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Non-Fiction Reviews: (View All)

  • Mao and Me
  • Author: Chen Jiang Hong
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: Teton Co Call No: J 951.056 Chen J
    Julia's rating: 4 stars

    I've long been intrigued with the cover of this book and its placement in the library. A book about growing up in China under Mao - for children? I wondered.

    Finally, I sat down to read this curious picture book. And, I am so pleased that I did because this thoughtful, informative and sometimes sad book serves as yet another reminder that children's literature is simply not just for kids. And, that picture books may not always be aimed at the youngest of children.

    The story, written and illustrated by Chen Jiang Hong, is a memoir about the author's life growing up before, during and after Mao's Cultural Revolution. It's a beautiful story about traditions, family and survival, while also a bracing reminder about sacrifice, survival and mortality. The illustrations are magnificent, too.

    I would recommend this book for high school students - and anyone older - interested in learning about modern Chinese history. It's a brief look but one with depth and scope.
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  • Great Big Book of Children's Games
  • Author: Debra Wise
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: J 796 Wise D.

    Kay's rating: 3.5 stars

    This is a good resource for parents, grandparents and early childhood & elementary teachers. The games included in this book will get children moving and will take them outdoors; perfect for summer time fun.
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Fiction Reviews:(View All)

  • The Sandman and the War of Dreams
  • Author: William Joyce
  • User Rating: 5
  • Review: TCL call number: J Joyce W

    Stephanie’s rating: 5 stars
    The Guardians are like the gods that young children look to for wishes to come true, for protection from all evil, and for comfort when sadness permeates the air. In book four of the series Katherine has been taken by The Nightmare King also known as Pitch, the cruelest villain that has ever been encountered by the Guardians who has been beat 3 times, but can’t seem to be overthrown! The Guardians are at a loss for words and actions. They have no idea where to even begin! Far across the sea of stars, a new guardian is awakening. Sanderson Mansnoozie, a delightful man whose realm is golden sand that is bound to make you sleepy! His mission is find Katherine and bring joy back to not just the Guardians, but all the young believers too! This is a fantastic read!
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  • H.I.V.E. Higher Institute of Villainous Education (H.I.V.E., #1)
  • Author: Mark Walden
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: TCL Call#: J WALDEN M

    Chris’s Rating – 4 stars
    Otto is a brilliant 13 year old orphan who is in control of his life and those surrounding him, at least before the threat to shut down HIS orphanage which prompts him "fix" things. Unfortunately for him, his actions have consequences when he catches the attention of evil masterminds who capture and bring him to H.I.V.E. where he will be trained to his full potential as a super villain. Unfortunately for H.I.V.E. Otto does not intend to go along with their educational program and is intent on escape with a few key friends he meets at H.I.V.E.

    This enjoyable book strikes me as a mix of Aremis Fowl (Colfer) and the Cloak Society (Kraatz). There were a few sentences where the wording was difficult to follow (seemed like mistypes), but overall it is a fun read. Sure to appeal to 9-12 year-old boys (and possibly girls) or others who enjoy books written for a middle grade audience.
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