Archive | April 2016

Review! How to Break a Heart

CoverAuthor: Kiera Stewart

320 pages–Ages 9-12 (and up)

Published by: Disney-Hyperion on December 22, 2015

Summary (from goodreads.com):

This time, even ice cream won’t help.

Nick Wainwright is definitely the love of thirteen-year-old Mabry Collins’s life, and when he dumps her in the most mortifying way possible, her heart is shattered. So, maybe they’d never kissed, but they had shared something special. They’d shared LOVE. True love. She’s sure of it.

And Mabry would know. She’s watched countless episodes of her favorite telenovela with her best friend, Sirina, and the characters have taught her everything about romance.

But when Sirina’s usual methods for comforting Mabry fail, she has an idea: it’s time for Mabry to break a heart of her own. And who better than Thad Bell to teach Mabry how to do it? He was the source of her very first heartbreak, and he seems to have his own reasons for wanting to see Nick suffer.

Mabry decides to give it a shot, but she’s pretty sure Thad’s advice will lead to disaster. After all, his sole passion is a burrito with extra hot sauce. Anyone with any sense knows that true love doesn’t come in a foil wrapper! But if Thad can help her win back-um, that is, break-Nick’s heart, then it might just be worth it.

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Review! Cleopatra in Space Books 1 and 2

Author and Artist: Mike Maihack

176 Pages–Ages 8-12 (and up)  (Book 1: Target Practice)

192 Pages—Ages 8-12 (and up)   (Book 2: The Thief and the Sword)

Published by: GRAPHIX on April 29, 2014 (Book 1) and April 28, 2015 (Book 2)

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Summary of Target Practice (from amazon.com):
When a young Cleopatra (yes, THAT Cleopatra) finds a mysterious tablet that zaps her to the far, REALLY far future, she learns of an ancient prophecy that says she is destined to save the galaxy from the tyrannical rule of the evil Xaius Octavian. She enrolls in Yasiro Academy, a high-tech school with classes like algebra, biology, and alien languages (which Cleo could do without), and combat training (which is more Cleo’s style). With help from her teacher Khensu, Cleo learns what it takes to be a great leader, all while trying to figure out how she’s going to get her homework done, make friends, and avoid detention!

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Summary of The Thief and the Sword (from amazon.com):

Cleopatra’s space adventure in the REALLY far future continues!

A mysterious thief has stolen the ancient sword Cleo recovered in Book One: Target Practice, and she’s determined to get it back. But her teachers at Yasiro Academy forbid her from risking her life, so she’s stuck at school, trying to adjust to her newfound popularity and responsibility. And when she learns more about the prophecy that names her the savior of the galaxy, she must go on a dangerous journey to find the time tablets that could decide her fate… before they fall into the wrong hands!

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