This author makes me wish that I knew more about the stories and myths of Asia. And now she has me looking up local places where I can get bubble teaThis author makes me wish that I knew more about the stories and myths of Asia. And now she has me looking up local places where I can get bubble tea and wax apples. This book would be an amazing book club book for girls and boys fourth grade on up. I could just imagine how wonderful the spread would be and how easy activities would be the plan. This is a great book that teachers could read out loud and combine with learning different cultural norms.
This book really does make it fun and easy to plan activities around.
A fun story of grace and her sisters and how they spent a month in Taiwan. The food art classes and the languages. She learns a lot about what it means to be different in both America and in your parents homeland. Just a fun treasure of a book that I whole heartedly recommend ...more
You caught me. This is my guilty pleasure series for the summer totally adorable and a fun twist on the usual fairytale twist. The brother and sisterYou caught me. This is my guilty pleasure series for the summer totally adorable and a fun twist on the usual fairytale twist. The brother and sister team wind up in a new land and a new story Cinderella just wants to be swept away by the prince so she doesn't have to work. But when her foot gets hit with a glass slipper and swells three sizes too big for her shoes the duo will have to convince the fairy god mother that Cinderella can stand on her own two feet and be a good leader for the kingdom. Cute fun and I really want to read the third one now.
For girls and even boys as one of the main characters is the brother even if his voice isn't the one narrating third grade on up. ...more
I am lucky. I was able to read this book before it came out as an uncorrected proof. I am slightly unlucky as I have not read anything else this authoI am lucky. I was able to read this book before it came out as an uncorrected proof. I am slightly unlucky as I have not read anything else this author has put out, so I can’t really tell you how it relates or compares. Let me say this book is amazing. The setting, the characters, and the plot all of which are written in a way that really does put you in the book it does an amazing job with storytelling. The chapters change with different characters, and is done in such a clever way that you don’t feel like you are missing any of the details until you get to a point and you are like ‘AHHHHHHHHHH WHAT JUST HAPPENED WHY???’ There are a lot of characters in this book and a lot of everything that goes on. I will give you a bare bones summary as to not spoil anything. Kaz is the leader of one of the most dangerous gangs in Ketterdam. He runs gambling houses, theft rings, brothels, smuggling, and even the occasional heist. He is nicknamed Dirtyhands, there is nothing he won’t do. He has few that he trusts completely but even to them he is a mystery who doesn’t like to share all of his plans and secrets to even it if their lives are on the line. Kaz has about 30 million reasons to take his newest job, break into the world’s most secure prison and break out a scientist. He knows almost no one who has even been to the country that the prison is in, much less their high security capitol city, much less the prison where they would keep someone as important as this scientist. He will have to gather those he trusts the most, couple it with those he needs the most to even have a chance to enter the city much less the prison, much less escape. Everyone in his crew has a reason to go, and a reason to not. Each person has their voice heard to the reader you get their history, their lives, and what pulling this off will mean for them. Kaz has his Wraith a girl a little younger than himself who he saved from a brothel, Jasper the fastest sharpshooter with an addiction, a man who would kill anyone to go back home but can he when he is labeled as a traitor to his country? He also has one of the city’s most prominent merchant’s son who has a proclivity for bombs and a Grisha a woman with powers over emotions a flair for language and has betrayed one of the others to the point where all she wants is forgiveness and all they want to do is kill her. Having the different voices really made this story great. Each person had something to contribute to the book, and even when you felt that you knew everything you were still surprised around every corner. You were left wondering what happened when you weren’t looking. This book was amazing and I am going to have to buy it when it comes out. For teens 14 on up for both boys and girls, the changing perspective makes it so that you don’t have to worry about this being for one or the other. There is some talk about life in a brothel, nothing explicit but it’s made clear that it is not something that she ever wanted. For someone who is looking for an action adventure with a touch of magic. ...more
Extremely odd. The story was interesting just very odd. A slacker girl and a slack boy are offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to go the a brainExtremely odd. The story was interesting just very odd. A slacker girl and a slack boy are offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to go the a brain camp that all former participants are now child geniuses. Their parents jump on the chance and off they go. But there is something strange about camp. The activities are too hard how are you to play the piano if you can't even read music? How are you to do college level physics if you struggle with tenth grade algebra?
There is more to this camp than you think and it is really strange.
For seventh / eighth grade on up there is a weird wet dream panel that again was just odd. This isn't a bad graphic novel but it was really just too strange to be something you could call entertaining ...more
I'm thinking she will stop with full novels at fifty and might continue short story pop ups from there. I do enjoy this series but it's taken forty boI'm thinking she will stop with full novels at fifty and might continue short story pop ups from there. I do enjoy this series but it's taken forty books for her to stop waxing poetic about rorake and describing characters that are in literally all forty books in detail. So finally we are in the full flush of the series and it's a nice change. A woman is killing for Eve. Leaving her bff notes and bodies of people Eve had issues with in the past. It really does make you wonder how many people has Eve hit and threatened and all that.
A nice continuation of the series though I am ready for it to wrap up. ...more
I read this book as a review for work. It is an interesting mix of Harry Potter, Pokemon, and Lord of the Rings. All sort of bundled together in a stoI read this book as a review for work. It is an interesting mix of Harry Potter, Pokemon, and Lord of the Rings. All sort of bundled together in a story set for fifth grade on up and told in a way that makes it very clear this is the first in the series and that there is a lot of info dumping that happens. Instead of letting you discover the world you meet people who are like 'hey here is how the magic system works'. Or 'hello here is basic history and social norms'.
Overall a cute story and one that I hope will have a stronger plot based second book with less info dumps. For fifth grade on up, mostly towards boys but I think both would enjoy.
A young boy finds a scroll and summons a demon he makes his way to a school where he will be trained to use his demon and magic to help fight against orcs. There is a clear discrepancy in how the nobles are treated verses the peasants at the school though it isn't really supported by the teachers. He befriends a dwarf and an elf again who are fighting discrimination.
A little ham handed in execution but with hope that the next will be better. Also it ends on a pretty great cliff hanger. ...more
A fast little read more about grief and the power of community helping one another than about a girl who is a genius. Following the story of a geniusA fast little read more about grief and the power of community helping one another than about a girl who is a genius. Following the story of a genius girl whose parents both die in a car crash she has to overcome her grief while at the same time deal with trying to find her place in the world. She has help from an unlikely family. A strange Pollyanna feeling book that is fun light and along the same vein or at least in the same genre as out of my mind and other books that are popular now for kids.
For kids fourth grade on up who enjoyed wonder, mocking bird, and out of my mind. ...more
An interesting look at the other side of the eating disorder spectrum. Ann is overweight. Like a size bigger than her own age, and she hates herself fAn interesting look at the other side of the eating disorder spectrum. Ann is overweight. Like a size bigger than her own age, and she hates herself for it. But how do you even start to think about losing weight when people will look at you. And stare. And you can just hear their disgust and just thinking about trying to work out makes you feel shame and disgust with your body. There are people who mean well they want to help, oh it's so easy you just have to do ------ fill in the blank.
Ann has tried the diets and the shakes and the meals and the everything but when you stop doing them you haven't really fixed why you got that big to begin with and you just wind up gaining it all back and more. Her mother thinks she's helping but what does Ann's mother know about her eating disorder? She's a perfect size six and is able to stop eating and is able to only order a salad and be full.
Ann is trying to navigate being big, trying to lose weight, being sixteen, and trying to silence the voice inside her telling her that she can't.
A surprisingly relatable story and a perspective that isn't always addressed in teen books. Aimed towards girls this is a book that would be good for 12 years on up though there is an underage drinking scene that doesn't paint it in a good light. ...more