Saturday, August 3, 2013

Rounding Third, Heading Home! by David Aretha



ISBN#: 978-0-7660-3876-9
Genre: Fiction

     Jake is a 4th grade boy who plays on a Little League team in Hickory Oak, Michigan. Early in the book you find out quickly that this character has a sense of humor that most young children will enjoy. For example, the teams name is Morey’s Funeral Home and Jake makes a comment about not minding because “Morey’s Puts the ‘Fun’ in Funeral”. This same type of humor continues all the way through the book.

     His team is definitely one of the worst teams in his league. Jake has hope that things will be different this year, since they have a new coach. At their first practice they came up with a new motto - “Ya gotta believe!” 

     This book is told through Jake’s eyes. He loves baseball and he refers to many different professional baseball players throughout the book. Although I am not an avid fan of baseball, I found the information that was shared in the book interesting.


     Jake’s team is made up of a wide range of personalities. His father told him that you’re not a real ballplayer until you have a nickname. Therefore, Jake gave nicknames to all of the players on his team. He refers to them as “goofballs” so it was relatively easy to come up with names for all of them. 

      Young readers will enjoy reading about their progress through the baseball season. 


Disclosure: Enslow Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Angels in the Fire by Dann Stadler



     Angels in the Fire had me hooked from the moment I read the first page. Before I knew it, the afternoon was over, and I had finished the book. Make sure that you have a box of tissues, because it definitely will bring tears to your eyes. If you have any doubts about the miracles of God, this book definitely will cause you to reevaluate them.

     This book is a true story about Dann and Tracey Stadler who literally went through the fire. This couple survived a horrible crash caused by a drunk driver. As their story unfolds, it is evident that they survived the wreck only through the miraculous intervention of God. Their unwavering faith in God during their heartbreaking recovery was truly incredible. Even through their long, grueling, and painful recovery process, their faith in God continued to grow and stand firm.

     I cannot imagine anyone reading this book and not being touched by this riveting story. The books ends with this comment which I loved, “I do hope readers find inspiration from our story, gain insight into their own struggles and know the trails of life are but fleeting to God's abiding love."


Disclosure: Baker Publishing Group  provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Janet Evanovich Fans...Here's Something New For You!

Introducing The Heist


Think White Collar meets a dash of Ocean's Eleven plus a female character that has it together-most of the time. 

Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (writer of the Monk series) collaborate to introduce us to Kate O'Hare. As a FBI agent, she has spent the last five years tracking down Nicholas Fox. Side note: I definitely imagined him as the literary version of Neal Caffrey from White Collar. After a chain of events, O'Hare and Fox end up on the same team. Their mission is to assemble a team to take down two notorious con-men. 

This adventure leads them to travel the world, meet pirates, use grenades, use some special effects- which is all in a typical day's work. Like Evanovich's other books, this one does not disappoint. It is filled with twist and turns, memorable characters and a reader's desire to read more about the adventures of O'Hare and Fox. 

It is a perfect beach read!!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Pride & Prejudice Fans, Here Is A Book for You

How about taking a classic book and working in a murder mystery?
That is exactly what P.D James does in Death Comes to Pemberley.
James does not rewrite Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice instead she picks up where the story left off. The story starts where Elizabeth and Darcy are happily married for a few years. Jane and Bingley are content with their lives. Mr. Bennett likes to visit Pemberly often to enjoy the library. Mrs. Bennett is still Mrs. Bennett in all her glory. Lydia and Wickham are still outcasts, to some more than others in the family.

In this story, Wickham is once again creating trouble. On the way to Pemberly, Wickham and his buddy Denny leave the chaise to head for the woodlands at night. When they are found and rescued, one is found dead in the other's arms. The rest of the story unfolds what happens to the family, Pemberly and the ensuing trial. Note to readers, it is not as simple of a murder as you might think.

James does an excellent job continuing the story line and developing the characters. Never once did I find myself feeling a disconnect between Austen's original characters and James's characters. It is a fantastic read for any Pride and Prejudice fan. Also I learned there are plans to turn this book into a movie on BBC, just in case you are a fan like I am.

Beyond Heaven's Door by Max Lucado



     This book is a 30-day devotional that always begins with a scripture verse. The daily reading is relatively short. However, at the end of each daily devotional, there is a time for you to reflect on your life. The author, Max Lucado helps direct your thoughts with questions that will help you to dig deep within yourself.

    Max Lucado is a wonderful writer and his writing quickly captured my attention. I knew that this was going to be a very thought provoking devotional before I even finished reading the introduction to the book. His words seemed to flow from the pages as I read the introduction. I was totally mesmerized.

     As I progressed daily through this devotional, I was definitely challenged I lingered for days about having a heart more like Jesus.  Wouldn't you love to have a heart more like Jesus?  This was just one of the reflections that I spend hours pondering.  

     This book reminds you that this world is not our final destination.  As a believer in Christ, our next adventure will be face to face with Jesus.  It is a wonderful book that will make you look forward to what is to come. 

     My only criticism of the book was the different Bible translations that were used throughout the book.  However, I would definitely recommend this book to someone that is looking to grow in their walk with the Lord. 


Disclosure:   BookSneeze® has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.
All opinions expressed are my own.  Click here to read more details.




Thursday, March 21, 2013

Book #13 of 2013... DONE!





I know that I say that every book is GREAT... I wouldn't blog on here about a not-good-book!


But, last night I finished my 13th book of 2013 and it was GREAT.  I was literally cheering for the main character at the end, my heart was racing, and I could not wait to know how it would end for him.

The book Fat Kid Rules the World is by K.L. Going.  It's a coming of age story told by Troy, a 296 lb. teenager who struggles so much with his weight and self-image.  It's really well done and reminds me a lot of anything and everything by John Green.  If you liked Will Grayson, Will Grayson, you'll like this one too.

These books always speak to me as a teacher about the importance of teaching our students to be kind!  And even though you don't see Troy being bullied or anything like that in the book, he talks about how it's happened in such a straight forward and accepting way... it makes a girl's heart sad!

Troy's struggles with his weight and self-image are so real and true... things we all (at least, me!) think from time to time.  And then there's Curt... the homeless, druggie, unreliable, amazing guitar player who literally saves Troy's life and is a major player in the book too.

Anyway, this book had me laughing and crying and sympathizing and empathizing all at the same time.  It was a great read!  I hope you'll check it out!

:)
Christina


Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry was published in 1993. Why havent I already found this awesome author? If you read Margaret Peterson Haddixs Among the Brave series, youll enjoy this.
This is also a futuristic account of a community where everything (and I do mean everything!) is regulated. At age 12, children are given their life assignments. Jonas's assignment is The Receiver. There hasn't been one in ten years and he's frightened!

Students love this book. I had to be put on the waiting list at my school. I cant wait to read the next book The Messenger.

Try it out! Youll love it!

♥ Melly