Forget TV. Read…Aloud!

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Hello everyone! So, summer vacation is drawing to an end and there are only a few more weeks until school! Sometimes these last weeks can seem like there is nothing to do and that you just want to get back into a schedule. A lot of times the answer to most people is TV. Well lately I have found a great outlet for my time! Reading!

Now, I know your saying, “Um…I knew that” Wait! I think that reading ALOUD is more challenging and more fun and exciting. I have been reading to my siblings out loud and they are really enjoying it. It’ s better for your eyes/brain then TV is and it is actually very challenging.

You don’t know how many times I stumble over my words and sentences, how many times my sisters laugh at me because a word like “wait” turns into “wheat”…or something like that. Oh, and for you mothers reading my blog…my mom is giving me a penny a page. I just finished reading my sisters The Little House in the Big Woods. That has 238 pages in it. Hey, I just made $2.38 by reading to them! The book we are reading now is a classic Nancy Drew book (The Secret of Larkspur Lane). So, tell me if this works for you! I would love to hear about it!

Also, I’m so happy that I now have 40 “email followers” on my blog. The goal for the end of this year is 50. If you haven’t become a follower enter your email address and click the “submit” button on the right side of your screen. You will get an email when there is a new post so you can come check it out! It would be great if you could pass this around to your friends and tell them to follow as well! Thanks!

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The Ides of April (Book Review)

Author: Mary Ray

Publisher: Bethlehem Books (165 pages)

Description:

Ides of AprilHylas, a secretary slave, is living a happy life with his mother and other kind people in his master’s home. But, when one morning the master is found dead by one of his fellow slaves, everyone grows suspicious. The mother of the dead man has all the slaves taken to prison to be tortured to death, which is a custom if a slave is the murderer.  All, except one… Hylas. He knows in his heart that no slave in the house would do such a thing. So, he hides from the guards in an elderly lady’s home where he plots a way to rescue his mother and friends. He realizes that he cannot do this alone. He must call on one of his friends to help him. This could be dangerous since most people would turn him in. Slowly he realizes it will take more than just his god, Fortuna, and his other Roman friends. Through the kind old lady he learns something else. Something that will give him hope.

What I liked: I enjoyed this book immensely and highly recommend it! I know that everyone loves a good mystery once in a while, right?

Points to Consider: This book requires a higher level of reading skill and could be challenging for young readers.

Score: I give it five stars.

“Seasons – A real story of an Amish girl” (Book Review)

This book review is very special to me for several reasons…but first, read the description on the back of the book (below). When you get to the end, you’ll see why. This is a book you have to read!

Author: Elizabeth Byler Younts

Seasons“I was learning about sacrifice as my hungry little brother wanted more than his share of food. I fed him what I had, knowing there would be nothing for me.”

As the oldest in an improvised Amish family, Lydia Lee knows little more of life beyond hard work, sacrifice, and extreme hunger. Yet, even as a young girl, she strives to be content with all that God has provided.

Against the backdrop of the Great Depression, Lydia’s childhood unfolds as her family struggles to survive, finding strength from their Amish faith. But, when Tragedy strikes, that very faith is tested beyond what any child should have to endure. When all hope seems lost, Lydia is reminded that all things have seasons.

The spring of her life has been spent planting prayers in the soil of sadness and heartache . Will she see a summer of true love? Will there be harvest of happiness?

Why this book is special:

  1. I am on the cover!
  2. It’s about my great grandmother!
  3. My amazing Aunt wrote it!

If you would like to learn more about the book I have 2 links below. One to watch the book trailer (a MUST!), the other if you would like to purchase the book on Amazon.

To buy the book on Amazon, click on: SEASONS

“For Freedom” (Book Review)

Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Description: 

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Suzanne, a thirteen yearn old girl, is caught up in World War 2. She is strong and refuses to let her sorrow show, even though she has lost her best friend. Suzanne’s passion is opera and she has a beautiful voice. Although she is a regular school girl, she wants to be older to be able to perform……until, the doctor speaks to her about something that…”you can’t tell anyone Suzanne, not even your parents” and , “you can’t back out once you accept.” Once her consent is given, she wants to look like a school girl to the Nazis.  Am I  looking suspicious? Why is everybody watching me? Why are Nazis everywhere? All of these things are running through her mind. As danger increases around her, Suzanne realizes that not everyone can be trusted. Find out what she has become in, “For Freedom.”

Points to Consider: This book is a young adult book. It is very dramatic, and contains some graphic war scenes.

Score: I give it a definite 5 stars.

Medallion

  • Author: Dawn L. Watkins
  • Publisher: JourneyFourth

Description: This story is about a boy named Trave, an orphaned prince. His uncle, who is now King, is selfish and self centered. Because he does not want Trave to become king, he does not allow him to learn to ride a horse or learn anything a prince should know.  Trave thinks he is prepared to be the next King since he is the rightful ruler. When a King from the land of Kapnos, a close friend of his father, comes to warn them of an evil plot crafted by the nation of Sarda against their city, Gadalla, his uncle pays little heed to the warning. From this kind and humble King, arrogant Trave finds out about the medallion. It was given to some soldiers from Trave’s father with instructions to give it to him when they thought he deserved to become King. All he has to do is pass a test of character, find the medallion and save Gadalla to become king. But he has to learn a big lesson first. Find out if Trave proves himself worthy to become king. If you have any questions I will be glad to answer them!!!!! 🙂

What I Like: It was an amazing book. I liked the drama and suspense!!!

Points to Consider: It is sad at times. There are some scary things that the Sardan ruler does. Fit for ages 9 and up.

Score: 5 stars

Calico Bush

  • Author: Rachel Field
  • Publisher: Aladdin

Description: Marguerite is a “bound-out girl” (which means she was promised to a family for a certain amount of years). She was purchased by the Jordan family and was promised to them until eighteen years of age. Five long years still remained. Marguerite was French, but the Jordan’s didn’t care. All they needed was someone who could work hard to help them on their way to America. When they got to their new home, it was nothing but endless hardships. There was no food, winter was coming, and the house that was supposed to be there for them was burned to the ground…by the Indians. The Indians were constant trouble and always a huge threat. Their kind neighbors thought it was foolish to stay because of the awful things the Indians had done to the last family that had lived there. When they were finally getting used to living in that wild land, Maggie, which is the name Marguerite is now called, finds something far out in a cave in the woods that changes her life forever. It brings sorrow to her heart, but the Jordan’s are not giving up. Read the book and find out what she finds in the cave and if the Jordan family will succeed.

What I Like: It was an excellent book; it shows that it was not easy to start over in a new country.

Points to Consider: They say OMG in French. There is a lot of sadness. There is some death.

Score: I give it a definite five stars!

If you have any questions about the book please don’t hesitate to ask me!!!!!

Mandie Books

  • Series: Mandie Books
  • Author: Lois Gladys Leppard
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Description: A series of mystery stories about a girl named Mandie Shaw (apprx. 11-13 years old) who lives with her Uncle John and her mother Elizabeth (her father has passed away). There is also a Mandie movie (see preview below).

What I Like: I like the main character because she is a Christian girl. Mandie loves to solve mysteries….like I do. I feel like I’m in all of the adventures with her. I will sometimes read a whole book in just one night. The Mandie movie is also good.

What I Would Improve: Nothing

Score: 5 of 5 (Highly Recommended)

The Mandie Collection, Volume 1: Mandie and the Secret Tunnel/Mandie and the Cherokee Legend/Mandie and the Ghost Bandits/Mandie and the Forbidden Attic/Mandie and the Trunk's Secret (Mandie 1-5)