Rise of the Wolf by Jennifer Nielsen

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Rise of the Wolf Published by Scholastic on January 26,2016
five-stars

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Six Stars.

A six star review is reserved for the books that are extra special. This means they are so good that 5 stars is not enough. They are the books that are destined to become a trend. Rise of the Wolf is one of those books.
After Nic’s first adventure in Mark of the Thief, Rome continues to be in danger from within. The Praetors, a faction of powerful people in Rome have captured Nic’s mother. They are trying to force him to use his magic to find the Malice of Mars and make a Jupiter Stone. It begins the impossible choice because if he does, Rome will fall and if he does not, his mother will be killed.
This book moves at breakneck speed, there is so much action. But just like the Harry Potter books, Nielsen is a master at developing characters while still writing a fast moving plot.
I can’t recommend books by Nielsen enough.
Here is a link to buy it on Amazon.

five-stars

Testing Miss Malarkey Review

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Testing Miss Malarkey on 2000
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four-stars

When the school has to prepare for the big test everyone gets anxious. Eventually they will learn it may not be quite as important as they are led to believe.

Testing Miss Malarkey by Judy Finchler is a picture book that is perfect to read to a class or child as we enter the testing season. Schools emphasize standardized tests so much and this story is a little bit of a commentary on our testing society. Miss Malarkey is getting her class ready for the test, as she insists her class does not have to be nervous She is definitely getting more and more anxious herself.
As the test approaches life at the the elementary school becomes very weird as the adults become overwhelmed with anxiety about the test.
Judy Finchler knows how to write a picture book with enough warmth, heart, and humor that it will be enjoyed by adults and children alike.
4 Stars.

four-stars

What do Teachers Do ( After you leave School)?

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What do Teachers Do ( After You Leave School)?

What Do Teachers Do: After you leave School? Anne Bowen sets to solve this mystery that plagues every child in school. As a child it is always freaky to see a teacher out at the supermarket or at the movie theatre. It takes a while to learn that teachers have their own lives. Anne Bowen has written the perfect book to help the mystery of the main question. Filled with humor and beautiful illustrations, this book is a great book to read to any class. My Kindergarten classes loved it. They gave it 10 stars. But it only gets 5 in my rating system because it was well written and has great pictures and has humor to keep kids interested.

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Coming Soon! Rise of the Wolf by Jennifer Nielsen. 1/26/16

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Rise of the Wolf by Jennifer Nielsen goes on sale January 26,2016. It is the second book in the Mark of the Thief series. Jennifer Nielsen is the author of the Ascendance trilogy and A Night Divided. The fantasy market is filled with so many Harry Potter clones that it was wonderful to find a high quality fantasy adventure in The False Prince. I had seen it on the shelf at the library and picked it up. From the description, it seemed like The Thief, by Meghan Turner. I read The Thief in library school and loved it.When the final book in the Ascendance trilogy came out, it was sad because much like with Deathly Hallows, this engaging magical story was over. Last year, Nielsen released The Mark of the Thief. The first in a new series. This series has much more magic than The False Prince did. Next week the second book in the new series comes out and I am very excited.

Review: Junie B Jones

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Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in her Pocket Published by Scholastic Pages: 67
Format: Paperback
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two-half-stars

E-I-E-I-O!
It's almost the end of the year, and Room 9 is taking a field trip to the farm. There's lots of fun stuff there. Like a real actual barn. And a real actual farmer. There's even real alive animals you can pet! Only, where's the gift shop? That's what Junie B would like to know. Surely no one would want Junie B to come home empty handed.

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The Junie B Jones are very popular as early readers in grade K and 1. They have a lot of problems because of the vernacular Junie speaks with. She speaks with lots of slang words and incorect English. In this volume she is terrified to go to the farm. Her class is taking a field trip to the farm and Junie is trying hard not to have to go.
This is a good book because its enjoyed by students in the age range its meant for but there are other better titles such as those in the Roscoe Riley Rules series.
I would rate this book 2.5 stars or borrow from the library.

two-half-stars

Review: Rachel Parker, Kindergarten Show-Off

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Rachel Parker, Kindergarten Show-Off Pages: 38
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three-stars

Olivia is five years old. She lives with her mom and dad. She has a cat and can read and write.
Rachel Elizabeth is Olivia's new neighbor. They both want to be friends.
But Rachel can do everything Olivia can do. Rachel even has a Grandfather and a baby sister. And Rachel Elizabeth Parker is a show-off!
How can they ever become friends?

Rachel Parker, Kindergarten Show-OffRachel Parker, Kindergarten Show-Off by Ann M. Martin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rachel Parker, Kindergarten Show Off by Ann Martin is the story of a little girl , named Olivia who has a new neighbor. Rachel moves in next door. Both girls are very competititive and are constantly trying to outdo one another. Martin’s narrator, Olivia is perfectly crafted. Her voice sounds exactly like a little girl in kindergarten would.
This is a good book to borrow from the library. It has themes about sharing and gettting along that make it a good book to read together.

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three-stars