August 14th, 2010

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Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

The Blurb On The Back:

Two dead bodies.

One unforgettable hero.

The beginning of a legend.


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The Verdict:

Although Lane has clearly done a lot of research on the Holmes books, for me this book is let down by a poor and deeply implausible central mystery. Also the inclusion of two American characters (including a potential love interest for Sherlock) seems more like a sop to the US market than something that adds something interesting to the original legend and certainly jars in the context of the historical period. All in all, it’s a book that didn’t quite work for me – an okay read rather than a great one.

SHERLOCK HOLMES: DEATH CLOUD was released in the United Kingdom on 4th June 2010. Thanks to Macmillan Books for the ARC.

Cross-posted to books, bookworming, cool_teen_reads and yalitlovers.
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Watership Down by Richard Adams

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A book about rabbits? I’d heard of the title but knew little of the story, other than it was about rabbits and that the film scarred a lot of kids for life in the late 70s.

A young rabbit called Fiver has a premonition about what is going to happen to the warren he lives in. Knowing that men are coming, he tells his fears to his friend Hazel and they talk to the Chief Rabbit about evacuating the place. The Chief Rabbit thinks it is nonsense so Fiver, Hazel and a few others leave the warren in search of a new home. The story charts their adventures across the downs and is engaging throughout. They meet new rabbits along the way, some are enemies, some become friends. They learn what it’s like to live and upon coming across an evil dictator rabbit called General Woundwort, they soon appreciate that to live like a wild rabbit, is to be truly free, regardless of the ever present dangers of men and eli.

The descriptions of the rabbits' surroundings are beautiful; I love the English countryside and whilst you’re reading, you can really picture the warmth of summer, smell the blooming flowers and hear the sounds of nature.

It’s fascinating and disturbing at the same time, in places in reminded me of Animal Farm by George Orwell. I can see why it’s a modern classic and it would definitely be on my top twenty classics of all time list. 8/10
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Pre-School Storytime Themes/Books Recommendations

Hi everyone!

I work at a library, and in a month, I have to start preparing the weekly Pre-School Storytime programs. I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations as to fun themes and/or books they may have come across or have used (if you work in a library/school too) for such programs. I mean, I have a basic understanding of what to expect from these programs (such as books/themes on colors, numbers, farm animals, etc.), but I was wondering if anyone had any experience going through the process of preparing a program and if there are any suggestions you could give me that might help out.

I have taken courses toward my Masters as to how to prepare a Storytelling, but I don't feel like I have the right amount of hands-on experience needed to do this on a daily basis. In other words, I'm nervous about doing things in a real-life setting. I don't want to mess up! So please, any advice helps.

Thank you!
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Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

Astrid Llewelyn is resigned to a life she feels she has little control over. Her friends are pressuring her to “go all the way” with her new boyfriend Brandt; Brandt would rather paw at her in the grass while her young charges are asleep in the house upstairs. In comparison to what her mother brings, those are the least of her problems. To say Lilith is obsessed with her failed PhD research is an understatement. She may have settled with her daughter in a Seattle suburb, working one mediocre job after another, but her convictions are strong.

The Llewelyns are descended from an ancient and powerful line of unicorn hunters; Lilith’s cryptozoological studies focus on all things unicorn, all the time. As if that wasn’t ludicrous enough—and a nightmare for her seventeen-year old daughter—Lilith’s refusal to admit defeat (unicorns do not, and never did, exist) is starting to negatively affect Astrid. She’s seeing unicorns at the edges of the woods and even now, one is running toward Brandt with its head held low and one long, wicked looking horn aiming straight for his leg…

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Or read it at my book review blog, Jawas Read, Too!