Thursday, February 9, 2017

Highlights Magazine

Highlights Magazine
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Leslie

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Summary: Kids' magazine.

Review: Brings back memories of my childhood, but this magazine is great. It has craft activities, jokes, fiction, non-fiction, puzzles, all in one magazine to appeal to all kids.


Search and Spot Go!

Search and Spot Go!
Author: Laura Ljungkvist
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Sue

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Summary: If you like Where’s Waldo and Walter Wick books you will love this book!  The artwork is filled with simple drawings that cover all modes of transportation. 

Review: I enjoyed looking at this book!  Some of the pages were a challenge, while other things to spot weren’t too difficult.  One of the pages even included a map maze to find a church, 2 parking lots, 1 flower garden, 1 hospital, and 1 dog run.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the “search and find” books. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Skinny



Skinny
Author: Ibi Kaslik
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Reviewer: Emily


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Summary: Holly’s older sister, Giselle, is self-destructing. Haunted by her troubled relationship with her late father, Giselle is fighting an all-consuming battle with anorexia. Once a role model and top medical student, her life is spiraling out of control.

As a track star, Holly struggles to keep her own life in balance while coping with her sister’s mental and physical deterioration. And together they are holding on for dear life.

Told from both girls’ perspectives as they narrate alternating chapters, Skinny explores love, pain, and the hunger for the acceptance that drives us all.

Review: I must admit that this book is not what I expected it to be. Given the title and synopsis, I thought the primary focus would have been Giselle’s struggle with anorexia, but in that, I was wrong. While it is a big part of the story (how could something like that not be, right?), I would say that there are much more important aspects, which makes the title slightly misleading in my view.

However, that is not to say that the book is bad. I found it refreshing to read about other facets of Giselle’s life in equal, if not greater, details than her eating disorder. One such example is her exploration into the troubled relationship she had with her late father; as well as keeping the reader turning the pages, it adds a very realistic feel to the story. It also helps the reader to understand what would push someone, a medical student, no less, towards an addiction that is so detrimental to their own health.

While on the topic of understanding Giselle, I would like to add that the medical jargon at the top of each of her chapters is brilliant. Though I did find it confusing at times (Science courses will be the death of me), it’s extremely fascinating to see her relate her emotional and psychological problems to physical issues, using a platform that she knows.

In the end, I felt that I had a pretty solid understanding of Giselle’s character. I wish that I could say the same about her sister, Holly. I am happy that the author included the perspective of a family member to someone with anorexia, but there were so many little pieces and issues (perhaps psychologically) with Holly’s character that I would have loved for the author to explore further; alas, it didn’t happen, which was disappointing. Still, it is interesting to see Holly and Giselle side-by-side; they definitely contrast each other well.

All in all, I did like this book and would recommend others to read it, especially if you know someone who is suffering from an eating disorder (or suffer from it yourself) because it gives a nice insight not only to that perspective but to the perspective of the people close to it as well.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Survival Challenge: Emergency!


Survival Challenge: Emergency!
Author: Stephanie Turnbull
Rating: 3/4 Stars
Reviewer: Denise Z.
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Summary: It's an emergency. You are in trouble. You must think to survive...From this premise this book shows the available tips and tricks that will allow you to live and thrive. Real life survival sidebars add proof to the routines, and the thrill of lost in the wild is managed towards positive outcomes. Perfect for critical thinking exercises.

Review:  This would be a fun non-fiction book for any reader who enjoys the “I Survived” series. With this book, it puts the reader into the shoes of someone who is in a crisis and lets them figure out if they could survive in an exciting way. Tips and valuable information are throughout the text, making this book a valuable read. Imagine you’re an intrepid explorer trekking on top of a cliff when the ground below you starts moving. What would you do? What to avoid, what to pursue, and what survival tools to bring are all covered for each emergency scenario. Short blurbs on those who survived a similar experience were shared. There are a lot of interesting, helpful facts for any emergency.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Frog Scientist





 The Frog Scientist
Author: Pamela S. Turner
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Reviewer: Denise Z.
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 Summary: Harvard Graduate Tyrone Hayes had a fascination with frogs and other amphibians. It was no surprise that Dr. Hayes wanted to find answers as to why so many frogs were dying all around the world. Author Pamela S. Turner takes her readers where the frogs are, as Dr. Hayes and his students study these beautiful creatures and search for answers of why the earth's frogs are in jeopardy.

Review: This book will be interesting for anyone who has a special place in their heart for frogs and our environment. Author Pamela S. Turner does an excellent job describing Dr. Hayes' scientific journey so that the reader is taken to another place. This book tells both basic and more complex understandings of frogs, our environment, and what it takes to be a scientist. Beautiful close-up pictures fill each page that supports the text. Dr. Hayes' story of how he became a scientist and the importance of encouragement is also very inspiring, especially for children who would like to become a scientist someday. Descriptions of different types of frogs studied and suggested websites, as well as bibliographical information is available towards the back of the book for students needed to write a research paper.