Monthly Archives: July 2018

Capturing Jasmina by Kimberly Rae

Ten-year-old Jasmina and her brother are sold into slavery by their father. Jasmina manages to escape only to be captured again by another human trafficker. When she runs away, she ends up on the street until she spots a group of women who don’t seem like they belong and Jasmina’s curiosity pushes her to follow them.

I read Capturing Jasmina very quickly because I could barely put it down (and it is pretty short). I was invested in the character of Jasmina and really cared about what happened to her. Because it is aimed at a younger audience, it treats sex trafficking and prostitution delicately and in a very age-appropriate way. I highly recommend this book to teens.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 90
Pages Read in 2018: 21,050
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Why Dinosaurs Matter by Kenneth Lacovara

Like all TED Books, Why Dinosaurs Matter is meant to be read quickly while also being packed full of information. Dinosaurs have always fascinated people and this book takes you on a brief tour of some dinosaurs, including Dreadnoughtus which was discovered by the author. It details what happened after the meteor hit in the Gulf of Mexico and then relates why learning about dinosaurs, and what happened to them, is important to us now. I recommend this book to anyone interested in dinosaurs.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 89
Pages Read in 2018: 20,922
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Abigail Adams: Girl of Colonial Days by Jean Brown Wagoner

Abigail Adams had an interesting life starting with the rush to baptize her because they thought she would die through becoming the second first lady and the first former first lady to later be the mother of a president. Abigail Adams: Girl of Colonial Days focuses on her childhood, telling some of the more interesting highlights. It briefly covers her later years. It’s easy and quick to read. I highly recommend this book to kids who are studying or interested in Abigail Adams.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 88
Pages Read in 2018: 20,733
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Filed under Biography, Reason: Pre-Reading for Adrian

Dinosaurs in the Attic by Douglas J. Preston

Dinosaurs in the Attic is split into two parts. The first part gives an overview of the history of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The second part is a collection of random stories about some of the museum’s artifacts. The writing style is excellent. I found it hard to put the book down which is quite unusual for me reading a nonfiction book. It made me want to go visit the museum one day (which I just may be able to arrange very soon during a long layover in NYC on my way to Ireland). I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the behind-the-scenes of museums.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 87
Pages Read in 2018: 20,541
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The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox

Jessie is kidnapped and put on a slave ship. His job is to play his fife to make the slaves dance to keep them healthy on the trip to Cuba.

The Slave Dancer shows what life on an illegal slaver in the mid-1800s was like both for the crew and the slaves. It’s well-written and hold your attention well. I highly recommend it to middle school age kids and up.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 86
Pages Read in 2018: 20,269
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Filed under Historical Fiction, Reason: Pre-Reading for Cameron, Reason: Pre-Reading for Fritz

Dinosaur Detectives by Judith Bauer Stamper

Ms. Frizzle takes her students on a trip to the three periods of the Mesozoic Era. They learn about and see dinosaurs and attempt to discover what kind of dinosaur a tooth fossil came from.

Magic School Bus stories are always fun and Dinosaur Detectives does not disappoint. It’s packed with information (some slightly out of date) and jokes kids will love. I recommend this book to any kid interested in dinosaurs.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 85
Pages Read in 2018: 20,121
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The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard

The Golden Age of Piracy produced legends like Bellamy and Blackbeard. It only lasted a few years and ended in some dramatic pirate ends. The Republic of Pirates somehow managed to make that exciting time boring. I learned a lot and liked that conversations and everything described came from actual records. But it was so boring. The book is extremely well-researched with copious endnotes. If there is nothing else on the subject to read, it’s good enough, but be aware that it is no page-turner.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 84
Pages Read in 2018: 20,037
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Filed under History, Non-Fiction, Reason: Pre-Reading for Cameron