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Allie Finkle: Glitter Girls and the Great Fake Out

Allie Finkle: Glitter Girls and the Great Fake Out

Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Girls and the Great Fake Out

When Allie’s friend’s big sister enters the regional Twirltacular baton twirling competition, Allie can’t wait to go see the spectacle of so many talented girls in glittery costumes.

But then her mom goes and ruins her plans be promising that she will attend her arch enemy Brittany Hauser’s birthday party. How could she make these plans without asking Allie first!

Allie’s pretty mad until she finds out the party is at Glitterati, a store that hosts birthday parties where girls can dress up and act like a model. And a stretch limo is taking the girls there. And they get to eat at a fancy restaurant. And they get to spend the night at a fancy hotel! Allie decides she can put up with Brittany just long enough to enjoy the benefits of her ooh lah lah once-in-a-lifetime party.

The problem…how to tell her friends that she is choosing the fancy party over them. Blame Mom! Problem solved! Except Allie tells a little white lie to cover up her real desire to go to the party and boy does she make a mess for herself in true Allie Finkle style. Another fun week in the life of Allie Finkle! Author: Meg Cabot

And here’s a book Allie would love – full of all kinds of glamourous advice like how to have the flutteriest eyelashes and how to make your own body glitter.

Girls' Book of Glamour

#1 Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Moving Day
#2 Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: The New Girl
#3 Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Best Friends and Drama Queens
#4 Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Stage Fright
#5 Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Glitter Girls and the Great Fake Out

More girls like Allie figuring out life and friends with a good sense of humor:
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret Smile Dear Dumb Diary That's What Friends Aren't For The Beef Princess of Practical County
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The 39 Clues #8: The Emperor’s Code

The 39 Clues #8: The Emperor’s Code

The Emperor's Code

Still hot on the trail of the 39 Clues Dan and Amy Cahill find themselves in China hoping that the trail will continue to lead them to treasure beyond their wildest dreams.

At The Forbidden City in Beijing, Dan and Amy get an up close tour of the famous Terra Cotta Army of  Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di. He was the first Chinese Emperor. (A Cahill of course!) He is well known for unifying China and for building The Great Wall of China. He is also famous for the statue army that was placed in his tomb. The warrior statues are life size and all have a different face – thousands of them! (Really, these statues are real.) While there, Dan finds a pice of fabric in the secret attic of an old temple. The fabric has Cahill family crests on it as well as some Chinese writing. Definately a clue!

When Amy suggests asking Uncle Alistair translate the writing Dan won’t even terra-cotta-armygive the idea a chance. No way is Dan trusting ANYONE every again.

Amy takes this moment to talk about something that has been bugging her for awhile:

There’s something pretty big we have to face up to….Mom and Dad were Madrigals….[W]ho knows what kind of weird stuff a couple of Madrigals could have been into? We look at the other teams as the bad guys. But what if, back then, that’s how the rest of the faily saw Mom and Dad? A couple of loose cannons who had to be stopped?

terra-cotta-warriorThe idea that their parents could have been bad guys makes Dan so angry he runs off in a rage…and promptly gets kidnapped! Now separated, Dan and Amy have some big decisions to make about their loyalty…is it to The 39 Clues, or to each other? And please, somebody tell me, is Nellie a good guy or a bad guy?!! When she is talking on the phone – who is she talking to? Gordon Korman Series: The 39 Clues

  • The Emperor’s Code on CD

The first four 39 Clues Books so far…there will be 10 in all.:
The Maze of Bones Once False Note The Sword Thief Beyond the Grave
The Black Circle In Too Deep The Viper's Nest Book 9: (May 25, 2010) by Linda Sue Park
Book 10: (August 31, 2010) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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One Crazy Summer

One Crazy Summer

Once Crazy Summer

Delphine is on an airplane with her little sisters Vonetta and Fern on her way to spend a few weeks in the summer with the Mother she barely remembers. From Brooklyn to Oakland is a long way to go to spend time with someone you don’t even know, even if she is your Mother. But Delphine’s Dad thinks it is a good idea, so the girls go.

Mother is a statement of fact. Cecile Johnson gave birth to us. We came out of Cecile Johnson. In the animal kingdom that makes her out  mother. Every mammal on the planet has a mother, dead or alive. Ran off or stayed put. Cecile Johnson – mammal birth giver, alive, an abandoner – is our mother. A statement of fact.

Reading that quote you get a good idea about what Delphine thinks of her Mother and the fact that her Mother just up and left. Delphine’s Mom left the girls when Fern was just a tiny baby and for all that time hasn’t done a single thing to spend any time with the girls or even talk to them on the phone. Cecile, the girls’ Mom, isn’t even very happy when she meets them at the airport. It’s like she’s put out that they’ve come to visit. Once at her house she forbids them from entering her kitchen and sends them out for takeout. During the long summer days she sends them to the park or the neighborhood community center to get them out of the house. 

At the beginning of the summer you see Delphine getting to know this woman who is her Mom, and a lot of the time she doesn’t like her very much. She questions her judgement all the time. But as the day goes by Delphine starts to see who Cecile is, besides being the girls’  “mammal birth giver.”

I think when you’re a kid, it’s hard to see grown-ups, especially parents, as real people. It’s really hard to imagine your parents being anyone other than your parents, even though they were kids and grown people with a life before you came along. I liked watching Delphine get to know “Cecile the person” and learn to accept who Cecile really is and not who Delphine wishes her to be. Author: Rita Williams-Garcia 2011 Coretta Scott King Award, 2011 Newbery Honor Book, 2011 Scott O’Dell Prize for Historical Fiction, 2010 National Book Award Finalist

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The Ranger’s Apprentice – Review by Siohban

The Ranger’s Apprentice – Review by Siohban

Ruins of Gorlan

Siohban says,

This book is about a young orphan boy named Will. Will lives with a group of other orphans who were raised by the Baron Arald, known as wards. Choosing day is when the wards turning fifteen get a chance to be an apprentice to one of the masters of the many different crafts that serve the castle and its people. Will is worried that he won’t get chosen, and will have to work on a farm. This is his worst fear.

When Will first arrived at Castle Redmont, he was in a basket with only a note that said, “His mother died in childbirth. His father died a hero. Please care for him. His name is Will.”. Will dreams of his father as a soldier who died during the battle of Hackham Heath, and wishes to go to Battleschool to honor his father, but Will is not built well for Battleschool. He is short and thin, but can move quickly and easily without being seen. Eventually, he gets chosen to apprentice a Ranger.

Official Website Ranger’s Apprentice

Series: The Ranger’s Apprentice

#1 The Ruins of Gorlan on CDeBook
#2 The Burning Bridge on CDeBook
#3 The Icebound Land on CDeBook
#4 The Battle for Skandia on CD
#5 The Sorcerer in the North on CDeBook
#6 The Siege of Macindaw on CDeBook
#7 Erak’s Ransom on CD
#8 The Kings of Clonmel on CD
#9 Halt’s Peril on CD
#10 The Emperor of Nihon-Jin on CD

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Book News – New Camp Half-Blood Series: The Heroes of Olympus

Book News – New Camp Half-Blood Series: The Heroes of Olympus

riordan-medal1The second series by Rick Riordan, the author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, is also about Camp Half-Blood and will be called The Heroes of Olympus. The first book, called The Lost Hero, will come out October 12, 2010.

After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Now, in a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood.. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they’ll need the help of some familiar demigods.

Sounds good!

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