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Twenty and Ten

Author: Claire Huchet Bishop
Published: March 30th 1978
76 pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

During the German occupation of France, twenty French children were brought to a refuge in the mountains. One day a young man came to their school with a request: Could they take in, and hide, ten Jewish refugee children? Sister Gabriel spoke up. “The Nazis are looking for those children. If we take them we must never let on they are here. Do you understand?” Of course the children understood—but how would they hide them if the Nazis came?

Kim’s Review:

I first had this book read to me all the way back in 5th grade. I loved it then and when I found it on sale at Book Outlet, I got myself a copy, my mother in law a copy, my mom a copy . . . Hey this book will make an awesome Christmas gift for the nieces and nephews this year! Sweet! It’s one of those books that sticks with you. It’s a children’s book, but handles the mature topics of the Holocaust and Nazis in a way that kids will safely understand.

The kids at the school handled the German soldiers better than many others did during WW2. Somehow, they took some of the most annoying kid qualities and twisted them into heroic actions. I have nothing but good things to say about Twenty and Ten and I absolutely recommend it to everyone, especially to any kid, whether they like to read or not. This would be such a great resource for teachers in their classrooms. In a world that shies away from teaching the Holocaust, this is a great foundation for the younger kids to have in preparation for later more mature lessons and conversations.

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Graphic Novel Review: Awkward

Author: Svetlana Chmakova
Published: July 21, 2015
224 pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don’t get noticed by the mean kids.
Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them.

On her first day at her new school, Penelope–Peppi–Torres reminds herself of these basics. But when she trips into a quiet boy in the hall, Jaime Thompson, she’s already broken the first rule, and the mean kids start calling her the “nerder girlfriend.” How does she handle this crisis? By shoving poor Jaime and running away!

Falling back on rule two and surrounding herself with new friends in the art club, Peppi still can’t help feeling ashamed about the way she treated Jaime. Things are already awkward enough between the two, but to make matters worse, he’s a member of her own club’s archrivals–the science club! And when the two clubs go to war, Peppi realizes that sometimes you have to break the rules to survive middle school!

Kim’s Review:

This is my first ever graphic novel. It’s nothing serious, just a funny middle school read! I think I would have found all the dramatics annoying if this had been written in novel form. The artwork is enjoyable, the characters are amusing, and the story is lively and entertaining! I did give it 5 stars, mainly because I have nothing to compare it too, but also because I had so much fun reading it. I recommend this to anyone just starting out with graphic novels and to anybody who wants a light, hilarious read, especially kids!

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Sunday Series Review: The Six of Crows Duology

Today Kim reviews the Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo. She loved it and rated it 5 stars!!!!!

Books in the Duology:
Six of Crows
Crooked Kingdom


Six of Crows
Published: September 29, 2015
465 pages

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Crooked Kingdom
Published: September 27, 2016
536 pages

When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.


Kim’s Rating of the Series: 5 stars
Kim’s Review of the Series:

The Six of Crows audiobook was on sale as one of Audible’s Daily Deals and knowing nothing about it, I bought it. I started listening to it and soon I was looking for any excuse to drive my car so I could keep listening. Then I had to wait a year for Crooked Kindgom to come out, and that was torture. Bardugo has created a world that I could just disappear in. I viewed Ketterdam the same way that I viewed Dickens’ London. I was fascinated and repulsed all at the same time.

Then I met Kaz Brekker. The perfect embodiment of tall, dark and mysterious. And Inej, the wraith. An entire cast of characters that I like. Seriously, I like all of them. How many times in my reviews do I criticize characters in books? Yeah, a lot! But not in Ketterdam! Even the villians, I hate them, but I love them at the same time. When Matthias came in, I thought, “finally! A character I’m going to hate!” Nope. I still loved him. I have nothing bad to say.

And then the story. I’m going to get really nerdy here so stay with me. For those of you Star Trek fans out there, this duology is like watching James T. Kirk facing the Kobayashi Maru. Kaz and his team are faced with the no-win situation. They are faced with an impossible task. Each thing they take on is un-doable. Can they rescue the scientist? Can they save one of their own? Can they accomplish the impossible? Read and find out! Yes, this is a Young Adult duology, but without the annoying teenage drama. This duology could actually fit on any serious fiction reader’s shelf. I absolutely recommend this duology to anyone.

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