Magnum Opus: A Review of The Mysterious Benedict Society Trilogy

Many people, if not all, know the saying “Never judge a book by its cover.” A couple years ago, I had resolved never to judge a book by its cover. I was pretty sure that I had followed that rule—until now. You see, a few years ago a friend gave us a book. Unfortunately, the…

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A Wonderful Surprise: A Review of The Bronze Bow

Strangely, when I picked up The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare, I was as skeptical as when I picked up The Witch of Blackbird Pond, also by Speare—but both books wonderfully surprised me! Always trust Speare’s books to have unassuming covers and astounding contents.  The Bronze Bow is a story about a young man…

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The Six Robinson Crusoes: A Review of Swallows and Amazons

My “Aunt” Rhiannon (she’s not really my aunt, but she is so nice that I consider her one) has always told me to read this book. I finally acquired it, and have decided that “Aunt” Rhiannon made no mistake in recommending it to me. Swallows and Amazons, by Arthur Ransome, is a story about four…

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The Inside Story: A Review of Cast Two Shadows

If you live in the US, you have probably heard a lot about the War of Independence. Maybe you think it’s kind of boring: “The British fought the Settlers. Many died. The British…” However, I promise you that by reading this book, you’ll start thinking of the War of Independence in a whole new way.…

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A Mystery: The Prince or the Pauper? – A Review of The Prince and the Pauper

It’s strange that everybody knows this story but hasn’t read the book. Before I read The Prince and the Pauper, I didn’t even know that Mark Twain wrote it. I felt so bad—I owe him something! He writes great books and this one is no exception. Since you know the story, I won’t bother telling…

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A Remarkably Thought-Provoking Tale: A Review of The Witch of Blackbird Pond

When I received this book, I was not impressed by its 250 pages. I like thick novels, and this one just seemed so tediously short—but now I see my mistake. The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare, is an enthralling story about a young girl from Barbados, Kit. She travels to America to…

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An Adventure Founded on Pie: A Review of Pi in the Sky

Do you like pie? I do. Would you like to deliver pies? If you ask me, even though you probably never will, I’d say no. Too tempting. I’d eat them faster than anyone on earth… except that this story doesn’t take place on earth! Pi in the Sky, by Wendy Mass, is a story about…

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A Story About Yourself: A Review of Bridge to Terabithia

I confess that I am always excited when we receive a package from amazon. My first thought is, “Can it be a book?”, and many times, it is. The last time we received an amazon package, I found a book called Bridge to Terabithia. I eventually picked it up and started reading. Bridge to Terabithia,…

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Turn Into a Fortune Teller!: A Review of When the Tripods Came

  SEQUEL ALERT! This is the fourth of four books. Free Earth. After three books about the Earth being captive to the Masters, you open this book and the Earth is free. You don’t groan in dismay, you don’t rejoice, but you go on. Which is a good idea, considering this book is nothing like…

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