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Mini-review: The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore (William Joyce)

Product Details:
Reading level: picture book
Publisher: June 19, 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781442457027
Source: personal copy





Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds.    

But the power of story will save the day. 




This was such a great find at Barnes and Noble! I was not looking for picture books, but the cover caught my eye. You can't tell from this picture, but the lettering looks like gold leaf. Gorgeous. As stood in the children's section while my oldest soon looked for a book, I started reading The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore. Instant love. 

What does it take to make me go nuts for a children's book? That's pretty simple: a great hidden message between the covers. I knew I had to own this book and use it with my class. (I managed to use it for a prediction lesson.) But what I adored the most about this book is the subtle message about the importance of public libraries…

Mini-review: Pale (Chris Wooding)

Product Details:
Reading level: MG/ YA
Pages: 72
Publisher: September 10, 2012 by Stoke Books
ISBN: 9781781120910
Source: ARC from Netgalley



The Lazarus Serum can bring you back from the dead. Only thing is, it turns you into a Pale. Jed can't imagine anything worse, but then the choice is taken out of his hands...



When I started reading this on my Kindle, I thought it was a full length book. I didn't realize it was more of a novella. With only 72 pages, it was a very quick read. 

I thought it was clever that the serum that brings the recently deceased back to life as "pales" was called the Lazarus Serum. I wonder how many younger readers would pick up on that reference? Since this was a shorter read, the plot moved very quickly. The main character Jed is catapulted into a situation he never wanted to be in. Because of his new circumstances, he has to find a way to survive and cope. He found himself faced with several moral decisions that younger rea…

Review: Hanging By a Thread (Sophie Littlefield)

Product Details:
Reading level: YA
Pages: 288
Publisher: September 11th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0385741049
Source: NetGalley
Read it in 3 days


Summer is the best part of the year in Winston, California, and the Fourth of July is the highlight of the season. But the perfect town Clare remembers has changed, and everyone is praying that this summer will be different from the last two—that this year's Fourth of July festival won't see one of their own vanish without a trace, leaving no leads and no suspects. The media are in a frenzy predicting a third disappearance, but the town depends on tourist dollars, so the residents of Winston are trying desperately to pretend nothing's wrong.

And they're not the only ones hiding something.

Clare, a seamstress who redesigns vintage clothing, has been blessed—or perhaps cursed—with a gift: she can see people's pasts when she touches their clothes. When she stumbles across a denim jacket that o…

Cover Appeal: Beaches

It only seems fitting that since I live in Florida and near 5 beaches that I should find a few images to represent the perfect beach reads.

So here they are... my choices for the perfect beach read.















Hope you enjoyed your summer!
Next Week: Villains

RABT Tour Stop with Lev Raphael

The book:


Older Young Adult/Adult Fantasy
Title: Rosedale the Vampyre
Author:Lev Raphael Date Published: Available now through Amazon
Grief-stricken by his wife's untimely death, a wealthy New York banker turns to sexual abandon in the bordellos of 1907 New York. Then one fateful night, after a mysterious attack, he dies to his old life and is reborn a Vampyre. Once obsessed solely with making money and social advancement, he's now driven by a new, perverse hunger for blood. Written in a period voice, this deeply erotic work takes us into dark corners of the psyche as it explores a secret world of power and obsession.


You can find more information about the book and the author on Goodreads by following this LINK.

You can also watch the book trailer here! 



The author was gracious enough to provide an interview and more insight into his fascinating novel:



Tell us about yourself. I grew up in New York but I’ve lived most of my life in mid-Michigan where I came into my own as an aut…