of observation and her heart grow larger and she comes to understand how fragile life is, how vulnerable we all are as human beings, and how friends, neighbors, and the power of the arts can sweeten even the worst of times.” What I Thought- Reading this book was an emotional experience. Behar tackles the subjects of immigration, racism and the frustration of being isolated due to an accident in a compelling story. I loved the concept of this book and the fact the main character was an immigrant. I really enjoy stories that inject flavors of other cultures in the text. We do get glimpses of Irish, Mexican, Cuban and Indian characters, all whom help [...]
Wed, Jul 26, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Dear readers, You may have noticed I've been a bit absent from the blogosphere (or maybe you haven't in which case I need to do a better job ), I felt I need to explain what's been going on. I was on vacation at the beginning of July and upon getting back and then catching up with my work, our family suffered a very tragic accident. My aunt and three of her daughters were on a cross-country road trip from Pennsylvania to California. An adventure of a life time. Beth, Lizzy, Savanna and Sequoia in California. Sadly, in California, they had a terrible accident. The driver of their SUV fell asleep. The car ran down an embankment, hit a pole and overturned. My aunt and one of my cousins did not make it. My cousin Savanna and Aunt Beth My other two cousins were seriously injured. My uncle and his eldest daughter flew out to California to be with the girls. Uncle Aleko, Lizzy, Sequoia and Cousin Tessa at St. Joseph's Hospital in Eureka CA After some negotiating, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia sent 2 ambulance jets out to California to bring the girls back. They did this free of [...]
Mon, Jul 24, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Today I get to kick off blog tour celebrating the one year birthday of a great story about a little dog and her great adventure. Since I am the first stop on this mini tour, I get to reveal the cover! Muffy and the Dog Catcher (The Muffy Series Book 1)Written and illustrated by Devra Robitaille 66 pages – ages 7+ Published by The Hologram Library, July 20, 2016 Synopsis (from the publisher) – Muffy is a happy and curious Goldendoodle puppy who lives on a farm. One day she chases a silly grasshopper and gets lost. She finds herself alone and hungry, on the point of collapse, but luck is on her side and she is adopted by a wonderful family, the Gabriels, who have a very orderly and devoted pack of dogs. Muffy becomes part of her new family, and is accepted by Radar and Oliver and the gang, but she still pines for her sister, Riff, and misses the farm. One of her new friends, Wise Dog, introduces her to a very unusual Dog Catcher who has a special talent. Muffy's courageous journey is full of laughter and adventure as she tries to unite her two families. The [...]
Thu, Jul 20, 2017, Continue reading at the source
100 Things to Be When You Grow Up By Lisa M. Gerry 256pages – ages 7+ Published by National Geographic Children's Books on March 14, 2017 Synopsis from Publisher- “Who says adults can't have fun? This book explores 100 of the coolest, wackiest, and most amazing jobs and careers out there, from astronaut to zookeeper, ice cream taster to game maker. ” What I Thought- I really like the format of this book. It is a list, with one career per spread – except for when they include a longer interview with an expert in a field. That's another thing I liked; the interviews with people who actually do the job – it's a nice touch. The jobs are ones you may or may not have heard of, with things like a fire fighter to an adventure guide. Ms. Gerry presents the information in a fun way, and I love that she also includes tips for any career, made to get kids thinking about the future. I like the variety of jobs included, and that they included some odd ones that aren't that hard to get. This was a nice nonfiction book to get kids thinking about their future, and I really hope that kids [...]
Mon, Jul 10, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Beach Party Surf Monkey Series: Welcome to Wonderland #2 Written by Chris Grabenstein Illustrated by Brooke Allen 320 pages – ages 8+ Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on May 23, 2017 Synopsis from the Publisher- “There's always something wacky happening when you live at a motel, and P. T. Wilkie has grown up at the world's wackiest one yet! When word gets out that the hottest teen idols in Hollywood will be filming their next movie-BEACH PARTY SURF MONKEY-right in St. Pete's Beach, P.T. and Gloria know that Wonderland would be the PERFECT location. Now they just have to convince the producers! But when things start to go wrong (Crazed fans? Missing stars?!) it will take all of Gloria's business genius and P.T.'s wild stories to save the movie before the movie AND the Wonderland are both all washed up!” What I Thought- I didn't know what to expect with this. I love Mr. Grabenstein's books, but I hate starting a book in the middle of a series – I am reading the second book before the first. Grabenstein brings the reader up to speed that in the best way I've ever seen! P.T. is known for his wild stories, so he is introduced [...]
Mon, Jun 26, 2017, Continue reading at the source
I am so sorry I must be away awhile having surgery. If you want to entertain yourself during my absence, I suggest you to visit thetoybox site. Will miss you while I must be away ~Sue [...]
Wed, Jun 14, 2017, Continue reading at the source

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