Proud – book review

January 9, 2019

Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream by Ibtihaj Mohammed Biography/Autobiography/Memoir Nonfiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Ibtihaj Muhammad describes her path to the 2016 Olympics from her childhood, where her parents encouraged all of their children to participate in sports, discovery of fencing (her mother was actually the one who saw the fencing team practicing at the high school Ibti was to attend and pushed her to…

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Welcome, Wombat – book review

December 5, 2018

Welcome, Wombat True Tales of Rescue series by Kama Einhorn Juvenile/Tween Nonfiction Wombats Animal Rescue * * * * Stars (Great!) Chance, the wombat, narrates a welcome to newly rescued “pinky” Panzer and shares wombat facts and information about the sanctuary and humans who have taken them in to raise and keep safe until such a time comes when they can return to the wild.  Details about wombat nature and…

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Smile – Read It & Rate It

April 3, 2018

Smile by Raina Telgemeier Graphic novel Nonfiction Review # 1 * * * * Stars (Great!) Very captivating.  Love the pictures.  The story is so believable.  I can so relate to her getting braces.  Her whole family is pretty much EXACTLY like mine.  CREEPY.

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Radium Girls

March 30, 2018

Radium Girls by Kate Moore Nonfiction * * * * Stars (Great!) During WWI a number of young women worked in factories as dial painters – using radium paint to illuminate the numbers and dials of wristwatches and console panels.  They did not know then that radium was harmful.  Over time, these women developed terrible and debilitating illnesses, many of which proved to be fatal.  Those that sought medical assistance…

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Quiet Girl in a Noisy World

December 22, 2017

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story by Debbie Tung Biography Graphic Novel Non-fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Debbie Tung is an introvert who likes to spend time alone with books and tea and other comforting rituals.  She gets run down quickly when she has to spend time with other people – social interactions and casual gatherings can be hard for her.  Before she learned that…

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I Have Lived a Thousand Years

December 20, 2017

I Have Lived a Thousand Years by Livia Bitton Jackson Non-Fiction Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) This book was about a young Jewish girl trying to survive the Holocaust.  It tells of the horrors that went on and gives a first-person, inside view of everything that went on while she was there with her mother.  This book reminds us of how horrible man can be.

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I Will Always Write Back

November 16, 2017

I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda (w/Liz Welch) Autobiography-Memoir Non-fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) When Caitlin was 12, she was given the opportunity to choose a pen pal from another country.  She picked Zimbabwe because it sounded “like the beginning of an adventure.”  She and her pen pal, Martin Ganda, began exchanging letters, and over the years became best friends despite the many…

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Crossing Niagara

August 11, 2017

Crossing Niagara by Matt Tavares Nonfiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Crossing Niagara is a nonfiction story about a guy named (called) Great Blondin.  He crossed Niagara on a 3 inch wide rope and never fell.  He did many tricks, including carrying a man on his back and standing on a chair.  He finally left Niagara because he felt there was nothing left to accomplish.

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How to Be a Bawse

August 11, 2017

How to Be a Bawse by Lilly Singh Nonfiction Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) Lilly gave very inspirational stories about success and become a great person.  I liked it because she helped people with anxiety and depression.  She is also very relatable.

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