Review: Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop

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Book Information:

Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop
Wendy Lamb Books
Published in 2006
ISBN 9780553487831
240 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Despite the child labor laws in 1910, at twelve years old, Grace and her best friend, Arthur, are expected to quit school and go work in the mill with her family. With the high-risk job as a doffer, Grace has to learn how to do the work right, so that her family won’t lose any money. Grace is noticing that Arthur is willing to do anything to get out of mill, and Grace tries to stop him. She tells him that help will be coming, not to give up hope. When Lewis Hine comes, they believe their prayers have been answered. Though, will Lewis Hine be able to keep the promises he made? Will their hopes be raised by this event, only to be destroyed later?

This book shows a certain creativeness since the author uses a picture that Lewis Hine took of a child working in a mill during the 1900′s as inspiration, instead of making it up from thin air. The author even adds Lewis Hine into the book, which makes it even more like the actual history. It kind of read like those Dear America or Royal Dairies books. And, like those books, it includes the actual history that the author found out about the photographer and the girl in the 1910 picture.

Counting on Grace is very well written and lets us know how horrible even America’s history is — like involving child labor and how lax the law was enforced during that time. It leaves you thinking and grateful for how Lewis Hine and the Child Labor Commission changed the laws, so that children wouldn’t have to work that young and get those injuries like the characters in the book.

Even though it is only a junior level book, it there is enough history, emotion, and description to get you interested and thinking about how different things actually was. So, even though this might be way below your reading level, it is a great read for your children.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read, but leaning towards maybe.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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Review: Sweetblood by Pete Hautman

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Book Information:

Sweetblood by Pete Hautman
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published in 2003
ISBN 0689850484
180 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Lucy Szabo, a teenage diabetic, has a very original theory about vampires. To her, they exist, but not in the usual way, she thinks original vampires were actually slowly dying diabetics before the discovery of insulin. Online, she is known as Sweetblood, and she visits a Transylvania chat room, where “vampires” discuss anything goth or vampire. However, there is one person different from everyone else, who claims he is an actual vampire, and she’s not totally sure if he’s kidding. As she becomes more involved with vampires, Goths, and that online guy, her life begins to turn for the worse – failing classes, bad relationship with her parents, and even the ability to regulate her blood sugar worsens. What will happen when the online guy finds her and invites her to his strange world? Is he just a stalker? Or, is he really a vampire? Will she be able to make the choices she needs to in order to become the person she knows she is?

This isn’t really a vampire book since it only really talks about theories of how the vampire legends came about.

I like how the author came up with a theory that vampires were untreated diabetics. It was a very creative concept and different from anything I have heard or read before. Not only that, but it gives an awareness of how much medical technology has developed. Also, it points out how several people who would have died is still alive due to technology, so they are considered “undead”. And also, it gives a sense of personal encouragement that even if you think you can’t change yourself; you can if you just think about it.

Anyways, it’s a pretty good book that points out new thinking and things like that. :)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

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Review: Dangerous Girls by R.L. Stine

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Book Information:

Dangerous Girls by R.L. Stine
Harper Collins Publishers
Published in 2003
ISBN 0060530804
247 Pages

Series Information:

Dangerous Girls Book 01

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

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After Destiny and Livvy Weller, twin sisters, spent a summer at Camp Blue Moon, they come back home with vampire-like symptoms. Now, they must find the Restorer, so that they can change back into mortal teenage girls again. However, who is the Restorer, and will they find him before the hunters or the vampire that changed them into vampires finds them first? While Destiny desperately tries to find the Restorer, Livvy becomes power-hungry. If Destiny regains her human life, will she be forced to say good-bye to her sister forever?

Even though it’s a pretty short book, it’s still kind of good. Though, I would have wished for more in this book, instead of making it into series. The characters and events could have had more depth and details to them, which would have made the book much longer and fulfilling, but oh well. The book is a little fast paced for me since I read in like 6-7 hours. Also, the ending felt both a little rushed and satisfying (oddly).

If I ever get my hands on the sequel, I’ll read it and make a review of it also.

Update: I bought the combination of this book with the sequel, so I’ll try to read it later.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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Review: Black Heart by Justin Somper

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Book Information:

Black Heart by Justin Somper
Little, Brown and Company
Published in 2008
ISBN 9780316020879
504 Pages

Series Information:

Vampirates Book 04

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

There are now two rogue Vampirate ships roaming the oceans, and they are both leaving a trail of destruction in their path. When one of the two rogue Vampirate ships kills and drains a high-profile pirate, the Pirate Federation is left with little choice but to destroy all Vampirates. In order to keep peace and harmony on both land and seas, they assign the mission of hunting Vampirates to newly appointed Captain Cheng Li and her crew. While Connor is placed in danger, Grace is enjoying what little time she has with her weak mother, Sally. Weakening with each passing day, Sally must reveal to Connor and Grace the truth behind their birth. How will Connor and Grace react to the shocking truth behind their true parentage?

Unlike the first two books, it doesn’t start out with a useless prologue, so it gets better with that standpoint. Though, with my other complaints from the other two books, not so much. :S Though, as you read through this series, the details and descriptions of the events and the characters are get more interesting and very well done, and the plot and action becomes more intriguing as well. Oh, and this book is much more interesting than the first three books in this series. :D

Though, some things haven’t changed that much with Grace. She still has the know-it-all attitude and personality, which doesn’t really count as “wisdom”, and it annoys me very much. xD Also, she still is developing the whiny, desperate, needy, martyr-like personality. However, it is a little less annoying than before since the book changes the point-of-view so much that you don’t have to put up with her that often. Connor and the other characters seem to have developed more, and I like how they how they seem to fight against whatever destiny the author is trying to have for them, unlike Grace.

Another problem is that instead of envisioning the future, since it takes place in the year 2512, I kind on just seeing things that revert to the past. The only clue you have of the future is the modern-like objects that pop up every once in a while. Also, unlike the other books, the time period is posted at the beginning of the first chapter. :)

Making vampires into pirates is a very original idea, and this idea keeps you wanting more books in the series. Just read the series since it has start off in a very good way. :)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

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Review: Blood Captain by Justin Somper

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Book Information:

Blood Captain by Justin Somper
Little, Brown and Company
Published in 2007
ISBN 9780316020855
569 Pages

Series Information:

Vampirates Book 03

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

After being betrayed by the Pirate Academy, Connor returns to the Diablo. However, it is different from before since Captain Wrathe’s horrible teenage nephew, Moonshine, joins the crew. When Connor is faced with a difficult decision, he questions whether or not he truly belongs in the pirate world. While Connor is faced with his decision, Grace, the Captain, Lorcan, and his donor all go on a mission to restore Lorcan’s sight at the Vampirate Sanctuary. At the Vampirate Sanctuary, she feels like she doesn’t belong. Connor and Grace will have to face various obstacles in order to find the place they truly belong, and most important, who can they really trust?

Unlike the first two books, it doesn’t start out with a useless prologue, so it gets better with that standpoint. Though, with my other complaints from the other two books, not so much. :S Though, as you read through this series, the details and descriptions of the events and the characters are get more interesting and very well done, and the plot and action becomes more intriguing as well.

Though, Grace’s know-it all kind of attitude and personality, which the author tries to pass off as wisdom, is kind of annoying at times. Also, she develops more of a whiny, desperate, needy, martyr-like personality. Yes, I still think that way about Grace, and she gets even more needy as the books go now. :( Out of Connor and Grace, Connor is the only one that has developed more as a main character. Also, the author seems to make the male characters’ personality more appealing and interesting than the female characters. :( However, in this book, some of the females have taken a more interesting turn for their personalities. :D

Another problem is that instead of envisioning the future, since it takes place in the year 2512, I keep on just seeing things that revert to the past. The only clue you have of the future is the modern-like objects that pop up every once in a while. Also, unlike the other books, the time period is posted at the beginning of the first chapter. :)

Making vampires into pirates is a very original idea, and this idea keeps you wanting more books in the series. Just read the series since it has start off in a very good way. :)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

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