Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Found by Margaret Peterson (The Missing: Book 1)

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One of my students came into the library every day after school for about a week going crazy over this book.  So, I had to read it to see what all the fuss was about and it didn't disappoint.  I recommend this series to any readers 5th grade and up.  Plenty of action and twists and turns to keep the reader guessing what could be coming next.  I just ordered the rest of the series for my library.

Summary from goodreads.com:
Thirteen-year-old Jonah has always known that he was adopted, and he's never thought it was any big deal. Then he and a new friend, Chip, who's also adopted, begin receiving mysterious letters. The first one says, "You are one of the missing." The second one says, "Beware! They're coming back to get you."
Jonah, Chip, and Jonah's sister, Katherine, are plunged into a mystery that involves the FBI, a vast smuggling operation, an airplane that appeared out of nowhere -- and people who seem to appear and disappear at will. The kids discover they are caught in a battle between two opposing forces that want very different things for Jonah and Chip's lives.
Do Jonah and Chip have any choice in the matter? And what should they choose when both alternatives are horrifying?
With Found, Margaret Peterson Haddix begins a new series that promises to be every bit as suspenseful as her Shadow Children series -- which has sold more than 41/2 million copies -- and proves her, once again, to be a master of the page-turner.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Under Contract!!!

As of Thursday, we are officially "under contract" on this great little house on 10 acres!!!  It has a barn, a shed to park all our toys, and awesome fencing where the dogs are secure no matter where they are on the 10 acres (with the exception of one small area - that will be our first order of business!!).   We are excited and nervous at the same time.  So much to do and deadlines looming! We have worked all weekend on our current house getting it ready for appraisal and to rent.  It's going to be nothing but work, work, work for about 6 weeks but then we sit in our porch swing and look at our land and watch our pups run free!!! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

The City of Ember by DuPrau

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This is a "Hunger Games"/"The Giver" novel for the young adult reader.  I give it a 4 out of 5 for its age group.  I would recommend for 3rd grade and up.  I enjoyed it, but since the author originally intended it to be one book and not a trilogy, I'm going to stop with the first book.

Summary from goodreads.com:
 Many hundreds of years ago, the city of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival. It worked…but now the storerooms are almost out of food, crops are blighted, corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all—the lights are failing. Soon Ember could be engulfed by darkness….

But when two children, Lina and Doon, discover fragments of an ancient parchment, they begin to wonder if there could be a way out of Ember. Can they decipher the words from long ago and find a new future for everyone? Will the people of Ember listen to them?
 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

As requested...

 If you ask for more pet pics, that is something I can easily comply with! :)  Enjoy!

 







Saturday, September 13, 2014

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Riggs

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I'm not sure how I feel about this one.  I gave it a 3 out of 5 stars on goodreads.com.  It's aimed for young adult.  I would definitely say middle school and up. It is the author's debut book and the inclusion of olf vintage photographs to help tell the story was different.  I liked it ok, but it wasn't one that I just couldn't wait to get back to reading.

Summary from goodreads.com:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Country Dreamin'

I think we are making an offer on the 10 acres...probably going to be rejected because they have inflated the price way beyond its actual value.  But we can wait... :)

Monday, September 8, 2014

House Hunting Continues...

Tomorrow we look at what appears to be a cute house (from the online pictures)...I do not trust anymore until I see in person! ha!  BUT, it has a cute front porch, a barn, fencing and 5 acres with  5 more available next door...could it be the one?!?  Possibly, but the bad news is they have it WAY overpriced.  Our realtor looked up comps for the area today.  It's like $40,000 overpriced.  So, it's not looking good, but you never know until you look and try. :)  Gotta get these dogs some land! LOL!

Flush by Carl Hiaasen

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Yes, I read it in 2 days. :)  It's actually a good story.  Here's my beef with it, the audience is young adult.  It is in elementary libraries, because it's a 5th grade level book, and I wouldn't recommend to any ages below 5th grade simply because there is some questionable material in it.  A pet peeve of mine is putting cuss words in YA literature and movies.  You know your audience is kids and the bad language isn't even needed, so why include it?  This book is a good story with a great message behind it - however, if reading it with your child, get ready to come across b*stard and other cuss words, topics such as strippers, casinos, bachelor parties, divorce and more...good times! :)

Summary:
Bestselling novelist Carl Hiaasen is back with another hysterical mystery adventure for young readers, set in the Florida Keys.

You know it's going to be a rough summer when you spend Father's Day visiting your dad in the local lockup.

Noah's dad is sure that the owner of the Coral Queen casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harbor–which has made taking a dip at the local beach like swimming in a toilet. He can't prove it though, and so he decides that sinking the boat will make an effective statement. Right. The boat is pumped out and back in business within days and Noah's dad is stuck in the clink.

Now Noah is determined to succeed where his dad failed. He will prove that the Coral Queen is dumping illegally . . . somehow. His allies may not add up to much–his sister Abbey, an unreformed childhood biter; Lice Peeking, a greedy sot with poor hygiene; Shelly, a bartender and a woman scorned; and a mysterious pirate–but Noah's got a plan to flush this crook out into the open. A plan that should sink the crooked little casino, once and for all.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

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I heard correctly.  Book 2 is better than the first one!!  Yay!  We have a winner!  So, if you don't have J.K. Rowlings new series on your bookcase, go get it.  Especially if you like mystery/detective series. :)

Summary:
 
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days-as he has done before-and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.
But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives-meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.
When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before... A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, THE SILKWORM is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Not "the one"

 The place we looked at Friday had so much potential...and was almost the one.  So close.  It was the right location.  Right land.  Right price.  See that picture above.  It had a creek that ran beside it all around to the back.  Clear running water with little water falls.  Stella would have loved it!
 The land was 9 acres and had character, plus part was fenced for a horse (theirs), but we were thinking "our miniature donkey and goats." :)
 It had a barn with three good stalls...
 And, then we walked inside...about the third step in, I felt the floor "give".  With EACH step through the house, I could feel it. :(  House (from 1977) turned out to be a modular home that they had added onto.  Every wall was wood paneling with wallpaper over it.  Floor sinking and no working air conditioner.  Not the one.  So close.  The search continues...

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

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This is a mystery/detective story and was written as a debut novel for Robert Galbraith.  However, somewhere along the way, it was discovered that was a cover for J. K. Rowling.  My thoughts while reading this books were that it was a good story.  It did drag at times though, and I wish the characters had been developed a bit more.  It really seemed to find its pace towards that last third of the book.  I wouldn't say it is a MUST read, but it is a good story and if mystery is your thing, then give it a try because it is the first in a series and I hear the second one is better.  (I started it last night!)

Summary from goodreads.com:
 A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.

Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.