Hiaassen fans, enjoy this new romp through Florida with Malley, who runs away with a disreputable older DJ to avoid being shipped off to boarding schoHiaassen fans, enjoy this new romp through Florida with Malley, who runs away with a disreputable older DJ to avoid being shipped off to boarding school. Yep, rational thinking pill needed! Her cousin Richard knows that running off with a guy she met on the Internet spells trouble and gallops off to rescue her. He is aided with a vagrant, Skink, whose apparent claim to fame is burying himself as a decoy turtle nest to capture turtle egg poachers. (You can tell his nest hill. It is the one with the breathing straw). Richard made the acquaintance with Skink inadvertently pulling out the straw. Skink, incidentally, is a former governor of Florida and has amazingly straight and white teeth for a tramp. Before Richard knows it, Skink has joined and commandeered the rescue effort, and elevating the quest to hysterical proportions. Another laugh out loud reading encounter with a zany Hiaasen character while presenting the serious contemporary issue of internet stalking and runaways.
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From the top, I have to say that coupling a concept book of distances with a common repartee between parents and children or spouses or siblings is clFrom the top, I have to say that coupling a concept book of distances with a common repartee between parents and children or spouses or siblings is clever. Particularly strong is showing items the size of the measurement. Describing a mile with the multiples of the easily measurable units was a good move. Children will love the telling of this book due to the incremental repetition throughout. The storyteller can involve the audience with large gestures and the natural invitation to join in on the refrain. I noticed that the illustrated arm reach with the correct answer is always outstretched far beyond the measurement. Having stars in an infinity formation in the final illustration was brilliant. (Yes, the pun was intended). That said, the cover could entice readers better, perhaps with two characters showing an inch and infinity, with the title smaller. I was a bit concerned about the children floating in space without protection. Could clear space helmets be added? My primary concern with the book is that the illustrations are flat and that the book itself could be larger to accommodate art better. A math teacher could use this as an introduction to a distances or infinity lesson. For now, the success of the story will lay in the hands of the storyteller. Brava on the first book, Ms Strum!
I received a request for review from Cadence Group.
This picture book story is delicious. It is the perfect melding of words and illustration to create a wonderment of a breathtaking behemoth of nature.This picture book story is delicious. It is the perfect melding of words and illustration to create a wonderment of a breathtaking behemoth of nature. The storyteller can have children hunt for the whales in the hills and clouds. But we cannot overlook the advice that is you really want to see a whale you must be alert, focused and patient. I would use it as a parable with high school students to keep them on the track of their research projects, keeping their eyes on the goal or thesis of their work. I am sure other educators would find lessons there also. Buy it. Reviewer: Joan Enders, Librarian, Robert A. Long High School http://bookbevy.wordpress.com ...more
Jonas Dolan’s point guard skills have been noticed, and if he gets his grades up to a B average, the perfect college back east will award him a scholaJonas Dolan’s point guard skills have been noticed, and if he gets his grades up to a B average, the perfect college back east will award him a scholarship. The entire family is euphoric until his dad loses his job, but they will make do somehow. Then his restaurateur uncle offers his dad a job in Seattle to help turn around a failing restaurant. Though agonizing for the entire family, feeding mouths wins out, with Jonas’s coach saying he will recommend Jonas to his new coach. To say the coach was “old school” was an understatement. But Jonas bonds with the team, and particularly an unassuming and talented forward named Levi. An older player befriends the summer gamers, invites them over for a pizza feed and girls by the pool. Levi leaves, and so does Jonas. Though talented, Levi processes school assignments slowly, and the new assistant coach, the older player from the summer party, is the new assistant coach! His offer to help Levi with homework is gratefully accepted by Jonas, as he not only has to figure out how to become important to the team, but must keep up his grades in a new school. Levi is ecstatic! With the coach’s help in 5 of his six classes, and Jonas’s help in the health class they attend together, he is feeling much more confident. Then the accident involving the head coach. Then Levi’s overnight hike with the assistant coach. Then Levi clicks off. No one can figure out what is happening to him, until Jonas finally demands an answer. Shocked by the revelation, Jonas knows he must save his friend and future victims. At least his dad loves his new job, and the team has become so excellent under the assistant coach that they go to state and win! But this is not a happily ever after story. Humiliation breeds death. Exposing a crime ruins Jonas’s future at his dream university. But the reader understands that there is always a door to an alternative destination, and Jonas takes it. This is an excellent book that could be used in a personal choices class for reading and discussing. It is sure to blossom out some latent emotions to be faced. One of Deuker’s best!...more
Lyndsay weaves another American-Shelockian tale that peeks under the vermin-infested rocks of New York of the 1850s, this time exposing a hugely succeLyndsay weaves another American-Shelockian tale that peeks under the vermin-infested rocks of New York of the 1850s, this time exposing a hugely successful slave-recovery scam. Our favorite young copper, Timothy Wilde, tenaciously puzzles through the murder of a beautiful black woman, a murder that implicates his mercurial brother Val. But the slavery ring proves dangerous and exasperating to solve. This he knows...the notorious madame who offered child prostitutes in *Gods of Gotham* has to be involved.