Sep 9, 2011

Quick Reviews - Vanish, Dear Bully, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

Vanish (Firelight #2) by Sophie Jordan
September 6th, 2011 by HarperTeen

Firelight fans will eat this one up! Fast paced, action packed, and plenty of kissy times - what's not to love? Jacinda faces her punishment from the pride, Tamra just ain't herself, and then there are boys. Jealous ones, pushy ones, and ones to gush over. This one is a fast page turner, and do I dare say that I *might* have loved it even more than Firelight? Maybe..... If you haven't started this series, get to steppin'!

5 Stars

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stores edited by Megan Kelley Hall & Carrie Jones 
September 1st, 2011 from HarperTeen

70 poignant essays that will make you tear and/or cheer. There is literally something in this book for everyone. I cried, I laughed, I wanted to write a letter to my Congressman, but  most of all...I learned a few things. Bullying doesn't take one form and it can occur at any age. This is a must have for every library, teacher, and anyone who owns a shelf...or a table. Be a hero and buy this book for someone who is struggling.

5 Stars

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
August 1st, 2011 from Amulet Books

This book is exactly what you would expect from the cover. What about the "fantastic" eyes? I'll tell you, they are magical! They get Peter - and cast of characters - out of harrowing situations, they put him in harrowing situations, but most of all....they take him for a wild ride. Fun fantasy suited for upper elem and middle grader! Language is challenging for the smarty-pants, and the adventure will keep every kid tuned in. I hate to say that this book is perfect for a male reluctant reader (you know, labeling), but this book is perfect for a male reluctant reader. This would be excellent for a read-a-loud! I know several little ones that will be getting this one for the holidays.

4 Stars


  1. Ahh, totally want to read Peter Nimble! And I'm not even a male and reluctant reader! =)

  2. Ooh, these all look great! I really want to get DEAR BULLY for my classroom, to share it with my students (middle school--8th grade! That was my toughest grade...).
    Mary @ BookSwarm

  3. Great reviews! Just finishing up Peter Nimble. Having a hard time really getting into it. Think it's one of those books that I need to put away and come back to another time, but I need to do a review. I like the idea of your quick reviews. Might have to add Quick Reviews on my blog from time to time. Oh and I can not wait to get my hands on Vanish! :0)

  4. I'm glad to hear that Vanish was good. I recently finished Firelight, it was splendid!

    Mad Scientist

    Steampunkery & Book Reviews