Sunday, 20 August 2017

Thought for the day


Just a thought from one of the worlds great authors!

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Friday, 18 August 2017

Kerosene

Kerosene
Author: Chris Wooding
ISBN: 9781742608457
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Kerosene
Hi Everyone,

I listened to this book on my Borrowbox app.  This app is really worth getting if you don't already have it.  You connect into your local library and borrow the audio books.  Just like with your library books, there is a return date.  You have a notification that it is due back in however many days and if you don't renew it, the book returns - leaving your app - on the due date.  It is brilliant.

Anyway, about Kerosene...  I connected well with the plot, and the characters, especially Cal, Joel and Abby.

I will start with the plot.  We have a young man who is shy and one would say neglected by his family, others would say that his family dynamics are actually quite normal for the world we live in today.  Well, Abby and the girls are quite normal young ladies who play games with the boys minds, but when they muck around with Cal he discovers freedom and escape in fire - literally!  Then we have Joel who is Cal's best mate.  Joel has a few issues as he finds excitement with a new crowd, only to be drawn into the world of drugs and thugs.  Once again Cal finds a way to protect his friend - fire.  Each event connects the plot smoothly together, interlinking every character to the flames of Cal's world.  It's hard to not connect with the events when you look within each character.

So, to the characters then.  I will start with Abby so I can end with Cal.  Abby is new to the school and wants to fit in, so she connects with 'Miss Popular!!!'.  Get the idea?  Abby is twisted around the little finger of all the events of this girls high jinx.  But she starts to fall for Cal just a little too late, as Cal is catapulted out of control, just trying to stay sane.  Fire is his escape from reality of everything happening around him -  including Abby.  But really Abby is a lovely young lady just caught trying to fit in like any normal girl at any school.  Then we have Joel, looking for his place in his little world.  He got in with the wrong group of boys that lead to him trying to sell drugs, unsuccessfully.  He is an idiot!   But, a teen looking for his identity and place in the world unfortunately can often be an idiot!  Cal steps in to help him fight the dealers.  After all they have been best mates forever, isn't that what mates do?  But with fire!?? The climax of this book is brilliant as all these events and friendships come together.  At times I wanted to shake these characters and at other times I wanted to take them into my arms and fix it all for them.  They are teens/young adults and the world can be a crazy place.

Overall, this book is actually worth reading and thinking about.  I thought there was a bit language, especially at the start, that didn't need such expression to make the point.  The characters did it by themselves without the need of such expression.  Just my opinion though, you read it for yourself as it is a great story worth reading and thinking about.  We have many young ones out there, facing the things these characters did, and we all need to think of how our actions effect them.


Description:

Cal's got this thing about fire. It's nothing big at first, just lighting matches, watching matches burn, enjoying the calming effects of the flame. It helps him cope with stuff. Then he meets Abby, and things start to get out of control. She winds him up, playing with him until he thinks he might lose his sanity, and suddenly the matches just aren't enough anymore. So a plan hatches itself in Cals' mind, a plan so glorious it could set the world alight. Nothing will ever touch him again.


This was available from: Bolinda publishing, and Amazon


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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The swan and the goose

Hi Everyone,

I thought it was time for a little poetry in our day.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

The Kite Fighters

The Kite Fighters
Author: Linda Sue Park
ISBN: 978-0-547-32863-8

The Kite Fighters
Hi Everyone

This is a lovely little book.  It is part of the Sonlight Curriculum which I purchased for my children a couple of years ago.  I am now working my was across the book shelves taking a look at what I had them read.

This one is not a hard read.  It isn't even a really exciting read.  But it is a great read with plenty of talking and teaching material. It shows loads of the Korean culture which I found fascinating.  I like that the Sonlight Curriculum is broad in culture and character.  Many books dominating our bookcase are westernised culture, so when I see my children reading a broad range of cultural books it makes me a happy lady.

I like the characters.  The boys had respect for their father and culture even though the second brother resented the older brother.  This resentment was shown rather than hidden, but the culture was still respected.  The older brother showed compassion and respect for his sibling while still presenting his request to his father.  It was the father that had the most difficulty seeing change.  I actually felt for the father in many different ways as I came to understand the depth of cultural respect and influence.

I loved the little king!

Overall I enjoyed reading this.  I read it quickly and bought up many of the issues as talking points with my young ones.  They weren't reading it with me but they listened to the things that I found worthy of discussing as I read.


Description:

It's like the kite is part of him -
The part that wants to fly.

As the second son, Young-sup knows his duty: to assist his older brother, Kee-sup.  Whatever they do, Kee-sup represents the family.  He gets the privileges and responsibilities.  Young-sup gets to help.  That's the way it's always been.

Then the boys discover kite fighting.  Young-sup is good.  He's better than good.  He's better than Kee-sup.  Kee-sup's talents lie in building a kite, fashioning wood and paper to withstand any wind.  But it's Young-sup who can feel what the kite wants to do.

With the New Year Festival coming up, the boys set their sights on the kite fights.  Given their combined talents, they could win.  But tradition, through the stern voice of their father, says Kee-sup must fly the kite.  If he does, they'll surely lose. 

Kite fighting means so much to both boys, especially Young-sup, who sees a chance to prove himself.  But how do you stand up against what's always been?

 This was available from: Amazon, Fishpond and book depository


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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

City of Gold


Hi Everyone

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the first page to the last.  The opening pages grabbed me and attached me to the characters... "The sound of his thumping heartbeat was only dulled by the screeching monkeys that were performing aerial acrobatics in the tree canopy overhead.  Their rhythmic swinging from one vine to the next urged his steps forward but not with the same convincing nature as did the bullets whizzing by his head"... and that is the first paragraph!  Try reading the rest!

The plot dragged me in deeper and deeper as I travelled with them, searching for an underground city of gold.  It was quite an adventure/maze/mystery.  Not only did I venture with this group of people but I stayed in the room along side the Sophie as she struggled to gain freedom from the grips of her captives.  It was plot entwined by plot.  Characters becoming connected yet distanced.  It was fabulously written.

I loved the search for the city most of all.  The description of the underground maze was endearing, and do they find the city? (read it and find out for yourselves)  I had to maintain self control as I was tempted to skip ahead to find answers.

Overall an enjoyable read well worth picking up.

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Finding the Inca’s lost City of Gold would be the discovery of a lifetime. But failing could mean her death... 

Archaeologist Matthew Connor and his friends Cal and Robyn are finally home after a dangerous retrieval expedition in India. While they succeeded in obtaining the priceless Pandu artifact they sought, it almost cost them their lives. Still, Matthew is ready for the next adventure. Yet when new intel surfaces indicating the possible location of the legendary City of Gold, Matthew is hesitant to embark on the quest.

Not only is the evidence questionable but it means looking for the lost city of Paititi far away from where other explorers have concentrated their efforts. As appealing as making the discovery would be, it’s just too risky. But when Cal’s girlfriend, Sophie, is abducted by Matthew’s old nemesis who is dead-set on acquiring the Pandu statue, Matthew may be forced into action. Saving Sophie’s life means either breaking into the Royal Ontario Museum to steal the relic or offering up something no one in his or her right mind can refuse--the City of Gold.

Now Matthew and his two closest friends have to find a city and a treasure that have been lost for centuries. And they only have seven days to do it. As they race against the clock, they quickly discover that the streets they seek aren’t actually paved with gold, but with blood.

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Action-adventure books for the mystery lover. 
Does treasure hunting excite you? 
What about the thought of traveling the globe and exploring remote regions to uncover legends that the world has all but forgotten? 
If so, strap yourself in for an adventure with modern-day archaeologist Matthew Connor and his two closest friends. Indiana Jones meets the twenty-first century. 

 This is the perfect book series for fans of Indiana JonesLara CroftNational Treasure, and The Relic Hunter.


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About the author

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

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Monday, 7 August 2017

Pennies from heaven

Pennies From Heaven
Author: Gary Chattman
ISBN: 9781612968353
Hi Everyone

From the start, I would say it was the narration that I found the most interesting concept of this book.  It was written in third person format, but I wouldn't say it was normal third person narration by any means.  It was written as if I was being spoken to by the narrator.  For example: 'Let's not forget the diary, folks." and "Let's examine a bit.  He fell down the stairs, cracked his head maybe?...".  Now do you see my point about the narration.  Interesting perspective.  I did enjoy it though.  It was as if I was sitting in a cosy lounge being told a story by a friend.  I guess you could say, Gary Chattman became a friend as he told my a story about man who ended up back in time.

Now back in time... That was even presented a little different from the normal time travel book.  He went back in time to exactly the same apartment, but with the 'things' were different.  He had a daughter in 2016 (until an accident) and in the past he adopted a daughter.  Things fell into place as though he had always been there... in both places.  It was an interesting take on time travel.

What did impress me was all the historical events spoken of.  I was left thinking it would actually be a good school reader book.

So, over all I enjoyed this for the interesting take on narration, time travel, and history.  I don't exactly know where the author took me, from the beginning to the end of the story.  But, I did venture into the story and through different time spans.  I was left smiling and thinking.  A book is good if it leaves you thinking.


Description:

Time. What is it? We all know the answer to that question: twenty-four hours per day; each and every day of our lives. There is no rhyme-or-reason for this. But for Aaron Cohen, time wasn't exactly time. You see, one day he was a functioning man of age 32, living in 2016. Suddenly his idyllic life was interrupted when, in a sudden taxi crash, his loving wife and three-year-old daughter were taken from him. Imagine! Living the life of Riley--and the next...

He found himself in 1936. He found and adopted an Afro-American 10-year-old girl named Penny. These two would continue to live out their lives in 1936. But there was history upcoming--a war and a Holocaust. Aaron is aware of history to come. He now has two missions, and a responsibility--to prevent the destruction of six million Jews and a new life--with his daughter.


This was available from: Book depository, Amazon and Fishpond


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Friday, 4 August 2017

Henry and the hidden treasure

Henry and the hidden treasure
Author: B.C.R. Fegan
Illustrated by: Lenny Wem
ISBN: 9780995359277



Hi Everyone,

Here is another excellent book by B.C.R. Fegan... I think he is fast becoming my favourite children's book author. 

In this book, little Henry has pocket money which is his treasure.  No need for a bank, he will hide it!  But there is an issue called a little sister.  This is where the book gets interesting as the imagination of Henry comes alive. 

The illustrations highlight Henry's vision just perfect! 

I smiled all the way through this little gem as I remembered my boy a little younger than he is now. The minds of children are just like this story, well at least my children were like this when they were younger. 

I liked the ending which I probably shouldn't spoil the whole book as you should make it an asset to your book shelf.  With the year more than half way through it means Christmas will approach me quicker than I realise, but I think this book will be going onto my Christmas list for all the little ones in my life.  It is a beautifully illustrated, well thought out book.


Description:

Henry and the Hidden Treasure is an imaginative adventure a young child has in defending his pocket money against his little sister. Henry constructs elaborate defensive measures that he is sure will stand up to the clever ambitions of Lucy. Little does he know, Lucy has a few tricks of her own. With a focus on introducing children to the use of ordinal numbers, Henry and the Hidden Treasure also draws out some important qualities of being a kid - such as creativity, the value of listening to parental advice, and of course, being nice to your sister.show more

Author: B.C.R Fegan

Additional Links:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Henry-Hidden-Treasure-B-C-R-Fegan-ebook/dp/B0719JXRRT






Author website: http://www.bcrfegan.com/



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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

90 Minutes in heaven

90 Minutes in Heaven
Author Don Piper with Cecil Murphey
ISBN: 9780800759490

 
90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life

Hi Everyone,

I have wanted to read this book for a long time now.  I kept seeing it on bookshelves; I saw it on book shelf at a craft event (of all places); and it has popped up all over Goodreads. 

I downloaded it to my Kindle, probably a year ago. I have finally discovered the option of adding audio to my books on Kindle.  I am hook on this option!

So... I have been listening to '90 Minutes in Heaven' while cooking, cleaning and exercising.

It was far from what I expected.  I read 'Heaven is For Real' a long time ago and loved it, so I had in my mind that this would be similar.  I was wrong! This was more of a healing and rehabilitation journey.  Even though there was very little about the time he was dead, the events following were well worth hearing about.

He didn't glorify the situation at all.  In fact he made it sound like ....?  How do even explain the pain and emotional torment that family went through.  It is written in such away that I felt like I was watching the family.  I connected with every character in some way, mostly emotionally.  It was actually very well documented, not heaven but rather the process of getting back on ones feet after losing the ability to use the bodily features we all take for granted.

I am pleased I have finally read/listened to this book.  I got to look for a few hours, into the healing process behind an accident.  Into the events that follow a person and family for years after, long after we have forgotten an accident even happened.


Description:

When Don Piper's car collided with a semi-truck he was pronounced dead at the scene. For the next 90 minutes, he experienced the glories of heaven. Back on earth, a passing minister felt led to pray for the accident victim even though he was told Piper was dead. Miraculously, Piper came back to life, and the pleasure of heaven was replaced by a long and painful recovery. An inspiring account for people of all ages, 90 Minutes in Heaven is now poised to touch and comfort children in the same way it has offered encouragement and hope to millions of adults

This was available from: Book depository, Amazon and Fishpond


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Thursday, 27 July 2017

The boy who painted the world

The Boy Who Painted the World
Author: Melody J Bremen


Hi Everyone

I was interested in the concept behind this book, so I put my hand up to receive a copy for review.  I think it is one of the best middle grade books I have read this year!

We start with a boy left to wait for his mum (who has a few issues).  She doesn't return.  Jade takes him under her wing and he soon thinks of her like a mother.  He spends his days doing odd jobs for lunch money and pencils then spends the rest of the day drawing in box behind Burger King, while he waits for Jade to finish her days work.  They make it through by living day by day.  That is until Jade is caught shoplifting and taken away.  Indigo is left to discover the world alone. 

I really enjoyed the reality and innocence of Indigo's character.  I wanted to wrap him up and take him home.  But someone else that... an artist.  Indigo is an artist too.  They connect in an amazing way and he decides to paint the world... you will need to read to find out what this involves.   The concept is brilliant.  The writing is engaging.  The characters are unique but real. 

I connected with most of the characters in this book and quickly became a part of Indio's world.

This really is worthy of any school library's shelves.


Description:

Indigo is a boy with a dream. He spends his mornings in a refrigerator box, his afternoons shoveling snow, and his nights in the basement of a homeless shelter. But during every free moment, he draws and dreams of becoming a famous artist. His best friend Jade looks after him, but she is arrested for shoplifting and he's left all alone. With his box of pencils under his arm, he sets out on a quest to search for Jade and discovers a whole new world... full of the art he loves. His journey brings him friendship, family, and the courage to hold onto his dreams.show more


This was available from:Amazon, Book depository


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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Badjelly the witch

Badjelly the Witch
Author: Spike Milligan
ISBN: 9780753556825

Badjelly The Witch: A Fairy Story

Hi Everyone

Flash back!   I was so excited this weekend when someone shared Badjelly the Witch to me on facebook 

Now where does this excitement come from?  Well, when I was a little girl... we listened to children stories every Sunday on the radio.  This was a tradition held by most of the children in my country.  Sunday morning story time!  It was the best.  My favourite was this story and Flick the Little Fire Engine. 

Oh the memories 😊

The story is now on my Facebook  page thanks to Good Old Days NZ.  Check it out.


 Description:

Badjelly the Witch can turn children into sausages or chop them up to make boy-girl soup. She can turn policemen into apple trees or bananas into mice and she is the wickedest witch in all the world. Searching for Lucy, their cow, Tim and Rose become lost in the great black forest. There they meet Binklebonk the Tree Goblin, Mudwiggle the worm, Silly Sausage the grasshopper and Dinglemouse. When they are captured by Badjelly, it is Dinglemouse who saves them by escaping and fetching his friend Jim the Giant Eagle. A charming fairy tale which has delighted children for many years.


This was available from: Book depository Fishpond and Amazon


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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Escape from the world trade centre

Escape From The World Trade Centre
Author: Leslie Haskin

Escape from the World Trade Center
Hi Everyone

I cried my eyes out at the end of this book!  I don't think I have ever cried at a book like I did with this one.  It touched every heart string as she met up with her loved ones, it was so real.

Leslie went from what read like a very strong minded women to a state one can only read about to envision and then I am sure my mind wouldn't have given the events inside the towers any justice.  I had watch the events of that day unfold via TV.  The whole world caught it on some sort of media.  The planes, then the towers crumbling.  But what Leslie Haskin describes in this book is beyond what could have ever been broadcast by the media.  She watched the events afterwards on her TV and told of how from the inside the building was falling from the instant the plane flew through, but the she couldn't see this from the outside on her TV.

The state of mind caught in her writing is beyond words.  I sit here wondering what to write about this that can explain how I felt reading this but I just can't put it into words.  Just read it!  Take a walk through the tower with this woman, she will show you though her writing. 


This was available from Amazon: Amazon


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