Author: First Book Publish:2007 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:7.3 Characters: The Marvelous Effect (Marvelous World, #1) (Marvelous World Book 1) First published: May 21st 2007Rating: 7.32 stars GoodReads:The Marvelous Effect (Marvelous World, #1) Review: Louis Proof is an Ordinary kid. He loves listening to hip Hop, racing radio controlled cars, and hanging out with his best friend, Brandon. Then a mysterious letter invites him to visit the local junkyard. There he finds a secret underground amusement park like no other in existence. This is the best day of Louis’s life. The park even has the most amazing race course for radio-controlled cars. Louis starts racing right away. It’s a close contest; he’s about to activate his nitro boost to take the lead, when… This is the worst day of Louis’s life. Without warning of reason, thirteen-year-old Louis Proof falls into a coma due to a virus of a mysterious, celestial origin. When he awakens three months later, the world that he once knew and loved is totally out of control. He will learn that his illness is connected to everything that is wrong, and its not only his responsibility but destiny to set things right. This story is…
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Author: First Book Publish:2014 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:9.2 Characters: The Tuttle Twins Learn About The Law (Tuttle Twins, #1) (Tuttle Twins Book 1) First published: April 22nd 2014Rating: 9.2 stars GoodReads:The Tuttle Twins Learn About The Law (Tuttle Twins, #1) Review: I enjoyed this book far more than I expected given my distaste for politics, mainly because of corruption. If more children grew up believing the ideas promoted in this book, governmental corruption such as “redistributing” taxes paid by workers to those who won’t work would become a thing of the past. Giving would be the province of individuals and charitable organizations with better means to determine whether a need is real. I was alone while reading, but I wanted to shout, “Yes! Truth for yo
Author: First Book Publish:1983 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.2 Characters: Anno’s Mysterious Multiplying Jar (美しい数学 Book 1) First published: June 9th 1983Rating: 8.24 stars GoodReads:Anno’s Mysterious Multiplying Jar Review: This was a pretty clever book. I would use it in my fourth and fifth grade classrooms when we are discussing multiplying, and factorials (if they do that). It gives a great visual for factorials and they can even try and do the math themselves before learning about factorials which would be a good warm up before introducing the term.
Author: First Book Publish:2012 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.7 Characters: Finding Zasha (Zasha Book 1) First published: December 31st 2012Rating: 8.72 stars GoodReads:Finding Zasha Review: In 1941 Twelve year old Ivan has to flee his home in Leningrad and joins a group of partisans. While spying on the Germans, he becomes attached to two German Shepherds. When it is time to leave, can he save both dogs and a fellow partisan who is imprisoned? This prequel to Saving Zasha is longer and would be good in the high school as well.
Author: First Book Publish:2013 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:7.1 Characters: The Gumazing Gum Girl!: Chews Your Destiny (Gumazing Gum Girl, #1) (Gumazing Gum Girl Book 1) First published: August 19th 2013Rating: 7.08 stars GoodReads:The Gumazing Gum Girl!: Chews Your Destiny (Gumazing Gum Girl, #1) Review: I’m sure that kids will love this new series. It should be especially fun for girls as most super heros are boys.
Author: First Book Publish:2014 Books in series: 4 Avg. Book Rating:8.6 Characters: The Lost Pony of Riverdale (The Riverdale Pony Stories Book 1) (The Riverdale Pony Stories Book 1) First published: January 5th 2014Rating: 8.46 stars GoodReads:The Lost Pony of Riverdale (The Riverdale Pony Stories Book 1) Review: Echt schönes Buch, aber mehr für jüngere Kids. Als Geschenk für 9-12 Jahre zum Englisch verbessern perfekt. Against all Hope (The Riverdale Pony Stories, #2) (The Riverdale Pony Stories Book 2) First published: July 30th 2014Rating: 8.9 stars GoodReads:Against all Hope (The Riverdale Pony Stories, #2) Review: I’ve always loved stories about horses and ponies but Amanda Wills’ Riverdale series has pony-related plots combined with engaging stories about the humans in Poppy’s life. In this book the plot focuses on mysterious new arrivals to the neighbourhood: Shelley Taylor and her daughter Hope. I enjoyed meeting these new characters, and although I guessed their secret rather early on I’m well above the target age range and I did enjoy seeing how Poppy dealt with it when she did figure it out. Into the Storm (The Riverdale Pony Stories Book 3) (The Riverdale Pony Stories Book 3) First published: January 7th 2015Rating: 9.04 stars…
Author: First Book Publish:1962 Books in series: 4 Avg. Book Rating:8.9 Characters: Baltimore Catechism No 4 (Baltimore Catechism Book 1) First published: October 21st 2008Rating: 8.98 stars GoodReads:Baltimore Catechism No 4 Review: The Baltimore Catechism doesn’t get the attention it deserves in the modern Church. This particular volume is not only quite slim and easily-digestible compared to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, but it’s also laid out in a very functional format that provides clear explanation and makes all subjects very easy to find. In some places, it is actually clearer concerning canon law, though does it have the same robust citation system and massive mountain of references. Baltimore Catechism Three (Baltimore Catechism Book 2) First published: March 6th 2010Rating: 8.58 stars GoodReads:Baltimore Catechism Three Review: Somewhat dated with respect to a few disciplinary and canon law questions, but otherwise an excellent manual on the Catholic Faith. Baltimore Catechism Two (Baltimore Catechism Book 3) First published: January 3rd 1962Rating: 7.5 stars GoodReads:Baltimore Catechism Two Review: Grade school kids in the 1950s used to know this by heart. Thus proving that yesterday’s school kid knew more about Catholicism than today’s adult Catholics. Baltimore Catechism One (Baltimore Catechism Book 4) First…
Author: First Book Publish:2012 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:6.3 Characters: Unexpected Daddy (Unexpected Daddies Book 1) First published: March 16th 2012Rating: 6.26 stars GoodReads:Unexpected Daddy Review: I am pained here. I REALLY debated about the 1 star. I’d really rate this 1.5 stars – there were parts I liked though and I fervently wish GR had 1/2 stars!
Author: First Book Publish:2016 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.2 Characters: ROZZUM unit 7134 aka Roz, Brightbill The Wild Robot (The Wild Robot Book 1) First published: April 4th 2016Rating: 8.18 stars GoodReads:The Wild Robot Review: Brown, Peter The Wild Robot, 276 pages. Little, Brown, 2016. $17. Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (robots being torn apart).
Author: First Book Publish:2009 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:7.2 Characters: When the Cherry Blossoms Fell: A Cherry Blossom Book (Cherry Blossom Book 1) First published: April 14th 2009Rating: 7.24 stars GoodReads:When the Cherry Blossoms Fell: A Cherry Blossom Book Review: Since childhood I have been aware of Japanese American internment camps but it never occurred to me that a similar fate befell the Japanese living in Canada during World War II. This book sheds light on that event through the experience of one Japanese-Canadian family forced to abandon their home and move inland. The story is told through the eyes of a child; that is, a child at the beginning of the story. It is also a story about the sustaining power of a unified family.