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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 Secret War (Jack Blank Adventure, #2)
  • Author: Matt Myklusch
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: TCL CALL #: J MYKLUSCH M

    Chris’s Rating: 4 stars
    Following his adventures in Jack Blank and the Imagination Nation (More recently titled The Accidental Hero), Jack, who has the ability to communicate and manipulate machines, continues training while seeking a cure for the Rustov (alien robotic race seeking to rule the world) parasite inside of him, which threatens to one day turn him into the greatest super villain the cosmos has ever known. Battling super villains, fame/infamy, hiding the secret that could destroy his life while trying to save his friends, Jack enters a number of fantastical adventures as he seeks a balance between concealing the current Rustov threat to prevent public panic and stopping the enemy before it is too late.
    The Jack Blank series is likely to resonate with fans of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter, although there is less humor in these books than the former. These are not short books. While there are a few parts in the book where dialog/writing seems vague and slightly confusing, the overall story is AWESOME and you can bet I will start reading book three ASAP. Recommended for youth who like either of the above mentioned series, or simply enjoy superheroes with inner turmoil, twists and turns.
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  • How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon, #1)
  • Author: Cressida Cowell
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: TCL CALL #: J CD BOOK COWELL

    Chris’s Rating: 4 Stars
    Hiccup the Useless (son of a chief) is not your typical Viking. He is not heroic. He is not massive. Instead he sits in the shadows and tries not to be beat up by his ambitious cousin who would like nothing better than to grind what little reputation Hiccup doesn’t haveinto the ground, then make Hiccup “disappear.” The book starts with Hiccup and nine other boys preparing to catch their dragon which they must train to be initiated into the tribe, or be forever exiled. But even there Hiccup is at a loss, because the customary “Yell at it!” (the dragon, of course) is not going to help him become part of the clan….So he must find another way to train his dragon, and hope his unconventional methods can save his people when the real danger arrives.
    THOSE OF YOU WHO READ THE BOOK BECAUSE YOU LOVE THE MOVIE ARE GOING TO BE DISAPPOINTED! The two have very little in common. However, if you enjoy a creative tale with silly names and circumstances, with tough, but not bright Vikings bumbling their way through things…well this could be a book for you. Movie aside (and yes I loved the movie too) this is a humorous chapter book for 9-12 year old boys.
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