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Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes by Louis Sachar

Posted January 23, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

Holes was required reading when I was in fourth grade, and I gotta be honest, it still holds up 20 years later. This book tells the impossible story of Stanley Yelnats IV, who is sent to prison because he was convicted of stealing a pair of charity auction shoes from a homeless shelter.  He’s put away pretty swiftly, sent to attend Camp Green Lake for juvenile delinquents.  The state hopes it will help him build characters. Of course, it’s really all the fault of his dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather. At Camp Green Lake, the boys each dig a five-by-five foot hole.  Not because they’re looking […]

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

Posted January 21, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

Full disclosure:  I’ve never been crazy about the book version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I’m talking the original version, the wee little paperback published to support Comic Relief back in 2001.  Although if I’m being completely honest, I also think that the published scripts from the films are a bit of a money grab.  But they’re selling and people like them, so what do I know? This little book is the first one in the Hogwarts Library series, a little sub-series of companion books to Harry Potter to raise money (well, except for Tales of Beedle the Bard) for charity.  This was […]

Paperquake by Kathryn Reiss

Paperquake by Kathryn Reiss

Posted January 9, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments

I loved this book when I was a kid.  Like all books I purchased from the Scholastic Book Fair, it holds nostalgia to a time when days were easier and all I really had to worry about was what country I wanted to write an essay about (Honduras) or how to say french fries in Spanish (papas fritas). Being a kid was fantastic, right? So a little bit of my review here is biased, simply because I remember reading this book when I was in elementary school and thinking it was SO COOL.  As an adult, it holds some problems.  […]

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Posted December 27, 2018 in Reviews // 3 Comments

  An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is a story about an alien invasion, a girl who become unexpected famous overnight, and why it’s super dangerous to be a rash person.  On some levels, I thought this book was fantastic.  On others, I didn’t like it. But the overall takeaway I want people to have from An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is that it’s an absolutely remarkable book. Starting with the things… okay thing I didn’t like: April May. I couldn’t relate to April at all.  This doesn’t have anything to do with how she is written as a character or Hank’s choice in personality traits being […]

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

Posted December 13, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  In many ways, The Queen’s Rising was a painful book for me to read.  I could see the fantastic ideas just below the surface, like viewing them through a simple gossamer curtain, but they never materialized.  At its very best, The Queen’s Rising is disappointing.  At its worst, it is raw and tedious.  It’s such a shame. Out story starts out with a rushed boarding school montage, where we learned Brienna is trying to become impassionated (a master of an art or skill) but doesn’t really fir any of the passions.  The idea that people have an affinity to or connection […]