McGurk's organization is asked to solve a lost pet mystery. Jack refuses to do this until he finds out it's part of a cat-stealing crime ring.
It seems...moreMcGurk's organization is asked to solve a lost pet mystery. Jack refuses to do this until he finds out it's part of a cat-stealing crime ring.
It seems a rather far-fetched crime to solve. I don't know as this would really happen in life. It's also a bit long. It seems that Hildick wrote some books for a younger age group and as they grew up, his later books got more detailed.
I read this to my daughter. Unlike some of his earlier books, she didn't seem too thrilled.(less)
A very good story for preteens with a good message: sometimes the people who treat you unkindly have problems of their own. If they apologize, give th...moreA very good story for preteens with a good message: sometimes the people who treat you unkindly have problems of their own. If they apologize, give them another chance. (less)
The series begins with a college student (David Rain) renting a room from a lady with a young daughter. Liz Pennykettle creates dragons that move. Her...moreThe series begins with a college student (David Rain) renting a room from a lady with a young daughter. Liz Pennykettle creates dragons that move. Her daughter, Lucy, loves squirrels and David helps her relocate a squirrel their neighbor hates. David, with the help of a dragon made by Liz, then writes a story about the squirrels.
In later books we find that David is really a world travellor with a mission to help ressurect the dragons on earth. He enlists the help of the Pennykettles, their neighbor Henry and his girlfriend- sometimes without their permission.
Ancient dragon legends, people who can change into polar bears, evil entities that enter earth from another world, dragons resurrecting, a world where thoughts create what people have and a library that saves that world are all part of this story.
The story starts off slowly but after book 2 or 3 gets very interesting. Book 6 is especially interesting, getting the first 4-star rating in the series from me.
Not as good as Harry Potter, this story nevertheless is engaging. I still have book 7 to read, so maybe i'll up the star level, if all the loose ends are resolved in a fantastic manner.(less)(less)
This is a story of a near-sighted native youth. He can't see well enough to hunt so his mother teaches him to listen closely and see things through hi...moreThis is a story of a near-sighted native youth. He can't see well enough to hunt so his mother teaches him to listen closely and see things through his ears and intelligence. On the day that all the young boys get to show their prowess with the bow and arrow and thus receive their adult name, Walnut shows his skill of being able to 'see' behind trees. He gets his adult name first, before all of his friends.
However, an adult name doesn't make him feel like a man. What will do that? He goes on a trip with an old man from the tribe and learns some secrets on his journey to manhood.
This is not an action book. There are no battle scenes, no racing across the wild west on a horse, no kidnappings. There is a rescue, though. :) The book is about a young man's feelings, actions sucesses and failures during his first few months as a 'man'.
Some of the journey with the old man confused me. The first time the man saw the beautiful scene he was on the shore of a river. The next time, he climbs down a cliff. Also how did the nearsighted boy suddenly get to see for a few minutes in this 'special' land?
This story makes you think and feel, or at least it did that for me. I,too, remember thinking when i first got to university how un-at-home i felt there and wondered how long it would be before i felt like i had grown up enough to feel like i belonged there. It happened somewhere during my undergraduate years. (less)
Jeanne lives in the woods with her grandfather until he dies. Then she is sent to an orphanage run by nuns. Jeanne is a spirited, fiesty girl who does...moreJeanne lives in the woods with her grandfather until he dies. Then she is sent to an orphanage run by nuns. Jeanne is a spirited, fiesty girl who does not fit with the nuns' ideas of what a woman is and does. She is excited when she is told she will move to Canada as that sounds more exciting than life as a nun. On board the ship, she is taught the uses of various herbs so she can be of more use in the colony as a healer. Her friend, who also came along, is slated to marry her older relative, already living in New France and who has just lost his wife and needs a mother for his children. While on board the ship, though, she falls in love with a young man. Jeanne decides to marry this girl's relative instead. She meets her new husband on her wedding day. Then she needs to learn to live with him. While the children seem eager for a new mom and the natives that live around her accept her as a friend and healer, her new husband sees her as a burden and a wimp. How she shows him who she really is and how she learns to fit in in her adopted country makes a wonderful story of hope and courage.(less)