Great Finds Issue #13

November 22, 2009 at 10:37 pm (Great Finds) ()

What to do when you don’t live close to a book store? Two words – Thrift Shop!



Comes the Bond Fury by John Saul

The Loch by Steve Alten

Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts

Engaging Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn



Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume

The Baby-Sitters Club Mystery #17 Dawn and the Halloween Mystery by Ann M. Martin

The Baby-Sitters Club #123 Claudia’s Big Party by Ann M. Martin

The Baby-Sitters Club #19 Claudia and the Bad Joke by Ann M. Martin

Petals on the Wind by V.C. Andrews

Baby-Sitters Little Sister: Karen’s Field Day by Ann M. Martin

Baby-Sitters Little Sister: Karen’s Copycat by Ann M. Martin

The Baby-sitter 3  by R.L. Stine

Bone Chillers: Beware The Shopping Mall by Betsy Haynes

Sweet Valley Twins #21 Left Behind by Jamie Suzanne


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Book Review: Battling the Unknown: The Last Rawl Trilogy

November 14, 2009 at 10:31 pm (Book Reviews) (, , , )

Battling the Unknown: The Last Rawl Trilogy

BY: Meg Christian



ISBN: 0-7414-4793-2

Pages: 146

Ages: Teen & Up

Reviewed by Billy Burgess

In book one of the trilogy, the young author Meg Christian has created the fantasy world of Umberodia. In this land is a sixteen year old Katrina Rawl. Her mother passed away when she was very young. Since then, she has lived with her aunt. Katrina spends her days selling vegetables on the side of the road. She likes to read books which is something that is forbidden by the Emperor.

Katrina stumbles upon a letter written by her mother. In the letter is a message that she is suppose to give to Amile the Warrior. Soon after, the Emperor sends out his army to do a routine house by house search. The army reports back to the Emperor telling him of a young girl named Katrina Rawl. The Emperor knows this must be the only daughter of Marianne Rawl. He orders his army to retrieve the girl.

When the army arrives the next night, Katrina slips out of the house and escapes. She heads to Ioni where she hopes to find the Amile the Warrior. On the way she finds may other dangers. She also meets a skittish bird named Twitter and a young man named Arlon who help her on the journey.

This is an adorable tale set in an original world of Umberodia. Meg Christian’s love of adventure and storytelling is shown in Battling the Unknown: The Last Rawl Trilogy. The young author is donating all of the profits to the Southern New Hampshire Rescue Mission. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good quest and wonderful characters.

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Book Review – First Night

November 7, 2009 at 2:38 am (Book Reviews, teen, Young Adult) (, , , )

First Night

BY: Tom Weston

PUBLISHED BY: tom weston media


ISBN: 978-0-981-94130-1

Pages: 253

Ages: Teen & Up

Reviewed by Billy Burgess

Author Tom Weston brings us an old fashioned ghost tale in First Night. The story begins with Sarah Pemberton who has caught the small pox. A family friend, Captain John Ayres, gives her an ivory bracelet to wear. Sarah dies.

The story skips to the present day. Alexandra O’Rourke and her younger sister, Jackie, are spending their New Year’s Eve with their aunt and uncle in Boston. They’re California girls and rather be home partying than spending their vacation in Boston.

Their aunt and uncle let them go out on their own and explore Boston. They come across a teenager wearing a 1600’s dress. Her name is Sarah Pemberton. The same Sarah who died many years ago of small pox. The Court of Spirits have accused her of being a witch and release her into our world to find a lawyer.

Alexandra and Jackie think nothing of it because they’re in the historical part of Boston. They change their minds when Sarah runs through Alex.

With time running out, Sarah takes Jackie back to the Court of Spirits to help defend her soul. Alexandra stays behind and searches for the Devil’s Book.

Tom Weston has written a fun, original novel while blending in some historical facts and locations about Boston. Alexandra and Jackie are believable teenage characters with cleverly written dialogue. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good ghost story.


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