Geography & Cultures

A True Story from the Underground Railroad - Henry's Freedom Box
A True Story from the Underground Railroad - Henry's Freedom Box

Review: Henry Brown is born a slave (he doesn't have a choice about it). After being separated from his parents he is sent to work in a tobacco factory, where the conditions. Henry then meets and falls in love with Nancy, who is also a slave. Because both of them are slaves, they have to get permission from their owner to marry - which they do. Soon they start a family together. Then their owner sells Nancy and their kids to another man far away. Henry is separated from his family once again, never... Read more

Obsidian (The Dragon Kings Book 1)
Obsidian (The Dragon Kings Book 1)

Review: Sid, is the next dragon king. He has to live as a human for 10 years. He meets a human as a dragon and they mark each other. He is in town as Sid the human and discovers there is a girl that loves all things dragons. And it's his human. The story goes as Aspen meets Sid door the first time and panics, thinking he's Marc the guy that hurt her three yrs ago. But eyes are blue not brown. She eventually trusts him and learns he's a dragon.another golden dragon is eating humans and the end of the boo... Read more

Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm
Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm

Review: I checked this book out so many times from the school library when I was little, that the librarian asked my parents to buy me a copy so that other kids could have a chance to check it out. The cats , by far, were my favorite part, especially MAX! If you know a child that likes animals, this is the book to get them!! It's fun, has great pictures, great humor, and is just my all around favorite book of my childhood! Read more

5-Minute Princess Stories (5-Minute Stories)
5-Minute Princess Stories (5-Minute Stories)

Review: The title is misleading. The stories, if read aloud, feel like an eternity...my just turned three year old gets bored of them after 5 minutes, and we are not through with the story. Also, the pictures on the cover don't match up with the pictures in the story so that's frustrating when your child wants you to read "that one," referring to a picture. Read more

Tikki Tikki Tembo
Tikki Tikki Tembo

Review: Great quality book. Very cute story for kids. Mine seem to enjoy all the different sounds that are in this story and it's funny for them even though its kind of serious material (drowning) at times. Read more

Julie of the Wolves
Julie of the Wolves

Review: I listened to the book on tape as an adult and it not only inspired and moved me, it actually challeneged me to further explore Alaska and wolves in general. A well deserved "classic" status, along with The Hatchet and other gritty young adult novels. Read more

Book 3 of the Protector of the Small Quartet
Book 3 of the Protector of the Small Quartet

Review: Even as the only girl in training to become a knight, Kel has proven herself. Now, she must learn from the biggest knight in Tortall: Lord Raoul, knight commander of the King's Own. Although practice jousting matches leave her bruised and out of breath, they prepare her for the many tournaments that she competes in. Someone always wants to beat Kel, but few people do. Eventually, she is challenged by her former teacher, Lord Wyldon. Many times, she wins, but she does lose these jousts occasional... Read more

In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness - Book 2)
In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness - Book 2)

Review: The characters in this book are sincere, deep and very funny to read about. Alanna is coragous and daring, but soft and pokable at the same time.
But, despite the really good characters and their personalities, I didn't like this book. The main character seemed bossy, rude and too eager. If you fought in a army, you woundn't jump at the occasion to fight!
But, most of all, there were some...uh...romance in this novel that scared me a little. Well, a lot. The girl dates and makes out w... Read more

First Test (Protector of the Small #1)
First Test (Protector of the Small #1)

Review: I am on book four of this series. In my opinion, it deserves to have the hype and attention given to The Hunger Games and the Harry Potter series, which is not an attempt to denigrate those wonderful stories. I've read them and they are deserving of all the attention given them. That said, let me also say that I have gained more from Protector of the Small Quartet than I have from either of the other series. In spite of the elements of magic, Tamora Pierce has created a flesh and blood charact... Read more

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness

Review: The first book of this series is the only one I've truly truly enjoyed ot be honest so far-the second was a bit shocking. But the third-well, lemme start at the beginning.
Alanna spends much of her times fighting a recessive string of battles-they seem to lap over one another and it gets little unending after awhile. In a shortening: It gets BORING folks. I enjoyed the Bazhir-they reminded me of India and the Middle East combined. But I did get a little tired of the continual spew of Alanna ... Read more

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