Children of Jubilee

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I squealed when I opened the envelope containing this book. Then I put it aside and went back to read the end of book two, Children of Refuge. I wanted to get my mind right back into the story.

This book proved to be a twisty ending to this trilogy (Children of Exile series), the world building spectacular as it always is with this author. The plot keeps rolling along at a rapid pace.

Kiandra and the other kids end up on an alien planet where they are forced to mine for some pearls that give endless energy.

I don’t think it gives too much away when I spoil the fact that aliens have some technology that can make them look and sound like humans which proves to be exciting and challenging for the kids.

All in all, it was a great conclusion to an exciting series.

Children of Jubilee by Margaret Peterson Haddix

November 6, 2018

Dragon Pearl

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Mix Science Fiction with Korean mythology and you get the Dragon Pearl. Thirteen year old Min sneaks away from her home world to investigate her older brother’s disappearance and supposed desertion from the Space Forces. She is also a fox with special powers. Most of the people in this universe have different abilities and appear as a human though they are different animals such as tigers and dragons.
Min can shape-shift into other people as well as inanimate objects. When she arrives on her brother’s ship, Min assumes the identity of a deceased cadet whose ghost wants her to find out who is responsible for his death. Min is not the only supernatural being aboard. The Space Forces, pirates, and mercenaries are all looking for the Dragon Pearl, a mythical object that can create and/or destroy worlds and it is quite the adventure!

My only complaint is that since this is the first in the series the plot drags at some points as I’m guessing that they are setting up characters for the next books in the series.

I would recommend this book for fans of fantasy, science-fiction, and mythology in grades 4 and up. You could read it aloud to interested younger kids too.

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

January 19, 2018

Please note that I received a free advance E ARC of this book from NetGalley without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

The Acadia Files: Book Two, Autumn Science

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The book so nice that I received it twice. I’ve got two copies of this what we in the home school world call a “living science” book to give away!

I’ll give one copy away on Instagram and one on Facebook. Just like the post and page. I’ll enter you twice if you share the post. We’ll draw a name on Thursday October 18 around noon Central time.

Acadia Greene is extremely curious about the outdoor world we live in and this book is a journal of both her questions and answers. The book starts with five stories of Fall and then is followed by her journal where Acadia “does science”. It’s a busy layout which usually bugs me, but the graphics are cute and the science shines through so strongly that I ended up liking it a bunch.

The science covered in this volume includes: Where do frogs go in the Winter? Time Zones, the water cycle, Why do leaves change color?, How do germs infect us? At first glance it sounds simplistic for the older end of the age range but my thirteen year old enjoyed it as the nonfiction it is. There were tidbits that he didn’t know.

The publisher puts the age range at grades 4-7, but I think younger kids will be fine with this, bringing it at more like K-3 as a read aloud and with the older range of 4-7 reading it themselves.

Even if your science list is planned consider adding this as a bedtime story or to your morning basket, I’m pretty sure it will be a hit. There is also a book one Summer Science if you want to pick that up for the end of the school year. I also heard that there is a Winter Volume in the works, but I don’t have a release date for that.

The Acadia Files: Book Two, Autumn Science by Katie Coppens

Picture Book Extravaganza

I got a bunch of picture books in the mail over the last 6 weeks. I’m desperately trying to clear the decks and so I present this ginormous combined post of reviews. Believe it or not, its harder to write picture book reviews simply because they are so short. I usually can’t write 200 words about a book with 100 words. It doesn’t mean I like them any less, I just have to be brief in my praise.

It’s Science

and fun. I love the two sizes of font so you can read the short or longer version depending on your kids attention span.

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A Snowy

Adventure starts in a cabin and continues into the woods in this wordless picture book.

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Front to Back

and back to front this adorable bedtime story lets you read it twice.

Don’t read this

from start to finish. Just like in Dr Who, time is wibbly wobbly. Best for the older end of the picture book audience.

The Improv Book

You didn’t know you needed. Damian sent me this book awhile ago and it is perfect for inspiring creativity at home or school.