“Noah, No!” is a mischievous entertaining adventure of a young toddler. Telling the tale of the exploratory stages of toddlerhood, Kristen Cornell has created an adorable book that will be treasured by all ages.
I love being turned on to a new book series my grandchildren will absolutely love. Thankfully, they do love books and those memorable characters they want to see again and again. This is a series by an award-winning author they refer to as “Nana T” who has published two ahead of this particular title, and I rushed to get those after reading this one to the grandkids!
"Bonez" by Mr. Roses is a book about three skaters: Quigz, Essie, and Bonez. Bonez is the best, though they all have talent. The annual skating race is about to begin and it's Bonez against Sally; the toughest skater around. After the race, Bonez begins to behave badly , and tells his friends to ignore a girl that had been very nice to him, just to protect his image.
“Blue” by L.E. Delano is an intense and completely engrossing YA novel about perspective.
Andy and his brother Zack find themselves in 2009, one hundred years in the future after their quest to destroy the evil CORT corporation. It may be one hundred years since their last adventure, but 2009 is home to Andy and Zack and they cannot wait to see their parents again. The brothers quickly realize this isn’t the 2009 they remember, however. Somehow CORT is back and well on its way to controlling everything again. But how is that possible? Andy and Zack team up with an old friend in an effort to bring the world back to normal again.
In the story, a powerful corporation named CORT controls just about everything in the world. If successful in achieving total domination, human life as we know it will cease to exist. There is a resistance faction working to destroy the totalitarian conglomerate, including 4 teens selected as the “chosen ones.” They have a daunting task ahead of them, especially since CORT’s latest technology, “Spirral” appears to be indestructible. Do these kids have what it takes to save the world?
From an adventurer’s point of view, the photographs in this book are lovely to set your eyes on. With the location being this small village named Bermudian Landing, set in the stunning landscape of Belize, the photos are a huge draw for the reader. From the point of view one has as a lover of all critters on the farm, the photos do the exact same thing. It is a wonderful mixture of sheep, guinea hens, dogs, and more, readers will absolutely love.
“The White Star” is a terrific book about a baseball-obsessed boy named Nolan. His friend, Abraham Kohath, along with Abraham’s family, are about to be forced to leave the country, so Nolan assembles a car wash fundraiser to help. But that’s not the only thing stirring! The story takes a mysterious twist when we learn that the Kohath family are the keepers of a magical chest, which also happens to be wanted by an evil celestial being.
The location of the Wisconsin woods is a beautiful backdrop for this tale, one that the illustrator definitely does justice to with her drawings. This is also a book that fits its subtitle perfectly, because this is a laid-back, pleasant tale that readers of all ages (over 6) will have a lot of fun reading. (Personally, however, I really like this one in the hands of an adult who loves sarcasm. Not only can you clarify things in the book for younger readers but also because these characters have a dry sense of humor at times that really makes you laugh out loud.)
This is not a guide for parents who are pulling out their hair trying to figure out what to do about that ridiculous boyfriend who can’t seem to pull up his pants and put a belt on (even though the 80s are so over), or how to manage everything from bullies to “F” grades that are appearing on report cards. No, Mr. Schaefer says that he wrote this book in order for adolescents to be able to calm themselves when chaos reigns in those teen years filled with chaos.
“Knights of the Alliance” is the first novel of a planned YA fantasy trilogy.
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