New kid moves to town, and finds out an elderly woman was murdered in his house. After making friends with the weird kid next door, they both decide t...moreNew kid moves to town, and finds out an elderly woman was murdered in his house. After making friends with the weird kid next door, they both decide to solve the murder mystery, and locate a fortune in hidden money.
Caroline is a nine-year-old, girl, growing up on the shores of Lake Ontario during the War of 1812. One morning she is on her father's ship, when Brit...moreCaroline is a nine-year-old, girl, growing up on the shores of Lake Ontario during the War of 1812. One morning she is on her father's ship, when British soldiers attack. After the soldiers kidnap her father, and nephew, Caroline returns home with the bad news for her mother. As the weeks pass, they must learn how to command her father's shipyard without him.
I read the original American Girls books when I was little. I'm glad they're still in print, and more stories are being added.(less)
Blackbird House is a small farm nestled near Cape Cod that Captain John Hadley built for his wife, Coral in the mid-1700's. One day, against her wishe...moreBlackbird House is a small farm nestled near Cape Cod that Captain John Hadley built for his wife, Coral in the mid-1700's. One day, against her wishes, John takes his young boys out to sea. They all drown but one. The youngest boy's pet blackbird flies home, changed solid white from the storm. A series of events follow the next generations of residents, starting after the American Revolution, to present day.
There are some parts of this book I liked. Ms. Hoffman does have a fantastic imagination, but some are slow, and boring. I wished she would have elaborated more on her characters, instead of just ending their story, and moving on to the next resident of the house. Still a good, short read.(less)
Vahan is the twelve-year-old son of one of Turkey's wealthiest families. One day, his life of privilege comes crashing down when his father is arreste...moreVahan is the twelve-year-old son of one of Turkey's wealthiest families. One day, his life of privilege comes crashing down when his father is arrested, and never returns home. A short time later, his servant kills himself, and his uncle is murdered. Then, soldiers appear at their front door, and after killing Vahan's two brothers, the family is forced to leave their home and become prisoners.
What happens next is astounding, terrifying, and horrific as Vahan is forced to escape the army, watch his family being killed off one by one, and his town being overrun by the enemy.
During the next two years, Vahan is escaping narrow death, over and over. Running from one hiding place to another. I had to remember he is only twelve-thirteen in this story. I doubt many boys today would have his courage.
In conclusion, this book was really good! I finished it in one day. The story also reads quickly. I must admit, I knew nothing about the Armenian genocide before picking up this book. The author does a fantastic job of writing one boy's horrible journey. Highly recommend. (less)
**spoiler alert** OK- This book started out promising. Madeline and Rogan are: best friends, first cousins, and have a passion for the theater. They al...more**spoiler alert** OK- This book started out promising. Madeline and Rogan are: best friends, first cousins, and have a passion for the theater. They also happen to be lovers, and they don't care what their family says.
For the first part of this book, it read really well. I enjoyed Rogan's sophisticated character, and his, "I don't give a f--- attitude." Then, this book started going downhill after Rogan and Madeline get roles in their school's production of, Twelfth Night. Rogan's character begins to change. He turns into a drug addict, and doesn't seem to care about Madeline anymore. At the end of the book we find out why. Madeline is forced to leave her school, and move to England with her rich, eccentric aunt to pursue acting.
As for the end of the book, there is none. It just ends. We don't find out what will eventually happen to Rogan and Madeline. Another reviewer suggested that Madeline might have been dreaming the entire time. That is a possibility. I wish the author would write a sequel. I honestly expected more from her characters. (less)
Ms. Grout has written an amazing book on LOA. I have been following this since The Secret came out in 2006. What separates her book from the others ar...moreMs. Grout has written an amazing book on LOA. I have been following this since The Secret came out in 2006. What separates her book from the others are these easy to follow experiments that prove that The Universe is really shaped by our thoughts. Every single experiment in this book worked for me. Here are my results:
Experiment One: (Results) My boss bought my lunch today. I also had to pick up my brother from his work at Applebee's. His manager wanted him to stay an extra hour, and I guess he felt sorry that I had to wait, so he kept sending me free chips, salsa, drinks, and a side salad.
Experiment Two: (Results) I just happened to look out my kitchen window while cleaning dishes, and saw a sunset yellow VW coming down the road. While at my mother's house, I saw many yellow butterflies while tending her vegetable garden.
Experiment Three: Like Joan Crawford said, "No wire hangers ever!" I don't have any in my house. I'll pick some up next time I'm at work, and try the experiment.
Experiment Four: I decided to manifest something easy, yet difficult at the same time. I wanted to see a red rose. I guess I need to clarify to the Universe that I wanted a physical red rose because that night I turned on the TV to watch Married With Children, and I saw AL wearing a giant red rose in his tuxedo button. I'm still counting that.
Experiment Five: (Results) I really wish to take a vacation to Washington D.C. in October. I asked God if this was a good idea, and if he would help me along the way. That afternoon at work, I'm sitting at my desk, when all of a sudden (literally out of no where) my co-worker turns to me and says, "I hate how there are absolutely no good Mexican restaurants in D.C. Being from Texas, this is difficult." I just stared at her in confusion. I never brought up my trip to D.C. It was like she read my mind. That night, I logged into Tumblr, and all that kept showing up on my dashboard were photos of cherry blossoms and Washington D.C.
Experiment Six: (Results) I tried the experiment where I linked my fingers together. I noticed that when I told the truth my fingers stayed firmly linked, and when I lied they broke apart. You have to try the experiment yourself to understand what I'm talking about.
Experiment Seven: (Results) I lost a few pds of water weight by blessing my food, and praying before I ate.
Experiment Eight: (Results) Back to my D.C. trip. I really want to go, so I asked The Universe, "If you really want me to go to D.C., then you will send me an unexpected e-mail from my ex." That night, I sent my ex good vibes, and when I finished, I heard a voice in my head saying, "Check your hotmail tomorrow." Now, I haven't checked my hotmail since last year. I totally forgot I had it. Confident that an email from my ex would be there, I went to sleep. When I awoke the next morning, I logged into my hotmail account, and skipped over 500+ emails. I was getting frustrated because I couldn't see anything from my ex. At the very bottom, I saw an email from April. The subject line looked like spam, but I opened it anyway. I found a letter from a woman who found my official blog and was writing me for info on my famous cousin. One of the reasons why I wish to visit D.C. is because I happen to be related to quite a famous FBI member, and I want to see his grave and former house. The email I read from the woman stated that she wanted info for a report she is doing in college. I was excited. I may not have gotten an email from my ex, but I got something that tied into my D.C. trip.
Experiment Nine: (Result) As of today, I'm still working on it. I love performing random acts of kindness.
After reading the book, I returned to Amazon to write my review. I'm shocked that a lot of these experiments didn't work on some of these reviewers. One reviewer even stated that the book was difficult and "Over his head." Hardly. The author is hilarious and her explanations on science are extremely easy that a 1st grader could understand them. I highly recommend this book. I'm returning to read it tonight.
(This review is also linked to my Amazon account.) (less)
Maggie is a trouble teenager who is sent to live with her two eccentric old aunts in an old boarding school. Upon arriving, she meets her crazy Uncle...moreMaggie is a trouble teenager who is sent to live with her two eccentric old aunts in an old boarding school. Upon arriving, she meets her crazy Uncle Morris, who is the only one who seems to care about her. Her two aunts ignore her, criticize her, and belittle her. When she goes off to school, the students and teacher also treat her with disdain.
One day, she begins to hear voices calling her name. At first she is scared, but then she begins to trust them. After weeks, Maggie follows the voices up to the attic, and discovers a hidden room behind the wall. She stumbles across two china dolls that seem to move and talk. Scared, Maggie runs off. Later on she returns, and begins to talk to the dolls. As time passes, the dolls begin to change her. She gains weight, and self-confidence. Her two aunts believe they're the cause of Maggie's change, and decide to throw her a party. On the day of the party, something tragic happens.
I really enjoyed this book, and wondered why the two dolls decided to talk to Maggie and no one else. The surprise at the end threw me. Wonderful ending. (less)