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Titanic Challenge Links Apr - June

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167. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce. Illustrated by William Joyce & Joe Bluhm (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 56
Ages: ALL
Finished: Jun. 17, 2012
First Published: Jun. 19, 2012
Publisher: Atheneum Book for Children
Genre: children, picture book, fantasy, books about books
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "Morris Lessmore loved words."

Publisher's Summary:  "The book that inspired the Academy Award–winning short film, from New York Times bestselling author and beloved visionary William Joyce.

Morris Lessmore loved words.
He loved stories.
He loved books.
But every story has its upsets.

Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds.
But the power of story will save the day.
Stunningly brought to life by William Joyce, one of the preeminent creators in children’s literature, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a modern masterpiece, showing that in today’s world of traditional books,…

166. Bink & Gollie: Two for One by Kate DiCamillo

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Bink & Gollie: Two for One by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee. Illustrated by Tony Fuclie (US) - (Canada)
Bink & Gollie, Book 2

Pages: 96
Ages: 6+
Finished: Jun. 16, 2012
First Published: Jun. 12, 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: children, easy reader, picture book, humour
Rating: 4/5


First sentence: "Gollie, do you think we should go to the state fair?"

Publisher's Summary:  The state fair is in town, and now Bink and Gollie - utter opposites and best friends extraordinaire - must use teamwork and their gray matter while navigating its many wonders. Will the energetic Bink win the world's largest donut in the Whack-a-Duck game? Will the artistic Gollie wow the crowd in the talent show? As the undaunted duo steps into the mysterious tent of fortune-teller Madame Prunely, one prediction is crystal clear: this unlikely pair will always be the closest of pals.

Acquired: Received a Review Copy from Candlewick Press.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series

165. The Long March Home by Zoe S. Roy

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The Long March Home by Zoe S. Roy. (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 270
Ages: 18+
YA Interest: Yes (nothing unsuitable)
Finished: Jun. 15, 2012
First Published: Nov. 22, 2011
Publisher: Inanna Publications & Education Inc.
Genre: historical fiction, 1960s, China, Cultural Revolution
Rating: 4/5


First sentence:"I'm having a baby! Meihua Wei was hoping for a girl; she already had two sons."

Publisher's Summary: The Long March Home is a saga of three generations of women. Agnes, a young Canadian goes to hina as a missionary from the United Church of Canada and falls in love with a Chinese medical student. Growing anti-western sentiment forces her return to home to Nova Scotia, where she discovers she is pregnant. Meihua, their American-born daughter, travels to China in search of her father and winds up marrying a Chinese man, but the Cultural Revolution tears their lives apart. With both parents imprisoned, it falls to the family's illiterate maid, Yao, to shie…

164. Cinderella: Fables are Forever by Chris Roberson

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Cinderella Fables are Forever by Chris Roberson. Illustrated by Shawn McManus (US) - (Canada)
Cinderella of Fables, #2

Pages: 160
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jun. 14, 2012
First Published: Apr. 24, 2012
Publisher: Vertigo
Genre: graphic novel, fairy tales, spies
Rating: 4.5/5


First sentence: "Ask anyone who has lived through one and they will tell you: a Russian winter is no kind of fun."

Publisher's Summary: Fabletown's favorite secret agent and bon vivant Cinderella is back on the job in this title collecting the hit miniseries! Someone is killing sorcerers out on the Farm, and all signs point to Cinderella's archnemesis from the old days. The only problem is, Cinderella has always believed that her nemesis has been dead for years.

Acquired: Purchased a new copy from an online retailer

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Cinderella is a spin-off from the Fables canon, but this particular volume's storyline takes its plot from the pages of Jack of Fables.  It i…

163. Fables #16: Super Team

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Super Team by Bill Willingham. Art by Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Eric Shanower, Terry Moore, Andrew epoy & Richard Friend  (US) - (Canada)
Fables, Vol. #16

Pages: 160
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jun. 12, 2012
First Published: Dec. 20, 2011
Publisher: Vertigo
Genre: graphic novel, fantasy, fairy tales
Rating: 3/5


First sentence: "What am I going to do next?"

Publisher's Summary:  Now why would we saddle a FABLES book with a title like "Super Team"? And why does snotty little Pinocchio think he needs to design tight-fitting costumes for a carefully selected group of Fables? Find out in these stories from FABLES #101-107, including a special story illustrated by Terry Moore (Echo, Strangers in Paradise).

Acquired: Purchased a new copy from an online store.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

This was a strange volume that felt like a cheesy outtake.  It settles the main story arc but in a rather tongue in cheek manner which didn't really seem to take the…

162. Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell

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Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 193
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jun. 11, 2012
First Published: 2006
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: Country noir
Rating: 5/5




First sentence: "Ree Dolly stood at break of day on her cold front steps and smelled coming flurrie and saw meat."

Publisher's Summary: The sheriff's deputy at the front door brings hard news to Ree Dolly. Her father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date. Ree's father has disappeared before. The Dolly clan has worked the shadowy side of the law for generations, and arrests (and attempts to avoid them) are part of life in Rathlin Valley. With two young brothers depending on her and a mother who's entered a kind of second childhood, sixteen-year-old Ree knows she has to bring her father back, dead or alive. She has grown up in the harsh poverty of the Ozarks and…

161. Jack of Fables #9: The End

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The End by Bill Willingham & Matthew Sturges. Art by Tony Akins & Russ Braun (US) - (Canada)
Jack of Fables, #9

Pages: 144
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jun. 8, 2012
First Published: Jul. 19, 2011
Publisher: Vertigo
Genre: graphic novel, fairy tale retellings, fantasy
Rating: 3/5



First sentence: "Alexandria, Virginia. Too many years and too many miles of hard road later..."

Publisher's Summary: Jack Frost has just set upon the greatest quest in a long and distinguished career of great quests: To kill a dragon. Of course, he is not aware that the dragon in question is in fact his own father. Meanwhile, the Page Sisters find a new purpose in life: restoring the Great Library.

Acquired: Purchased new from an online retailer.

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

What I like about this (and any Fables series) is you can just pick up where you left off and not have any trouble getting back into the story.  I can't believe I put this book off for a yea…

160. Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art by Christopher Moore

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Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art by Christopher Moore (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 416
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jun. 7, 2012
First Published: Apr. 3, 2012
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: magical realism, 1890s, Paris, time travel, humor, art
Rating: 4/5



First sentence: "On the day he was to be murdered, Vincent van Gogh encountered a Gypsy on the cobbles outside the inn where he'd just eaten lunch."

Publisher's Summary:  A rollicking tale that features special printed map endpapers and more than two dozen masterpieces of art throughout the book, Sacré Bleu is better than a day at the museum!

It is the color of the Virgin Mary's cloak, a dazzling pigment desired by artists, an exquisite hue infused with danger, adventure, and perhaps even the supernatural. It is . . .

Sacré Bleu

In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his own life . . . and t…

159. Pirates vs Ancient Egyptians in a Haunted Museum by Nikalas Catlow

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Pirates vs Ancient Egyptians in a Haunted Museum by Nikalas Catlow, Tim Wesson & You (US) - (Canada)
Mega Mash-Up, #4

Pages: 96
Ages: 7+
Finished: Jun. 1, 2012
First Published: Apr. 24, 2012
Publisher: Nosy Crow
Genre: humour, art, doodling, drawing
Rating: 3/5


First sentence: "At 30 Plank Street, a band of bloodthirsty Pirates is getting worried."

Publisher's Summary: Who will steal the priceless Golden Howler Monkey from the museum: the bloodthirsty pirates or the crazy Ancient Egyptians? These hilarious books take great subjects for boys and combine them in very short, wacky stories with bold illustrations that are incredibly easy and quick to read. Best of all, there's plenty of space left on each page, together with suggestions for how to fill it, so that kids can add their own drawings. These are chapter books - but they're doodle books as well!        

Acquired: Received a review copy from Candlewick Press.

Reason for Reading: My son enjoys doodle boo…

Mid-Year Musings on This Years Goals

Now that the year is half-over I thought I'd go back for a looksy at the goals I set up for myself at the beginning of the year.  I've kept these vaguely in my mind but have not bothered to re-examine the list, keeping goal #8 (Go With the Flow) every present in my mind.  However, let's get serious for a minute and see how I'm doing.  First of all I started off by making this statement

This is not a goal but a pledge:
I will not start any new series this year, unless it is a 2012 release by an author I keep up to date with.

Surprisingly, I have done well with this.  The only new series I've started are virtually all graphic novels or manga and I didn't really have those in mind when I wrote the above statement.  I had intended to allow them, anyway.  The only series I started was Cinder by Marrisa Meyers and that was by accident because I didn't know it was the first in a series when I requested it, but since it's been one of my favourite books this yea…

Happy Blogoversary to Me!

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I've never celebrated on my blog, but I just realized today, that Back to Books turned 5 YEARS OLD YESTERDAY! Now I've been blogging since blogging began and have various abandoned blogs, but this is the longest I've ever stayed dedicated to one blog and there is no sign of me stopping!  So a little round of applause and with a little humilty I pat myself on the back.

My Favourite Anniversary Song!

158. The Griff by Christopher Moore

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The Griff by Christopher Moore & Ian Corson. Illustrated by Jennyson Rosero (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 160
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jun. 1, 2012
First Published: Jul. 19, 2011
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: graphic novel, science fiction
Rating: 2/5


First sentence: "That's got it, Skipper."

Publisher's Summary:
The mayhem begins when an ancient alien beacon is unwittingly activated, summoning behemoth spaceships from the far reaches of the galaxy. Hovering in Earth’s atmosphere, they release a biblical stream of pods that transform into minivan-size, people-eating, flying lizardy things that look like mythological griffins. Destroying communications, emergency, and military infrastructure, they systematically kill everyone on the planet. Well, almost everyone.

A pesky trio of New Yorkers isn’t about to roll out the red carpet—or roll over and die—for these unwelcome intergalactic marauders. Unlikely heroes Mo, a snarky, Gothy game-goddess; Steve, a skateboard-p…

157. Puppet by Eva Wiseman

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Puppet by Eva Wiseman (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 243
Ages: 11+
Finished: Jun. 1, 2012
First Published: Apr. 2009 (Ppbk: Mar. 13, 2012)
Publisher: Tundra Books
Genre: children, YA, historical fiction, Jewish history, Canadian author
Rating: 5/5




First sentence: "Leslie the Brave grasped the handle of the frying pan and held it high in the air, ready to smite the black-hearted Devil cowering at his feet."

Publisher's Summary:

The year is 1882. A young servant girl named Esther disappears from a small Hungarian village. Several Jewish men from the village of Tisza Eszvar face the ‘blood libel’ — the centuries-old calumny that Jews murder Christian children for their blood. A fourteen-year-old Jewish boy named Morris Scharf becomes the star witness of corrupt authorities who coerce him into testifying against his fellow Jews, including his own father, at the trial.

This powerful fictionalized account of one of the last blood libel trial in Europe is told through the …

156. Hey Canada! by Vivien Bowers

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Hey Canada! by Vivien Bowers. Illustrations by Milan Pavlovic (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 68
Ages: 7+
Finished: May 30, 2012
First Published: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Tundra Books
Genre: children, nonfiction, geography, Canada
Rating: 5/5



First sentence: "I'm Alice, nine years old, reporting from the backseat of the car."

Publisher's Summary:
Gran has decided that she is taking nine-year-old Alice and eight-year-old Cal on a road trip across Canada “before she’s old and creaky.” With a sparkling combination of poems, silly songs, tweets and blogs, the trio records the trip for readers everywhere to share. Starting in St. John’s Newfoundland, where they have a “find-it” list that includes a moose and an iceberg and going all the way to the Pacific Ocean, the gang in Hey Canada!offers a delightful way to learn about vast, varied, and surprising Canada.

The book combines narrative, poems, photos, comics about historical events such as the battle at Fortress Louisburg, maps…

155. Vermonia 6: To the Pillar of Wind by Yoyo

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To the Pillar of Wind by Yoyo (US) - (Canada)
Vermonia, Vol. 6

Pages: 207
Ages: 8+
Finished: May 27, 2012
First Published: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: children, manga, fantasy
Rating: 4/5


First sentence: "Jim's been hit!"

Publisher's Summary:
In part six of the Vermonia series, the Blue Star Warriors must find a way to infiltrate Uro's most fiercely guarded headquarters as they fight to save the Pillar of Wind from destruction. They must use all of their resources, including the warship Vleste, now powered by the magical crystal they found in the Lake of Wishes. As Doug is captured by a band of Uro's soldiers, Naomi and Fly are inadvertently transported back to the planet of Blue Star- revealing the mysterious pathways connecting the galaxies while exposing some of Uro's weaknesses. 

The future of Turtle Realm hangs in the balance as the epic manga series charges forward.

Acquired: Received a review copy from Candlewick Press.

Reason …

Mini Movie Review: Shutter Island

Not watching many movies this year but dh and I did watch one last year.  So here's my unrated, mini-review (aka rambling thoughts)

Shutter Island - (2010) - (Netflix)

Hubby and I watched this while having a quiet night at home. I've never read the book, nor have I read any Dennis LeHane books at all. We enjoyed it, lots of twists and suspenseful. Neither of us are huge Leonardo DiCaprio fans, but he was good in this movie. Dh found it a bit too long, would have liked something just under the 2 hours. That doesn't bother me but I was expecting a final twist. I'd already assumed the ending would be the way it did end and couldn't believe there wasn't one more twist thrown in to stun the audience, otherwise it was a fairly typical plot which has been done before. Good, not great. However, I think this may have made a better book than movie and it has inspired me to finally getting around to read a Dennis LeHane in the near future. 

Any suggestions with wh…

154. Man Overboard! by Curtis Parkinson

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Man Overboard! by Curtis Parkinson (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 152
Ages: 10-12
YA Appeal: reluctant male readers
Finished: May 27, 2012
First Published: Mar. 13, 2012
Publisher: Tundra Books
Genre: YA, children, historical fiction WWII, homefront, spies, seafaring
Rating: 4/5



First sentence: "At a blast from the ship's horn, the lines were cast off."

Publisher's Summary:
During World War II, a German agent landed in Canada from a U-boat. Curtis Parkinson has used this true historical event to tell a fast-paced, exciting story. Sixteen-year-old Scott and his friend Adam find summer jobs as deckhands on the Rapids Prince, a ship that plies the waters between the town of Prescott, on the St. Lawrence River, and Montreal. Scott overhears convincing information that a German agent is actually on board the boat. He has a good reason for not telling anybody, but his silence eventually leads him into more trouble than he can imagine, including a possible murder and…

153. Captured By Pirates! by Agnieszka Biskup

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Captured By Pirates! An Isabel Soto History Adventure by Agnieszka Biskup. Illustrated by Roger Stewart (US) - (Canada)
Graphic Library

Pages: 32
Ages: 8+
Finished: May 26, 2012
First Published: Jan. 1, 2012
Publisher: Capstone Press
Genre: children, graphic novel, non-fiction, history
Rating:  4/5


First sentence: "What a great assignment!"

Publisher's Summary: "In graphic novel format, follows the adventures of Isabel Soto as she learns about pirate life during the Golden Age of Piracy."

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading: I've enjoyed other books in this series.
Great introduction to the world of pirates and privateers in the 1700s.  Isabel's time travel is more believable than in the Egypt book I just read, as her popping up does startle the natives, so to speak.  Isabel is aboard a British merchant ship when it is attacked by pirates, then she and the ship's doctor are kidnapped and taken aboard the pirate…

152. Bone: Quest for the Spark, Book Two by Tom Sniegoski

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Bone: Quest for the Spark, Book Two by Tom Sniegoski. Illustrated by Jeff Smith.  (US) - (Canada)
Bone: Quest for the Spark, Book Two

Pages: 234
Ages: 8+
Finished: May 26, 2012
First Published: Feb. 1, 2012
Publisher: Graphix/Scholastic
Genre: children, fantasy
Rating: 4/5


First sentence:"Tom Elm had always known the Valley was big, but now, as he gazed out over the side of the Queen of the Sky, it seemed to stretch forever."

Publisher's Summary: "The Nacht, the evil dragon that threatens to destroy both the Dreaming and the Waking Worlds, is growing stronger, and twelve-year-old Tom Elm is the champion the Dreaming has chosen to defeat it. Along with Roderick the raccoon, Percival Bone and his nephew and niece, Randolf, Lorimar, and the two stupid Rat Creatures, Tom must race to find the missing pieces of the Spark. This leg of the journey introduces him to a trio of scheming bears and takes him into the depths of a dangerous beehive. And, on top of everythi…

151. Egypt's Mysterious Pyramids by Agnieszka Biskup

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Egypt's Mysterious Pyramids: An Isabel Soto Archaeology Adventure by Agnieszka Biskup. Illustrated by Roger Stewart (US) - (Canada)
Graphic Library

Pages: 32
Ages: 8+
Finished: May 25, 2012
First Published: Jan. 1, 2012
Publisher: Capstone Press
Genre: children, graphic novel, non-fiction, ancient history
Rating: 3.5/5


First sentence: "The Lighthouse at Alexandria was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World."

Publisher's Summary: "In graphic novel format, follows the adventures of Isabel Soto as she discovers the secrets about Egypt’s great pyramids."

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading:  I've enjoyed other books in this series.

An introductory book on the history and building of the Great Pyramids of Giza.  A story approach is taken as Isabel travels back in time and gets first hand information from on-the-spot witnesses.  She travels back in time to the building of each of the three pyramids and we learn th…

150. Eyewitness Books: Mummy

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Mummy by James Putnam. Photographed by Peter Hayman. (Canada) - (US)
Eyewitness Books

Pages: 63
Ages: 10+
Finished: May 23, 2012
First Published: 1993
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley/Alfred A. Knopf
Genre: children, nonfiction, ancient history, ancient Egypt
Rating: 5/5


First sentence: "Mummies are the preserved bodies of people or animals."

Publisher's Summary: "Photographed in full color. Unwrap hair-raising facts about natural and man-made mummies! Here is a look at how bodies were prepared, why ancient cultures made mummies, and how bog and ice mummies were preserved by freak climatic conditions."

Acquired: Purchased new a very long time ago.  Don't remember where.

Reason for Reading:  Ds has been studying Egypt for his homeschool history topic.

Really what can be said about an Eyewitness Book; I feel redundant just trying to review it.  If you are a parent then you already know about these awesome visual books profusely illustrated with museum an…

149. Catch Me by Lisa Gardner

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Catch Me by Lisa Gardner (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
Detective D.D. Warren, Book #6

Pages: 40
Ages: 18+
Finished: Mar. 22, 2012
First Published: Feb. 7, 2012
Publisher: Dutton
Genre: mystery, thriller, suspense, police procedural
Rating: 5/5


First sentence: "My name is Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant."

Publisher's Summary: "In four days, someone is going to kill me . . .

Detective D. D. Warren is hard to surprise. But a lone woman outside D.D.'s latest crime scene shocks her with a remarkable proposition: Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston's top detective to handle the death investigation.

It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle.

Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21st, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, re…

148. The Secret Lives of Plants! by Janet Slingerland

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The Secret Lives of Plants! by Janet Slingerland. Illustrated by Okasana Kemarskaya (US) - (Canada)
Graphic Library

Pages: 32
Ages: 9+
Finished: May 23, 2012
First Published: Jan. 1, 2012
Publisher: Capstone Press
Genre: children, non-fiction, graphic novel, biology
Rating: 3/5


First sentence: "A little acorn has found its way into a prime spot."

Publisher's Summary: "Plants may look innocent, but they’re sneaky, tricky, secretive little buggers. You could watch them all day and they would never move an inch. But hidden from your eyes, their roots, leaves, and blossoms are always working. From photosynthesis to reproduction, get ready to uncover the science of plants and the secrets that they keep."

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading: Received a review copy and I have always been happy with this publishers books in the past.

From this book and the previous one about asteroids, I'll have to say I am not impressed with th…

147. The Lonely Existence of Asteroids and Comets by Mark Weakland

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The Lonely Existence of Asteroids and Comets            

by Mark Weakland. Illustrated by Carlos Aon.

Graphic Library


Rating: None On a dark night as you watch the sky with your friends, a rock with a fiery tail shoots across the sky. A comet! Asteroids and comets hurtle through space, sometimes a
 little too close to Earth. But did you know that they are linked to life on this planet? From the asteroid Ceres to Halley’s comet, blast into space and enter the lonely existence of asteroids and comets.


Reading Level: 3-4
Interest Level: 3-9
GRL: P
Lexile Level: 890L
ATOS Level: 5.8
AR Points: 0.5
AR Quiz Number: 148590
Early Intervention Level: 25

ISBN: 9781429679879 / 1-4296-7987-5
Publisher:Capstone Press
Copyright: 2012
Language: English
Page Count: 32
Page Dimensions: 7 x 9
Binding: Paperback

Reading Notes:  I can't give this book a proper review because of my personal bias.  I am an Intelligent Design believing Christian and this book is full of the Big Bang theor…

146. Lone Hawk: The Story of Air Ace Billy Bishop by John Lang

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Lone Hawk: The Story of Air Ace Billy Bishop by John Lang. Foreword by Jeff Lemire (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 104
Ages: 10+
Finished: May 20, 2012
First Published: Sep. 1, 2011
Publisher: Puffin Canada
Genre: children, graphic novel, biography, WWI, RCAF
Rating: 5/5




First sentence: "Christmas, 1905. Owen Sound, Ontario. "All right, Worth, settle down now.""

Publisher's Summary: "As a boy, Billy Bishop was a crack shot - he had a sharp eye and great aim. Nearly flunking out of Royal Military College in Kingston, he eagerly signed up for duty when the First World War broke out. Sent first to England, Bishop discovered his true love: the Royal Flying Corps. Up in the air, the fighting may have been "cleaner" - no trenches, no mud, no mustard gas - but it was extremely dangerous and difficult. In fact, most fighter pilots in the First World War would not shoot down even a single plane.

Bishop soon proved himself to be a fighter pilot with an unerr…

145. Hyena in Petticoats by Willow Dawson

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Hyena in Petticoats: The Story of Suffragette Nellie McClung: A Graphic Novel by Willow Dawson (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 94
Ages: 12+
Finished: May 19, 2012
First Published: Nov. 1, 2011
Publisher: Puffin Canada
Genre: Graphic novel, YA, biography, suffrage
Rating: 3/5



First sentence: "Summer 1883.  Frankie's the same age as you and he can read."

Publisher's Summary: "Nellie McClung made an indelible mark on Canada. She was the author of eighteen books, a political activist and social reformer. In every role she played, she demonstrated unfailing courage, wit and resourcefulness, and helped make a better world for women and girls.
In the first frames of this brilliant graphic biography, Willow Dawson plunges readers into the rugged world of Canada's western pioneers, taking us into the early life of McClung as the child of homesteaders, and follows her on her path to becoming a teacher, a crusader, a suffragette and eventually the first female Memb…

28. Crogan's Loyalty by Chris Schweizer

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Crogan's Loyalty by Chris Schweizer (US) - (Canada
The Crogan Adventures, #3

Pages: 170
Ages: 12+
Finished: Jan. 26, 2012
First Published: May 29, 2012
Publisher: Oni Press
Genre: children, YA, graphic novel, historical fiction
Rating: 4/5


First sentence: "You shouldn't have invited him without talking to me first."


Acquired: Received an egalley from Oni Press through NetGalley.


Publisher's Summary: "The fan-favorite graphic novel series from Eisner-nominated cartoonist Chris Schweizer returns with an all-new adventure! Charles and William Crogan are two brothers with very different perspectives on family, country, and loyalty. Now they find themselves on opposite sides of the brewing conflict between colonial separatists and those still determined to serve the British Crown. Will their brotherhood be washed away in the bloodshed of the War or will their own ties endure?"

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

I love this series!  The third book c…