Roan is a student at Jedi Academy, dealing with typical school problems: bullies, bad cafeteria food, tough tests, and wondering if the girl he has aRoan is a student at Jedi Academy, dealing with typical school problems: bullies, bad cafeteria food, tough tests, and wondering if the girl he has a crush on likes him back. Of course, all of these issues have a Star Wars spin. For instance, Master Yoda bans the students from using "Holobook" because too many of them were posting negative comments about each other. Middle schoolers will have an easy time relating to sweet Roan's struggles. Amusing and charming for Star Wars fans of all ages. I still have to go back and read the first volume, but I didn't feel like I was missing any important information. There's nothing offensive or too gross in here, unless food containing eyeballs or the word "moron" really offends you. Love this author and all of his Star Wars graphic novels!...more
Roan has his heart set on going to pilot school just like his dad and brother. But when he isn't accepted, he gets an unexpected invitation from MasteRoan has his heart set on going to pilot school just like his dad and brother. But when he isn't accepted, he gets an unexpected invitation from Master Yoda to attend Jedi Academy. Soon he's making new friends, adjusting to life away from home, and learning to build a light saber. He might even learn to use the Force if he practices enough!
Star Wars has a huge following, of course, but middle school kids who aren't familiar with the movies yet will still relate to Roan's problems with bullies, tough homework assignments, and misunderstandings between friends. (I loved Master Yoda's advice: "Insecure, bullies are, hmm? Ignore them, you should. Not worth your time, they are.") Charming and entertaining, and of course the graphic novel format will be a hit with reluctant readers....more
Every time I subbed at the chldren's reference desk the past year or so, tweens asked me for Drama and Smile. So now that I'm ordering books for kidsEvery time I subbed at the chldren's reference desk the past year or so, tweens asked me for Drama and Smile. So now that I'm ordering books for kids and teens, I knew that I had to get this one on the shelves ASAP. I read Sisters on the train home the other day, and I thought it captured the awkwardness of being too young to hang with the adults and too old to hang with the kids. Also, if you've ever been trapped in a car with your siblings on a road trip, you know the pain the Raina faces in this graphic novel. This is heartwarming and sweet, illustrating in a hilarious way how one minute you can't stand your sister and the next it's you and sis against the world. ...more
Amy, a tough teen girl from a trailer park in Kansas, gets thrown into dystopian Oz by, you guessed it, a tornado. She soon learns that Dorothy and heAmy, a tough teen girl from a trailer park in Kansas, gets thrown into dystopian Oz by, you guessed it, a tornado. She soon learns that Dorothy and her pals are actually the evil ones, and the witches are the good gals. The witches train her to kill Dorothy. But can she even trust them?
It's an fun story with a cynical, relatable heroine. But it felt a bit long, like it could have been edited a lot. And just when I thought I was finally reading a stand-alone teen novel...nope, of course not. There's a cliffhanger ending that guarantees this will be another drawn-out three-book series. Sigh.
Like I said, it's a fun story and I'm sure it will have a wide appeal to fans of Wicked and the original Wizard of Oz. It'll probably be a big hit, but it just got a little tedious at times....more
I feel like I need to find some friends who have read this book ASAP so I can compare notes with them. Did they figure out the twist at the end beforeI feel like I need to find some friends who have read this book ASAP so I can compare notes with them. Did they figure out the twist at the end before I did? I always think I know the ending to books like this, Gone Girl etc., but I never guess correctly! So I guess either the writers are very clever or I am not a smart reader?
At any rate, E Lockhart is one of my fav teen authors and I think this book is her best yet. The rich, WASP-y family seems so real and creepy. The teen characters talk as teens talk and are all intriguing. The mystery is gripping, and as I said, might not be as easily solved as it first seems! Great read. I suspect it will win some awards. ...more
I wish this book had come out before I got pregnant with my son. I read so many pregnancy books that brought up more questions than answers and sent mI wish this book had come out before I got pregnant with my son. I read so many pregnancy books that brought up more questions than answers and sent me into a panic. This one reassured me because it broke things down into facts and statistics. Yes, a lot of people have criticized the author because she's not a doctor. But she doesn't claim to be a medical expert. She's an economist who examined a lot of studies on pregnancy and came up with some real numbers to answer a lot of common questions.
If you're a logical thinker, a Type A personality, a numbers person, you'll love this book. I'm enough of those things that I found the approach of this book really refreshing. A lot of books do give frustrating, vague answers that don't make a lot of sense. Doctors make you follow rules that seem ridiculous and pointless. I'm all for common sense, and the author encourages women to take this data and come to their own conclusions. We all have to think for ourselves and then make the best decisions based on the information given.
It didn't surprise me that having a glass of wine once in awhile or having a couple cups of coffee a day won't affect your baby. It annoys me so much when Americans gets all uptight about these things. Yes, don't do shots, and don't drink ten cups of coffee a day, but there's no reason to abstain completely from these things. Common sense! Don't go to extremes. Do we really need to worry about sushi? Not really. Cat litter? Not really. Gardening? Soft cheeses? Maybe, which is interesting.
Some of this information would have saved me a lot of heartache and headaches along the way. 90% of miscarriages are caused by chromosomal defects that you can't do anything about. If my doctors had told me this, maybe I wouldn't have agonized about the one I had, wondering if I had done something to cause it. They just said, "We don't really know why it happens most of the time." Thanks! Also, age does affect fertility and miscarriage rates, and there's nothing we can do about that either. I'm 35 and I can't make myself younger. But it is helpful to know that someone my age has about a 19% chance of miscarriage. I'm comfortable with that stat, especially since I have had one successful pregnancy already. I feel confident that I can have another one, even if there is a false start along the way. It also really helped me to see the breakdown of what days we're most likely to conceive. The best days are the day before and day of ovulation. The days after ovulation are really no good. Why has no one told me this before? I was always led to believe that a few days before and after were possible.
Should this be the ONLY pregnancy book that you read? No, but I think it provides a great contrast to a lot of the traditional ones. I found a lot of the information very comforting because it debunks a lot of common myths....more
I sought out this book because I was feeling a little lost on dealing with my 14MO's new habit of throwing tantrums. The Babywise book helped me whenI sought out this book because I was feeling a little lost on dealing with my 14MO's new habit of throwing tantrums. The Babywise book helped me when I was trying to establish his infant sleep patterns. This one goes into toddler naptime and eating habits, and it is helpful to know that it's normal for them to transition from two naps to one and to only eat a few bites of food during this 12-18 month period. And it goes into discipline advice too. Basically they advise parents to be proactive with discipline, meaning start teaching good habits and boundaries now so that as the kids get older and understand more, they are already headed in the right direction behavior-wise. They don't understand right and wrong right now, but if you tell them "no" in a firm tone they will listen.
These books sometimes make me feel like I'm doing everything wrong as a parent. According to this one I'm way overdue to get rid of binkie, bottle and to go on our first trip to the dentist. But I'm not a panicked newbie mom anymore, either. I know that we can go at our own pace with some things, and I can take the advice I find helpful and use it and disregard the rest. Parents can drive themselves nuts if they try to follow any baby book to the letter. But all of them have a few helpful tips if you're willing to scan through them.
This series is a little bit old-school, in a good way. Example: They say that it's better to teach kids not to touch certain things and to respect other people's belongings instead of "baby-proofing" everything. Again, baby-proofing doesn't teach them anything for the future. You can't rearrange your entire house for these little nuggets. It's impossible, and I have learned that no matter how many things you try to keep out of their reach they will find something else that they're not supposed to play with. Better to teach them what's okay to touch and what's not. ...more
Reading this helped me relive the joy, confusion, exhaustion, and madness of my son's first year. I like Lamott's goofy humor, her refusal to take anyReading this helped me relive the joy, confusion, exhaustion, and madness of my son's first year. I like Lamott's goofy humor, her refusal to take anything in life too seriously. She makes fun of herself a lot, which is good, because her reaction to her son and his girlfriend's behavior is sometimes highly irrational and self-centered. But she always redeems herself by acknowledging that she's acting crazy. She's always brutally honest and reveals herself warts and all, which makes her very relatable.
I guess I should back up and say that this is the journal of her grandson's first year. I need to back track and read Operating Instructions, her account of her son's first year. I'm sure any grandparent will relate to the overwhelming gaga love she feels for their grandchild, the frustration with her son's bad decisions as a new parent, but also the pride in seeing him grow up fast in his new role, and the wonder at seeing this tiny person grow and change so rapidly.
There is a lot of Jesus and God stuff in here because Lamott is really into her Christian church. This probably won't bother most people, but it was a bit much for me. I could relate to her striving to becoming a better person, though. We're all imperfect and sometimes selfish beings trying to overcome our bad traits.
And I have to say this is one of my favorite book covers of all time. There is nothing more adorable than a baby's foot. ...more
I picked this up to help me understand the basic teachings of Buddhism, but after reading it I feel more confused. I think the Dalai Lama gave me a heI picked this up to help me understand the basic teachings of Buddhism, but after reading it I feel more confused. I think the Dalai Lama gave me a headache. This is a collection based on talks he's given over the years, and that makes them seem kind of vague and as if he's talking in circles. I think I'd be better off with "Buddhism for Dummies" or some such thing for clueless Westerners like me!...more
Whenever I'm feeling too negative, I try to seek out a book like this to set me back on the right path. I need reminders to live in the present momentWhenever I'm feeling too negative, I try to seek out a book like this to set me back on the right path. I need reminders to live in the present moment and to enjoy the present moment as much as possible. The past is over, the future isn't here yet. So there's no point in worrying about either one. All we have is now. There is a lot of helpful advice in here about dealing with pain and suffering and negative emotions. I needed a reminder to be compassionate and to try to see things from other people's points of view. I can't pretend to really understand Buddhism, but some of the concepts have been very comforting to me.
"What you are looking for is already in you...You already are everything you are seeking. Do not try to become something else...You have God within you, so you do not have to look for God."
So although I try to remember these concepts every day, and at some moments I succeed and sometime I fail, it helps to refresh these ideas in my head from time to time. I wish I would start meditating every day like I intend to, but at least the intention is there, and I can take a few deep breaths a day to get a grip on life....more
I am a huge Lauren Graham fan and she writes just the way she talks. She's witty, silly, fun and charming. This seems to be a very autobiographical acI am a huge Lauren Graham fan and she writes just the way she talks. She's witty, silly, fun and charming. This seems to be a very autobiographical account of her her early days as a struggling actress in New York. It's not the most original plot. I could figure out the ending pretty quickly. But that didn't make it any less pleasant to read. I think one character, a rival actress who later becomes her friend, might be based on Connie Britton? I know that they were roommates in NYC. They both talked about it on Andy Cohen's show.
But anyway, this is a totally quick, fluffy, fun read. I highly recommend it!...more