This one is a good one for sure, one you might want to think about pre-ordering. We have had some wonderful discussions because of this book.  Release date looks to be September 3rd !

Property of the Rebel Librarian is an exciting book about June Harper’s journey against banned books. It all starts when June’s parents discover her book The Makings of a Witch; they immediately think it’s too scary and contact the principal and school librarian, from whom June had gotten the book. A few days after, June finds out that the school librarian was fired, and the school enacts a rule that states that all books will be monitored, and June soon sees many of her most favorite books leave the school library on the banned list.

With the help of some friends, June finds herself in a huge movement to fight for the freedom of books. I felt really passionate about this book and found myself often empathizing with June. I am thankful my parents don’t monitor my reading and let me have freedom of choice. I loved this book and finished it in like three days! I recommend this books for kids ten and up !

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Do you like fairy tales with a new twist and touch of darkness  ? You might want to keep reading ! Here’s what my 12 year old thought 🙂

I got to review and exciting new book, The Odd Sisters,  it’a thrilling and exciting novel. I have not read the other 5 books in the series, so if you have, I am sure the references to the other books will make more sense. Even without reading the others, I enjoyed this book a lot. This book tells about Circe, the daughter of the Odd Sisters. Her mothers have caused innocent people to turn on family and friends throughout the whole Villains series. In the last book, they were imprisoned in the land of dreams, so they wouldn’t wreak havoc on the kingdoms. But the Odd Sisters could still possibly escape; if they do Circe, Snow White, and their allies will have to come together to stop the three Odd sisters.

I absolutely enjoyed this book. The rich and complex plot was really fun to read. Also if you haven’t read the other books or haven’t read them in a while, the prologue will catch you up quickly. Another thing is that these books retell the stories of fairy tales. They are my favorite kind of novels, so I was overjoyed to read this. I loved the way it had multiple perspectives; it switched from Circe, Snow White, and even the Odd Sisters, so it showed different sides of the story. The theme of the novel was a bit dark, so I would recommend this book to ages 12 and up.

W is for Welcome : A Celebration of America’s Diversity (Sleeping Bear Alphabet Books)

A bit late for our 4th of July post but better late than never 🙂 This was a wonderful book we got to review a while back and I think it’s a beautiful addition to any kids library and an important subject to teach our kids about ! The USA wouldn’t be the same without these great people !

Here are my daughters thoughts on it :

I really enjoyed reading W is for Welcome because it was about freedom and people from other places who have helped to make the United States into what it is today. The stories shared by the people in this book inspire me in many ways to do what seemed impossible before! It talks a lot about the diversity that makes the United States great. It explains differences in cultures, religions, and beliefs. It mentions heroes of all sorts, from Olympic athletes to amazing scientists like Albert Einstein. It mentions people from all walks of life and all kinds of places, and I really enjoyed reading and learning about them. The book guides you through the alphabet by explaining how the United States developed into what it is today with the help of immigrants who immigrated here from other countries. I also really enjoyed the different styles of art and how many artists were actually involved in making this book. I would recommend this book to young and old people who think they can make a difference in the world!

God Bless America: The Story of an Immigrant Named Irving Berlin {kids review }

While I am add it, posting books about the US history and Immigration ( see post  W is for welcome ) I must mention this beautiful book ! The story is beautifully told and also very beautifully illustrated.. what a gem ! Read more from my daughter below !

 

God Bless America is a lovely picture book that tells the story of Izzy Baline, known better as Irving Berlin. He was a Russian immigrant who immigrated with his family to the US in 1893 when they had to flee Russia because they were Jews. Life in the US wasn’t easy, but they were happy and thankful to be here. The whole family lived in a small place, and Izzy had to find ways to make money. After his father died, he moved out and worked more and more as a songwriter. People liked his music, and Izzy gave himself a new name: Irving Berlin. Soon he decided to become a US citizen, and after that he was drafted into the US Army. He didn’t enjoy being a soldier much but kept spirits high with his music. He continued to write songs and soon wrote one of his most famous pieces, “God Bless America,” which didn’t actually become famous until 20 years after he composed it when it was played for Armistice Day during WW2. I enjoyed learning about Irving Berlin through this book. I imagine many people don’t even know that an immigrant wrote the song “God Bless America.” I think it’s more important than ever to remember our roots and history. I thought the book also had beautiful art, and it would make a great read-aloud for kids six and up!

Once a king A Clash of Kingdoms Novel {kids review }

Once a King is a beautifully written fantasy book, and the third book in the series :  A clash on Kingdoms. This book takes on multiple perspectives. Aodren has just been crowned king of Malam. A kingdom that has been persecuting Channelers, gifted women and girls with special elemental powers, for over twenty years. He fights to stop the discrimination and hate towards them and becomes allies with them. Lirra, a young woman and Wind channeler, distrusts Aodren for many reasons but when he finally asks her to help him in his quest to help the channelers she realizes his good attention and joins him in his quest.
Unfortunately, a channeler-made substance is sparking rumors about it harming ungifted people, which makes Aodren and Lirra’s task only harder. Aodren and Lirra fight to uncover the truth, free the Channelers, and restore peace in the kingdom.
Overall the book had a thrilling plot that made it hard to put the book down. I enjoyed the mix between fantasy and a touch of romance. It was highly enjoyable and I think it would be a great read for girls eleven and up. (kids review )

On the run to ancient China {kids review }

On the run in ancient China is a fun story about three kids time traveling to ancient China. The kids have been to the “time travel agency” before, so they know that when they open a book, they time travel! When they arrive in China, they end up in a rice field. While Josh and Emma, the two older siblings, are busy, the youngest, Libby, sneaks away to the Emperor’s palace.

When Josh and Emma discover that Libby is missing, they make a plan to sneak into the capital to find their sister. They travel through a lot of crazy places and have to be careful not to be caught as they continue their travels. They learn about ancient traditions, Chinese writings, the secrets of silk, ancient ways of medicine, and other beliefs. After they finally rescue Libby straight from the throne room, they continue their way home and have more adventures all the way across to the Chinese wall. With lots of luck, they eventually return home.

This book, and the whole series, are very enjoyable to read. I really liked it because it was funny, and the shared facts are great. I recommend this book to ages seven and up, and to kids who like history.

Mum edit: This series has been used in quite a few homeschool curricula, inlcuding Moving beyond the page,and my kids have enjoyed many books from this series. It is perfect for younger kids who are just getting curious about history and need a fun introduction. I highly recommend this fun series as well 🙂

Magic on the Map ! Kids book review !

Magic on the Map
1. Lets Mooove

On the last day of second grade, twins Finn and Molly Parker come home to find a camper in their driveway. Turns out their Dad traded his old car for it so they could go on road trips. Molly and Finns Mom isn’t too crazy about the idea, so their Dad is going to return it the day after. The twins are too curious to see inside it before Dad takes it back so that night they decide to take a peek and  it magically comes to life and takes Molly and Finn on an Amazing road trip across the United States! The twins arrive in Colorado at Snowflake ranch just in time for breakfast. They also take part in a cattle drive and learn all about life at the Ranch. So saddle up because it’s going to be a long ride!

I liked this book because it reminded me of “ Magic Tree House “, it was also a fun read, the pictures are cartoony and there are lots facts about Colorado in the back  !

I recommend this book to kids who like “ Magic Tree House “ or are six and up .

Enjoy the ride !

Book review SHRED GIRLS : Lindsay’s Joyride

Shred Girls is an exciting book about a group of girls that ride BMX bikes together.

Lindsay is thrilled about her summer break, and really just wants to read her comics and become a superhero but her parents have other plans and have to go on a work trip. So Lindsay has to go stay with Phoebe the supervillain AKA her cousin. During her stay with Phoebe, Phoebe shows her BMX bikes, teaches her how to ride! Lindsay meets lots of new kids and even makes great new friends.  When JOYRIDE, the club they meet,  announces a competition Lindsay is super nervous but when she finds out all her friends will compete too she feels more confident. The group of girls learns to stick together more than ever to prove that girls can ride BMX  just as good as boys!

This book was a wonderful read. It made me laugh out loud a lot, I was able to relate to Lindsay a lot and she was a likable character throughout the story. I learned that when you are confident and believe in yourself, you can achieve anything

Book review : The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, the Secret of the Realms is an amazing take on a classic story. This book follows multiple perspectives, one is from Clara who receives a small egg-shaped box for Christmas from her late mother. Another is from Marie, Clara’s mother.

When Clara gets the box it’s locked. She can’t even open it with her tinkering skills, there is no key either. Every year on Christmas their “ Grandfather” holds a grand party. It was originally Marie’s idea. Clara soon finds the realms and discovers that they are in need of help.

Back in time, Marie’s parents and most of her belongings have been lost in a house fire. Her next option is to go to Drosselmeyer, a friend of her father’s. He takes her in and helps her learn to tinker and engineer objects. One day she stumbles upon a room that leads to the realms. Marie uses imagination and engineering to create the realm. Through the realms and the journey itself, Clara learns to enjoy life more and accept her mother’s death.

I loved this story because it expands into the original story of the Nutcracker. It had many twists and turns complete with a satisfying ending. I thought the cover and illustrations inside are beautiful. I would recommend this enjoyable book for ages ten and up.

Kids Review: Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs

Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs is the 2nd book in this great adventure series.

Samantha and her brother Nipper are our two main characters of this action filled story. Samantha’s uncle Paul is still missing but has left clues to his whereabouts all around the world. It all begins with the gift that he has left for Sam. Purple Sunglasses. After the kids try them out they discover all sorts of mysterious messages and clues everywhere. On the bottom of the kitchen table they even find a secret panel, with more hidden messages from Uncle Paul.

A crazy adventures starts that takes the kids all across the world. It could be an easy adventures, if it wouldn’t be for the “SUN”, a group of evil clowns that are also trying to find Uncle Paul, to steal secret information. Sam and her brother have to hurry and the first to find their uncle.

I give this book 4 1/2 stars. It was a very mysterious and adventure filled book. Sometimes it was a little confusing because of many plot twists, that I had trouble following the main story. I really enjoyed the book and I can’t wait for the 3rd book from this series. I would recommend this books for girls and boys alike, 8 and up !