Janice H.

One-Dog Canoe

Thursday, August 19, 2010
Mary Casanova

I love stories that rhyme when the child can guess at some of the words. This is one of my favorites for 2-4 year olds - especially because it is silly and you can anticipate the disaster about to strike as more and more larger animals start piling into the canoe meant for two. A fun rhyming/anticipating story for preschoolers!

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Fat Cat

Thursday, July 1, 2010
Robin Brande

A high school junior decides her science experiment will be to live as early hominins did - no technology (cars, cell phones, etc.) and eating mainly fruites, veggies, nuts, etc.  Quite a challenge for a teen addicted to caffeine and junk food, but this science geek is determined to outshine her rival.  A fastpaced, interesting read.

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Four Christmases (DVD)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

A married couple who normally go on vacation during Christmas are forced to spend it with their families.  I enjoyed that it wasn't as predictable as most movies - an entertaining comedy.

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Need You Now (Music CD)

Thursday, June 24, 2010
Lady Antebellum
This is another cross-over group/album that I’ve been enjoying. I’ve never been a big country fan but I’ve been enjoying talented artists that can bridge between country and pop/rock – Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift and now Lady Antebellum.  You might recognize their hit single, “Need You Now".  I’ve been enjoying the whole album – hope you do too!
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The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Charity Tahmaseb

A fun chick-lit for teen girls...
Two girls (self-proclaimed as geeks), decide to try-out for the high school cheerleading squad and throw the school's social hierarchy a little haywire. They had no idea cheering & carrying pom-poms would cause such an upset among the geeks and the jocks. A fun and entertaining story.

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Gone

Sunday, November 22, 2009
Michael Grant
Everyone age 15 and older disappears one day - out of nowhere - they poof... leaving a new world filled with kids 14 and under to fend for themselves. But that's not the only strangeness going on... some of them have developed special powers. And everyone's taking sides. An adventure-filled page-turner.
 
"LOST" meets "Heroes" If you liked the Hunger Games, try this one. First book in a planned series of six.

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The Lightning Thief

Sunday, November 22, 2009
Rick Riordan
This story grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let you go until the end. A fantasy page-turner filled with lots of action, sword fights, Greek Gods, and even a betrayal. The story of a boy who find out he's a "half-blood" (his mother was mortal but his father apparently wasn't) and the quest he goes on to save the world.

Not a "new" book or series but one I finally got around to starting and it was worth it!
Recommended for Teens, avid fantasy readers & Harry Potter fans.

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The Maze of Bones (book #1 of “The 39 Clues”)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Rick Riordan
The Cahills are the most powerful family the world has ever known. Grace Cahill, the matriarch of the family, left a challenge in her will for her surviving relatives. They can either take one million dollars or the first in a series of Clues that will reveal the source of the family’s power. It’s Cahill vs. Cahill in a race to beat the competition and be the first to assemble all 39 Clues. Read The 39 Clues books to follow fourteen-year-old Amy Cahill and her eleven-year-old brother Dan as they travel the world to hunt for the Clues.” - Scholastic (www.the39clues.com)
I read the first book, The Maze of Bones and just loved it. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. It’s an action-packed scavenger hunt and full of lots of obstacles – bombs, poison, and lots of mind-bending puzzles.
Check out the website, and find out which Cahill branch you belong to: www.the39clues.com
And watch fan Whoopi Goldberg interview Gordon Korman, author of book #2 about “The 39 Clues” at:
 
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Wicked Lovely

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Melissa Marr
I really enjoyed this story – I had a hard time putting it down. It features a teenage girl who has the gift of “Sight” which means she can see the other world of fairies. Her grandmother has always warned her to stay away from them and she has - she’s always ignored them (even when they’re right in front of her) but suddenly two fairies begin to pay more attention to just her and start following her around. She notices other fairies looking at her differently and hears their whispers of her being “the one”. She needs to figure out what’s going on & quick - before her Grandmother locks her in the house and never lets her out.
If you liked Twilight, I would definitely recommend Wicked Lovely – it has fantasy, romance, and a bit of fairy tale – for Teens and “young at heart” adults.

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Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: how to calm, connect and communicate with your baby

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Tracy Hogg with Melinda Blau

Not yet having a newborn nor knowing that much about babies - I found this book fascinating. The author describes what she feels is the best way to adjust to a newborn in the home and how to go about this transition. Instead of the parents completely 100% catering to the baby or the baby completely going with the parents' schedule/life, she suggests more of a compromise and talks about mutual respect for both sides. She has a system that sounds easy to follow and adjust to your life. Five different personality types of babies are discussed including how to identify which one your baby is, how to comfort and soothe each type and what each type needs. I'm looking forward to implementing some of her strategies into my life when I get there. Right now it all sounds like information I will use or at least have in the back of my head when I go through this adjustment period.

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