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Book Review: Life or Death by Larry Verstraete

  More than 30 riveting - and true! - survival stories from Larry Verstraete, the master of adventure non-fiction. A slave in mid-1800s North Carolina squeezes into a 2' x 3' box and has friends mail him to Philadelphia . . . and freedom. A doctor injects 8000 Polish Jews with a substance that makes… Continue reading Book Review: Life or Death by Larry Verstraete

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Book Club Review: Dust by Arthur Slade

Matthew is missing. Robert’s seven-year-old brother has vanished on a walk into town. Robert’s mother had asked him to accompany Matthew to Horshoe to buy some some gum, but Robert was miles away engrossed in a Martian adventure story, and certainly not home on his farm in Depression-era Saskatchewan. And when his younger brother disappears,Robert… Continue reading Book Club Review: Dust by Arthur Slade

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Book Club Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Winter 1945. WWII. Four refugees. Four stories. Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies, war. As thousands desperately flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom. But not… Continue reading Book Club Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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Book Review: Report to the Principal’s Office by Jerry Spinelli

While Sunny is determined to hate everyone at Plumstead Middle School, Eddie hopes simply to survive, Salem tries her hand at writing, and Pickles acts like . . . well, like Pickles. Original. My Thoughts I needed a quick read to fill in the time while my husband was away on a trip for work.… Continue reading Book Review: Report to the Principal’s Office by Jerry Spinelli

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Book Club Review: The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

  Will Everett has always wished for an adventure. Little does he know that his adventure starts the moment he boards the Boundless. There is a murder, and now Will must protect a key that can unlock the train's hidden treasures. Villians are fast on his heels and strange creatures are lurking outside the windows… Continue reading Book Club Review: The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

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Book Review: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier, follows two abandoned Irish siblings who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house. But the house and its inhabitants are not quite what they seem. Soon, the children are confronted by a mysterious stranger—and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives. My Thoughts… Continue reading Book Review: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

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Book Review: Coop the Great by Larry Verstraete

Coop is an aging, cynical, down-and-out dachshund who faces the ultimate test when his new owner, Mike, and Mike's grandchildren, Zach and Emma, run into trouble. Mike rescued him, but does Coop have what it takes to do the same? My thoughts: This is a fantastic tale told from the point of view of Coop,… Continue reading Book Review: Coop the Great by Larry Verstraete