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The 39 Clues: Unstoppable: Nowhere to Run: Book 1

The 39 Clues

The 39 Clues (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by Jude Watson

The 39 Clues is a great series written by multiple authors. Siblings, Amy and Dan, find themselves in turmoil as their parents and beloved grandmother, Grace, have been murdered and they are involved in a clue hunt to not only save themselves, but the entire world. This is the first book of the Unstoppable series, a sub-series in the 39 Clues world.

Amy and Dan have just finished another clue hunt to save members of their remarkable family and find out more about themselves, their parents and grandmother. Now, another entity has stolen something no one should possess and he is out to remove Amy and Dan from getting in his way as he attempts to dominate the world. These books are entertaining and educational as the characters travel all over the world, learn about famous people and events in history.

Great for the upper-elementary and middle school age kids. My husband even enjoys them!

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You can also find a series of mystery and adventure games on the 39 Clues website.

Ever wonder?

NorthangeAlibi   Did you ever wonder what happened to the book you read when you werea kid? You know, the Louisecover_haunted_libraryones that were full of adventure and mystery? The ones that were full of real romance and fantasy? Those books that made us fall in love with history and sci-fi?

Well, they are back. Not the ones we read way back then but new modern books that can make you enjoy fantastical battles, solve great mysteries and fall in love all over again. Where, you ask?

Here! Well, not here, but at CleanAuthors.com! What’s better? A 99-Cent Back to School Event! On September 13th, yes, Friday the 13th, the authors on CleanAuthors.com will be offering numerous books for 99 cents each from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other vendors and in various formats.

At CleanAuthors.com you will find children’s, YA (young adult), and adult literature. Various genre to choose from: fantasy, romance, historical, Christian, LDS, and more.

Join us at CleanAuthors.com!!

 

Fairy Tale Read-a-Thon Starting Line and Progress Post

"One of the lovely things about writing i...

“One of the lovely things about writing is you can get revenge.” -Gail Carson Levine (Photo credit: MrSchuReads)

Gail Carson Levine is one of my favorite authors. She writes books anyone can read, but what I find wonderful about her books is they show young girls that they can overcome adversity. Her books are so well written that some of my boys, those who are willing to give a “girl’s book” a chance, find they love them and begin recommending them to their peers.
Great for all ages. Great for all genders.

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The Details

  • What: An event to read fairy tales and retellings, with minichallenges almost every day and a Twitter chat on Sept. 6.
  • Where: Debz Bookshelf (Click for details.)
  • When: Sept. 1- Sept. 7

My To-Read List

This is open to change, particularly if I get to the library where I can get other fairy tales, but here are some books I am considering reading for the event.

My Progress

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School is getting back in session

English: Louise Arnold, a writer of Children's...

English: Louise Arnold, a writer of Children’s Literature (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Four children reading the book How th...

English: Four children reading the book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posts will be coming! I have read a couple of kids books over the summer. Mostly in preparation for the school year and teaching students about the library and its various uses. But, fun reading will ensue. I will plan to do reading club this year. Not like in years past but a real reading club. We will see what happens!

Summer Break

13-Gordon Korman 39 Clues Cahills vs Vespers

13-Gordon Korman 39 Clues Cahills vs Vespers (Photo credit: Scholastic Inc.)

The 39 Clues

The 39 Clues (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, folks. This is when I get caught up on my growth up reading! I will not be posting too much for elementary aged children here unless I find something new or unexpected. I did read another 39 Clues: Cahills vs Vespers (#6), Day of Doom, this week. By David Baldacci.

I have to say I liked the way he wrote this final(?) book of this series. A little darkness but also revelations about the who the characters ultimately are to themselves and to those around them.

Warning; however, there is some sadness. There will be death and redemption in this particular book.

Great job Mr. Baldacci! I look forward to more of your writing in this series (The 39 Clues).

The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy

English: Detail of a vintage patchwork quilt s...

English: Detail of a vintage patchwork quilt shows dye rot in one of the fabrics. Over time, heavy metals in the dark colored dye used for the pattern have caused the fabric to disintegrate, leaving the batting showing through. Taken at the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association show at the Santa Cruz county fairgrounds in Watsonville, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Woman with a Patchwork Quilt, Works Progress A...

Woman with a Patchwork Quilt, Works Progress Administration Craft Project, 1935 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Patchwork quilt

Patchwork quilt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Grandma is making a patchwork quilt from bits and pieces of fabric snipped from discarded old clothing and leftover material from sewn special occasion items. Tanya is curious as to what Grandma is doing and Mama just sees a mess. When Grandma becomes ill, Tanya takes over. She understands why Grandma makes the quilt from bits and pieces of her family‘s clothing. Mama and Tanya’s brothers help out a bit as they see how hard she works to complete the quilt for Grandma. The surprise comes at the end when Tanya realizes something is missing from the patchwork quilt and when the quilt is finally finished.

Lovingly written about the concept of family and how it used to be recorded, “in the olden days” before everyone could read and write. Also about the necessity of creating something from discarded materials, letting nothing go to waste, and reusing items to save money and provide for the family. Memories are made from loving hands.

My students listened to this story and had great questions. I found that they still understand the concept of creating an heirloom and putting pieces of themselves into a family history. I adore books such as these because my students need to understand that just because something CAN be bought doesn’t mean it SHOULD be bought.

Island of the Blue Dolphins By Scott O’Dell

Karana, fictitious name by O’Dell for the Lost Woman of San Nicolas Island, aka Juana Maria, is left behind on San Nicolas Island and lives for approximately twenty years without human contact. Not much is known of her as she was the last of her kind, spoke an unknown language, and died before learning English. Scott O’Dell did a wonderful job of creating a diary of what it may have been like for the young girl left on an island all by herself for nearly twenty years. He did not spend a lot of time and effort on being overly dramatic. It is more like a diary. Since there is not a lot known of this person all that can be written is speculation.

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