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Non-Fiction Reviews: (View All)

  • Mao and Me
  • Author: Chen Jiang Hong
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: Teton Co Call No: J 951.056 Chen J
    Julia's rating: 4 stars

    I've long been intrigued with the cover of this book and its placement in the library. A book about growing up in China under Mao - for children? I wondered.

    Finally, I sat down to read this curious picture book. And, I am so pleased that I did because this thoughtful, informative and sometimes sad book serves as yet another reminder that children's literature is simply not just for kids. And, that picture books may not always be aimed at the youngest of children.

    The story, written and illustrated by Chen Jiang Hong, is a memoir about the author's life growing up before, during and after Mao's Cultural Revolution. It's a beautiful story about traditions, family and survival, while also a bracing reminder about sacrifice, survival and mortality. The illustrations are magnificent, too.

    I would recommend this book for high school students - and anyone older - interested in learning about modern Chinese history. It's a brief look but one with depth and scope.
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  • Great Big Book of Children's Games
  • Author: Debra Wise
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: J 796 Wise D.

    Kay's rating: 3.5 stars

    This is a good resource for parents, grandparents and early childhood & elementary teachers. The games included in this book will get children moving and will take them outdoors; perfect for summer time fun.
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Fiction Reviews:(View All)

  • Joshua Dread: The Nameless Hero (Joshua Dread, #2)
  • Author: Lee Bacon
  • User Rating: 3
  • Review: TCL CALL #: J BACON L

    Chris’s Rating: 3 Stars
    Joshua Dread and Sophie Justice are mysteriously invited to attend an exclusive summer camp for the “gyfted and talented.” While Sophie (who’s superhero father is too busy with a new Reality TV series to spend time with his daughter) and ungyfted best friend Milton are excited about the prospect, Joshua is uncertain, especially since rumor exists that Vex survived their encounter from book 1. Despite misgivings, Joshua goes, becoming the star member of a new superhero squad. But fame comes at a steep price and the “nameless” hero fights to keep his friendships intact, while overcoming unexpected betrayal.
    The Nameless hero is a witty Superhero/Supervillain novel which is likely to appeal to kids more than adults…still it is an enjoyable ride. I didn’t feel like there were any really big surprises…except that from a reader’s point of view (without necessary details of course) I didn’t understand why Vex himself wasn’t double crossed at some point early in the book…except that it would have ruined the story. The Dread Duo’s walking “trash can” robot butler, Elliot, was a nice addition. For children 9-12 who like to laugh while reading about superpowers.
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  • The Royal Ranger (Ranger's Apprentice, #12)
  • Author: John Flanagan
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: TCL CALL #: J FLANAGAN J

    Chris’s Rating: 4 Stars
    Will Treaty’s life has been shattered with the death of his wife. He all but ignores his responsibility as a Ranger while seeking out those responsible for her death. Princess Maddie sneaks off into the woods in the night ignoring and manipulating her controlling parents. The solution to revitalizing the shell of a ranger and bringing discipline to the rebellious princess: Apprentice Maddie to Will. Because Will is her doting godfather Maddie expects a vacation, but a vacation isn’t exactly what is in store for her. She brings her own personality and skill and acquires more as she grows into the newest Ranger’s Apprentice.
    The Royal Ranger was classic Flanagan and definitely felt like a Ranger’s Apprentice book and worth the read if you enjoyed the previous set. From the blurb I was expecting more conflict between Will and his new apprentice. Maddie is not really a terrible girl and despite the fact that she is sometimes resistant, she works very hard to become what she must. The story builds in a solid, but not necessarily fast fashion with the main conflict being closer to the end (and in less pages) than I was expecting. A good read for 9-12 year-olds, or anyone who loves the series to date.
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