Monthly Archives: February 2012

Book Review- The Ogre of Oglefort by Eva Ibbotson

In modern day London, a hag, a troll, a boy and a wizard are sent on a quest to rescue a princess on a mythic isle from an evil ogre; the story sounds pretty straight forward doesn’t it?  But what … Continue reading

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Book Review- Amelia Lost- The life and disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming

I didn’t expect to learn anything new about Amelia Earhart from this book.   I was wrong.  Fleming does a good job of making the character of Amelia Earhart accessible to readers of today.   There are plenty of anecdotes from her … Continue reading

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Book Review- Drawing from Memory by Allen Say

This book is a visual delight.  Allen Say’s artistic talent is evident throughout in this loving reminiscence of growing up in pre and post World War II Japan.  The graphic images help to capture a unique time in Japan’s history … Continue reading

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Book Review- Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preuss

This is based on a true story about a young Japanese boy and his companions who are shipwrecked on a Pacific island during the 19th century.  Before Japan became open to the Western world, any Japanese citizens who left the … Continue reading

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Book Review- Jack Gantos- Dead end in Norvelt

What if your summer vacation started by being grounded for the entire vacation?  In 1962, that is precisely what happened to Jack Gantos.  His only respite from his punishment occurred when he was allowed to assist his arthritic older neighbor, … Continue reading

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