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110. Another Jekyll, Another Hyde by Daniel & Dina Nayeri

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Another Jekyll, Another Hyde by Daniel & Dina Nayeri (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
Another Series, Book 3

Pages: 249
Ages: 14+
Finished: Apr. 13, 2012
First Published: Mar. 27, 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: YA, paranormal
Rating: 5/5



First sentence: "A two-faced moon hung over the black-and-white city, in turns shining as bold as the sun and hiding, shamed, behind the veil of cirrus clouds."

Publisher's Summary: "When his billionaire father marries French governess Nicola Vileroy, high society is all abuzz - but Thomas, the most popular student at Marlowe, is just plain high. Ever since his girlfriend Belle dumped him, he's been spending less time with old friends and more time getting wasted at clubs. But after someone slips him a designer drug one night - and his stepmother seems to know way too much about his private life - things really start to get scary. As Thomas's blackouts give way to a sinister voice inside his head, and as news of a v…

109. Joker on the High Seas by J.E. Bright

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Joker on the High Seas by J.E. Bright. Illustrated by Shawn McManus  (Canada) - (US)
DC Super Villains

Pages: 54
Ages: 8+
Finished: Apr. 12, 2012
First Published: Jan. 1, 2012
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Genre: children, early chapter book, superheroes
Rating: 4/5


First sentence: "Even though his arms ached, the Joker couldn't help but grin."

Publisher's Summary: "When the JOKER hijacks a ship in GOTHAM HARBOR, no one is safe. The self-proclaimed Clown Prince of Pirates plans to attack the city by sea! Luckily, two brave and bold buccaneers, BATMAN and ROBIN, are on the case. Will the DYNAMIC DUO swab the deck with this seafaring super-villain, or will they walk the Prince’s plank?"

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Publishing.

Reason for Reading: We love the DC Super Heroes series and were excited to see this new companion series featuring the villains!

The Joker's ultimate plan here is to get Batman and he thinks he's got the per…

108. Lex Luthor and the Kryptonite Caverns by J.E. Bright

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Lex Luthor and the Kryptonite Caverns by J.E. Bright. Illustrated by Luciano Vecchio  (Canada) - (US)
DC Super Villains

Pages: 54
Ages: 8+
Finished: Apr. 11, 2012
First Published: Jan. 2012
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Genre: children, early chapter book, superheroes
Rating:  4/5


First sentence:  "Lex Luthor, after all his years of trying, had finally discovered a foolproof method to destroy Superman."

Publisher's Summary: "Deep below a Southwestern desert, wealthy mogul and super-villain LEX LUTHOR constructs a top-secret device to destroy his top enemy, SUPERMAN. Unfortunately, radiation from the KRYPTONITE-powered weapon has leaked into the surrounding soils and turned scorpions, snakes, and other arid animals into super species! To stop the fearsome fallout, the MAN OF STEEL must travel into the kryptonite caverns, face his worst enemy, and overcome his greatest weakness!"

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Publishing.

Reason for Reading: We l…

Clocks, Cogs and Mechanisms Reading Challenge 2012 FINISHED

eta: Officially Finished my level today but will continue to add books to the list until the end of the year, when the challenge ends.

eta: Well, I tried to update my fourth book read for the challenge and I'm getting a denied message that the blog is open only to invited readers only!

This is a good challenge for me as I always seem to read a few steampunk books every year, with that increasing yearly.  This challenge is hosted by Sarcastic Muse and again runs for the entire year of 2012.  Old and new steampunk is allowed.  Sign-ups are here.

These are the levels:

Brass Gears: Read 1-3 steampunk books
Flight goggles: 4-6 books
Button-up boots: 7-12 books
Clockwork Corset: 13+ books

I'll sign-up for Brass Gears (1-3 books) and then hope to work my way up the levels by years end.  But 1-3 will definitely be doable!

Here's my list of books read:
Post reviews here.
1. Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King by William Joyce
2. The Clockwork Three by Matthew J.…

107. E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core! by William Joyce

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E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core! by William Joyce (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
The Guardians, Book 2

Pages: 251
Ages: 7-11
Finished: Apr. 9, 2012
First Published: Feb. 21, 2012
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Genre: children, fantasy, steampunk
Rating: 4/5


First sentence: "In the hinterlands of eastern Siberia was the village where Katherine, North, and Ombric called home."

Publisher's Summary: "Pitch, the Nightmare King, and his Fearlings had been soundly driven back by Nicholas St. North and company in the first Guardians’ adventure. But now Pitch has disappeared completely—and out of sight does NOT make for out of mind. It seems certain that he’s plotting a particularly nefarious revenge, and the Guardians suspect he might have gone underground. But how can they find him there?

Enter E. Aster Bunnymund, the only emissary of the fabled brotherhood of the Pookas—the league of philosophical warrior rabbits of impos…

106. The Best Ghost Stories 1800-1849 edited by Andrew Barger

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The Best Ghost Stories 1800-1849: A Classic Ghost Anthology edited by Andrew Barger.  (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 200 +indexes
Ages: 18+
Finished: Apr. 21, 2012
First Published: Sept. 23, 2011
Publisher: Bottletree Classics
Genre: short stories, anthology, ghost stories
Rating: 4/5


First sentence: "All cats are gray in the dark."

Publisher's Summary: "Ghost short stories became popular in the first half of the nineteenth century and this collection by Andrew Barger, award-winning author, contains the very scariest of them all. As he has done with a number of other books, Andrew Barger has added his scholarly touch to this collection by including story backgrounds, annotations, author photos and a foreword titled All Ghosts Are Gray ."

Acquired: Received a Review Copy from the author.

Reason for Reading: I have a particular interest in the Gothic story and my favoured literature time period is the Victorian era, which admittedly doesn't sta…

105. Voltron Force, vol. 1: Shelter From the Storm by Brian Smith

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Voltron Force: Shelter From the Storm by Brian Smith. Art by Jacob Chabot (US) - (Canada)
Voltron Force, vol. 1

Pages: 96
Ages: 9+
Finished: Apr. 8, 2012
First Published: Apr. 3, 2012
Publisher: viz media
Genre: children, graphic novel, superheroes, science fiction
Rating: 4/5


First sentence: "My patience grows thin, Maahox."

Publisher's Summary: "The mighty robot Voltron is back! And three young cadets—Daniel, Larmina and Vince—are training to become defenders of the universe.
But King Lotor and his villainous minion Maahox have other plans. They’ve unleashed a horrifying storm, churning with evil energy. When Daniel, Larmina and Vince are sucked into the vortex, their worst nightmares come true!

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

Reason for Reading:  My eldest son and I used to watch Voltron, Defender of the Universe all the time in the '90s.  I had to give this title a go and thought my youngest would enjoy it.

Voltron Force…

104. MAOH: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 10

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MAOH: Juvenile Remix, vol. 10 by Megumi Osuga (US) - (Canada)
MAOH: Juvenile Remix, vol. 10

Pages: 200
Ages: 16+
Finished: Apr. 7, 2012
First Published: Apr. 10, 2012
Publisher: viz media
Genre: YA, science fiction, manga, crime
Rating: 4/5


First sentence: "H-her eyeballs ... I-I can't wait ... to scoop them out ... with my spoon ..."

Publisher's Summary: "As the world’s greatest killers assemble at the bowling alley for all-out war, the plan to assassinate Inukai begins. Can Junya fulfill his brother’s goals and stop Inukai from taking control of Japan? And when the dust settles, who will be the true Maoh?"

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

Reason for Reading: Next (and final!) in the series.

As the final book in the ten volume series, I'm going to keep this review short so as not to give away any events or final results.  We began this series with Ando wondering if Inukai was actually here to help the city/countr…

103. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Illustrated by Joe Berger.  (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (#2)

Pages: 213
Ages: 8+
Finished: Apr. 7, 2012
First Published: Feb. 1, 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: children, fantasy, magical realism, humour
Rating: 4/5


First sentence: "Most cars are just cars."

Publisher's Summary: "When the Tooting family finds an old engine and fits it to their camper van, they have no idea what kind of adventure lies ahead. The engine used to belong to an extraordinary car . . . and it wants its bodywork back! But as the Tootings hurtle across the world rebuilding the original Chitty, a sinister baddie is on their trail -- one who will stop at nothing to get the magnificent car for himself.

Fueled by wry humor, this much-anticipated sequel to the children’s classic by Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond -- featuring a contemporary family and a camper van with a mind of its own -- is d…

102. My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories

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My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories Compiled by Heidi Hess Saxton. Illustrated by Natalie Carabetta. (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 411 +indexes
Ages: 9+
Finished: Apr. 5, 2012
First Published: 2009
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
Genre: children, Bible, Catholic
Rating: 5/5


First sentence: "In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters." Gen1:1-2

Publisher's Summary: "My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories is a Catholic family treasure!
With almost 200 stories, this book is an excellent resource for children and families to grow together in their faith and knowledge of Catholic tradition. It uses selections from the actual text of the highly respected and readable New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, including stories from the Deuterocanonical Books.

Along with stories from actual Bible text, My Big Book of Ca…

101. Headhunters by Jo Nesbo

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Headhunters by Jo Nesbo. Translated by Don Bartlett (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 265
Ages: 18+
Finished: Apr. 6, 2012
First Published: Sep. 6, 2011
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Genre: psychological thriller
Rating: 4/5



First sentence: "The candidate was terrified."

Publisher's Summary: "Roger Brown has it all: Norway's most successful headhunter, he is married to a beautiful gallery owner and owns a magnificent house. But he's also a highly accomplished art thief. At a gallery opening, his wife introduces him to Clas Greve. Not only is Greve the perfect candidate for a position that Brown is recruiting for; he is also in possession of The Calydonian Boar Hunt by Rubens, one of the most sought-after paintings in modern art history. Roger sees his chance to become financially independent, and starts planning his biggest theft ever. But soon, he runs into trouble--and it's not financial problems that are threatening to knock him over this time...&q…

100. Bears Beware by Patricia Reilly Giff

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Bears Beware by Patricia Reilly Giff. Illustrated by Alisdair Bright.  (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
ZigZag Kids, #5

Pages: 80
Ages: 6+
Finished: Apr. 3, 2012
First Published: Apr. 10, 2012
Publisher: Dell Yearling
Genre: children, early chapter book, realistic fiction
Rating: 3/5


First sentence: "School was over for the day."

Publisher's Summary: Mitchell really doesn't want to go camping with the other kids at the Zigzag Afternoon Center. Sleeping in the woods with creepy crawly things, coyotes, and bears? Yikes! But his best friend Habib is going, and it's Mitchell's birthday that weekend. He's just got to find a way to be brave, and scare the bears away!

Acquired: Received an egalley  from Netgalley.

Reason for Reading: Ds read aloud to me for his reader.  He is becoming fond of reading on the Kindle.

Giff is popular for writing several of this sort of early chapter book series featuring a group of children and their adventures.  This is our firs…

99. Fish by Gregory Mone

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Fish by Gregory Mone. Illustrations by Jake Parker (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 241
Ages: 8+
Finished: Apr. 3, 2012
First Published: Jun. 1, 2010
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: children, adventure
Rating: 4/5



First sentence: "The rain had been falling heavily for weeks"


Publisher's Summary: "Fish--nicknamed for his incredible swimming abilities--is a twelve-year-old boy from a poor farming family. After taking a job as a courier for his uncle, Fish is waylaid by pirates, who steal the package he's carrying. He soon learns that it's the key to locating the Chain of Chuacar, a legendary treasure. As he works to earn the trust of Cobb, the fortune-hunting captain of the Scurvy Mistress, Fish learns of a mutiny headed by a nasty pirate called Scab. With time running out to find the Chain, Fish and some fellow shipmates still loyal to Cobb must thwart Scab's dastardly plan."

Acquired: Received a review copy from the publisher via the author.

Reason fo…

98. Too Short for the Court by Amy J. Lemke

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Too Short for the Court by Amy J. Lemke. Illustrated by Steve Harper.  (US) - (Canada)
My First Graphic Novel

Pages: 32
Ages: 5+
Finished: Mar. 28, 2012
First Published: Jan. 1, 2012
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Genre: graphic novel, children, easy reader, sports
Rating: 4/5


First sentence: "Morgan's favorite thing to do is play basketball."

Publisher's Summary: "Morgan feels like she is too short to be good at basketball. But all that changes when her friend Alexis helps her practice."

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading: I am fond of these beginning readers.

This series of readers is for beginning readers. This one is at a RL of 1.4. The first couple of pages show how to read a graphic novel showing the direction the panels are read and then showing the direction text and balloons should by read. A book that is graphically well-designed for optimum reading experience and a story which is both interesting and applic…

97. Phantom by Jo Nesbo

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Phantom by Jo Nesbo. Translated by Don Bartlett (US) - (Canada)
Harry Hole, #9

Pages: 452
Ages: 18+
Finished: Apr. 1, 2012
First Published: Mar. 20, 2012 Canada (Oct. 2, 2012, USA)
Publisher: Random House Canada
Genre: Mystery, Thriller,
Rating: 5/5




First sentence: "The squeals were calling her."

Publisher's Summary: "Summer. A boy, Gusto, is lying on the floor of an Oslo apartment. He is bleeding and will soon die. He is trying to make sense of what has happened. In order to place his life and death in some kind of context he begins to tell his story. Outside, the church bells chime.

Autumn. Former police detective Harry Hole returns to Oslo after 3 years abroad. He seeks out his former boss at police headquarters to request permission to investigate a homicide. But the case is already closed; a young junkie, Gusto, was in all likelihood shot by a pal in a conflict over drugs. Harry is granted permission to visit the accused boy in prison. There, he meets …

96. The Fairy Ring or Elsie and Frances Fool the World by Mary Losure

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The Fairy Ring or Elsie and Frances Fool the World (a true story) by Mary Losure. (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 168  +notes, index, etc.
Ages: 10+
Finished: Mar. 29, 2012
First Published: Mar. 27, 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: children, non-fiction, history, hoax
Rating: 4/5


First sentence: "For as long as she could remember, Frances's parents had told her stories about England."

Publisher's Summary: "Frances was nine when she first saw the fairies. They were tiny men, dressed all in green. Nobody but Frances saw them, so her cousin Elsie painted paper fairies and took photographs of them "dancing" around Frances to make the grown-ups stop teasing. The girls promised each other they would never, ever tell that the photos weren't real. But how were Frances and Elsie supposed to know that their photographs would fall into the hands of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? And who would have dreamed that the man who created the famous detective…

95. The Quick Quarterback by Michelle Lord

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The Quick Quarterback by Michelle Lord. Illustrated by Steve Harpster  (US) - (Canada)
My First Graphic Novel

Pages: 32
Ages: 5+
Finished: Mar. 28, 2012
First Published: Jan. 1, 2012
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Genre: graphic novel, children, easy reader, sports
Rating: 4/5



First sentence: "Andre loved football."

Publisher's Summary: "After his broken arm heals, Andre is nervous to play quarterback in the next football game. Will his arm be ready to throw?"

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading: I am fond of these beginning readers.

This series of readers is for beginning readers.  This one is at a RL of 1.0.  The first couple of pages show how to read a graphic novel showing the direction the panels are read and then showing the direction text and balloons should by read. A book that is graphically well-designed for optimum reading experience and a story which is both interesting and applicable to young children's live…

94. Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

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Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle) - (Audio CD)

Pages: 341
Ages: 10+
Finished: Mar. 29, 2012
First Published: Sept. 13, 2011
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Genre: children, humour, realistic fiction
Rating: 4/5




First sentence: "School was finally out and I was standing on a picnic table in our backyard getting ready for a great summer vacation when my mother walked up to me and ruined it."

Publisher's Summary: "Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is "grounded for life" by his feuding parents, and whose nose spews bad blood at every little shock he gets. But plenty of excitement (and shocks) are coming Jack's way once his mom loans him out to help a feisty old neighbor with a most unusual chore—typewriting obituaries filled with stories about the people …

93. The Hedgehog Boy by Jane Langton

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The Hedgehog Boy by Jane Langton. Illustrated by Ilse Plume (US) - (Canada)Out of Print

Pages: 40
Ages: 5+
Finished: Mar. 25, 2012
First Published: 1985
Publisher:  Harper & Row
Genre: children, picture book, folktale
Rating: 3/5



First sentence: "A long time ago, when pretzels still fell from the sky like rain, an old farmer and his wife sat by their doorstep at the edge of the great forest"

Publisher's Summary: "A long time ago, when pretzels still fell from the sky like rain, the Forest Mother gave an old childless couple a special basket. Inside, the farmer and his wife were surprised to find a baby covered with sharp prickles, like a hedgehog. But the lonely couple didn't mind the strange prickles. They loved the child as their own.

The hedgehog baby grows into a hedgehog boy tending his father's pigs alone in the great forest until, one night, he saves the life of a beautiful princess on a runaway horse.

From that moment on, the hedgehog boy …

92. Salsa Invertebraxa by Mozchops

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Salsa Invertebraxa by Mozchops (Worldwide)

Pages: 104
Ages: 18+
Finished: Mar. 24, 2012
First Published: Oct. 31, 201
Publisher: Pecksniff Press
Genre: graphic novel, fantasy, verse
Rating: 2.5/5


First verse:

"the forest is a silent witness,
a boundless muteness,
as silent as it is endless
along its
greencoat canopy"

Publisher's Summary: "Salsa Invertebraxa is the odyssey of two invertebrate companions, who journey through a vibrant world of imaginary insects and flora. By sunlight, new species of insect emerge to feed and flirt among surreal landscapes of gigantic flowers and gardens of terrestrial delights. By moonlight, this unearthly microverse becomes a nightmare shadowscape as the two
kleptomaniacs attempt to steal eggs from monstrous super-predators.  The tranquillity of eden trembles with war and rage, as a deadly game of survival plays out. Salsa Invertebraxa is for all readers, a magical window into a beautiful, dangerous and mysterious worl…

91. Stegosaurus: Armored Defender by Kathryn Clay

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Stegosaurus: Armored Defender by Kathryn Clay. Illustrated by Jason Dove (US) - (Canada)
First Graphics series

Pages: 24
Ages: 5-8
Finished: Mar. 21, 2012
First Published: Jan. 1, 2012
Publisher: Capstone Press
Genre: children, easy reader, graphic novel, non-fiction, dinosaurs
Rating: 2.5/5


First sentence: "Something large moves through the trees."

Publisher's Summary: "Swoosh! Strong stegosaurus swings its tail like a club at its enemy. With bony plates on its back and a spiky tail, this big beast knows how to defend itself. Learn more about this armored dinosaur in Stegosaurus: Armored Defender."

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading: I enjoy this publisher.

Basic easy reader focusing on what we know about how the Stegosaurus lived. Wonderful quality realistic illustrations are delightful and add understanding to the factual text. A simple graphic interface with four frames per two page spread, narrative text between…

90. Student Workbook: A Quick Journey Through the Bible

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Student Workbook: A Quick Journey Through the Bible: An 8-Part Introduction to the Bible Timeline by Sarah Christmyer (US & Canada)
The Great Adventure: A Journey Through the Bible


Pages: 51
Ages: 18+
Finished: Mar. 19, 2012
First Published: 2008
Publisher: Ascension Press
Genre: Catholic, Bible study
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "Jeff Cavins developed The Great Adventure: A Journey Through the Bible in1984 when he realized that many Christians did not grasp "the big picture" of the Scriptures."

Publisher's Summary: "The Student Pack will guide participants through their study with thought-provoking questions about the fourteen narrative books of the Bible, helpful notes, and home study material. Each lesson is designed to accompany the corresponding talk from the DVD series.
A Quick Journey Through the Bible Student Pack Includes:
The 33" full-color Bible Timeline Chart A Quick Journey Through the Bible Student Guide (51 pages) Full-color Bi…

89. Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

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Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (US) - (Canada) Companion Novel to Stolen Child

Pages: 186
Ages: 9+
Finished: Mar. 22, 2012
First Published: Feb. 1, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Canada
Genre: children, historical fiction, WWII 
Rating: 5/5



First sentence: "The room smelled of soap and the light was so white that it made my eyes ache."

Publisher's Summary: "Lida and her younger sister are caught by the Nazis and separated. Lida is sent to a slave labour camp, where she works from dawn to dusk on only bread and soup. clad in one thin dress and no shoes. Even if she manages to survive the war, how will she find her sister again?"

Acquired: Received a Review Copy from Scholastic Canada.

Reason for Reading:  The author has become one of my favourite Canadian juvenile authors.

This book is a companion to 2010's Stolen Child.  Each book tells the fate of two Ukrainian sisters as they are separated in the middle of WWII.  The books need …

88. Tyranosaurus Rex: Mighty Meat-Eater by Sheila Hammer

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Tyrannosaurus Rex: Mighty Meat-Eater by Sheila Hammer. Illustrated by Jason Dove (US) - (Canada)
First Graphics series

Pages: 24
Ages: 5-8
Finished: Mar. 121, 2012
First Published: Jan. 1, 2012
Publisher: Capstone Press
Genre: children, easy reader, graphic novel, non-fiction, dinosaurs
Rating:  2.5/5


First sentence: "The ground shakes."

Publisher's Summary: "Roar! Mighty tyrannosaurus rex is on the prowl. With giant jaws and sharp teeth, this predator gets its way. Learn more about this massive dinosaur in Tyrannosaurus Rex: Mighty Meat Eater."

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading: I enjoy this publisher.

Basic easy reader focusing on what we know text between frames, and since this is a factual book without talking animals there are no speech bubbles within the book at all, making it a mix between a picture book and a graphic novel. Thabout how the T-Rex lived and died. Wonderful quality realistic illustrations are de…

87. One Moon, Two Cats by Laura Godwin

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One Moon, Two Cats by Laura Godwin. Illustrated by Yoko Tanaka. (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 32
Ages: 2+
Finished: Mar. 20, 2012
First Published: Aug. 30, 2011
Publisher: Atheneum
Genre: children, picture book
Rating: 4/5


First sentence: "One moon."

Publisher's Summary: "Across a great distance, but under the light of the same moon, a city cat and a country cat pounce and play, crouch and leap in a rollicking nighttime adventure. When morning comes, they are both back in their respective homes and finally, turn in to sleep.."

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

Reason for Reading:   I received this book unsolicited and don't have young children any more but have read this Canadian author before and personally enjoy a good picture book.

This is a bedtime story, showing the nighttime frolics of two cats while their respective child owners sleep.  It is also a variant on the city vs country lifestyles as one live…

85. Volcanoes! (First Graphics) by Renee Gray- Wilburn

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Vocanoes! by Renee Gray-Wilburn. Illustrated by Aleksander Sotirovski (US) - (Canada)
First Graphics series

Pages: 24
Ages: 5-8
Finished: Mar. 18, 2012
First Published: Jan. 1, 2012
Publisher: Capstone Press
Genre: children, easy reader, graphic novel, non-fiction, geology
Rating: 3/5


First sentence: "A mountain stands high above a quiet forest."


Publisher's Summary: "In graphic novel format, text and illustrations explain how volcanoes erupt, how they are studied, and how to stay safe during an eruption."

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 realistic illustrations are delightful and add understanding to the factual text. A simple graphic interface with four frames per two page spread, narrative text between frames, but since this book's topic is highly scientific there are not many peopl…