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Along Came Galileo by Jeanne Bendick

Along Came Galileo is a biography aimed at upper elementary age kids. It’s easy to read and while short, it covers all the main points of Galileo’s life. It includes quotes from Galileo at the end of each chapter and an index at the end. I recommend this book for kids studying Galileo or famous scientists.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 111 (this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 30,413
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Adrian for Next School Year

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Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess by Richard Platt

Written in diary format, Castle Diary tells the story of one year (1285) in the life of a young boy sent to be a page at his aunt and uncle’s castle. He begins learning things he will eventually need to know to become a knight. The end is a section of information about castles, the fuedal system, and knights. This is an excellent book for elementary school age kids interested in or studying castles, knights, and medieval times.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 106 (this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 29,196
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Who in the World Was the Unready King? by Connie Clark

Ethelred the Unready was just 10-years-old when he was crowned king of England. Over the course of his reign, he dealt with bad advisors, boasting cowards, and Vikings. Who in the World Was The Unready King? tells his story to children. It’s written in a very engaging way and includes an author’s note about what was made up (dreams and thoughts) and what wasn’t (pretty much everything else) and where our information about Ethelred comes from. This is an excellent book for elementary age children who are studying medieval England or Vikings.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 101 (this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 28,276
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Young Marian’s Adventures in Sherwood Forest by Stephen Mooser

Marian and Robin are best friends living in the shadow of the evil Sherriff of Nottingham. When a trick they play on the Sherriff backfires terribly and Marian’s father is arrested, they must find a way to prevent him from being hanged.

Marian is supposed to be an amazing role model in this book, but mostly I just found her to be annoying. It is very far off the Robin Hood stories. My 9- and 10-year-old boys said they liked the story okay. Young Marian’s Adventures in Sherwood Forest isn’t a total waste of time to read, but it’s not a must-read either.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 93
Pages Read in 2017: 26,308
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Reason I Chose It: Bedtime Story for the Boys

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Vikings by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce

Vikings, the nonfiction companion to Viking Ships at Sunrise, is full of information about Vikings including their way of life, beliefs, and daily activities. It is a great source of information for kids who are interested in learning more after reading the fifteenth Magic Treehouse book. I highly recommend it!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 92(this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 26,036
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Viking Ships at Sunrise by Mary Pope Osborne

The magic treehouse brings Annie and Jack to ancient Ireland just in time to see Vikings arrive to raid the monastary. As with all Magic Treehouse books, Viking Ships At Sunrise is simple and formulaic and easy to read. It is perfect for elementary school children and new readers. Some facts are given throughout the book. I recommend the Magic Treehouse series for new readers. They really build confidence!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 92(this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 25,898
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Stories of Beowulf Told to Children by H.E. Marshall

The saga of Beowulf is pretty amazing and Stories of Beowulf Told to Children tells some of the stories in a way that young children can read and understand while still preserving the spirit of the original. This is a great book for anyone studying the middle ages.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 82 (this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 23,153
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Adrian for Next School Year

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