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Island of Fog by Keith Robinson

Eight kids growing up on an isolated island always covered in fog suddenly discover there is something very special about them when they begin to change into magical creatures. When they are told that once they change they will be moved to a place with sunshine and blue skies, they aren’t sure who to trust with their secrets.

Island of Fog is the first book in a series. It took me a bit to really get into the story, but once I did I didn’t want to stop reading because I wanted to know what creatures each kid would become and to find out the truth about why they were on the island. The book has a satisfactory ending but still left me wanting to know what happens next. I recommend it to kids around 12 or so and up.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 112
Pages Read in 2017: 30,637
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (I in PERIDOT)

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If All the Swords in England by Barbara Willard

Edmund and Simon, orphaned twins, are split up when Edmund enters the service of the king and Simon goes to work for the exiled Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. The story covers from when all relations, no matter how distant, of Becket were sent into exile with him through his murder. It took a bit to really get into the story due to many stretches where it dragged a bit. I recommend this book to kids studying Becket or the late 1100s.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 109
Pages Read in 2017: 29,897
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Fritz for Next School Year

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The Driscoll Theory by Diana Driscoll

Diana Driscoll and her kids were diagnosed with EDS and POTS. She decided to start testing remedies to see what could be used to help others like themselves. She found several natural remedies as well as a few pharmaceutical ones that help various issues related to EDS/POTS. The book outlines what her research has revealed. I found it very interesting and saw my 17-year-old daughter, who has been diagnosed with EDS and POTS among other things, in the descriptions. We will definitely be talking to her doctor about some of Dr. Driscoll’s findings. The only thing I did not like about was the excessive praise for Dr. Driscoll and The Driscoll Theory throughout the book. It just wasn’t necessary and felt weird every time it showed up. I highly recommend this book for people with EDS/POTS and their caregivers.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 107
Pages Read in 2017: 29,533
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Reason I Chose It: Ani has EDS and POTS

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Stories of Roland Told to the Children

Stories of Roland Told to the Children is the story of Charlemagne, Ganelon, and Roland told in a way that is easily accessible for middle grade children. There is a lot of violence and death since it’s all about battles. It’s a good choice for students learning about Charlemagne or the story of Roland.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 97 (this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 27,387
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Adrian for Next School Year

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“You Look Like That Girl…” by Lisa Jakub

Lisa Jakub starting acting at age 4. She was in movies like Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day. When she was 22, she made the decision to leave it all behind. While the transition from child actor to regular person who gets recognized sometimes was not easy, it was what she needed to do. She had a very different childhood than most, but she doesn’t regret her experience. The book does not contain sordid details (unless you count the teamsters teaching a preschooler how to play craps). It is in need of an editor, however, due to the number of missing or incorrect words. I recommend “You Look Like That Girl…” to fans of Lisa Jakub and people who enjoy autobiographies.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 97
Pages Read in 2017: 27,323
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (Y in RUBY)

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Bundle of Trouble by Diana Orgain

Baby Laurie is born the very same day her parents get the news that her father’s brother’s body might have been found. Her mother, Kate, then spends her maternity leave trying to solve several murders and to maybe, somehow, start a private investigating business so as not to have to return to the corporate world.

Bundle of Trouble is the first book in the Maternal Instincts series. I’ve read others in the series before and they are all quite amusing. That Kate is a brand new mother (complete with leaking breasts – buy some breastpads for goodness sake!) adds to the hilarity. I recommend reading this book to all fans of cozy mysteries, especially if they are mothers.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 94
Pages Read in 2017: 26,604
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (B in RUBY)

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Princess by Jean Sasson

Princess is the true story of one of the many Saudi Arabian princesses growing up in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. It is a collection of stories, many of which illustrate the problems with being female in a male dominated society. It’s an interesting glimpse into a few years in the life of mostly wealthy Saudis. I recommend reading it.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 91
Pages Read in 2017: 25,254
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Cameron for Next School Year

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