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141. The Seven Checkpoints: Student
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141. The Seven Checkpoints: Student Journal
by Andy Stanley, Stuart Hall
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Asin: 1582291780
Catlog: Book (2001-04-01)
Publisher: Howard Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 195599
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A changed teen
this devotional book is amazing! my youth group is currently working through this book. i can already see the amazing things God is doing. Being part of a youth group with out a youth pastor or youth leader is hard. When a young adult stepped up with this book i was hestitant, but i can see God working through this and in us.

5-0 out of 5 stars Life Changing
This is one of the best devotinal books I ever read. It helped me to see what God wanted for me in my life. It really turned my life around.
I was so glad I bought it at my youth camp. That's where I met Stuart Hall himself (awesome goddly man to meet). He mentioned this book at the camp for those who wanted to learn more about what he talked about. (I surly did!)
This book covers everthing from the Basics to Moral Boundries, Friends, and Choices.
God really worked on me through this Book and his very own word.
I hope any and all who read this book will be abel to see God more clearly as I did.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Volunteer Youth Sponsor looks at "The Seven Checkpoints"
I am a volunteer youth sponsor for our small church and youth group. Recently, and coincidentally, our full-time youth pastor and our only other youth resource person resigned. Without full time leadership we sponsors were feeling mighty inadequate. I heard Andy Stanley on a radio talk show doing a promotion for his new book. I bought the book and found it to be not only an easy read but clearly delineated and organized for even those of us in part-time volunteer ministry. Stanley and Hall offer some unorthodox but very sensible approaches to planning and maintaining a youth group over a long period of time with a specific goal in mind. The book is so easy to follow, we have decided to adapt our curriculum to their philosophy of these seven pivotal checkpoints. I recommend this book for any struggling youth volunteers like me and for any of those in full-time ministry.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wise choice
Kids face so many difficult challenges in today's chaotic culture. Andy Stanley talks practically and from the heart to help teens to live victoriously in the middle of this generation. One especially helpful checkpoint is encouraging teens to make wise choices and showing them how. Rather than telling kids that they're making wrong choices, they can consider making the wisest choice in any situation. This builds them up rather than cutting them down. It nourishes the spirit rather than stifling them. ... Read more


142. Pictures of Hollis Woods
by PATRICIA REILLY GIFF
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Asin: 0440415780
Catlog: Book (2004-05-11)
Publisher: Yearling
Sales Rank: 30425
Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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Hollis Woods has been in so many foster homes she can hardly remember them all. She even runs away from the Regans, the one family who offers her a home.

When Hollis is sent to Josie, an elderly artist who is quirky and affectionate, she wants to stay. But Josie is growing more forgetful every day. If Social Services finds out, they’ll take Hollis away and move Josie into a home. Well, Hollis Woods won’t let anyone separate them. She’s escaped the system before; this time, she plans to take Josie with her.

Yet behind all her plans, Hollis longs for her life with the Regans, fixing each moment of her time with them in pictures she’ll never forget.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Review of "Pictures of Hollis Woods"
This book is a pretty good book. The two main characters are Hollis Woods, a twelve-year-old foster girl who was abandoned at the age of one hour, and Josie, a retired art teacher. It begins with a description with a picture entitled "X" and there are descriptions of other pictures every one or two chapters. In the story Hollis runs away from Josie to her last family that almost adopted her. Then she realizes she needs Josie and Josie needs her.
This book was pretty good, but had some rough spots, so I took one star away. I read this books first when I was ten, and it got me interested.
The book is for ages 9-12.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story of a Wonderful Character
Pictures of Hollis Woods is the very moving story of an abandoned girl who has difficulty fitting into foster homes and is constantly getting in trouble for running away. What we get in this novel are two narratives: one in the present as Hollis tries to fit in with Josie, an older woman slowing succumbing to dementia; and one in the form of flashbacks told through description of pictures Hollis has drawn which tells the story of the previous summer when Hollis thought she had finally found a home. Slowly, these two stories are drawn together as Hollis tries to protect herself and Josie as well as come to terms with the events of the previous summer.

All in all, Ms. Giff has written a wonderful novel. The switching between the two plots in handled well and Hollis is a beautifully drawn character. She is difficult and introverted, but she is an artist and is ultimately able to overcome her defensiveness and become part of a family--even an extended family. I would highly recommend this novel to young and old alike.

5-0 out of 5 stars BESTBOOKINTHEWORLD!!
O my gosh. When I first read this I thought-just another BORING LAME book to read. BUT WAS I WRONG. I HATE reading, then when I had to read this book for a report~I feel in luv wit it!! All of my friends are reading it and the school ordered 3 more because so many people want it!! Man, I am such a trend setter!! Thanks for making such a good book- I recommend u read it!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Pictures of Hollis Woods
Reading this book about an orphan who longed for a home and a family to love her was a treat. Hollis Woods was brought up in unloving foster homes that didn't understand her and were always tearing her down, always thinking the worst of her. Out of her deeply rooted hurts, she pushed people away until the Regan family took her for a summer. By their looking for the good in her, they found it. But because of misunderstanding and a tragic accident, Hollis runs away from the only family she ever felt loved by, a family she wanted to belong to. Moving in with Josie, an old artist with signs of Alzheimer's, Hollis feels accepted and needed, but their relationship is doomed, too. Every other chapter features Hollis's flashbacks to explain the accident with the Regans in the unique form of pictures Hollis had drawn. Hollis is a believable and lovable character the reader can fully empathize with. She can help us see others who might have a reputation for being 'trouble' as merely hurting.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
Pictures of Hollis Woods was written by Patricia Reilly Giff. This novel is about a young girl trying to find a foster home that she likes. So far all the families she has been with she's ran away from because she says that she doesn't fit in. Then one day, her social worker brought her to a lady named Josie. At first Hollis was nervous like she always is, but Josie made her feel right at home. Hollis felt comfortable with Josie because they shared something in common with each other...they both are artists. Hollis loves to draw and Josie is a sculptor. Eventually Hollis realizes something that could take her away from Josie. To keep this secret to herself, throughout the story she is trying to keep Josie away from her social worker.

One of the reasons that I didn't like this book was because it moved at a very slow pace. I couldn't really get into it because it's nothing that I can relate to. It also didn't have a lot of interesting chapters. They were mainly all about Josie and Hollis and what they do and where they go which, in my opinion, isn't that great of a book.

Another reason that I didn't like this novel was that it had very good details, but too many. One of the only things I did like about the book was the ending. In the end something great happens and it makes you feel excited and happy for Hollis and Josie. But leading up to that moment in the story isn't that good or as exciting. ... Read more


143. Essential Managers: Strategic Thinking
by Andy Bruce, Ken Langdon
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Asin: 0789459728
Catlog: Book (2000-08-01)
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing
Sales Rank: 176887
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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To paraphrase the Rolling Stones, you might not always get what you want from this short 'n' sweet little guidebook on strategic thinking andplanning, but you just might get what you need. That would include concise andhandy visual and verbal tips on gathering and analyzing key information, settingshort- and long-term objectives, developing your team leadership skills,predicting future trends, and maintaining a flexible approach throughout. Italso covers the essential tools of strategic management, from SWOT (strengths/weaknesses/opportunities/threats) analysis and feasibility studies tobudgeting forecasts and contingency plans. Granted, if you're looking forspecific or in-depth guidance--say, how to do strategic thinking in a particularfield, like biotechnology, or a particular division, like human resources--youmay find this book too cursory and general in its approach. But if you'relooking for a thumbnail guide to the basic steps of strategic planning, bothindividually and in a group setting, this may do you just fine.

It's worthmentioning that the book is also part of reference publisher DorlingKindersley's Essential Managers series--20 itty-bitty li'l books on business andcareer topics ranging from communication, leadership, and decision making to themanagement of time, budgets, change, meetings, people, projects, and teams.Combining the For Dummies book series's talent for breaking down a lot ofinformation into bite-size bits and sidebars with Dorling Kindersley's signaturedesign style of crisp, classy graphics on a gleaming white backdrop, they don'trepresent the cutting edge of business thinking and they don't necessarilyreflect any unique individual perspective. Instead, it's as though someonecollated the best general thinking on these 20 topics and rolled them out into72 brightly designed and easy-to-read pages, studded along the way with boxedtips, color shots of a multiracial cast of "coworkers" animatedly hashingthrough the workplace issues of the day, and a self-test of one's skills in thetopic at hand on the last few pages of each volume. Again, they're not for anyone looking for more in-depth or focused help on any of the subjects theycover, but they're perfect as a quickie general-interest reference... and let'sface it, they're so cute and look so smart in a neat little stack or row thatyou'll probably want to buy a whole bunch to give to your entire staff ordepartment. --Timothy Murphy ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars I wish I had this book when I was a young corporate rat.
I bought this book actually out of curiosity. It was pocket-size, and also visually very appealing. After perusing it, I have this feeling that this book is more intended for very young executives and/or new supervisors.

In terms of basic steps, the book is just fine. In a nutshell, there are some two dozen of "strategic thinking" topics, which have been artfully rolled into the 72 brightly designed and easy-to-read pages, studded along the way with colurful boxed tips, 101 of them to be exact. It is designed for easy reading. There is even a simple but fun test at the end pages.

Highly recommended for all beginners into the management field, as well as for older kids, who wants to learn how to think strategically. I wish I had this book when I was a young corporate rat.

For a deeper treatment on the subject, I would suggest a quick browse of books in my Strategic Thinking Bookshelf (listmania). ... Read more


144. Growing Money: A Complete (And Completely Updated) Investing Guide for Kids
by Gail Karlitz, Debbie Honig, Stephen Lewis
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Asin: 0843177020
Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
Publisher: Price Stern Sloan
Sales Rank: 13839
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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This newly updated edition of Growing Money answers every question a budding investor might ask: How do you read stock pages? What's the difference between stocks and bonds? Why do stocks go up and down? How can I keep track of investments? Can kids invest?

There has never been a time when the world of finance has been so much a part of kids' daily lives. Today's kids want to know everything about money-especially how to make it grow. This completely updated guide explains savings accounts, bonds, stocks, and even mutual funds! Included are fun quizzes to reveal a young investor's risk tolerance, stories of success and failure, a behind-the-scenes look at the New York Stock Exchange, and best of all, an imaginary fund of dollars to invest, along with suggestions for selecting companies compatible with kids' values. New to this edition are chapters on financial responsibility, true-life tales of other kid investors, and step-by-step instructions of just how to buy stocks. Tell your parents-investing isn't only for grown-ups anymore!
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5-0 out of 5 stars This book is helpful and useful
Let me explain to everyone who says otherwise, the point of this book was NOT to make children think that stock marketing was the only way to get money. No, the book was just trying to teach children about stock marketing so they could understand it and could possibly use it no or when they get older. I think the book had great details and explained the stock market very accurately.

5-0 out of 5 stars A superior and highly recommended introductory guide
Gail Karlitz's Growing Money: A Complete Investing Guide For Kids is an exceptional investing guide in that it is written specifically to teach children (and adults!) how to make their money work for them. Covering savings in a bank, bods, stocks, and how to read the financial pages, Growing Money is a superb guide - and since it's written simply enough for a young person to learn from, it also makes excellent starter reading for adults who have never dabbled in investing before. The prose text is in large type and very straightforward, but does not talk down to the reader. Growing Money is a superior and highly recommended introductory guide, especially for the young people growing up in this brand new era of electronically transmitted investment capital.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for getting children interested in investing
Reviewed by Ted Lea, author of "When I Grow Up I'm Going to be a Millionaire (A Children's Guide to Mutual Funds)". Many adults wish they had started investing when they were younger. This book provides a good framework for children to start understanding the concepts of investing, which will serve them all through life. When your children grow up to be financially secure they can make a difference in society, hopefully by helping others or protecting natural areas. This book is easy to read and provides a great introduction.

4-0 out of 5 stars EYE OPENER
TODAY WORLD NEED TO ENLIGHTEN KIDS AND ADULTS. THIS BOOK IS IT. I GAVE IT TO MY NEPHEW .ALSO I READ IT A LITTLE AND IT WAS WELL WRITTEN WITH EXMAPLES ALSO THINGS I DIDNT KNOW.

1-0 out of 5 stars Limited!
This book althoug colorful and cheery...is based purely on one thought. The stock market is a vehicle, and only one vehicle, amongst the mass of options available for children to grow and secure their money. It is truly an unhelpful and wasteful book and I would not recommend this to anyone who is serious about training their children what money is really all about. Shame on this author. From a parent of five children. ... Read more


145. Star Wars: The Last Of The Jedi #1 : The Last Of The Jedi #1 (Star Wars)
by Jude Watson
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Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
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After the events of Episode III, Obi-Wan Kenobi finds himself adrift in the galaxy . . . with Darth Vader on his trail.
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146. The New Captain Underpants Collection:Box Set (Books 1-5)
by Dav Pilkey
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Asin: 0439417848
Catlog: Book (2002-08)
Publisher: Blue Sky Press (AZ)
Sales Rank: 513
Average Customer Review: 4.94 out of 5 stars
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"Faster than a speeding waistband... more powerful than boxer shorts..."It's Captain Underpants! Young readers will devour this fancy new boxed set ofthe first five paperbacks in the side-splitting, potty-humored (literally)Captain Underpants series. These books are award-winning--but really, who caresabout awards when you're reading about talking toilets and the perilous plot ofProfessor Poopypants? The "epic" collection includes The Adventures of CaptainUnderpants, CaptainUnderpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets, Captain Underpants and the Invasion ofthe Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space, Captain Underpants and the PerilousPlot of Professor Poopypants, and Captain Underpants and the Wrath of theWicked Wedgie Woman. (Ages 5 to 12) ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars My Son LOVED These Books!!!!
I have a 7 year old son who really only read when he was required to do so for school.
That was until he started reading the Captain Underpants books. HE LOVES THEM!!!! When he was told it was time to go to bed he said "can't I just stay up until I finish this book". The next morning the first thing he did was pick up the book and finished it.
Your kids (boys especially) will get a kick out of these books.
It is so great to hear your kids reading a book and laughing OUTLOUD!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Nevermind Harry Potter, Captain Underpants RULES!
Captain Underpants has been a blessing! My son would not read regardless of the title of the book. Until Captain Underpants! All boys love toilet humor! My only regret is that there are not more Captain Underpants books out yet. Dav Pilkey keep them coming!

5-0 out of 5 stars MR. booger boy
Captain underpants and the big bad battle of the bionic booger boy part 1: the night of the nasty nostril nuggets is one of Dav's best books of the captain underpants series. My favorite character is Harold he's funnier and braver when the fighting the booger boy. My favorite part is when booger boy is snot bad and senses all over the teacher Mrs. Ribble she didn't seem to mind. Have a good laugh with this book its fun

5-0 out of 5 stars These books are laugh-out-loud funny!
George Beard and Harold Hutchins have a little problem; they just can't help being themselves. And being themselves means pulling pranks at school, writing comic books that make fun of authority figures, and changing the lunch menu marquee to make rude comments.

Captain Underpants is a super-hero they made up in one of their comic books. Through a series of so-ridiculous-no-one-could-believe-it events, their school principal BECOMES Captain Underpants, and it's up to these two class clowns to make sure CU doesn't endanger himself. Incredibly bad puns abound. Each book has a copy of one of the boys' "Treehouse Comics." And there are plenty of gross jokes that grade-school kids love.

This is the sort of book that will get kids to read even if they otherwise hate reading. Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars I can' wait to get it
I can't wait to get this collection.These books are the best books ever I'm on the fourth book, but I've read the rest of the books though. I can't wait for the next book. I have a friend that likes these books. I wish they made some games,toys,and a show. Lots of boys like this book at my school. If you like crazy books then you should buy these books. But you should buy them at amazon.com. ... Read more


147. My Side of the Mountain
by Jean Craighead George
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Asin: 0141312424
Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
Publisher: Puffin Books
Sales Rank: 6854
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Literature Guides
A complete guide to teaching My Side of the Mountain. Includes an author biography, background information, summaries, thought-provoking discussion questions, as well as creative, cross-curricular activities and reproducibles that motivate students.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Sam's Life in Forest
This book was great! Sam is as boy who lives in the mountains ,but used to live in New York with his little brothers and sisters.It was very crowded and noisy.That is why he is in the mountains.Sam was living in a tree in the Gribley's Farm.He found it with a map,but he didn't just read signs.He went went to the library to find it.The librarian was named Ms. Turner.Ms. Turner found it for him.He wanted to catch a falcon,So he had to go to the library to get information about the falcons.Once he got information he went up the mountains and caught a baby falcon.After,Sam trained her to catch food.They lived there for about 1-2 years all by himsef with his animal friends.The end is surely a surprise,but I will leave that to you to find out.I would recommend this book to someone who likes animals,the wilderness,and loves to read.I really enjoyed this book.I really liked the tree home he had.I also liked how he made all the pots,chimney,clothes,and food he needed to survive.I actually enjoyed the whole book!

4-0 out of 5 stars "My Side of the Mountain" is Wonderful!! : )
My Side of the Mountain is a fun, exciting, story of a runaway, 13-yr.-old boy from New York who goes to the ancient Catskill Mountains. Kids from 8-11 would enjoy this story because they can relate to his many vistors and adventures. Sam (the runaway)makes many new friends, both human and animal. Frightful, Sam's pet falcon was stolen from her mother at a young age. And Bando got lost and fell asleep at Sam's camp. Sam thought he was an outlaw! all the kids that read this book will enjoy it throughly!

2-0 out of 5 stars Not in a million years! Far-fetched, wishful nonsense!
Running away from home and living in the wilderness may be the dream for millions of teenage boys, but the reality of 'pulling it off' couldn't possibly be as easy as the author of this book makes it appear.

Everything Sam wants to accomplish in his tree home away from civilization, he does. He may fail once or twice, but then it all works out: He successfully hunts for food, creates flavorful recipes for grand suppers (which he shows off to visitors), sews his own winter clothes from deer hides and rabbit furs...it's all very, very simple! GET REAL! From the incredible anti-authoritarian parents, who let Sam go on his quest in the first place, to the rediculous 'dragged in by the hair' ending, this book was a disappointment. I'm a 4th grade school teacher, and this book was not on any of my students' favorites list!

My only reason for giving 2 points rather than only 1 to this Newbery Award Winner (? )is the fact that this novel does give lots of useful instruction on 'how to' cook, keep water from seeping through home-made vessels, and to entertain oneself when there is no company around.**

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting and informative
Written by Gene Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain explores one boy's quest for peace and quiet and his realization of what it means to be alone. An adolescent boy, Sam, escapes the chaos of his family's crowded New York apartment. Sam runs away, to the Catskill Mountains in search of space and independence. Sam feels like a free man up in the mountains. He learns to live off the land. He manages to ward off reporters, tourists, and hikers, so that he may preserve his secret living quarters. Sam faces many hardships, but his determination, to live on his own, helps him persevere. Through his interaction with neighboring animals and his friendship with his pet falcon, Sam survives hardships on the lonely mountain. Sam is content with his life in the mountains, but he realizes that he misses human conversation.

This interesting and exciting book shows Sam's journey away from his fellow humans and his need to be amongst them again. Sam's great journey is inspiring to anyone who has ever just wanted to escape for a while. The plot is developed through Sam's struggle to survive nature and his inner conflicts.

I recommend this book to people of all ages. I believe this story appeals to children because of the adventure and excitement of running away to an unknown place. Adults will find it appealing because they understand the need to be away from the chaos of crowds and cities to find a haven of peace and quiet. Our hectic lifestyles help us relate to Sam's desire for simplicity.

4-0 out of 5 stars My Side of the Mountain-A Page Turning Novel
I would recommend My Side of the Mountain to everyone who reads because this is a very realistic, page turning, survival story which also provides great information if you were ever stranded in the wilderness as was the main character, Sam. ... Read more


148. The Immortals Box Set
by TAMORA PIERCE
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Asin: 0375827005
Catlog: Book (2003-09-23)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Sales Rank: 3275
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Series
I first read the Immortals series when I borrowed the books from a friend when was in 9th grade. I finished the first book and I had to read the rest right away! The series is about a young woman who discovers she has a very rare power that lets her have a unique bond with animals. During the course of the series she meets new friends (and foes) as her powers continue to blossom. This is a fantastic tale of a girl's memorable journey from childhood into that of a young woman's. The Immortals series is written for young adults, but it is a good read for women (and men!) of all ages. Now I'm a Sophomore in college, and it's been 5 years since I've read the series. I'm buying it so I can read it again. These are four books that will stick with you for the rest of your life.

5-0 out of 5 stars you get so hooked on these books!!!!
The reason I read the immortals series was because one afternoon I felt like reading and I thought I'd read a horse book or something and so I looked in my sister's room for a good book. And it turns out she was lying on the bed so I asked her for a good book and she pointed out the immortals. and I said ok I'd read them and so I did but once I was halfway down the first page I was hooked I couldn't put it down except for sleep food and the necessary things(just kidding I watched a bit of TV in between). And after I finished that series I had to read the lioness also which was also excellent but I like the immortals better. But what I want to share with the public that this book is wildfire it is the next Harry potter that's how good it is!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars the next set of books in the world of Tortall
These books introduce a new heroine named Daine. She has the unusual gift of "wild magic", allowing her to speak with, and eventually, turn into animals. During this time in Tortall (the country where the books take place), Carthaki mages (Tortall's enemy) have opened up a portal to the Realms of the Gods and allowed "immortals", creatures who cannot die unless killed (as in they cannot die of old age) and who inhabited the earth thousands of years ago, to enter the realm of the living (i think thats what its called-just earth). These are Daine's adventures as she learns to control her wild magic, falls in love, and helps save Tortall. This takes place after Song of the Lioness (Alanna and others make appearances) so you should really read those before this quartet. People who love/ just like fantasy will enjoy these books, and people who like animals will love these also. I didnt like them quite as much as Song of the Lioness of Protector of the Small (the next quartet) but I stilled liked them A LOT! They're still up there in my favorite books list. My fav in this series is probably Emperor Mage.

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!
I first picked Wild Magic up in Borders as a 'filler' while I waited for the next Harry Potter. (I bought it because of the horses on the cover) It sat on my shelf for two months before I decided to read it. Much to my surprise, I found that I liked these books BETTER than Harry Potter! ( And that is saying something comsidering how obsessed I was with those!)

I was immediately hooked when I began the first Chapter and I couldn't put it down. By the time I nearly finished with the last book in the quartet, I was thoroughly depressed at the prospect of finishing Daine's story. I was so obsessed with the need to savor this book, that I wrapped it in several layers of rubber bands and hid it under my mattress. When I actually did finish it, I was depressed for a while knowing that there are no more books written from Daine's perspective. That is, I was depressed until I found Fanfiction.net. I have read every single piece of fanfiction about these books on the site, and I have even written a few of my own!

This book is so real that after a while, you can almost start to believe in Magic. Tamora Pierce creates such vivid, involving characters, that I literally fell in love with everyone; from the dashing Mage Numair, to the feisty pony Cloud.

I would recommend this book to anyone (not just kids) who likes good fantasy/adventure/romance books!!

I read these books first, but I recommend reading The Song of the Lioness first. (Which was also an awesome book!)

HAPPY READING!

4-0 out of 5 stars they are great
The Immortals Quartet are really good books, but I thought that "Wolfspeaker" was a bit boring. I would definately recommend them. ... Read more


149. Ella Enchanted (rpkg) (Trophy Newbery)
by Gail Carson Levine
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Catlog: Book (1998-08-30)
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At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the "gift" of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: "Instead of making me docile, Lucinda's curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally." When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella's life and well-being seem in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery, trying to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way. Yes, there is a pumpkin coach, a glass slipper, and a happily ever after, but this is the most remarkable, delightful, and profound version of Cinderella you've ever read.

Gail Carson Levine's examination of traditional female roles in fairy tales takes some satisfying twists and deviations from the original. Ella is bound by obedience against her will, and takes matters in her own hands with ambition and verve. Her relationship with the prince is balanced and based on humor and mutual respect; in fact, it is she who ultimately rescues him. Ella Enchanted has won many well-deserved awards, including a Newbery Honor. (Ages 9 to 14) --Emilie Coulter ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Logic or Love?
Based on the classic cinderella story, Ella Enchanted is a fantastic book. At birth Ella is 'blessed' by a fairy with the 'gift of obedience' which forces her to do whatever is given to her as an order. If Ella were told to she would have to kill herself or a loved one.
Ella grew up with her mother and her cook, Mandy, her fairy godmother. While in her teens her mother dies, and her funeral Ella meets Char, a prince. Her father is drawn into marriage because of financial problems and she is sent off to Finishing School with her two step-sisters. Ella and Char wrote to eachother the whole while she was away. She soon learned to do everything right because she had to because of her curse. Later she ran away in hopes of meeting the fairy sho gave her her curse, but when she does finally meet her the fairy refuses to lift the curse and flees off. Ella then goes back to live with her father, step-mother, step-sisters, and Mandy. Her father leaves on a business trip and while he is away she is treated poorly by her step-family; the only person she can relate to is Mandy.
Her and Char fall in love but she wont allow herself to marry him because the kingdom's enemies would easily be able to use her curse to their advantage. When he orders her to marry him, unknowing of the curse, she must battel with herself to come to a conclusion.
This is a very interesting and captivating book through and through. I have read it numerous times and i love it more and more each time. Especially if you enjoy the classics, particularly the tale of Cinderella, I would highly recomend Ella Enchanted.

5-0 out of 5 stars A interesting, and fun fairy tale.
Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine, is a fascinating fairytale about a fifteen-year-old girl. This Newbery Honor Book is a wonderful book for all ages, and is easy reading. It is one of those books that you never want to put down. Many features of this book resemble the story of Cinderella. Ella, the main character, has to overcome many challenges in her young life. One of those challenges being that she has to obey any order that is given to her. A powerful fairy gave this challenge to her. If she doesn't obey this curse, she will get a terrible headache, or start feeling very ill. So, obliviously, she has to be very careful not to tell anyone about this weakness because they could easily take advantage of her. This book revolves around how she lives her life, and the effects of the curse. I think others would enjoy this book because it is fun, and enjoyable to read. Isn't that what reading is all about?

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK EVER
I first read this book when I was in 5th grade and I am now in 11th grade and I still read this book. I have read it so many times that I lost count. Ella Enchanted is a story of a girl who is given the curse of obedience and struggles to overcome the spell that dictates everything she does. She must do every thing that anyone asks. It is a lot like Cinderella but at the same time so different and so much better. This book is so wonderful and I recommend it to anyone who loves a good adventure story with a dash of romance.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Book!
Okay, one thing here: I like literature. I'm an avid reader, and believe me, I've read quite a number of books. From the gigantic (Decameron, Gormenghast series) to the tiny (Heart of Darkness, the fabulous Catcher in the Rye), I try to keep an open mind and appreciate the meaning in each story, regardless if I love or loathe it. Ella Enchanted is the only book to this date (maybe with the exception of the Princess Bride, and Wuthering Heights if I'm in a heavy mood ^^) I can endure for a fourth, fifth; a sixth read. I could see younger fans liking it, but even at eighteen, the wit and substance still astounds me, as I'm sure it's the same for older fans too; I made my mom read the first chapter, and she was highly amused. The prince is no longer a 'light at the end of the tunnel' figure for all her hard work, but he's there all through the tale, charming as his name suggests (Prince Char) because he's real: the things he says and does, his honesty and good nature make the reader realize that it's not always the villains who have personality, it's just that the good ones rarely get to show their side. Ella's stepfamily is probably the main comic relief, with one sister being a naive dunce (with abhorrent spelling skills), one petty and jealous in a way that seems to make you feel you know someone like her, and a stepmother dripping in pomp and luxury. All three you love to hate almost as much as you love to laugh at. Ella, finally, is a heroine worthy of basing such a book on. At fifteen she's wise, witty, clever, and not above biting back when she can get a bit of revenge here and there. She doesn't feel sorry for herself; she only focuses on things important to her through any turmoil she may have, and even when she has the classic girlhood dream in the palm of her hands, she knows what's for the best (and no, I'm not giving away anything here :). I rarely connect with the main characters in things, but Ella is a special exception. How we should all be a bit like her. Through her enigmatic personality you can't help--like some in the book--to fall straight in love. I suspect Ella Enchanted will always make me laugh when I need it, and because this book will keep me young and smiling, it's my favorite. Highly, highly highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Wittiest Books Ever!
In this children's classic, Ella has the gift,or curse, to be obedient. Always. If she were told to cut her head off with an axe she would have to obey. Though very much based on Cinderella (hint: Wicked Stepmother and Stepsisters, Prince Char, Kinda like Charming, and obviosly Ella, though her name is Eleanor)

This book is hilarious and sometimes suspensful. It is very much beyond me why Out Of The Dust beat this for the Newbery. :~( ... Read more


150. The Missing Piece Meets the Big O 25th Anniversary Edition
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Catlog: Book (1981-05-06)
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The missing piece sat alone
waiting for someone
to come along
and take it somewhere....

The different ones it encounters - and what it discovers in its helplessness - are portrayed with simplicity and compassion in the words and drawings of Shel Silverstein.

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5-0 out of 5 stars This simple story puts "The Rules" to shame.
Three days after ending a relationship where I was constantly trying to be someone or something else in order to please my partner, I took a vacation that changed my life. On the first night of that vacation, while I was out with friends and family and the last thing I was looking for was another boyfriend, I met the most amazing person to enter my life so far. The next day, I found this book and decided to live my life like the big O. The man and I keep the book on our coffee table, and when we aren't rolling through the streets of the city, side by side, we go home to that wonderful story. Shel Silverstein has amazing insight. Every human should read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get it with "The Missing Piece"!
I bought this book along with "The Missing Piece" almost 10 years ago, when I was in college. My friend introduced me to those books, and I had to get my own copies. In fact, a good number of people among my circle of friends got their own copies as well.

I think those two books are the only "children's books" I have in my possession, but they are among the most touching and most memorable of all the books I own and read. And even though they're labeled as children's books (and they sure look that way too), I feel they're a better fit (haha, no pun intended) for grown-ups.

If you plan on getting this book (as you well should), then definitely get "The Missing Piece" as well. I don't think the story and the message of The Missing Piece fable is complete with just one book. You gotta get both books to fully appreciate it.

Highest utmost recommendations. God, I love this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Uplifting, Encouraging, and Personal
Whether simply a children's book or an adult self-help book, this one is a gem! Adorable simplistic line drawings that make you wonder how an artist is able to create such an expressive characters out of basic circle shapes. Matched with a story that can be taken lightly or taken to heart.

Really, this is the journey of a character becoming a "whole" person...independantly being able to "roll" by itself. It also hints that to be happy in a relationship you must be your own independantly happy person...you can't rely on others to complete your deficiencies.

Anyone who is a "relationship leapfrog" needs to read this book. It may even make you cry-and probably will make you laugh-at the similarities with your own experiences. It is also appropriate for children...it is never to early to introduce someone to lifelong happiness, independance, and stability.

Rolling along...

5-0 out of 5 stars So great!
A very inspirational and loving story. Quick read, with a simple message.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great little book
I really enjoyed this book. A fellow co-worker was passing it around because he had received it as a gift and I really connected with it. The message is simple and the book isn't too preachy with it. ... Read more


151. Boxcar Children (Boxcar Children (Hardcover))
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
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Asin: 0807508519
Catlog: Book (1989-06-01)
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
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Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Read by Phyllis Newman
Two cassettes / 1 hour 54 minutes

Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny, four orphaned brothers and sisters, suddenly appear in a small town.No one knows who these young wanderers are or where they have come from.Frightened to live with a grandfather they have never met, the children make a home for themselves in an abandoned red boxcar they discover in the woods.Henry, the oldest, goes to town to earn money and buy food and supplies.

Ambitious and resourceful, the plucky children make a happy life themselves--until Violet gets too sick for her brothers and sister to care for her.

This unabridged recording will delight any child who has fantasized about being on his or her own and overcoming every obstacle.
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5-0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful book!
It is a book that my teacher make me to read it, it is hard for me at first,but not for now.
It was about four children, Benny, Henry, Violet and Jessie who lost their mom and dad, and they didn't go find their grandpa because they think he will be mean to them. They got only a little money, so Henry go out and work for the doctor. And when the doctor look at the news paper, it said that two boys and two girls was missing, whoever find them will get a lot of money. And he think that it was Henry and his brother and sisters.
One day, Violet was sick, so Henry ran to the doctor and tell him that his sister was very sick. The doctor go to their home and take Violet to his home.
Will the doctor call their grandpa and get the money? And why this story his to do with the boxcar? To find out, read it!

By Billy Hau

5-0 out of 5 stars I found a passion for reading as a child - it began here..
Before I read the Boxcar Children, in Elementary School, our class would make frequent visits to the library where I would check out books regularly. With the same regularity, however, I would usually turn them in unfinished, or unread altogether. I picked up this book, recommended to me by a teacher in the 3rd grade, and became earnestly engrossed in literature for the first time; I read the book 4 times. The central characters in this book are 4 children of various age, who find what they need to survive without parents to guide their decisions. The young central characters and the vivid descriptions make it easy for young readers to empathize with the children and visualize each event vicariously. The wilderness, the boxcar, the confrontations, the simple yet clever comforts they create for themselves, and the uncertainty of their future are among those things that make this book an enthralling and memorable read. I remember getting a chill at the "finish". A great book and a joy to read.

I recommend The Boxcar Children to all young readers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gertrude Warner Museum
I also read this book as a child. I did not put it aside till I was finished. The copy I read was signed by Miss Warner as she had been my mother's teacher. I live in Putnam, CT where Miss Warner lived. The Gertrude Chandler Warner Museum has recently opened in an old boxcar. It has been renovated and sits very near the railroad station she lived near as a child. A google search will bring up some items on the museum. I never met Miss Warner but, by all accounts, she was a wonderful woman.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun to read for grown up kids!
When I was nine years old and in fourth grade (never mind how long ago that was) I found THE BOXCAR CHILDREN when the Bookmobile came to our school. I checked it out and started reading it, and couldn't put it down.

About two weeks ago I decided to read it again. I was still taken in and charmed by its ease of reading and its very well-written plot.

It's about four orphaned children who have to fend for themselves and they find and old boxcar in the woods and they use it for shelter and manage to survive -- surprisingly well. The ending is happy, but for the young reader, the plot can keep them on edge until the story is over.

Some might criticize this book as being "dated," but I have found that a good story will come through in spite of the chronological time in which it happenned. For myself, I found it fun and refreshing to read. Things STILL can turn out well.

I'll make a guess that parents who read this story to their children will enjoy it as much as the kids do!

4-0 out of 5 stars Second Best Book I've Ever Read
This is a great book! Four orphans afraid of their grandfather settle down in an abandoned boxcar. Their names are: Benny, Violet, Jessie, and Henry. When Violet gets hurt they take her to the doctor and discover how kind their grandfather really is.

This book is of a series so if you like this one there are many more. These four chidren solve mysteries with their dog in future books. ... Read more


152. Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms
by Marvin Terban, John Devore
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Catlog: Book (1998-02-01)
Publisher: Scholastic
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This guide to idioms provides the student with an opportunity to bring color to their speech every day. Included are idioms from Native American and African American speech as well as the Bible, Aesop, and Shakespeare. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I LUV THIS BOOK!!!!
Back in around 97 or 98, I was crazy about these two guys in a movie and started setting up funny situations in a roleplay where one guy would use idioms and the other would take them all literally. I was sooo happy to find this book to use as an idiom reference!!! I tried a couple of other idiom books, but this one is by far the best! ^_^ So warm and friendly, and I luv the cartoon kids who host the thing :) I am totally hooked on this book! ^_^ Buy it, BUY IT!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece!
Finally, a book that explains idioms in a way my son can understand-clearly and unambiguously. Because he has an autistic spectrum disorder, he tends to be very literal. He has read this book from cover to cover and is starting to incorporate idioms, usually correctly, into conversation. In addition, the author presents the history (if known) of each idiom, something children(mine) who enjoy factoids love.

This book should be required reading for speech therapists, teachers, the language-delayed, and those learning English as a second language.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book to aid kids understand grown-up talk!
My husband and I often unconsciously speak in idioms to our kids. Now, when we say things like "don't burn your bridges"; "I'm tickled pink"; or "snug as a bug in a rug", and the kids can find out what we are talking about! ... Read more


153. Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sarah, Plain and Tall)
by Patricia MacLachlan
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Catlog: Book (1987-09-04)
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Sales Rank: 3154
Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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"Did Mama sing every day?" Caleb asks his sister Anna. "Every-single-day," she answers. "Papa sang, too."

Their mother died after Caleb was born. Their house on the prairie is quiet now, and Papa doesn't sing anymore. Then Papa puts an ad in the paper, asking for a wife, and he receives a letter from one Sara Elisabeth Wheaton, of Maine. Papa, Ana, and Caleb write back. Caleb asks if she sings.

Sarah desides to come for a month. She writes Papa: I will come by train. I will wear a yellow bonnet. I am plain and tall, and Tell them I sing. Anna and Caleb wait and wonder. Will Sarah be nice? Will she like them? Will she stay?

 

Winner, 1986 Newbery Medal
1986 Christopher Award
1986 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction for Children
1986 Golden Kite Award for Fiction (SCBW)
Notable Children's Book of 1985 (ALA)
1985 Children's Editors' Choices (BL)
Best Books of 1985 (SLJ)
Children's Choices for 1986 (IRA/CBC)
Outstanding Children's Books of 1985 (N.Y. Times Book Review)
International Board of Books for Young People Honor List for Writing, 1988
1986 Notable Trade Book in the Language Arts (NCTE)
1986 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book)
1985 Books for Children (Library of Congress)
1988 Garden State Children's Book Award (New Jersey)
1988 Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award (Arkansas)
100 Favorite Paperbacks 1989 (IRA/CBC)
Best of the 80's (BL)
1986 Christopher Award
1986 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction for Children
1986 Golden Kite Award for Fiction (SCBW)
Notable Children's Books of 1985 (ALA)
1985 Children's Editors' Choices (BL)
Best Books of 1985 (SLJ)
Children's Choices for 1986 (IRA/CBC)
Outstanding Children's Books of 1985 (NYTBR)
1986 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book)
1985 Children's Books (Library of Congress)
1988 Garden State Children's Book Award (New Jersey Library Association)
1988 Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award (Arkansas)
100 Favorite Paperbacks of 1989 (IRA/CBC)
Best of the '80s (BL)
1986 Notable Children's Trade Books in the Language Arts (NCTE)
1988 Choices (Association of Booksellers for Children)
1988 International Borad of Books for Young People Honor List for Writing
1986 Jefferson Cup Award (Virginia Library Association)

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sarah and the plain review
She will be at the train station tonight and her name is Sarah and she's plain and tall.
This is a saying in the book that really got us reading. This was a really good book and when this book started it was very interesting. This was about three family members, papa, Anna, and Caleb. Their mom died when Caleb was born. Papa , Anna, and Caleb once got a letter from a lady named Sarah who wants to move in with them since she lives by herself. She meets them at the train station at night. Sarah came home with them and was homesick. One day papa taught sarah how to drive the wagon ,and one day sarah drove into town and bought Anna some colored pencils for Anna to draw the sea . This was a great book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Tender, Heartfelt Story
Sarah, Plain and Tall is a beautiful story with a poetic rhythm. Sadness fills Anna and her brother Caleb's house, due to the death of their mother the day after Caleb was born. Although haunted by his wife's memory, Papa recognizes Anna and Caleb's need for a mother. He puts an ad in the paper requesting a wife and receives an answer from Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton, of Maine. After exchanging letters with all of them, Sarah decides to come stay with them for a month. As Sarah lives with them, they slowly fall in love with her. Her refreshing openess brings joy to their sorrowful hearts, and they are captivated by her. But Sarah loves the sea. The lonely plains are a poor substitute for her beloved ocean waves. She misses her family. As Papa, Anna, and Caleb share their life on the plains with her, they wonder,"Will she stay?" This is a sweet story about the love of family, the need for a mother, and discovering home that you will not want to miss.

1-0 out of 5 stars Boring, Terrible, Not Good At All
"Sarah, Plain and Tall" is a short and boring book. I, an eleven-year-old boy, had to read it for Accelerated Reader, and as the story progressed it became worse and worse. I thought Sarah's letters to her brother in Maine sounded like letters a four-year-old would write to their parents from camp. The book might have been better if it had been told by another character in the story, such as Caleb or Papa. I would never recommend this book to anyone, unless they are absolutely desperate for AR points. I am very surprised that it won the 1986 Newbery Medal. No offense to the author.

1-0 out of 5 stars Review Of
This book was a book that I did not care for. The plot was poorly developed. There is very little detail. The story goes nowhere fast. My last comment is the book is too short. If you're a person who likes short books basically about the colors blue, gray, and green, and your between the ages of 7-10, knock yourself out.

2-0 out of 5 stars Sarah, Plain, and Tall
Sarah came to the prairie, from Maine, to marry Papa (Jacob Witting). At firs it seemed like alot to us (Caleb Witting,and Anna Witting,or Jacobs childern) to have a new mother, years after our born mother had died.

These are the words of the spirt filled, child, Anna Witting.
Her mother died the day after her younger brother, Caleb Witting was born.To Caleb a mother was a mystery, unit Sarah came into there life. ... Read more


154. GirlWise: How to Be Confident, Capable, Cool, and in Control
by JULIA DEVILLERS
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Asin: 0761563636
Catlog: Book (2002-08-27)
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Sales Rank: 1161
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The Ultimate Teen Girl Bible
What do you do when . . . you're at the lunch table and you knock your soda over into someone's lap? Or, you need a job? You hate your clothes? You're broke? Inside, more than 100 experts tell you how to deal with these problems and so much more. GirlWise is one-stop shopping for all the stuff you want to, you need to, you MUST know!
GirlWise includes contributions by:
·Hillary Carlip, author of Girl Power
·Atoosa Rubenstein, editor-in-chief of CosmoGIRL!
·Nancy Gruver, publisher of New Moon
·Laura McEwen, Publisher of YM
·Marci Shimoff, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul
·Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries
·Brandon Holley, editor-in-chief of ELLEgirl
·Isabel González, senior associate editor of Teen People
You'll find great tips from experts in fashion, business, etiquette, sports, and more to help you become the Ultimate Teen Girl—confident, capable, comfortable, cool, conscious, and taking control of your life. No more helpless females here!
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books I've Read!
I'm a freshman in highschool and I wish I would have had this book even before middleschool. It is the best, for anything! It teaches you things from confidence and starting a band, to being a good shopper and unclogging a toilet. It has things I didn't even expect. Even the topics I wasn't interested in I read, and it helped me in the future. Its easy to navigate, and not even boring once. I've read the entire thing, and keep it around for a refresher once and a while.

5-0 out of 5 stars it ROCKS!
I just got this book for early Christmas. I cant put it down.Its really good! Ive been reading it for 2 days. My sisters 17 and she got a copy too and totally loves it too. its all out straight up the truth. My friends and I have been sitting in the lunch room reading the book out loud to know all this new stuff like fashion and like doing laundry and giving a speech in school. Theres nothing out there like it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Got a daughter/grand daughter? THIS book is a must!
Where was this book when I was growing up? If your are uncomfortable with yourself, find yourself in awkward situations or just don't know what to do in quasi-emergencies as, I admit, happened to me more than once, Girlwise is the book to go to. Not only is it full of advice on such diverse topics as self confidence to creating your own web site to, my favorite, what to do about a clogged toilet, but it is witty and a great read. Situations are dealt with by not only professionals in the field but by teens themselves.
This grandmother is giving Girlwise to all the girls she knows from preteen (be prepared) up.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is incredible
GirlWise covers just about any situation I might be in where I need to be cool and calm and make a good impression. From job interviews to party planning, this book has it all. My fave is "How to write a poem." Very inspiring. All the women who give advice in this book are so cool and amazing. Awesome role models. It's like getting 100 mentors for different parts of life that are so important, all in one.

5-0 out of 5 stars I wish I was teenager now!
I always said I would never want to relive my teenage years. Now that I have read this book, I would love to go back. This book could have saved me from a lot embarassment and depression. It is a must have for any teenage girl today. It's like having a user manual for teens. If you are a parent of a teen girl, you have to get this for her. She will love you for it. It answers the question every teen has, "Am I the only one that feels this way?" or "Does this only happen to me?". ... Read more


155. Thanksgiving on Thursday (Magic Tree House)
by MARY POPE OSBORNE
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Asin: 0375806156
Catlog: Book (2002-09-24)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Sales Rank: 5573
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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The Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to the eve of the first Thanksgiving. There they meet the Pilgrims as well as Squanto, a Native American who helped them. The story offers an age-appropriate, in-depth picture of what life was really like for early settlers, as well as the usual Magic Tree House adventure and excitement. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Make History Fun!
This book allows children to experience another time and place. This is an excellent supplement to the elementary curriculum. This book is easy to read and makes learning about history, fun. This book will teach children about a way of life that they are unfamiliar with. Students will learn how people back then dressed, how they hunted and prepared food, and how they worked together as a community. Children will learn more than just history from this book. This book emphasizes the value of others and of working together. This book will also get children excited about reading and it will also encourage them to write and to keep their own personal journal of adventures. This book is an excellent teaching resource.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Classroom Read Aloud
My 1st graders loved this book. The text allows the child to form mental images of what the very first Thanksgiving was like. The class is looking forward to "Christmas in Camelot" as our next read aloud chapter book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Better books about Thanksgiving available
The Magic Treehouse books are great for young readers to read independently. After they're done with one, they usually can't wait for the next. Unfortunately, the first Thanksgiving feast is treated in a rather superficial way. If you're just looking for another MT book, fine, go ahead and buy this...

1-0 out of 5 stars why oh why do we lie
is there some reason for the perpetuation of stereotypes? the story of squanto, the helpful noble savage. the story of indians selling their land for $24 in beads. does anyone really look into the validity behind these tales? since history books teach our young children enough lies about colonialism and the indigenous people in the Americas it is the duty of the parents to help stop these sometimes hurtful myths. do your kid a favor and quit lying to them about history. learn the truth.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK!
I like this book very much. Jack and Annie are whisked back to the first Thanksgiving in 1621. But they failed to catch eels and clams and burnt Priscilla's Thanksgiving turkey when Jack dropped it into the fire. They found the magic of community, however, in spite of everything.
Read more Magic Tree House books! "High Tide in Hawaii" is coming soon! ... Read more


156. Lateral Thinking Puzzlers
by Paul Sloane
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Asin: 0806982276
Catlog: Book (1992-06-30)
Publisher: Sterling Publishing
Sales Rank: 34663
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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Logic is not enough. Edward de Bono coined the phrase "lateral thinking" to describe a process of thinking that is different from normal, vertical or forward thinking. Here are nearly a hundred mind-benders, from easy to fiendishly hard, that make you think laterally in order to explain the set of circumstances surrounding a seemingly inexplicable situation.96 pages, 18 b/w illus., 5 3/8 x 8 1/4.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Thinking outside the box
I got this book, along with 3 other Sloane & MacHale lateral thinking puzzle books for Christmas one year. At first it seemed like a sorry excuse for a gift, but as I read this one first, I found that it was a challenging endeavor of the mind. Lateral thinking, it seems, is taking a situation and finding a solution that is not the most obvious, but usually the most logical. That said, this is challenging to say the least. A good book for people who enjoy mind games.

3-0 out of 5 stars Lateral doesn't mean implausible
There are some very clever puzzles in this book, and it is a lot of fun trying to rationalise a seemingly impossible situation. However, some of the puzzles have not an ingenious answer, but an implausible one. It works, but it makes no sense. The best way to back this up is to demonstrate. This is on of the easy puzzles taken from the very start of the book, so giving the answer away is no big deal (but stop reading if you don't want to know it):

One night during the Second World War, an allied bomber was on a mission over Germany. The plane was in perfect condition and everything on it worked properly. When it had reached its target, the pilot ordered the bomb doors opened. They opened. He then ordered the bombs released. They were released. But the bombs did not fall from the plane. Why should this be so?

Some clues are given, and the eventual answer is that the plane was flying upside-down. Now, lateral thinking it might be, but it makes no sense that a plane flying a mission during a war would order its bombs to be released over a target while it was flying upside down. A good puzzle encourages thinking, but anyone who seriously tries to answer that puzzle would discard the given answer as making no sense.

There are still some very clever puzzles to be found here, and the book is worth buying if you want a collection of lateral thinking puzzles, but beware that sometimes Sloane crosses the fine line between ingenious and implausible.

4-0 out of 5 stars Review
I am a trainer at a teleservices agency. I have found this book to be full of puzzles that engergize my classes and make them think. It contains some really good puzzles that are not far fetched like some of the ones found on the internet. My only complaint is that it is rather short; there are not enough puzzles. If you are looking for a book with a lot of puzzles, pass on this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book is an excellent resource for teachers. I have used it with my 6th graders often. It is the perfect thing to fill in an extra five or ten minutes and really boosts the students thinking skills.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lateral To The Max
When I bought this book at a school book fair, I had kids begging me to swap with them, but I blatantly refused and I'm glad I refused because this book has served me hours of mind-boggling entertainment and it's time I got another one. ... Read more


157. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Commemorative Pop-up
by L. Frank Baum
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Asin: 0689817517
Catlog: Book (2001-01-31)
Publisher: Little Simon
Sales Rank: 205
Average Customer Review: 4.93 out of 5 stars
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To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the publication of L. FrankBaum's The Wizard of Oz,master paper engineer Robert Sabuda has created a pop-up version of Dorothy'sadventures in Oz that fans will find hard to resist. Modeling his depictions ofDorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the rest after W. W. Denslow'soriginal art, Sabuda adds a third dimension that would have rockedDenslow's--and Baum's--world. A rapidly spinning cyclone actually casts a breezeover the startled reader's face. Glorious red poppies wave seductively in afield. And the Emerald City positively glitters with green, especially whenyoung readers try on the special tinted "Spectacles for You" provided in apocket on the page. The abridged text, provided in minibooklets set onto eachpage, covers enough basics for the Oz novice, but we recommend a read-aloud ofthe original, as well, for all the glory and detail of Baum's fantastic tale.Sabuda's homage to the classic is truly spectacular; even purists will gasp indelight at the sight of the humbug wizard floating away in his shiny green,gold, and blue hot-air balloon. This great introduction to the story of Ozdoubles as a fun collector's item. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars There's no place like a Robert Sabuda pop-up!
I just have to disagree with the folks who say this is not a book for children...this is THE book for children! If you are looking for a book to give this holiday season that rates 100% on the "oooh-ahhhh!" meter, this is the one. Any child, in particular a reluctant reader, will be dazzled and fascinated by the Emerald City jumping to life in the middle of the book, the whirling balloon and spinning tornado. The artwork warrants accolades even without the magnificent engineering, and there is enough text to make this pop-up perfect for older kids as well. This book does great honor to the Wonderful Wizard, and will be as treasured in your home as a pair of ruby slippers. Whether or not this book actually survives the twister of children's handling, you'd be a real wicked witch not to share it with your favorite munchkin.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Magical experience"
I collect children's books that are "special" and added this book to my collection as one of my favorites! The experience of looking through the pop-ups can only be described as a "magical experience". The illustrations are done in a nostalgic format with vivid colors. The first page really grabbed me...when you open it up a tornato rises up in a whirling motion and goes completely off of the page. There is fine detail (look under the house in "Munchkinland" and you will actually see the wicked witches feet underneath). Emerald City pops up and actually glitters before your eyes (you would swear it was really made of emeralds)! Oz's hot air balloon rises out of one page and spins in suspension. This is more of a collector book and I would not recommend putting it in the hands of a young child to do with as he/she pleases! It is just too beautiful! But, you would definately have fun viewing/reading the book to a young child...and a child of seven or eight would probably be old enough to care for it! There are also several small pop-ups within the sections you open up and read that are quite charming! There is quite alot of story to read within small sections of the pages, or within flaps that open up. But; if you are a collector of "Oz" memorabilia, or love creative pop-up books... this book would be a great addition to your family!

5-0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Pop-Ups Illustrate A Timeless Classic!
Robert Sabuda is one of my favorite illustrators and certainly the most renowned pop-up book artist and paper engineer working today. Combine Sabuda's entrancing three dimensional illustrations with Frank Baum's glorious story about Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, Toto and their amazing adventures in the Land of Oz and you have pure magic!

The pop-up illustrations are quite intricate, with artwork that's faithful to W. W. Denslow's original illustrations. Sabuda works in a fresh, new style here using prints made from cut linoleum blocks. He brings the drawings to life in a way that will enchant children and adults alike. Each page contains a large pop-up and a small booklet which tells part of the story. And each mini-book contains small pop-ups too. There's a cyclone that really twists, a wizard's balloon that sails into the sky, holographic foil creates a true, sparkling Emerald City made even greener with the included green glasses for the reader

The text is slightly abridged so I would suggest that true "Wizard of Oz" fans include an unabridged copy in their library. I recently bought a copy for my cousin's little girl. She calls it her "magic book" and can't seem to put it down. This very special edition, published to commemorate the book's 100th Anniversary, is well worth the price and will surely find a place of honor on your bookshelf. It is spectacular!
JANA

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
This is impressive! Something really great for Wizard of Oz enthusiasts to keep for years. Don't buy it intending it for small children to handle independently, though. The amazing detail is somewhat fragile. But don't be afraid to get it and hang onto it until they're old enough to be careful with it. It's really incredible!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Pop up book ever!
Hey buy this one for your young friends and read it with them and share the 3-D glasses! Its wonderful you gotta see it to belive it! I am one happy reader!! ... Read more


158. Breadwinner
by Deborah Ellis
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Asin: 0888994168
Catlog: Book (2001-11-10)
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Sales Rank: 33974
Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
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The Breadwinner brings to life an issue that has recently exploded in the international media — the reality of life under the Taliban. Young Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan. Because he has a foreign education, her father is arrested by the Taliban, the religious group that controls the country. Since women cannot appear in public unless covered head to toe, or go to school, or work outside the home, the family becomes increasingly desperate until Parvana conceives a plan. She cuts her hair and disguises herself as a boy to earn money for her family. Parvana’s determination to survive is the force that drives this novel set against the backdrop of an intolerable situation brought about by war and religious fanaticism. Deborah Ellis spent several months talking with women and girls in Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan and Russia. This suspenseful, timely novel is the result of those encounters. Royalties from the sale of The Breadwinner will go toward educating Afghan girls in Pakistani refugee camps. “A potent portrait of life in contemporary Afghanistan, showing that powerful heroines can survive even in the most oppressive ... conditions.” — Booklist ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The BreadWinner
The BreadWinner is a fantastic book.It is full of adventure.It's about a little girl,named Parvana,who lives in Afghanistan during a time when girls wern't alowed to go outside without a man to work and get money.But one day her father went away to prison wich meant they had no other boy to go out and get the food and milk they needed. One day they needed food so bad they shaved Parvana's hair off so she could look like a boy and could get the food.This was a new experience for Parvana.Every day she would go out and raise money by selling things and reading and writting letters for the people to get money then she would get the food for the family.If you want find out more about this book I think you should read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Breadwinner
The BreadWinner is a fantastic book.It is full of adventure.It's about a little girl, named Parvana, who lives in Afghanistan during a time when girls weren't allowed to go outside without a man to work and get money. But one day her father went away to prison wich meant they had no other boy to go out and get the food and milk they needed. Soon they needed food so badly they shaved Parvana's hair off so she could look like a boy and could get the food.This was a new experience for Parvana. Every day she would go out and earn money by selling things or reading and writting letters for the people. Then she would buy the food for the family. If you want find out more about this book I think you should read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
I taught this book to my sixth grade class last year-an easy read technically but mature ideas, but easily 90% of the students loved it so much that I had to order the next book-and then the next one as well! Thought provoking for everyone who has grown up with all the necessities and more. A great perspective on the real world right now. Even though it is about a young girl, boys thoroughly enjoyed reading about her adventures. The best part? All proceeds go to Women for Women, a charitible organization in Afghanistan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Breadwinner
I really liked the book The Breadwinner. It had some exciting moments that just made me want to keep reading. Every day Parvana dressed up like a boy and went to sell things in the market place. While she was sitting on her mat a mysterious lady would drop little presents down to her from her room above Parvana. I always wanted to find out what she would give Parvana the next day and the next day. There were also some sad parts to this story about Parvana and her life in Afghanistan. Women and girls had to wear turbans on their face and they couldn't show any skin. Girls could only go outside with men. She had a hard time being a girl in Afghanistan. Her father was in jail and she had to act like a boy and work the family jobs. Parvana is a very smart and courageous girl with a strong mind.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
This story takes place in Afghanistan. It's an amazing book. It's so realalistic that you're imagining it in your head. The main Character is Parvana. She goes on an adventure to find money to buy food and belongings for her family. When you are done reading this book yoou will want to read more and more of the book. Also, It tells you alot about the things they do in Afghanistan. I recommend this book to everyone to read because it's so good!! ... Read more


159. The Adventures of Tintin: Tintin in America / Cigars of the Pharaoh / The Blue Lotus (3 Complete Adventures in One Volume, Vol. 1)
by Hergé
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Asin: 0316359408
Catlog: Book (1994-05-02)
Publisher: Little, Brown
Sales Rank: 4652
Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars The Adventures of Tintin Volume 1
Tintin in America:
The first well known Tintin book "Tintin in America" begins where reporter Tintin and his trusty canine companion Snowy get off of a train in Chicago in order to solve a new mystery. They come to investigate the doings of the largest gang in Chicago. On their way the gang finds out they're being investigated and try to stop Tintin. Tintin has many close calls and chases, and on top of that some very good luck. I reccomend this book to anyone who loves mystery, suspense, and a great comic.

The Cigars of the Pharaohs:
The second Tintin story begins where Tintin and Snowy stumble on a new mystery on a cruise ship. A man claims to know where the temple of an Egyptian Pharaoh is and Tintin and Snowy go along with him for fun. This temple had been visited before by someone else and Tintin had to find out who made the visit and why not all come out. This book gives the same suspense and mystery as most of the other Tintin books and I reccomend it just as much as all the others.

The Blue Lotus:
After a few days in royalty in India, Tintin is summoned to a new mystery in China. This time he has to investigate the doings of a secret drug dealer, the only problem is that they are too secret. Ofcourse this book has mystery and suspense and I reccomend it to any person who loves the genre.

This 3 volume book is classic Tintin and I love it so much. It's the best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tintin and Snowy rock!
I love Tintin books and this one is no exception. I like the size of the book, the hardcover has a good binding so that it doesn't come apart and with three adventures in one you are getting a great deal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Want to keep your boys quiet? Give them the book!
I gave this book along with vol. 2 to my nephews at 5th grade and 1st grade and they can't put them down after the 1st page. So I decide to buy the whole collection for them.

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Great gifts for kids at the age to open their mind and explore the world!

5-0 out of 5 stars Watch out - Small Size
Watch out, this 3-in-one comes in a smaller size than the regular single adventures. Makes it harder to read and harder to enjoy the graphics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tin Tin- comic extrodinaire'
Tin-Tin is comicbook creation the way it should be!
Tin-Tin is NOT political correctness, it depicks human beings, events as they are, whether evil or good.
You'll be surprised comparing of todays wishy-washy P.C. comics to Tin-Tin..
It has morals, values, perhaps a bit over the top sometimes since black & white issues were more defined years ago..
The artwork is extremely good, even when some panels only have 1 sentance. Tin-Tin will take you to another time & place.
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160. Guardians Of Ga'hoole #7: The Hatchling : The Hatchling (Guardians Of Ga'hoole)
by Kathryn Lasky
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Asin: 0439739500
Catlog: Book (2005-06-01)
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Sales Rank: 1528
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Kludd is dead. Nyra, his mate, is determined that her hatchling, Nyroc, will fulfill his father's destiny: the vicious oppression of all the owl kingdoms. But Nyroc is a poor student of evil. A light grows in his heart, fed by scraps of forbidden legend and strange news of a place where goodness and nobility reign. He must summon all his courage to defy his destiny -- and the embodiment of evil that is his mother.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but what happened to the old Ga'Hoole?!
This book's pretty good, like the other books in the Ga'Hoole series. The stories have a new main character, Nyroc, the son of Kludd and Nyra. Nyroc is destined to become the new leader of the Pure Ones, but his own strange gift, called the fire sight, reveals to him that the Pure Ones, and his mother, are just as evil as in previous books. He and his friend Phillip (remember Dustytuft from The Burning?) must choose to stay with the Pure Ones, or risk everything and leave.

The only bad things about this book are that it is a little duller than the other Ga'Hoole books, and, most importantly, there's hardly anything about Soren and the band! There's only a brief little thing about Otulissa, but you never find out what Soren and the gang are doing now! I missed hearing about the Ga'Hoole Tree, and I hope it's included in the next book, The Outcast.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gaurdians of the Ga'hoole Series
This is the best series of books I've ever read. I never liked to read but ever since I started reading this series i couldn't stop. The first book set a amazing story, it made me want to keep reading. When ever i get board now i'll just go pick up one of the books and start reading. It's like I never want to put in down. Most of my class is reading it to. We are always waiting for a new one to come out. Right now we are waiting for the 7 book to hit the shelves. This book series is amazing i hope it nver ends. Kepp them coming my class will always be waiting for a new one to hit the shelves. ... Read more


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