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Picture Book Saturday: Walter the Farting Dog: Trouble At the Yard Sale

The Deets:
Audience: wee ones
Pages: 32
Publisher: March 30th 2004
ISBN: 9780142406267
Genre: picture book
Source: library book






Walter's family is holding a yard sale, but there are few customers. Walter, fartingcontentedly near Father, wonders why. When a man offers ten dollars for Walter, Father readily agrees. Walter wonders why. Walter is sad to leave his family behind, but relieved to discover that his new owner is a clown. Walter figures he will help the clown bring joy to children on their b...moreWalter's family is holding a yard sale, but there are few customers. Walter, fartingcontentedly near Father, wonders why. When a man offers ten dollars for Walter, Father readily agrees. Walter wonders why. Walter is sad to leave his family behind, but relieved to discover that his new owner is a clown. Walter figures he will help the clown bring joy to children on their birthdays. But the clown has a dastardly plot: he will use Walter's gas to inflate balloons and then pop…

Review: Darkride (Laura Bradley Rede)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 500+
Publisher: ebook
ISBN: 9781465899651
Source: copr of book from author in exchange for an honest review
Genre: paranormal romance


Ander McNair used to be the favorite son of a great monster-hunting family – until he was bitten by a werewolf and the hunter became the hunted. Now anything that makes his pulse race, even a kiss from his girlfriend Cicely, is enough to turn him into a monster. When he finally gets a chance to earn his cure by killing a vampire prince, he finds he has to choose between his own past and the future of the girl he loves. Can a guy who’s not even human learn what it means to be a man?

Luke Marianez used to be an immortal vampire prince – until the witch he loved betrayed him and cursed him with the ability to die. Now he lives in the world of vampire blood bars, where the waitresses are the drinks, and dreams about killing the last of the witch’s line so he can live forever. But revenge doesn’t just mean breaking the curse. H…

review: Splintered (A. L. Howard)

The Deets:
audience: YA
pages: 371
publisher: January 1st 2013 by Amulet Books
ISBN: 9781419704284
genre: retelling
source: eARC from Netgalley


This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subdui…

Teacher Tuesday: Write Better Stories and Essays

Write Better Stories and Essays: Topics and Techniques to Improve Writing Skills for Students in Grades 6 - 8. The nice thing about the Common Core Standards is that everyone can use them. Oh, did I say "can"? I mean "will" because they are here--whether you are ready for them or not. After all, isn't that the essence of "common core"? I found that this particular book would make a nice addition to your teacher tool kit. Some highlights of the book are: 1. The practical writing practice for both fiction and nonfiction pieces. There are several story starters included to allow students the opportunity to practice using different literary elements. 2. The practice activities for identifying illogical or incomplete content (in a passage), grammar skills, and inconsistent verb tense and voice. Which, any ELA teacher knows is extremely hard for middle school students to master. There are also lessons on eliminating over used words and properly using p…

Virtual book club at The Flashlight Reader: Pick a book

Well, after much thought (and a little prodding from a friend), I decided to try something new. I felt like my blogging was in a rut and a bit boring. It was all book reviews and ... Well, that was it. I haven't had an author interview in ages. I do giveaways periodically. I've even slacked on blog tours. Such a bad blogger.

And I totally blame my grown up life. But, as a way to break the blahs and do something new, I thought, "Hey, why not a book club?" All my buds live everywhere but near me, so it wasn't possible to have a face to face club. So I thought, why not take advantage of this thing called the internet and make it a virtual book club? I've seen those around, and they seem pretty fun.

Alas, that's what I decided to do. of course, I had to get moving on it; otherwise, I would procrastinate and it would fizzle out before it ever started. Also a byproduct of my grown up life.

So here we go... A debut (for me). Go ahead and read the summaries o…