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Book #30: Time Jumpers

In order of my favorite Brandon Mull series, #1 The Beyonders, #2 Fablehaven, #3 The Candy Shop Wars, #4 Five Kingdoms.  I know, it’s sacrilege not to have Fablehaven as #1, but that’s just how much I love The Beyonders series.  Having Five Kingdoms at the bottom of the list doesn’t imply that it’s bad, just not my favorite.  It was definitely fun to read aloud as a family each book as

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Book #29: Zombie Kid

The things we do for our kids, right?  Like reading Zombie Kid by J. Scott Savage out loud to them because their older sister picked a “girly” book.  No offense to Savage, who impressed me at the LTUE conference, because I’m sure his other less bathroom-humor-oriented books are excellent.  This one tested my patience. Despite the gross-out jokes and general prepubescent-boys-being-them

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Book #28: Penny from Heaven

My 11-year-old wanted to read Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm for her book club.  Actually, she went to the book club without reading it, got excited by the discussion, then asked me to read it aloud to her.  I’ll admit, I wasn’t super excited about it.  My daughter couldn’t remember most of the details and the blurb on the book didn’t draw me in, but I promised and we went ahead.

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Book #25: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham is very familiar to me as this was my third time reading it.  I needed to read it for an online class I was taking and decided for this time around, I’d read it aloud to my 11- and 8-year-old kids.  I wondered what they would think, considering the advanced vocabulary about navigation, math and sailing, but they didn’t mind.  They loved it.  That

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Book #20: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

I’ll admit that my only knowledge of this book was based on the Disney movie, The Secret of NIMH, and I hardly remember anything from that.  Only that it was like a horror movie done Disney-style.  Out of curiosity, I checked the description of reviews of the movie on, and though it follows the same plot, it’s not the same as what I read aloud to my 11-year-old and 8

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Book #15: Stories of Beowulf

I know, you’re probably thinking, “She read Beowulf?  WHY??”  Aside from excerpts in college, I’ve never read Beowulf.  I always thought it was interesting, but never read the whole thing.  On impulse, I got a copy of Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall, curious to see what my kids would think of it. Marshall simplifies and cuts through the old English, but sin

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Book #13: I’m Just No Good at Rhyming

Oh man, two funny books in a row.  And funny poetry?  It’s like dessert!  What did I do to deserve such a delight? I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups by Chris Harris and illustrated by Lane Smith was pure fun.  It’s mischievous and surprising, like the poem that give it the title.  My kids and I just died reading it out loud.  I

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Book #10: The Indian in the Cupboard

Nostalgia dictates a lot of the books I choose to read aloud to my kids and this book is a prime example of it.  Oddly enough, my library didn’t have a copy of it.  Is it because of it’s outdated title?  Or no one reads it any more or remembers reading it?  No idea.  But the first book in Lynne Reid Banks’ books about Omri and his magic key are worth reading. Originally published in

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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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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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