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Picture Book Saturday: Sally Lightfoot's Journey (C.S. Walkingheart)

The Deets: audience: wee ones pages: 42 publisher: Pilothead Press (April 22, 2012) ASIN: B007WS81CC genre: picture book Find it on Amazon source: copy from author in exchance for a review



Sally Lightfoot, an incredibly colorful shore crab, is swept out to sea in this brilliantly-colored children's picture book adventure. While on her impromptu expedition she encounters many exotic creatures (such as jellyfish-eating sea slugs), not all of which are friendly. Will Sally make it back to shore?




This is honestly one of the better picture books I've read in a while. I wish it was traditionally published, and not just an e-book.

The illustrations were great. Very detailed and fully of vibrant colors. I loved them all! The colorful reef images were so bright and realistic looking.

The best part of this book is actually the story. It was told in a rhyming format that was not forced or silly. Each of the ryhymes fit perfectly together to tell a great adventure story. It seems tha…

Minute review: Poison (Bridget Zinn)

The deets:
Audience: MG or YA
pages: 288
publisher: March 12th 2013 by Disney Hyperion
ISBN: 9781423139935
genre: fairytale
source: eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review




Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Mini-review: Debris (Kurtis Wiebe)

The Deets:
Audience: YA/MG
Pages: 128
Publisher: February 19, 2013 Diamond Book Distributors
ISBN: 9781607067207
genre: graphic novel
source: e-arc from Netgalley



In the far future, humanity has doomed planet Earth to rot and decay, covering her surface with garbage.

Now, ancient spirits called the Colossals rise from the debris and attack the remaining survivors, forcing the human race to the brink of extinction.

After an attack leaves their people without water, Maya, the last Protector, sets out on a journey for pure water, to save the world before the monsters bring it all to an end. The cover image doesn't do much to show you what this book will be about. Debris was one part Alien, one part Transformers, and one part something else. Like the synopsis says, the story takes place far in the future. In this grim future, Maya, a kick butt heroine has to set out to save her people-- the remaining few of humanity.

Her quest takes her to some very dark places. She battles monster…

The Lost Girl read-along: Week 2

Last week we read and discussed the first 54 pages of Sangu Mandanna's The Lost Girl. This week we are finishing up part one by reading pages 55-100. Didn't get a chance to share your brilliance last week, or new to the read-along? No worries. You can check out that post HERE.



As you read this week, think about this:

Sean tells Eva that there's nothing wrong with being an echo and that she represents hope. How is Sean's argument true? How is it not true? What else might echoes represent?




For week 3, we will be starting part 2 of The Lost Girl. I will post the discussion questions next Sunday, so check back then to post! Remember, you get 2 entries in the giveaway for every comment you leave on the blog, plus an additional 1 entry for posting on the Facebook page (LINK HERE). So don't be shy! It doesn't matter when you post either, just as long as it's before we finish the book.

Week 1 discussion questions here.

Week 2 discussion questions here.

Week 3 discus…