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54. Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood

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Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood. (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 202
Ages: 9+
Finished: Feb. 17, 2012
First Published: Jan. 1, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: children, historical fiction, southern fiction
Rating: 3/5



First sentence: "What was taking Frankie so long?"


Publisher's Summary: "A Mississippi town in 1964 gets riled when tempers flare at the segregated public pool.

As much as Gloriana June Hemphill, or Glory as everyone knows her, wants to turn twelve, there are times when Glory wishes she could turn back the clock a year. Jesslyn, her sister and former confidante, no longer has the time of day for her now that she’ll be entering high school. Then there’s her best friend, Frankie. Things have always been so easy with Frankie, and now suddenly they aren’t. Maybe it’s the new girl from the North that’s got everyone out of sorts. Or maybe it’s the debate about whether or not the town should keep the segregated public pool open."

Acquired:  Rece…

51. Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

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Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 201
Ages: 8+
Finished: Feb. 5, 2012
First Published: Feb. 28, 2012
Publisher: First Second Books
Genre: YA, graphic novel, magical realism
Rating: 5/5



First sentence:  "First day."

Publisher's Summary: "A coming-of-age tale with a spooky twist!

Maggie McKay hardly knows what to do with herself. After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and rough-housing with her older brothers, it’s time for Maggie to face the outside world, all on her own. But that means facing high school first. And it also means solving the mystery of the melancholy ghost who has silently followed Maggie throughout her entire life. Maybe it even means making a new friend—one who isn’t one of her brothers.

Funny, surprising, and tender, Friends with Boys is a pitch perfect YA graphic novel full of spooky supernatural fun."

Acquired: Received a review copy from First Second Books.

Reason for Reading:   I en…

53. When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs

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When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs. (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 48
Ages: 14+
Finished: Feb. 17, 2012
First Published: 1982
Publisher: Penguin Books
Genre: Graphic novel, cold war, apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic
Rating: 4/5



First sentence:  "Cheerio Jim."

Publisher's Summary: "Raymond Briggs' now famous bestselling comic cartoon book depicts the effects of a nuclear attack on an elderly couple in his usual humorous yet macabre way."

Acquired: Borrowed a copy through Inter-Library Loan.

Reason for Reading:  I was posting a review on another site when this book was recommended for me.  I'd never heard of it before but since I love apocalyptic books and Brigg's Snowman is a treasured favourite I knew I had to read it..

The only reason this book doesn't get a full five star rating from me is that it does show it's age and is a product of its times.  This is a sad, despairing, dark book lightened with black humour.  It packs quite the punch and at t…

52. Diver Down by Donald Lemke

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Diver Down by Donald Lemke. illustrated by Yonami  (US) - (Canada)
Good vs Evil

Pages: 39
Ages: 10+
Finished: Feb. 13, 2012
First Published: Aug. 1, 2011
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Genre: children, graphic novel, easy reader, adventure, modern pirates
Rating: 4/5



First sentence:  "What do you see?"

Publisher's Summary: "On a cloudless day, an American dive boat searches the Pacific Ocean for the remains of a sunken submarine and its mysterious cargo. However, they're not the only ones! When the SCUBA diver heads underwater, his loyal crewmate spots the flag of a threatening ship on the horizon. It's another dive team, and they'll stop at nothing capture the cargo and keep the sunken sub a secret."

Acquired: Purchased a new copy from an online retailer at my son's request. It is extremely rare that he asks for a book, so when he asked for the other two books in this series I purchased them for him.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Thi…

50. Prisoners in the Promised Land by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

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Prisoners in the Promised Land: The Ukranian Internment Diary of Anya Soloniuk, Spirit Lake, Quebec, 1914 by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (US) - (Canada)
Dear Canada series

Pages: 243
Ages: 8+
Finished: Feb. 12, 2012
First Published: 2007
Publisher: Scholastic Canada
Genre: children, historical fiction, war, WWI, Canadian author
Rating: 5/5

First sentence:  Dear Diary, your soft cover is dancing-boot red and your pages are the colour of freshly churned butter.


Publisher's Summary: "Anya and her family have made a difficult journey to Canada in search of a new life. But soon after they arrive in the land they hoped would welcome them, World War I is declared, and Ukrainians are considered "enemy aliens" — many of them sent away to internment camps. Anya must find a way to deal with the challenges in the land she now calls home."

Acquired: Borrowed a copy from my local library.

Reason for Reading:   I am reading this whole series.  I picked this particular volume becau…

49: Hades: Lord of the Dead by George O'Connor

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Hades: Lord of the Dead by George O'Connor (US) - (Canada)
Olympians, Book 4

Pages: 77
Ages: 9+
Finished: Feb. 12, 2012
First Published: Jan. 31, 2012
Publisher: First Second Books
Genre: children, graphic novel, mythology
Rating: 4/5


First sentence:  This is what happens to you when you die.

Publisher's Summary: "Hades: Lord of the Dead tells the story of the great God of the Underworld and one of the most famous of all Greek myths: Hades’ abduction of Persephone and her mother’s revenge. Be prepared to see a new side of Persephone in this dynamic adaptation of the story of the creation of the seasons."

Acquired: Received a review copy from First Second Books.

Reason for Reading:  Next in the series.

What a long wait it has been for the fourth volume in this series!  Another great entry in the series with fabulous artwork.  O'Connor's depictions of Persephone are fantastic, picturing her in a unique Goth style which seems quite appropriate for the Queen of th…

48. Judge Anderson: The Psychic Crime Files by Alan Grant

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Judge Anderson: The Psychic Crime Files by Alan Grant. Art by Carlos Ezquerra, Trevor Hairsine, Patrick Goddard & Boo Cook (US) - (Canada)
Judge Dredd series

Pages: 192
Ages: 16+
Finished: Feb. 10, 2012
First Published: Jan. 17, 2012
Publisher: 2000AD
Genre: YA, graphic novel, science fiction
Rating: 5/5

First sentence:  If it's a one, three or five, I marry Della, move to the West Sector's and live happy ever after.


Publisher's Summary: "Mega-City One, a futuristic metropolis sprawling across the east coast of North America. This hostile urban nightmare is policed by the Judges; tough lawmen with the ability to act as judge, jury and executioner. Within the Justice department is a section known as Psi-Division which specialises in Judges gifted with extraordinary psychic abilities. Cassandra Anderson is one such Judge; a powerful telepath with a rebellious streak and a talent for getting into trouble..."

Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon &…

47. All Different Kinds of Free by Jessica McCann

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All Different Kinds of Free by Jessica McCann (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 274
Ages: 18+
Finished: Feb. 10, 2012
First Published: Apr. 1, 2011
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Genre: historical fiction, southern fiction, slavery
Rating: 5/5


First sentence:  Mama always told me bad things happen on Wednesdays, 'cause it's the middle of the week and the Lord just ain't looking then.


Publisher's Summary: "A free woman of color in the 1830s, Margaret Morgan lived a life full of promise. One frigid night in Pennsylvania, that changed forever. They tore her family apart. They put her in chains. They never expected her to fight back.

In 1837, Margaret Morgan was kidnapped from her home in Pennsylvania and sold into slavery. The state of Pennsylvania charged her kidnapper with the crime, but the conviction was later overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. It was the first time a major branch of the federal government had made a pro-slavery stand, and the ruling in Prigg v. …

46. Brundibar by Tony Kushner & Maurice Sendak

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Brundibar: after the opera by Hans Krasa and Adolf Hoffmeister retold by Tony Kushner. Pictures by Maurice Sendak (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 54
Ages: ALL AGES
Finished: Feb. 10, 2012
First Published: 2003
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Genre: Picture Book, Opera, Fairy Tale, WWII
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "I am Pepicek, very small"

Publisher's Summary: "When Aninku and Pepicek discover one morning that their mother is sick, they rush to town for milk to make her better. Their attempt to earn money by singing is thwarted by a bullying, bellowing hurdy-gurdy grinder, Brundibar, who tyrannizes the town square and chases all other street musicians away. Befriended by three intelligent talking animals and three hundred helpful schoolkids, brother and sister sing for the money to buy the milk, defeat the bully, and triumphantly return home. Brundibar is based on a Czech opera for children that was performed fifty-five times by the children of Terezin, the Nazi conce…

45. Dungeon of Seven Dooms by Michael Dahl

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Dungeon of Seven Dooms by Michael Dahl. illustrated by Roberta Pares (US) - (Canada)
Good vs Evil

Pages: 39
Ages: 8+
Finished: Feb. 8, 2012
First Published: Aug. 1, 2011
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Genre: children, graphic novel, easy reader, fantasy
Rating: 3/5

First sentence:  In an ancient kingdom of light and shadow, on the night of the Dragon's Star, Prince Kalban imprisons his twin brother, the rightful heir to the throne.


Publisher's Summary:  "Young Prince Arel has been imprisoned by his evil brother, Prince Kalban, who seeks to steal the throne. Arel must use his wits and his sword arm to battle through the monstrous traps of the Dungeon of the Seven Dooms in order to rescue his father and save the kingdom."

Acquired: Purchased a new copy from an online retailer at my son's request.  It is extremely rare that he asks for a book, so when he asked for the other two books in this series I purchased them for him.

Reason for Reading:   Next in the series.

Thi…

44. X 3-in-1, Vol.I by CLAMP

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X (3-in-1), Vol. I by CLAMP (US) - (Canada)
X, Vol. 1,2,3

Pages: 584
Ages: 16+
Finished: Feb. 8, 2012
First Published: 1992-93 (this edition Nov. 8, 2011)
Publisher: viz media
Genre: YA, manga, fantasy, apocalyptic
Rating: 3/5


First sentence:  "It's been six years."


Publisher's Summary:  "Kamui Shiro is a young man followed by mystery. Taken from Tokyo by his mother when only a child, Kamui left behind his dearest friends—the gentle Kotori and her brother Fuma—in the aftermath of a terrible incident that claimed their mother's life.

Returning to Tokyo after his mother's death, Kamui is a changed young man—moody and distant to his old friends, yet determined to protect them from the dark forces that swirl around him. For he is the nexus of a great cataclysm to come, and inheritor to a strange destiny that could decide the fate of the entire world."


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

Reason for Reading:   The story sound…

43. Dragonbreath: Revenge of the Horned Bunnies by Ursula Vernon

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Dragonbreath: Revenge of the Horned Bunnies by Ursula Vernon (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
Dragonbreath, #6

Pages: 208
Ages: 8+
Finished: Feb. 7, 2012
First Published: Jan. 10, 2012
Publisher: Dial Books
Genre: children, fantasy, graphic novel hybrid
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

Sheriff Dragonbreath entered the canyon with his six-gun in his hand.

Publisher's Summary: "Ride 'em, cowboy! Danny's off to summer camp! Danny Dragonbreath is counting down the days to his awesome western summer camp . . . until he gets the terrible news that his annoying younger cousin Spencer is going too. Good-bye, Danny the Cowboy; Hello, Danny the Babysitter. But when Spencer befriends a mythical jackalope (or horned bunny) and then uncovers a diabolical jackalope-napping ring, things start looking up again. After all, if you need a math problem solved, you call a nerd. But if you need a villainous ring of horned-bunnynappers broken up, you call Danny Dragonbreath."


Acquired: Received a …

42. Horrid Henry's Underpants by Francesca Simon

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Horrid Henry's Underpants by Francesca Simon. illustrated by Tony Ross. (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
Horrid Henry (US numbering #9)

Pages: 112
Ages: 7+
Finished: Feb. 6, 2012
First Published: UK 2003 (US 2009)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Genre: children, humour, short stories
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:  "Ugggh! Gross! Yuck! Blecccccch!"


Publisher's Summary:  "Horrid Henry makes a deal with his parents in return for eating his veggies; accidentally wears girls' underwear to school; tries to prove he is sicker than his brother; and writes the meanest thank-you cards ever (and makes money on it too)."

Acquired: Purchased the Kindle edition.

Reason for Reading:  Our son has reading difficulties and after much debate the family bought an ereader.  Ds read this book aloud as his reader and as his very first ebook.  Horrid Henry is a favourite of his.

This book was exactly what one expects from Horrid Henry.  After having read only the first book in th…

41. The Missing Mummy by Sean O'Reilly

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The Missing Mummy by Sean O'Reilly. Illustrated by Arcana Studio. (US) - (Canada)
Mighty Mighty Monsters

Pages: 43
Ages: 7+
Finished: Feb. 6, 2012
First Published: Aug. 1, 2011
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Genre: children, easy reader, graphic novel, fantasy, Canadian author
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:  Early one morning, the Mighty Mighty monsters loaded on to the bus for a field trip.


Publisher's Summary: "The Mighty Mighty Monsters are going on a field trip to the museum in the city. Like most of their outings, things get a little crazy. They meet a mummy who comes to life. Using their 'Monster Might,' they help him break out of the museum and take him back to Transylmania."

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading: I think this series is adorable.

An easy reader graphic novel about famous movie monsters when they were kids and went to school together. This time the kids are outside of school again but now on a teacher sup…

40. Monster Beach by Sean O'Reilly

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Monster Beach by Sean O'Reilly. Illustrated by Arcana Studio. (US) - (Canada)
Mighty Mighty Monsters

Pages: 43
Ages: 7+; GRL: K
Finished: Feb. 5, 2012
First Published: Jan. 13, 2012
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Genre: children, graphic novel, paranormal, Canadian author
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:  "Early one morning, the Mighty Mighty Monsters headed out for a relaxing day at the beach."


Publisher's Summary: "The monsters are ready for a relaxing day at the beach. However, the day is anything but relaxing! The group meets a young, lonely fish monster named Gill who is scared of the water. They help Gill find the confidence he needs to go into the ocean and find his family"

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading: I think this series is adorable.

An easy reader graphic novel about famous movie monsters when they were kids and went to school together.  This time the kids have a day off and head for the beach where they meet …

Free! Glaen: A Novel Message on Romance, Love and Relating

Free for a limited time only! Get yours before the end of Feb. 14. Make sure the price says $.0.00 before you order as it could change at anytime on the 14th.

14. Dotter of Her Father's Eyes by Mary M. Talbot

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Dotter of Her Father's Eyes by Mary M. Talbot. Art by Bryan Talbot (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 96
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jan. 14, 2012
First Published: Feb. 21. 2012
Publisher: Dark Horse
Genre: Graphic Novel, memoir, biography, history
Rating: 5/5


First sentence:

Now where's that railcard?Publisher's Summary: "Part personal history, part biography, Dotter of Her Father's Eyes contrasts two coming-of-age narratives: that of Lucia, the daughter of James Joyce, and that of author Mary Talbot, daughter of the eminent Joycean scholar James S. Atherton. Social expectations and gender politics, thwarted ambitions and personal tragedy are played out against two contrasting historical backgrounds, poignantly evoked by the atmospheric visual storytelling of award-winning graphic-novel pioneer Bryan Talbot. Produced through an intense collaboration seldom seen between writers and artists, Dotter of Her Father's Eyes is smart, funny, and sad--an essential addition to the evolving…

39. Dragonbreath #5: No Such Things as Ghosts by Ursula Vernon

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No Such Things as Ghosts by Ursula Vernon (US) - (Canada)
Dragonbreath, #5

Pages: 201
Ages: 8+
Finished: Feb. 5, 2012
First Published: Jul. 26, 2011
Publisher: Dial Books
Genre: children, graphic novel hybrid, humour
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

In the dark of night, the wily vampire stalks his prey.
Publisher's Summary: "Danny Dragonbreath and his best friend, Wendell, have a carefully constructed trick-or-treating system designed to maximize their Halloween candy haul. But this year, despite Danny's awesome vampire costume, their plan is flopping. First, Danny's dad makes them trick-or-treat with Christiana Vanderpool, an annoying know-it-all (and girl) who doesn't even believe that dragons exist. And then the school bully dares them to go into a spooky old haunted house. Naturally, the house is inhabited by a creepy clown and a candy-crazed ghost of yore. It's going to take more than fire-breathing to get them out of this mess - they might even have to (horror …

38. How Do We Stay on Earth? by Amy S. Hansen

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How Do We Stay on Earth? A Gravity Mystery by Amy S. Hansen. Illustrated by Korey Scott (US) - (Canada)
First Graphics series

Pages: 28
Ages: 5-8
Finished: Feb. 3, 2012
First Published: Aug. 1, 2011
Publisher: Capstone Press
Genre: children, easy reader, graphic novel, non-fiction
Rating: 3/5


First sentence:
The ground is never far from your feet.
Publisher's Summary: "In graphic novel format, text and illustrations explain the force of gravity and how it keeps us on Earth."

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading: I enjoy this publisher.

Basic easy reader with detailed information for the minimal text that is provided. Wonderful quality cartoonish illustrations are delightful and add humour to the factual text. A simple graphic interface with four frames per two page spread, narrative text between frames, and one to two comic bubbles that lead to the next page. The reading level is at the higher end of the given spread (K-3) and this …

37. How Do We Know About Dinosaurs? by Rebecca Olien

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How Do We Know About Dinosaurs? A Fossil Mystery by Rebecca Olien. Illustrated by Katie McDee (US) - (Canada)
First Graphics series

Pages: 24
Ages: 5-8
Finished: Feb. 3, 2012
First Published: Aug. 1, 2011
Publisher: Capstone Press
Genre: children, easy reader, graphic novel, non-fiction
Rating: 3/5


First sentence:  You can look, but you will never find a giant living dinosaur.


Publisher's Summary: "In graphic novel format, text and illustrations explain how fossils teach us about the dinosaurs."

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading:  I enjoy this publisher.

Basic easy reader with detailed information for the minimal text that is provided.  Wonderful quality cartoonish illustrations are delightful and add humour to the factual text.  A simple graphic interface with four frames per two page spread, narrative text between frames, and one comic bubble that leads to the next page.  The reading level is at the higher end of the given spread …

36. Women of the Titanic Disaster by Sylvia Caldwell

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Women of the Titanic Disaster by Sylvia Caldwell. Foreword by Julie Hedgepeth Williams (Kindle Only)

Pages: 141 KB
Ages: 18+
Finished: Feb. 3, 2012
First Published: 1912, (e-edition Dec. 14, 2011)
Historic Publisher: A.W. Themanson Publishing Co.
Publisher: NewSouth Books
Genre: non-fiction, history, memoir
Rating: 3/5

First sentence:

I have been sitting in the dusk, rocking to sleep the precious young life that was spared to me from the last great disaster and my heart goes out to the heart broken mothers whose babes have been snatched from their arms.Publisher's Summary: "Sylvia Caldwell was onboard the Titanic when it sank in 1912. As one of the disaster's survivors, she took it upon herself to write an account of what happened in the event's aftermath. Women of the Titanic Disaster details Sylvia Caldwell's journey immediately following the sinking of the Titanic, and it gives us a fresh perspective on this historic event. With a foreword by Julie Hedgepeth Wil…

35. Titanic 2012 by Bill Walker

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Titanic 2012 (Revised & Updated) by Bill Walker  (US) - (Kindle)

Pages: 288
Ages: 18+
Finished: Feb. 3, 2012
First Published: 1998 (revised Jan. 31, 2012)
Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications
Genre: speculative fiction, mystery, romance
Rating: 5/5




First sentence:



The furor in the media had just died down when Solly's call came that rainy midweek day.
Publisher's Summary: "Best-selling mystery novelist Trevor Hughes has no idea that attending his twentieth reunion at Harvard will forever change his life.

Persuaded to go by his on-again-off-again girlfriend, Dr. Julia Magnusson, he meets up with three old friends: Solly Rubens, a self-made Wall Street millionaire; Ken Faust, a successful software entrepreneur; and Harlan Astor, New York real estate tycoon and the glue that holds their circle together.

That afternoon, over drinks at the Harvard Club, Harlan drops his bombshell: He is doing what James Cameron did not -- he is rebuilding the Titanic, and sailing …

34. The Flint Heart by Katherine Paterson

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The Flint Heart: A Fairy Story Freely Abridged from Eden Phillpotts's 1910 Fantasy by Katherine and John Paterson. illustrated by John Rocco (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 288
Ages: 7+
Finished: Feb. 2, 2012
First Published: Sept. 27, 2011
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: children, fantasy, fairy tale
Rating: 3/5

First sentence:
Many years ago, oh, let's say five thousand, more or less, there lived in the south of England, in what is called Dartmoor, tribes of people who had never thought to make anything out of metal, much less plastic.
Publisher's Summary:
An ambitious Stone Age man demands a talisman that will harden his heart, allowing him to take control of his tribe. Against his better judgment, the tribe’s magic man creates the Flint Heart, but the cruelty of it causes the destruction of the tribe. Thousands of years later, the talisman reemerges to corrupt a kindly farmer, an innocent fairy creature, and a familial badger. Can Charles and his sister Unity, who have consul…

33. Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll, Vol. 1 by Yumi Tsukirino

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Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll, Vol. 1 by Yumi Tsukirino (US) - (Canada)
Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll, Vol. 1

Pages: 159
Ages: All Ages (5+)
Finished: Jan. 31, 2012
First Published: (Japan, 2005) English - Jan. 3, 2012
Publisher: viz media/viz kids
Genre: children, manga, cute, kawaii
Rating: 3/5


First sentence:

The pups are playing baseball!Publisher's Summary: "Oh no! Milk has disappeared through a mysterious door and only Cinnamoroll can save him! Will he find the courage to help his friend and still make it back to Café Cinnamon in time for tea?"


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

Reason for Reading: Always looking for good, clean, fun manga for younger kids.  This piqued my interest.

Cinnamoroll is a Sanrio character created back in 2002 as part of their line of cute merchandising characters.  To date he and his friends have been on all sorts of products, in a feature film and this manga series originally published in Japan starting in 200…

CONTEST: The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott

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In honour of my 100th Anniversary Titanic Reading Challenge, Random House Canada has been generous enough to offer this Titanic themed new-release title as a prize for me to offer.  I have one copy of The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott to give away!  You do not have to be a participant in my challenge to enter the contest but participants will have more chances to win!

Contest open to US & Canada mailing addresses only.

Just in time for the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic comes a vivid, romantic, and relentlessly compelling historical novel about a spirited young woman who survives the disaster only to find herself embroiled in the media frenzy left in the wake of the tragedy.

Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic's doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a roughly-hewn but kind sailor and the other an…

32. The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett

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The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett. Illustrated by Andrea Offermann (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 217
Ages: 10+
Finished: Jan. 31, 2012
First Published: Sept. 13, 2011
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: children, magical realism, war, WWII, historical fiction
Rating: 2/5


First sentence:
If the old bell had been hanging in the steeple it would have rung to announce midnight, twelve solemn iron klongs which would have woken the villagers from their sleep and startled any small creature new to the village and unaccustomed to the noise.
Acquired: Received a review copy from Candlewick Press.

Publisher's Summary:  "When the Germans attack their Romany encampment during World War II, Andrej and his younger brother, Tomas, flee through a ravaged countryside under cover of darkness, guarding a secret bundle. Their journey leads to a bombed-out town, where the boys discover a hidden wonder: a zoo filled with creatures in need of hope. Like Andrej and Tomas, the animals--wolf and ea…

30. The Yellow House Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner

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The Yellow House Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Illustrated by Mary Gehr. (Canada) - (US) - Kindle)

The Alden Family Mysteries, #3
Pages: 191
Ages: 7+
Finished: Jan. 28, 2012
First Published: 1953
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: children, mystery
Rating: 5/5




First sentence:


Four lively children lived with their grandfather Alden in a big house.
Acquired:  Purchased a used copy from a garage/book sale or thrift shop.

Reason for Reading:  This is part of my Random Bookshelf Reading project.  I'm also working on re-reading this series and collecting the first 19.

Publisher's Summary: "In this third book from the series, Grandpa Alden tells Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny of the curious circumstances in which the yellow house became vacant over forty years ago. Determined to solve the mystery, the children uncover a trail of clues that leads them to memories of their boxcar days."

Yellow House follows the established pattern of the first two books and yet also br…

29. The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby

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The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 386
Ages: 8+
Finished: Jan. 26, 2012
First Published: Oct. 1, 2010
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: steampunk, historical fiction, fantasy, mystery
Rating: 5/5


First sentence:


When Giuseppe found the green violin, he did not think it would help him escape.

Publisher's Summary: "When Giuseppe finds a green violin washed up in New York docks, somehow he knows it will change his life. But how? The very same day, Hannah, a maid at a local hotel, gets a strange new mistress. Why are Madame X and her mysterious Russian minder living in a hotel? What are they hiding from? Across the square, Frederick, a clockmaker's apprentice, hides his dark terrors, and an amazing gift. There is nothing to link these three children, except the green violin and a chance encounter on the street. But soon they are swept away in an epic adventure. This is a mesmerizing story of chance, friendship, and courage. "

Acquired: …