Review: The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim

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Review by Poo Penny

Jing is first sold at 11 years old, at the insistence of her Aunt Mei, who I came to despise. She is sold as a bride-to-be to the Guo family for their 3 year old son, and it turns out he is quite nice to her, but everyone else in that family is horrible to her. One night during a ghost festival she learns that she can see and speak to jing, which are spirits that can be in animal or bug form, or… apparently any form in this book, later there is a tree form. I guess it is more accurate to say they reveal themselves to her, since her sister in law apparently heard one of the jing and freaked out. She endures most of her time there stoically, but when her sister in law accuses her of stealing, she is basically tortured. It was horrible, ugh!

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Review: White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan

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Zoe’s mother rescues Great Pyrenees, massive, white dogs with fur that coats everything.  Her father is a veterinarian, and he occasionally rescues animals in need as well.  With her parents setting an example of compassion and love, Zoe realizes that her new neighbor, Phillip, needs rescuing, too.  Phillip hasn’t spoken since his parents started having troubles, and now he’s living with his aunt and uncle, hopeful that his parents can work out their differences.  His aunt is overwhelmed, not sure how to care for him or show him the support he needs.  His uncle is never home, busy with his career.  When Phillip sees Kodi, Zoe’s family dog, he is instantly drawn to the large, gentle animal.  Watching their interaction, Zoe is determined to use the animals to help Phillip come out of his shell.

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Review: Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown

 

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So glad I checked this out of the library. Roan wants one thing – to be pilot. Too bad his dreams are crushed when his application to the Pilot Academy is rejected. Resigned to attending plant school, Roan thinks his life is over before he even enters middle school. Then a surprise invitation to attend Jedi Academy arrives, and since he’s so desperate to get off of Tatooine, he accepts.

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Review: The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

 

 

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I am often reluctant to reread childhood faves, because as I’ve aged, my reading tastes have changed.  Since The Black Stallion was written almost 80 years ago, the age of the novel also gave me pause.  I impulsively checked it out of the library anyway (I do have an ancient hardcover copy somewhere in my own book collection, but it’s so much easier to read a digital copy).  I remember the first book in the series being one of my least favorites, but after finishing it again, a gazillion years after my first outing with the Black and Alec, I must have remembered incorrectly.  I can’t see how later books can top the excitement and adrenaline rush of this one.

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Review: The Girl Who Rode the Wind by Stacy Gregg

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I noticed The Girl Who Rode the Wind while trolling the shelves of my local library.  How could I ignore a book with a horse on the cover?  When I read that the book features Italy’s Palio, the world’s oldest, most dangerous horse race, I had to check it out.  I had just seen a video short about the race, and I’d read about it when I was a kid.  I have always found the race interesting, so I couldn’t wait to read this.

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Review: The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester

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I read The Girl Who Could Fly because I received a copy for a blog tour.  I love middle-grade books, and since it’s been a while since I read one, I was excited to start this.  I loved the author’s voice, especially while Piper is still at the family farm.  She’s a surprise to her older, salt of the earth parents, and when the lively, happy Piper is born, they are taken aback.  They are, while not joyless folk, serious and dedicated to the land that has been in the family for generations.  They don’t need much and are content to get by, farming the land, tending their livestock, and fitting, uneventfully, into their community. 

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