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Booklikes-opoly 7/3 roll

This is a bit delayed because of July 4th and schoolwork, and everything else in RL. I rolled on Wednesday the 3rd and it was a bit confusing, but I think I’m ready to post now.

 

Current Bank: $36.00

 

Including finished since my last BL-opoly post:

10 Beach Week – Dark Matter by Blake Crouch = $3.00

3 School’s Out for Summer – Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson = $3.00

 

Regular Roll:

Moving 4 spaces takes me to Railroad 14: The Patagonia Star

 

First 4th of July bonus roll:

 

Moving 11 spaces takes me to 24 Booklikes Square (spin the Wheel Decide)

Spinning the Wheel gave me: Read a book that has been reviewed by one of the other players.

 

Second 4th of July bonus roll:

Moving 4 spaces takes me to:

                

 

In Jail, I rolled the dice to determine my bail

I deducted $5 from the bail fund and am now out of jail (hooray)!

 

 

Third 4th of July bonus roll (not sure if I take this after being in jail)

 

Moving 7 spaces takes me to: Mountain Cabin 16. (If I’m not supposed to roll again, I will delete this move.)

 

So here is my board with my confusing movements:

 

 

I’m still holding the Robot & the Scottie dog cards:

          

 

Now I need to pick books for:

RR 14 – Read a book set in Central or South America or by an author from any of those countries.

BL 24 – Read a book that has been reviewed by another player

Mountain Cabin 16 – Mystery/Suspense or title contains all the letters in the word CABIN

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Small Spaces

Review:

Small Spaces - Katherine Arden, Renee Dorian

Audience: Middle Grade

Format: Audiobook/Library

 

 

October in East Evansburg, and the last warm sun of the year slanted red through the sugar maples.

– first sentence

 

I’ve seen Small Spaces on shelves, but I was never interested in reading it (I’m not even sure why). Turns out it is a scary story that involves ghosts, and that is right up my alley.

 

Ollie is a sixth-grader who loves books and uses reading to escape from a tragedy that she doesn’t want to think about. One day Ollie sees a strange woman about to throw a book into the river and she grabs the book and runs home. Ollie reads the book and is intrigued by the creepy story about making deals with a “smiling man” for a price. During a class field trip to Smoke Hollow farm, Ollie discovers the graves of the people from the story. On the drive home, the bus breaks down and the driver tells Ollie to “get moving before they come for the rest of you.” Ollie is confused but decides to trust her gut. She only manages to convince two kids to go with her. It seems like the scarecrows are closing in on them, but what do they want?

 

This book is great about questioning stereotypes. Ollie’s mom is a bold adventurer, her dad bakes and knits, and Coco is a pretty, feminine girl who also rock climbs. Ollie realizes that Coco doesn’t cry because she is weak, but because she feels things so strongly. Maybe crying isn’t a weakness. Ollie is trying to hide from her feelings in books, but she realizes that she can’t hide forever. The scarecrows who chase the kids during the second half of the book must eventually be faced, just as Ollie must face her feelings about a tragic loss.

 

This is another Sunshine State nominated book (grades 6-8). I think kids who like scary books will really enjoy this one and it has a strong female lead, so even better.

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The Adventurer’s Guild

Review:

The Adventurers Guild - Zack Loran Clark, Nick Eliopulos, Johnny Heller

Audience: Middle Grade

Format: Audiobook/Library Copy

 

 

 

Though the world had ended long before Zed was born, this was still the scariest day of his life.

– first sentence

 

 

Zed and Brock are best friends and they live in Freestone, one of the last cities standing after the world fell to monsters. Zed is half-elf and he hopes to be picked for the Mages Guild. Brock, whose father is a merchant, expects to be picked for the Merchants Guild. But life doesn’t always go as planned and the boys end up part of the Adventurer’s Guild. The Adventurers are the last line of defense against the Dangers (otherworldly monsters) and the only ones who dare venture outside the walls of Freestone. Jett and Liza make up the remaining members of the apprentices who must spend the night outside the walls for their initiation.

 

This is a great first book in the series and I can’t wait to read book two. Zed is a clumsy, funny hero with surprising powers. Brock is strong and thinks he has it all figured out, but ends up in a situation he hates but can’t escape from. Liza is a noble who decides she wants to be whatever she decides and volunteers for the Adventurers. Jett is a dwarf and is strong inside and outside. 

 

I loved getting to know the characters and holding my breath when they were in danger. There is intrigue, danger, excitement, and loss in this book along with themes of friendship and what it means to be loyal. I can’t wait to read book 2.

 

I think this is going to be a popular book in school this year.

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Review:

Dark Matter: A Novel - Blake Crouch

Audience: Adult

Format: Physical/Owned

 

 

I love Thursday nights.

– first sentence

 

Such an ordinary opening line for an extraordinary story. Jason (a college professor), his wife (Daniela), and their teenage son Charlie spend Thursday nights together, making dinner, eating, and talking. Until the Thursday when Jason goes to meet his friend at a bar and is abducted on the way home. He wakes up in a world he doesn’t know. He is confused and wondering which world is real and which is the dream/crazy place he made up in his brain. The truth is even crazier and trying to wrap my mind about it almost broke my brain.

 

I was fascinated by the story and trying to figure out how Crouch was going to resolve the main problem of getting Jason back to his wife. Every time Jason stepped out of the box, I was thinking, “no – go back in, it isn’t safe!” But he kept going out into worlds that obviously weren’t his. I especially loved that Crouch didn’t shy away from the last problem that kept Jason from being happy – I didn’t even think about it until it happened, but then it made perfect sense.

 

Another highly recommended Crouch novel!

 

I read this for Booklikes-opoly Beach Week 10 (author’s last name begins with one of the letters in BEACH). At 342 pages, it is worth $3.00.

 

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The Bicycle Spy – audiobook

Review:

Bicycle Spy - Yona Zeldis McDonough

Audience: Middle Grade

Format: Audiobook/Library Copy

 

 

A gust of wind cut across Marcel’s face as he cycled furiously down the street.

– first sentence

 

Marcel lives in German-occupied France in 1942. He is obsessed with cycling and with the Tour de France (which has been canceled for the past two years). But he soon discovers two secrets that make the race seem unimportant. First, his parents are part of the revolution and second, his friend Delphine is actually Jewish. Riding his bike, Marcel carries messages for the resistance hidden in the bread his parents bake. When he discovers Delphine and her family are in danger, he will risk his life to save them.

 

This is an imaginative historical adventure. Marcel uses his cycling to help him get through his fear and both Marcel and Delphine are authentic and likable characters. The story is enriched by the historical background and details of the story. 

 

Overall, this is a well-written, sensitive read that children in grades 4-8 will enjoy. It encourages children to stand up for others and for what they believe in. It would make an excellent addition to a World War II curriculum.

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Greetings from Witness Protection – Audiobook

Review:

Greetings from Witness Protection! - Jake Burt

Audience: Middle Grade

Format: Audiobook/Library

 

I’m working on making a world.

– first sentence

 

Nicki has been living in a foster center since her grandmother died. One day, the FBI suddenly shows up to ask for her help. They want her for a new program in witness protection called Project Family. The idea is to add a child to the family in WITSEC to make them harder to find. Nicki is to become Charlotte Trevor, part of a family that includes a father, mother, and younger brother. The mother testified against the members of her family who just so happen to be part of the Italian mob. Charlotte (Nicki) and the rest of the Trevor family need to play their roles perfectly so that the Cercatore family doesn’t find them.

 

I listened to the audio version which I borrowed from my public library and the narrator did a fantastic job. She sounded exactly like a snarky teenage girl. Nicki (Charlotte) struggles with kleptomania and when she gets scared, she tends to steal things (her hands are very fast). Nicki is a clever, strong girl who knows how to take care of herself, but during the course of the book, she realizes how much she needs people to confide in. I knew the bad guys would eventually find them, and I had an idea of how Charlotte would stop them, but some of the details were a bit unexpected.

 

I think kids will enjoy this story and relate to the way the characters feel like they don’t fit in. The Trevor family faces homework issues, bullying, sibling squabbles, and other typical situations that kids will understand. The story is engaging and Nicki (Charlotte) makes a great kid hero.

 

This book is nominated for a Sunshine State award for grades 6-8. I am trying to read as many as I can again this year.

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Booklikes-opoly 6/9 roll

 

Current Bank: $25.00 + $5.00 for passing GO

 

I finished my second book, so on to the next roll:

 

 

Moving 6 spaces takes me past GO to space #3 – School’s Out for Summer

 

    

 

Then, since I rolled doubles,  I roll again:

 

 

Moving 8 spaces takes me to space #10 – Beach Week

 

 

 

So, I passed GO which means I collect $5.00.

 

I’m still holding the Robot & the Scottie dog cards:

          

 

I’m reading Dark Matter by Blake Crouch for space #10 – Beach Week and Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson for space #3 – School’s Out for Summer.

 

 

 

 

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