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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Book Review - Teen Titans: Raven and Beast Boy HC Box Set

Teen Titans: Raven and Beast Boy HC Box Set



About the Book

Raven Roth and Garfield Logan are two regular teens...with some seriously unique lives! Author Kami Garcia and artist Gabriel Picolo's New York Times bestselling book Teen Titans: Raven is collected with its followup Teen Titans: Beast Boy in this incredible HARDCOVER box set! 

Raven and Beast Boy are an incredible team together on the Teen Titans! But who were they before they joined...and before they even met? Follow Raven Roth and Garfield Logan on their journeys through high school...and self-discovery. 

Available for the first time in hardcover format, Teen Titans: Raven and Teen Titans: Beast Boy is the box set you don't want to miss! Raven brings readers a tale of finding the strength to face who you are and learning to trust others--and yourself. Beast Boy explores self-discovery and acceptance, with a focus on the value of true friendship.

 

My Take on the Book
For anyone that loves DC Comics you will know of Raven and Beast Boy. The books really give you an inside look at both of these characters before they ever met in person. The books are wonderfully written with beautiful images throughout. The stories within the books really give you an insight that you would not have had before and you will truly come to appreciate the characters and their unique intricacies that make them heroes in their own right. These are great books that any DC Comic fan will love! 

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Book Review - DC Graphic Novels for Young Adults Box Set 1-Resist. Revolt. Rebel.

DC Graphic Novels for Young Adults Box Set 1-Resist. Revolt. Rebel.



About the Book
Three of DC's graphic novels for young adults are collected in one brand-new box set!
  • Mera: Tidebreaker
  • Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale
  • Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass
Mera: Tidebreaker explores duty, love, heroism, and freedom through the eyes of undersea royalty. Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale explores the storey of a teenage Catwoman, as she struggles to find her own identity while living on the streets of Gotham. Eisner award-winning graphic novel, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass is a tale about choices, consequences, and how a 15-year old Harleen Quinzel defines her world for herself.

This new format comes in a slipcase, and is the perfect gift for any teen reader! 

 

My Take on the Book
The three books in this series allow you to find a greater love for these amazing young women that are working to show individualism in all that they do. The books have great messages of love, identity and more. The books were beautifully illustrated and the stories were all strong with powerful examples of female heroines. As a father of daughters these are the type of books that I want my daughters to find to encourage their own self-identities. The books are ones that I loved reading and if you or your children love DC Comics or graphic novels you will love these books as well!

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Book Review - The Little Butterfly That Could

The Little Butterfly That Could



About the Book
Which way to the flowers?
That way. 200 miles.
How am I supposed to travel that far?!
You fly.
Can I take a plane?
No.
Then I'll never make it!

This comical companion to Ross Burach's The Very Impatient Caterpillar pays loving homage to every child's struggle to persist through challenges while also delivering a lighthearted lesson on butterfly migration. Remember, if at first you don't succeed, fly, fly again!

 

My Take on the Book
If you loved the very impatient caterpillar, you will love this book. It has a wonderful message that encourages kids of all ages to keep trying no matter what the odds. Will the caterpillar make it to find the other butterflies or not. The book is so much fun, with amazing images and more. 

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Book Review - Banana Fox and the Secret Sour Society

Banana Fox and the Secret Sour Society



About the Book
From Eisner Award-winning cartoonist James Kochalka comes an uproariously funny new series. Banana Fox is on the case! 

Wowie pow! 

The great detective Banana Fox is called back to duty to find a missing turtle. But the deeper he digs, the more he discovers, and it's worse than he thought! The Secret Sour Society is back, and they're mixing up a bunch of trouble. Can Banana Fox and his sidekick, Flashlight, put an end to the Secret Sour Society once and for all? 

Graphix series are ideal books for even the youngest readers. With funny, simple text, unforgettable characters, illustrations that support comprehension, and approachable story lengths, these books grow newly independent readers' confidence and turn them into lifelong book lovers! 

 

My Take on the Book
This was a funny book with some great characters that you will love! Banana Fox is quirky and funny and the book itself brings you on a fun romp into a mystery that your kids will love to read. If your child love humor and graphic novels, this is a fun book for all young readers!


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Book Review - Shoe Wars

Shoe Wars



About the Book

Readers who have devoured Captain Underpants, Wimpy Kid, and the works of Raina Telgemeier will love the high-energy, hilarious antics of the Foot family from one of the largest names in the UK.

Step up to the challenge . . . win or shoes!

Meet Ruby and Bear. Their dad has just invented the most amazing thing ever -- flying shoes! But his horrible boss Wendy Wedge knows that entering flying shoes will guarantee the Golden Shoe Award, and she will do anything to win the trophy.

Ruby and Bear must outwit a bully, infiltrate a shady company, and rescue their dad all while keeping the shoes hidden. This can only mean one thing. It's . . . shoe wars!

The brand new, laugh-out-loud, spectacular stand-alone story from multi-million copy bestselling author and illustrator Liz Pichon.



My Take on the Book
This is a fun book full of energy, humor and more. There have been so many people that have wanted to fly and now Ruby and Bear's dad has created shoes that can do just that. The issue, someone has kidnapped their dad and wants to steal these amazing shoes. This is a fun book that you will not want to set down. Full of fun characters, great images and more, this is a book you will not want to miss.  

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Book Review - We Must Not Forget: Holocaust Stories of Survival and Resistance

We Must Not Forget: Holocaust Stories of Survival and Resistance



About the Book

Sibert Honor author Deborah Hopkinson unearths the heroic stories of Jewish survivors from different countries so that we may never forget the past.

As World War II raged, millions of young Jewish people were caught up in the horrors of the Nazis' Final Solution. Many readers know of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi state's genocidal campaign against European Jews and others of so-called "inferior" races. Yet so many of the individual stories remain buried in time. Of those who endured the Holocaust, some were caught by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps, some hid right under Hitler's nose, some were separated from their parents, some chose to fight back. Against all odds, some survived. They all have stories that must be told. They all have stories we must keep safe in our collective memory.

In this thoroughly researched and passionately written narrative nonfiction for upper middle-grade readers, critically acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson allows the voices of Holocaust survivors to live on the page, recalling their persecution, survival, and resistance. Focusing on testimonies from across Germany, the Netherlands, France, and Poland, Hopkinson paints a moving and diverse portrait of the Jewish youth experience in Europe under the shadow of the Third Reich. With archival images and myriad interviews, this compelling and beautifully told addition to Holocaust history not only honors the courage of the victims, but calls young readers to action -- by reminding them that heroism begins with the ordinary, everyday feat of showing compassion toward our fellow citizens.

 

My Take on the Book
The Holocaust is not a topic that I have seen discussed to this extent in a way that young adults would fully understand, but this book does just that. It is amazingly researched and written in a way that young people can understand. The book is powerful and poignant and definitely a book that will open the eyes of anyone that reads it. The stories held within the book are stories of strength and survival. Not all of the stories will be easy to read, but they are ones that need to be read so that what happened in the Holocaust will never happen again. This is a book I highly recommend for all!

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Book Review - Separate No More: The Long Road to Brown v. Board of Education

Separate No More: The Long Road to Brown v. Board of Education



About the Book
Critically acclaimed author Lawrence Goldstone offers an affecting portrait of the road to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, which significantly shaped the United States and effectively ended segregation.

Since 1896, in the landmark outcome of Plessy v. Ferguson, the doctrine of "separate but equal" had been considered acceptable under the United States Constitution. African American and white populations were thus segregated, attending different schools, living in different neighborhoods, and even drinking from different water fountains. However, as African Americans found themselves lacking opportunity and living under the constant menace of mob violence, it was becoming increasingly apparent that segregation was not only unjust, but dangerous.

Fighting to turn the tide against racial oppression, revolutionaries rose up all over America, from Booker T. Washington to W. E. B. Du Bois. They formed coalitions of some of the greatest legal minds and activists, who carefully strategized how to combat the racist judicial system. These efforts would be rewarded in the groundbreaking cases of 1952-1954 known collectively as Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, in which the US Supreme Court would decide, once and for all, the legality of segregation -- and on which side of history the United States would stand.

In this thrilling examination of the path to Brown v. Board of Education, Constitutional law scholar Lawrence Goldstone highlights the key trials and players in the fight for integration. Written with a deft hand, this story of social justice will remind readers, young and old, of the momentousness of the segregation hearings.

 

My Take on the Book
This was an amazing book that explored the Brown v. Board of Education case in ways that young adults can understand. Beyond this though I have to say that it was also written in a way that better helped me, as an adult to understand all of the intricacies of the case as well. The book also explored the implications and outcomes that came from the decision and what happened in schools following the decision as well. This was an amazing book that will really open your eyes to this case and allow your kids to truly appreciate the long-standing ramifications from Brown v. Board of Education case.
 
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