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25. Shot at Dawn: World War I by John Wilson

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Shot at Dawn: World War I, Allan McBride, France, 1917 by John Wilson (US) - (Canada)
I Am Canada series

Pages: 201
Ages: 12+
Finished: Jan. 22, 2012
First Published: Feb. 1, 2011
Publisher: Scholastic Canada
Genre: YA, historical fiction, Canadian author, WWI
Rating: 4/5


First sentence:


I grew up on my father's ranch in the Nicola Valley in British Columbia.

Acquired: Borrowed a copy through Inter-Library Loan. 

Reason for Reading: I am reading this series plus I enjoy this author.

Publisher's Summary: "The reality of trench warfare is a shock to Allan McBride. Like many other young soldiers, he enthusiastically signed up for the chance to join the war effort and be a part of the fighting. But after months in the ravaged battlefields, watching men, including his friend Ken, get blown up by German shelling, something in Allan snaps and he leaves his unit, believing he is "walking home to Canada" to get help for his friend.

After nearly a week of wandering a…

24. Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King by William Joyce

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Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King by William Joyce & Laura Geringer. Illuminations by William Joyce (US) - (Canada)
The Guardians, Book 1

Pages: 228
Ages: 7-11
Finished: Jan. 21, 2012
First Published: Oct. 4, 2011
Publisher: Atheneum
Genre: children, fantasy, steampunk
Rating: 4/5


First sentence:




The battle of the Nightmare King began on a moonlit night long ago.
Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Publisher's Summary: "Before SANTA was SANTA, he was North, Nicholas St. North—a daredevil swordsman whose prowess with double scimitars was legendary. Like any swashbuckling young warrior, North seeks treasure and adventure, leading him to the fiercely guarded village of Santoff Claussen, said to be home to the greatest treasure in all the East, and to an even greater wizard, Ombric Shalazar. But when North arrives, legends of riches have given way to terrors of epic proportions! No…

Graphic Novels Challenge 2012 - FINISHED

NOTE:  I am officially finished this challenge having completed the required 12 books, however I will continue to record and post my books read for the rest of the year as the challenge encourages us to do just that.

I'm participating once again in this challenge but with one new difference I'M THE NEW HOST!  I'm so excited to be running this challenge which is dear to my heart and follows one of my favourite addictions.  I'm keeping everything the same as usual except I've changed the goal to read 12 books during the year.  If you read more than 12 you are more than welcome to continue posting to the blog throughout the year.

Come join the fun and sign up here.
Post reviews here.

My list of books:

1. Power at the Plate by Scott Ciencin
2. Riptide Pride by Brandon Terrell
3. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 5 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
4. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 6 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
5. MOAH: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 7 by Megumi Osuga
6. MAOH: Juvenile Remix, V…

23. Jellaby by Kean Soo

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Jellaby by Kean Soo (Canada) - (US)
Jellaby, Vol. 1

Pages: 144
Ages: 10+
Finished: Jan. 20, 2012
First Published: 2008
Publisher: Hyperion
Genre: children, graphic novel, fantasy
Rating: 3/5



First sentence:


Thank you for your excellent report, Jason, now if we can ... Portia? 
Acquired: Borrowed a copy from my local library.

Reason for Reading:  I've wanted to read this since I first heard of it, then I read a short story in a recent Flight anthology.  Somebody recently reviewed it in one of the challenges I'm in and that prompted me to finally read it. 

Publisher's Summary: "Quiet, brilliant Portia has just moved to a new neighborhood with her mom. Adjusting to life without a father is hard enough, but school is boring and her classmates are standoffish -- and even Portia’s mom is strangely distant. But things start looking up when Portia mounts a late-night excursion into the woods behind her house and discovers a shy, sweet-natured purple monster. Life with Jel…

22. Out of Slavery by Linda Granfield

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Out of Slavery: The Journey to Amazing Grace by Linda Granfield. Illustrated by Janet Wilson. (Canada) - (US)

Pages: 40
Ages: 9+
Finished: Jan. 19, 2012
First Published: Aug. 11, 2009
Publisher: Tundra Books
Genre: children, YA, biography, history, 1700s, slavery,
Rating:  5/5

First sentence:

In the oppressive night-blackness, the horizon melted into the sea as the African moved towards the West Indies.
Acquired: Received a review copy from Tundra Books.

Reason for Reading: I love Linda's other two book's which are based on the stories of poems and the lives of the authors.  I was intrigued to hear the story of the man who wrote the legendary hymn "Amazing Grace".

Publisher's Summary: "The story of slavery, a man, and the world’s most beloved hymn.

John Newton led a rich life. He was a God-fearing man and a successful seafaring trader; his cargo was a lucrative business, for his wares were human beings. In 1748, Newton’s ship, the Greyhound, sailed the tria…

21. 101 Puzzle Quizzes by The Grabarchuk Family

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101 Puzzle Quizzes by The Grabarchuk Family (Kindle Only) Pages: 2753 KB
Ages: ALL AGES (best 10+)
Finished: ongoing
First Published: Aug. 22, 2011
Publisher: Grabarchuk Puzzles
Genre: puzzles, games
Rating: 5/5


Acquired: Received an ebook review copy from Grabarchuk Puzzles.

Reason for Reading: When I first took a look at what this puzzle book was all about, what made it unique, I was very intrigued; especially on behalf of my 11yo autistic son.

Publisher's Summary: "In this brand-new puzzle collection you will find 101 pictorial, hand-crafted puzzle quizzes in different themes: visual, spatial, counting, geometry, matchstick, coins, searching, and much more. You can interactively answer and check a puzzle quiz by clicking the respective answer button. Only the correct answer leads to the solution page. The collection is specially created for all kinds of solvers - beginners, skillful, and expert alike. The puzzles are arranged so that you start with the easy (*) puzz…

20. The Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill

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The Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill (US) - (Canada)
Simon Serrailler Crime Novel, 6

Pages: 355
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jan. 10, 2012
First Published: Jan. 3, 2012
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Canada
Genre: mystery
Rating: 5/5


First sentence:


The rain had been steady all afternoon as Simon Serrailler drove home from Wales and the wedding of an old friend.

Acquired: Received a review copy from Random House Canada.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Publisher's Summary: "A cold case comes back to life in this sixth book in the highly successful Simon Serrailler detective series "eagerly awaited by all aficionados" (P.D. James). Freak weather and flash floods all over southern England. Lafferton is under water and a landslide on the Moor has closed the bypass. As the rain slowly drains away, a shallow grave--and a skeleton--are exposed; 20 years on, the remains of missing teenager Harriet Lowther have finally been uncovered. The case is re-opened and Simon Serrailler is ca…

19. It's a Snap! George Eastman's First Photograph by Monica Kulling

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It's a Snap! George Eastman's First Photograph by Monica Kulling. Illustrated by Bill Slavin. (US) - (Canada)
Great Idea Series, 1

Pages: 32
Ages: 6+
Finished: Jan. 17, 2012
First Published: Aug. 11, 2009
Publisher: Tundra Books
Genre: children, picture book, biography, non-fiction, Canadian author
Rating: 5/5

First sentence:



George Eastman left school when he was only fourteen.

Acquired: Received a Review Copy from Tundra Books.

Reason for Reading: I love the author's children's biographies, and this was the last book I still had to read in this series, wanting to catch up before a new one came out.

Publisher's Summary: "In 1877 in Rochester, New York, George Eastman couldn’t understand why picture-taking was so difficult. Having left school at fourteen to support his mother and two sisters, George decided to find out by making photography his hobby. He packed up glass plates, a plate holder, a tent, a heavy tripod, a thick piece of black cloth, a water jug, an…

18. African-American Classics (Graphic Classics)

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African-American Classics edited by Tom Pomplun & Lance Tooks (US) - (Canada)
Graphic Classics, Vol. 22

Pages: 144
Ages: 12+
Finished: Jan. 16, 2012
First Published: Dec. 1, 2011
Publisher: Eureka Productions
Genre: graphic novel, anthology
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:



The village of St. Gervais was one of the first to feel the devastating fury of the Hun.
Acquired: Received a Review Copy from Eureka Productions.

Reason for Reading: I absolutely love this series of books and read each new one that comes out.  I hope to get around to reading more of their backlist this year.

Publisher's Summary: "African-American Classics presents great stories and poems from America''s earliest Black writers, illustrated by contemporary African-American artists. Featured are ''Two Americans'' by Florence Lewis Bentley, ''The Goophered Grapevine'' by Charles W. Chesnutt, ''Becky'' by Jean Toomer, two short plays by Zora Neale Hurston,…

17. Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Vol. 7 by Hiroyuki Asada

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Blue Notes Blues by Hiroyuki Asada (US) - (Canada)
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Vol. 7

Pages: 192
Ages: 13+
Finished: Jan. 15, 2012
First Published: 2006, Japan (English: Nov. 1, 2011)
Publisher: viz media
Genre: YA, manga, science fiction, fantasy
Rating: 5/5



First sentence:

Yo! Zazie here! The Letter Bee?

Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Publisher's Summary: "Lag has discovered that his long-lost hero Gauche Suede lost all of his heart, became tangled up in an anti-government organization called "Reverse," and is now known as "Marauder Noir." Noir’s trail leads Lag and Niche to the icy northern town Blue Notes Blues. It just so happens Niche was born here. Lag and Niche uncover her mysterious origins: a sacred underground lake...where her brethren still dwell."

This is a plot developing volume with major climaxes happening with two major story arcs.  First the story of Gauche…

16. 14 Valentine Puzzle Quizzes by The Grabarchuck Family

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14 Valentine Puzzle Quizzes by The Grabarchuck Family (US & Canada - Kindle Only)
Pages: 576 KB ebook
Ages: ALL AGES (approx 10+)
Finished: Jan. 15, 2012
First Published: Jan. 10, 2012
Publisher: Grabarchuk Puzzles
Genre: puzzles
Rating: 4/5


Acquired: Received a complementary copy from Grabarchuk Puzzles.

Reason for Reading: My son & I are in the middle of having a blast with the 101 Puzzles book, that when the publisher asked if I was interested in reviewing this book I was delighted.

Publisher's Summary: "Here is a special Valentine present for the lovers of the Top Rated Puzzlebook series. In this new puzzle collection you will find 14 holiday themed, pictorial, hand-crafted puzzle quizzes."

If you've ever played any of the Grabarchuk puzzlebooks then you know what a treat you are in for here.  If not, then here's your perfect sampler size try-out at a ridiculously small price of .99 cents.  These puzzles involve visual, spatial, counting, geometry, …

2nds Challenge 2012 (FINISHED)

ETA: I'm officially finished this challenge as I signed up for the first level to read 3 books and have completed that.  I will now consider the challenge completed, however, I will continue on and see how far I can move up through the levels.  Books read listed below.

ETA: June 7 - I have finished all levels having read 20 books and will now continue adding the (and more) titles

This challenge is hosted by Katy and sign-ups are here.  A year long challenge to read either 2nd books in series or second books by authors you've only read once.  This easily fits in with my goals and I already see books on my shelves that fit the bill. 

These are the levels:
Just a spoonful - Read 3 books that are 2nd in a series or the second time you’ve read the author. A few more bites - Read 6 books that are 2nd in a series or the second time you’ve read the author.A full plate - Read 12 books that are 2nd in a series or the second time you’ve read the author.All you can eat - Read 20 books …

15. The Fathomless Fire by Thomas Wharton

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The Fathomless Fire by Thomas Wharton (US:Kindle Only ) - (Canada)
The Perilous Realm Trilogy, Book 2

Pages: 379
Ages: 10+
Finished: Jan. 15, 2012
First Published: Jan. 10, 2012
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Genre: children, fantasy
Rating: 4/5


First sentence:


He was leaving tonight.
Acquired: Received a review copy from Random House Canada.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Publisher's Summary: "The Perilous Realm is not just a world with stories in it. This world is Story. Whatever you might find in a story, you will find here. Adventures, strange encounters, riddles. Heroes and monsters. Bravery, goodness and terrible evil."

Will has returned from his exhilarating adventure in the Realm and is back at home with his family trying to go through the motions of ordinary life. But he is dogged by feelings of restlessness and is desperate to see Rowen again. It's not long before he obeys the irresistible pull to return to Fable and resumes his quest. Will is shocked t…

13. The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen

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The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen. Art by Rebecca Guay (Canada) - (US)

Pages: 144
Ages: 12+
Finished: Jan. 12, 2012
First Published: Sept. 13, 2011
Publisher: Dark Horse
Genre: YA, fantasy, graphic novel
Rating: 4/5


First sentence:


There is a spit of land near the farthest shores of the farthest islands known as Dragonfield.
Acquired: Received an egalley from Dark Horse via NetGalley.

Reason for Reading:  Jane Yolen is a favourite author.

Publisher's Summary: "A textured and lyrical tale of adventure, homelands, and heroism the hard way.  Two hundred years ago, humans drove the dragons from the islands of May. Now, the last of the dragons rises to wreak havoc anew — with only a healer’s daughter and a kite-flying would-be hero standing in its way."


A beautiful fantasy and original fairy tale of a couple, the man is the local healer, and their three daughters.  The youngest daughter takes after the father and will one day follow in his footsteps to take over as village healer…

12. 50 Underwear Questions: A Bare All History by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

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50 Underwear Questions: A Bare All History by Tanya Lloyd Kyi. Illustrated by Ross Kinnaird (Canada) - (US)
50 Questions Series

Pages: 116
Ages: 8+
Finished: Jan. 11, 2012
First Published: Jul. 7, 2011
Publisher: Annick Press
Genre: children, humour, history, Canadian author
Rating:  4/5

First sentence:
When you think of mummified bodies, you might picture their forms wrapped in long, Halloween-style linen strips.
Acquired: Received an egalley from Annick Press through NetGalley..

Reason for Reading: I love social history and I thought the history of this topic geared towards children could prove to be quite funny.

Publisher's Summary: "You are what you wear (underneath)!

Most of us take our underwear for granted, but throughout history our undies have revealed a lot about who we are (king or peasant), how we work (in fields or factories) or the shapes we value (manly calves or tiny waists).

The third book in Annick's 50 Questions series tackles questions such as "…

11. Super Dinosaur Vol. 1 by Robert Kirkman

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Super Dinosaur Vol. 1 by Robert Kirkman. Art by Jason Howard (US) - (Canada)
Super Dinosaur, Vol. 1

Pages: 128
Ages: 8+
Finished: Jan. 10, 2012
First Published: Dec. 6, 2011
Publisher: Image Comics
Genre: children, manga, robots, dinosaurs, superheroes
Rating: 4/5


First sentence:

I know what you're thinking: Who the heck are these guys?!Acquired: Received an egalley from the publisher, Image Comics, through NetGalley..

Reason for Reading: Robert Kirkman wanted to write something his son could read and I wanted him too! So I was anxious to see what this would be like.

Publisher's Summary: "This is where it begins! The Evil Max Maximus wants to get to Inner-Earth! He wants the dinosaurs that live there! He wants the powerful DynOre mineral that originates there! SUPER DINOSAUR and DEREK DYNAMO are the only ones who can stop him! The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of a ten year-old kid and his best friend, a nine-foot tall Tyrannosaurus Rex who loves to play video…

10. No Such Thing as Dragons by Philip Reeve

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No Such Thing as Dragons by Philip Reeve (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 186
Ages: 8+
Finished: Jan. 10, 2012
First Published: Sep. 1, 2010
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: children, fantasy
Rating: 3/5



First sentence:

So they went North, the man and the Boy, and the roads narrowed, and big slate-headed mountains reared up ready to eat the sky.
Acquired: Received a Review Copy from Scholastic Canada.

Reason for Reading: I read one book previously by the author, Fever Crumb, and enjoyed it.  This one looked like it would make a good read aloud to ds.

Publisher's Summary: " Dragons don't exist...or do they? Ansel is a mute boy whose master, Brock, is a dragon slayer. Brock wears shining armor and has the scars to prove his heroic stories, but Ansel still suspects that there is no such thing as dragons. So what is the man-eating monster that haunts the crags of Dragon Mountain? Ansel and Brock must make a terrifying journey to the top of the mountain to find out!"

Set in the middle a…

9. Green River Killer: A True Detective Story by Jeff Jensen

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Green River Killer: A True Detective Story by Jeff Jensen. Art by Jonathan Case (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 239
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jan. 8, 2012
First Published: Sep. 13, 2011
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
Genre: graphic novel, true crime, non-fiction, serial killer
Rating: 5/5


First sentence:


They got us surrounded.
Acquired: Received an egalley from Dark Horse through NetGalley.

Reason for Reading: I love true crime depicted in the graphic format.

Publisher's Summary: "Throughout the 1980s, the highest priority of Seattle-area police was the apprehension of the Green River Killer, the man responsible for the murders of dozens of women. In 1990, with the body count numbering at least forty-eight, the case was put in the hands of a single detective, Tom Jensen. After twenty years, when the killer was finally captured with the help of DNA technology, Jensen spent 180 days interviewing Gary Leon Ridgway in an effort to learn his most closely held secrets--an epic confrontation with evi…

8. MAOH: Juveile Remix, Vol. 8 by Megumi Osuga

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MAOH: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 8 by Megumi Osuga (US) - (Canada)
MAOH: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 8

Pages: 192
Ages: 16+
Finished: Jan. 8, 2012
First Published: 2007, Japan (English: Dec. 13, 2011)
Publisher: viz media
Genre: YA, manga, science fiction, fantasy
Rating: 5/5


First sentence:



Junya, are you gonna be able to go to school
Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Publisher's Summary: "Still trying to recover from the shock of -----'s death, Junya decides to follow in -----'s footsteps. First on the agenda is revenge on the ones who caused his death. Can Junya succeed where ---- failed...?"
{edited to take out the spoilers)

Up to this point Junya has not been much of a character, so I was completely surprised with the way he has taken the death of a previous main character and is stepping up to the plate to fill his shoes.  This is an extremely action-packed, violent, raw emotion filled volume.  Tak…

7. The Translation of the Bones by Frances Kay

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The Translation of the Bones by Frances Kay (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 227
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jan. 8, 2012
First Published: (2011, UK) Jan. 3, 2012 US
Publisher: Scrbner
Genre: realistic fiction, Catholic, literary
Rating: 4/5



First sentence:

It's beyond belief what you find between the pews, Mrs. Armitage was saying.
Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.

Reason for Reading: The Catholic plot intrigued me as well as the author being an Orange Prize winner.

Publisher's Summary: Mary-Margaret O'Reilly is seemingly a harmless enough young woman, ready and willing to help out Father Diamond in the Sacred Heart church in Battersea. She may not be very bright, and she is sadly overweight, but she can certainly clean. She is also very good with children, and helps out an Asian woman on her estate whose little boy Shamso is adorable.

It is the statue of Jesus on the cross Mary-Margaret is especially drawn to, and one day she decides to give Him a thorough…

6. MAOH: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 7 by Megumi Osuga

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MAOH: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 7 by Megumi Osuga (US) - (Canada)
MAOH: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 7

Pages: 188
Ages: 16+
Finished: Jan. 7, 2012
First Published: 2007, Japan (English: Oct. 11, 2011)
Publisher: viz media
Genre: YA, manga, science fiction, fantasy
Rating: 5/5


First sentence:

D*mn ... Why does ... this stupid ... measly power have ... such nasty side effects?!

Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Publisher's Summary:  "Weakened from fighting and overusing his powers, Ando heads for a final confrontation with Inukai. Ando will risk everything to stop Inukai from reaching his objectives, but is it enough? And when the dust settles, the world will be changed forever."

This is a pivotal book in the series.  The first half is dark, intense and disturbing.  We found out just how bad the bad guys are and the story arc that has been going since volume 1 comes to a conclusion.  In the middle of the book, we ar…