Tag: History

Book Review: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Book Review: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: Hatchet Author: Gary Paulsen Series: Brian’s Saga #1 Published: November 1986 Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers Pages: 186 From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 8/10 I first read Gary Paulsen’s survival novel Hatchet back in fifth grade, I think, when we were starting out our real chapter book reading and discovering …

Girl on Fire: Happy anniversary

Girl on Fire: Happy anniversary

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+Linkedin[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 20, 2015] Today is Aug. 20. Historical events for today include: • the American Civil War ended in 1866, • NASA launched Voyager 2 into space in 1977, • in 1988, a ceasefire was agreed upon after almost eight years of fighting in the Iran-Iraq War, Share …

Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Book Review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: The Lightning Thief Author: Rick Riordan Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1 Published: July 2005 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Pages: From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 8/10 Recently, I’ve been reading so much literature written specifically for children and young adults I’m surprised my brain hasn’t melted a little. But, to be honest, I am …

Book Review: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien

Book Review: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: The Fellowship of the Ring Author: J.R.R. Tolkien Series: Lord of the Rings #1 and #2 Published: 1954 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Pages: From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 8/10 I love the Lord of the Rings. I’m so much of a nerd that last month at a bar in Des Moines a guy …

Book Review: World War Z by Max Brooks

Book Review: World War Z by Max Brooks

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: World War Z Author: Max Brooks Published: 2006 Publisher: Crown Publishing Group Pages: 342 From: Walmart Rating: 8/10 When I first picked up Max Brooks’ novel World War Z from Walmart, I immediately thought of sitting in a dark movie theater, watching Brad Pitt run from a flood of zombies with his family. I …

Book Review: The Blessing Stone by Barbara Wood

Book Review: The Blessing Stone by Barbara Wood

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: The Blessing Stone Author: Barbara Wood Published: 2004 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffith Pages: 464 From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 8/10 The first time I read Barbara Wood’s epic novel The Blessing Stone, I had kidnapped it from my aunt Kathy Vonnahme one holiday weekend, and finished it before we left Sunday. Needless to …

Book Review: The Wave by Todd Strasser

Book Review: The Wave by Todd Strasser

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: The Wave Author: Todd Strasser Published: 1981 Publisher: Dell Pages: 144 From: Barnes and Noble Rating: 7/10 In the 1960s, a teacher in California experimented with his high school history class to explain how the mob mentality worked during World War II and the Nazi rule. The experiment succeeded, in more ways than …

Book Review: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Book Review: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: Shadow of Night Author: Deborah Harkness Published: 2012 Publisher: Penguin Books Pages: 592 From: Walmart The “paranormal romance” is now a thing, founded in the burst of popularity in young adult books based on magic, vampirism and the supernatural. Look at Barnes and Noble, the largest book store chain in America: they even …

Book Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Book Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Share me!TwitterPinterestFacebookRedditTumblrStumbleUponemailGoogle+LinkedinTitle: A Discovery of Witches Author: Deborah Harkness Published: 2011 Publisher: Penguin Books Pages: 592 From: Walmart Rating: 8/10 In 2011 Deborah Harkness, a historian, delved into the fantastic with a story of witches, vampires, daemons, and their lives mixing with humans and each other. This story was entitled A Discovery of Witches (2011), …