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Archive for the month “April, 2013”

Stallion by Starlight

Stallion by Starlight by Mary Pope Osborne


Magic Tree House #49 features Jack and Annie heading back to ancient Greece and an adventure with Alexander the Great when he was a child and his famous stallion: Bucephalus.


So Addyson and I have been awaiting the release of this book and I went out and purchased it as soon as I heard it was on the shelves. It was a great story of history, friendship and humility.

Has a Monster under her bed

Junie B. Jones has a monster under her bed by Barbara Park

Junie B. Jones has a monster under her bed by Barbara Park

In the 8th Junie B. Jones book, Junie B. knows there’s no such thing as monsters. Mother and Daddy even said so. But then why is there monster drool on Junie B.’s pillow? Oh, no! What if Paulie Allen Puffer is right—what if she really does have a monster under her bed? If Junie B. goes to sleep, the monster might see her feet hanging down. And he might think her piggy toes are yummy little wiener sausages!

Loves Handsome Warren

Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren by Barbara Park

Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren by Barbara Park

In the 7th Junie B. Jones book, there’s a new boy in kindergarten, and guess what? He’s the handsomest guy Junie B. has ever seen. She and Lucille and that Grace all want him for a boyfriend. Only, he thinks Junie B. is a nutball. Just ’cause she couldn’t stop laughing and rolling. So how is she supposed to get that boy to love her?
This was a good book that helped me teach a lesson that I’ve been working on for a while, friends should NOT be based on outward but on inward.

Meanie Jim’s Birthday

Junie B. Jones and That Meanie Jim's Birthday

Junie B. Jones and That Meanie Jim’s Birthday

Guess who’s not invited? In the 6th Junie B. Jones book, that meanie Jim has invited everyone in Room Nine to his birthday party on Saturday—except Junie B.! Should she have her own birthday party six months early and not invite Jim? Or should she move to It’s a Small World After All in Disneyland?
This was a cute book about how to treat others when they have hurt you. I don’t necessarily like the fact that she continuously calls him, “That Jim I hate!” throughout the books but it has also allowed me to make a point to Addyson that the words you use towards others DO hurt them.

The Last Jihad

The Last Jihad by Joel C Rosenberg

The Last Jihad by Joel C Rosenberg

Jon Bennett is a top Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor. But nothing has prepared him for the terror that he will face. Saddam Hussein dispatches his top hit men to assassinate the President of the United States. Iraqi terrorists spread carnage throughout London, Paris, and Riyadh . . . and the Butcher of Baghdad has a nuclear ace in his hand that he has not yet played.

Only a solid Arab-Isreali coalition against Iraq can keep the U.S.–and other Western nations–from certain devastation. And only Bennett and his beautiful partner, Erin McCoy, can make that happen. Their secret project–a billion-dollar oil deal off the coast of Gaza–could be the basis for an historic peace treaty and enormous wealth for every Isreali and Palestinian. But just before a treaty can be signed, Isreali commandos foil an Iraqi Scud missile launch, recovering a nuclear warhead and evidence that the next attack will level Washington, New York and Tel Aviv.

Now, the Isreali Prime Minister gives the American President an ultimatum: Melt down Baghdad within one hour . . . or Israel will do it herself. From Jerusalem, Bennett and McCoy must summon all their stealth and savvy to save themselves–and the world–from absolute destruction.


WOW!!! What a great book and I’ve already started the next one of the series. Great recommendation by my Father-in-law! Thanks Papa!

Yucky Blucky Fruitcake

Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake by Barbara Park

Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake by Barbara Park

“I’m the bestest winner in the world!” In the 5th Junie B. Jones book, it’s Carnival Night, and Lucille has already won a box of fluffy cupcakes with sprinkles on them. But when Junie B. wins the Cake Walk, she chooses the bestest cake of all—the one wrapped in sparkly aluminum foil. How was she to know it was a lethal weapon?
Wow, this one was packed with good lessons:
1. Respect your parents. There were numerous times throughout this story that Junie B. disrespected or disobeyed her parents and man did she learn a lesson.
2. Winning does not always mean you are the winner. Even when Junie B. won the cake walk she was not a winner because she didn’t listen and therefore got a BAD prize.
3. Friendship is more important that winning.

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