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November 17 2011 5 17 /11 /November /2011 18:09

This is the second installment in the 'Confessions of April Grace' series.  It is told in first-person by April Grace, and tells the story of her not-so-normal everyday life.  In this book, April is starting junior high, and one of her best friends-Lottie-has started a clique and is leaving April Grace out.  Their clique is called the Lotties, but April and her other friend Melissa call them the 'Snotties'.  April does not understand where Lottie got the idea for a clique-she suspects the idea was from a visit Lottie took earlier in the year to her cousin-and finds them quite annoying.  The Lotties call April and her friend 'hicks', but April says she would much rather be a hick than be in a clique, because April finds hicks much nicer.  There is a whole lot of drama going on besides just cliques and hicks, though.  April's mother has not been acting like herself, and April is getting worried.  What's more, their pastor wants April's mom, Lily Reilly, to direct the Christmas play that year.  By the time comes for Lily to direct the play, her family is against the idea of her leading it in her condition.  Then April has the brilliant idea of having Isabel St. James direct it, because Isabel used to be an actress.  There is some conflict, though, because Isabel does not go to church, and she is very rude.  Also, at the beginning of the book, Isabel was in a car crash.  By the time the play rolls around, she has just gotten out of her cast.  To top it all off, Grandma now has two boyfriends! Yes, that's right, I said Grandma.  It really gets interesting when both of the boyfriends show up at the house at the same time.  Myra Sue, April Grace's older sister, is just as annoying as ever, and it really bugs April when Myra Sue seems to take more care of Isabel than Mama.  This is a very interesting story that I would give four and a half out of five stars.  I received this book from Book Sneeze in exchange for my honest review.

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November 17 2011 5 17 /11 /November /2011 18:04

This was a very cute book that I finished in a couple days. It is about April Grace Reilly (told in first person) and her view of life. What was going on during this point in her life was this: Grandma has a boyfriend who is big, loud, rude, and smells of Old Spice aftershave. Two new, rude, stuck-up, neighbors move in next door, in an old house that needs fixing up. Last of all, April's older sister Myra Sue in obsessed with being pretty-which is weird for April because they live on a farm. All in all, I loved this book. It was very cute, and I would recommend it to 12-16 year olds.  This is the first book in the Confessions of April Grace series.

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November 9 2011 4 09 /11 /November /2011 22:36

The Lucado Inspirational Reader is a book that I received from Booksneeze.  It really fits its title: Inspirational.  This book was a collection of writing that Max Lucado has previously written, published, and sold.  This is just a volume of his best-and I must say, it is wonderful.  The selections chosen to be in the book are very encouraging, and it made me want to tell everybody.  It classifies the selections in chapters for different topics, such as faith, church, the Bible itself, encouragement, and many others.  I have really enjoyed reading this as it is very powerfully written.  There were several times I ran to show someone else in my family a certain selection, and several different people came to mind as I read it.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone, and I would say that it makes a wonderful gift, whether it be for a birthday, holiday, or just an out-of-the-blue-God-loves-you gift.  It covers topics that include everybody, including everything from salvation to parenting.  This book was so encouraging; I cannot say enough good things about it.  Max Lucado is a christian author who has written many powerful, encouraging, best-selling books, and this is a collection of his best so you know it has to be good.

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October 15 2011 7 15 /10 /October /2011 17:01
Mara, Daughter of the Nile
by: Eloise Jarvis McGraw
 
    
      This is a wonderful book.  It is set in ancient Egypt.  Mara, a seventeen year old slave girl, is the main person.  She works for a man named Zasha.  One day, a man sees her at the market and follows her home.  He ends up buying her, and telling her she can either accept his mission to be a spy for the queen and have a chance at freedom if she survives and completes the mission, or he will re-sell her.  Mara really wants to be free, so she accepts the mission.  The queen's younger brother, who some Egyptians think should be ruling, is going to be married to a Canaanite princess, who needs an interpreter.  Mara happens to speak both languages, so she is hired.  On the ship heading there, she meets and cautiously becomes friends with another man named Sheftu.  Sheftu threatens her with her life and tells her that she will become a spy against the queen (for the queen's brother) or die.  Mara agrees.  She is now a double spy for two very dangerous men.  She does not know what to do, so she continues serving both sides.  Against her will, she finds herself falling in love with one of her masters. (whoops) It is then her serving of both sides is found out, and her life is thrown into chaos.  Read the book to find out what happens! You can buy it at Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com.  Enjoy the book!
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