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02Feb2018

Book #5: Number the Stars

I try to take on WWII books at a slow pace so I don’t overwhelm myself.  A few years ago I read The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and then I needed a break.  But my thirteen-year-old is studying WWII (more books on that topic to come while we work our way through them) and recommended Number the Stars by Lois Lowry for me to read.  I read it

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01Feb2018
Author
Jenny
Category
100 Book Challenge, Kids

Book #4: The City of Ember

Er, I know I’ve already read this book and even reviewed the entire series here, but since this counts toward my 100 book tally, I’m totally going to do a post about it. This time around, I read The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau to my ten-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son. They knew nothing about the story, having missed the last round when my older kids read it.  It was so delight

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12Sep2012
Author
Jenny
Category
Kids, Picture Books
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Fairy tales and retold fables

I haven't been totally inspired to write a post about children's books in quite some time.  Sure, I've gotten my hands on new Linda Ashman books, but you guys already know how crazy I am about her books.  Since I'm already talking about the dear woman, have any of you read Samantha on a Roll yet?  Or No Dogs Allowed?  We've read them so many times that I probably have them memorized.  What wa

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17Aug2012
Author
Jenny
Category
Fiction, Kids, Mystery, Young Adult
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The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict

I have reviewed every single book in Trenton Lee Stewart's series, The Mysterious Benedict Society.  That seems like overkill, really, but in this case, I don't care.  Often I won't bother to review later books in a series if I loved or hated them equal to the original.  What seems to happen with Stewart's books is that I love them just so much that I can't help but want to make people read the

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Caught up in four sentences or less

Oh my, what a summer I've had.  Between preparing for a cross-country move, driving about two thousand miles for a wedding and a vacation, moving 1700 miles away to the East Coast, frantically unpacking and getting ready for school to start, writing reviews of books has been so low on my list it nearly fell off.  But I'm back!  I'm ready to get caught up and dive into reviews!  Instead of decl

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26Aug2011
Author
Caren
Category
Kids, Mystery
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A new appreciation for Ellen Raskin

When I was in the fifth grade, I read Ellen Raskin's Figgs and Phantoms.  It stood out to me as a breath of fresh air, but I honestly couldn't tell you what it was about except thinking it was funny -- both in the odd and the ha-ha sense.  Now that I've read two more of Raskin's novels, I am convinced that I probably didn't get as much out of Figgs as I should have or it would have been more mem

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18Jul2011
Author
Caren
Category
Fantasy, Kids, Mystery
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Three series I can’t get enough of

It's been awfully quiet on the RHE front lately, thanks to big moves for both of our families.  But even though life's chaos has gotten in the way of blogging, I have been doing a lot of fun summer reading.  And I'm betting that after long days spent unpacking, Jenny has likely managed to sneak in some time late at night with a good book.  Someday, maybe we'll get to hear what has kept her sane

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02Jun2011
Author
Caren
Category
Kids, Mystery, Non-fiction, Science Fiction
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5 reviews in 5 minutes

Note to self: Don't ever make a commitment to be more diligent in writing reviews.  That will just guarantee that life will increase in pace until it becomes completely frenetic and you can barely see straight. Having recently just made a big out-of-state move, I am currently despairing that I will ever get back into any routine.  So I'm going to try something different for this post.  Revie

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06Apr2011
Author
Jenny
Category
Kids, Young Adult
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The Search for WondLa

Tony DiTerlizzi first became a household name in the kidlit world with his team project with Holly Black, a little series you might have heard of called The Spiderwick Chronicles. If you ever read it or get a chance to flip through the pages, you'll see the amazing eye candy of his illustrations.  My daughter picked up a copy of his latest book, The Search for WondLa, written and illustrated by

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18Mar2011
Author
Caren
Category
Fantasy, Fiction, Kids
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How embarrassing!

You know it's been a long time since you've posted when you go to log in and you can't remember your password for the new site. Heh heh, how embarrassing!  Through a series of circumstances that have ramped up the demands on my time, as well as drastically reduced my access to a computer, I have been a huge RedHotEyebrows slacker.  But this is my attempt at doing a whirlwind look at what I've re

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