Review: What the Moon Said by Gayle Rosengren

What the Moon Said is a Depression-era book about Esther, whose family has to pack up and move to a farm in Wisconsin from their city house in Chicago. They become a pioneer family, but trouble also awaits, according to Ma, who is very superstitious. She claims she saw a bad sign, but everything will be okay… won’t it?

I liked this book, I give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

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Review: Lara’s Gift by Annemarie O’Brien

I have recently read Lara’s Gift, and I enjoyed it and would give it 4 stars. It is about Lara, who lives in Imperial Russia, and has a special gift of communicating with the borzoi dogs she has. Her father is the current kennel owner, and next will be her. But then her baby brother is born, and her papa gives the inheritance to him just because he is a boy!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHH!!!!!!! Sorry. Sexism is one of my absolute least favorite, hateful, hateful things. So Lara has to prove him wrong. This is a good and recommended historical fiction book.

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Review: The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne

The Brockets are a normal family. They are controlling and need every little thing to be perfect. Everything must be thoroughly, utterly, painfully normal. There’s a normal mother and a normal father, and there’s a normal brother and a normal sister. Heck, there’s even a normal dog.

Until one day little Barnaby is welcomed into the world. His parents are absolutely appalled. Why? Well… Barnaby is a little different. He completely disobeys the law of gravity. That’s right- he floats.

The Brockets life a life of concealing Barnaby’s “freak” quality. They finally decide that they never asked for a weird, abnormal floating child. They kick him out. :-(. He comes across a hot air balloon and begins his magical trip around the world, trying to get back home.

I loved this book because as I was reading, over and over my brain chanted to me silently: What is normal? This book made me think about that burning question, and it has a very positive message of be kind to everyone, even your coldhearted family who threw you out because you were kind of abnormal. It had a lovely message also of not caring what others think, be yourself, and normal is boring! Highly recommended, wonderfully crafted book. 5 stars! :-D!

Julia of Beegirls Books is reading the book reviewed above… she just couldn’t wait to do this post! Yay! Go books, go nerdy, go followers! ❤

Review: Secret of the Night Ponies by Joan Hiatt Harlow

Hi guys! We haven’t posted in a while, but we’re back! And, as GG Koolz (ggkoolz2003.wordpress.com) said, “[We’re] better than ever!”

So this review is for Secret of the Night Ponies. It was really good! It was about a girl named Jessie living in Newfoundland in 1965. She loves horses and even has two of her own. So when she hears that a dozen Newfoundland ponies are being captured and shipped of to Canada (probably to die), Jessie knows she must do something to save them. She then puts a daring and elaborate plan to save the horses into action! 

I liked all the excitement and adventure in this book, but I felt that some of the dialogue was very unrealistic. For example, (this isn’t the exact quote, but it’s something along these lines) someone says, “I’m about to plummet headlong into an icy abyss.” No one talks like that! Also, someone else says, “Don’t get lackadaisical about this.” Lackadaisical is a word that is not commonly used in a sentence. As you can see, lots of quotes were really fake.

But the book in general was good, so I say you should try it XD XP

Jocelyn is reading My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath. It doesn’t look very good, so she is really, really hoping she will like it more as the story progresses.

Review: The Path of Names by Ari Goelman

Dahlia Sherman is sure she’ll hate everything about the Jewish camp her parents are forcing her to go to. But the, some suspicions arise. First she sees two little girls walk through her cabin’s walls. Then comes the mysterious, vivid dreams and flashbacks belonging to a young Jewish man, David Schank. And there’s a hedge-y labyrinth nobody is allowed to enter. Dahlia’s quest for answers is filled with all things superstitious, ghostly, and supernatural. . . 

I liked the adventure and supernatural elements of this book. I didn’t like that I felt I had to skim many boring parts. I honestly did not care about David Schank. This book also had many, many Jewish references, which is fine. But I am not Jewish, so I really didn’t understand and was kind of confused throughout this whole book. I think Jewish readers would get a better overall experience of this book. For the above listed reasons, I give The Path of Names ***. (three stars out of five.) 

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Review: Circle of Secrets by Kimberley Griffiths Little

Circle of Secrets was an okay book in my opinion. I felt like it was longer than it needed to be because there were a lot of boring, stretched-out parts that I ended up skimming.

Circle of Secrets was about a girl named Shelby whose mother has abandoned her and her father. It was really peculiar because Shelby randomly goes off to live with her mother, whom she hasn’t seen in a year. She just waltzes in and is like “Hey mom,” like they see each other all the time. And I was like “Wut wut”

There’s also a lot of mysteries going on. For example, why are there spots of blood on the dock? Who keeps leaving notes in the blue bottle tree? Why do Shelby and her new friend Gwen have matching bracelets? And… is Gwen a ghost?

I liked the mystery part of the book, and I think the author’s mistake was focusing too much on friendship drama and mean girls. I would’ve liked for the author to have more of the book about the mysteries.

But overall, the book was worth reading, and I would recommend it XD

If you liked this book, there’s another book by this author called The Healing Spell. It seems very similar to Circle of Secrets, though.

Jocelyn is an awesome peep who loves writing, blogging, and reading. She is currently working on a novel ^_^ If you have any books you would like Beegirls Books to review, leave your name and the book title and author in the comments below 🙂

Review: Freaks by Kieran Larwood

Freaks is a good book set in Victorian London. It features Sheba, Akiko, and a certain Monkey, and describes their adventures. Completely normal, right? Right. . . except for one small issue: they’re all in a freak show.

Meet Akiko, always known as Sister Moon, is a girl ninja! She’s tough, skilled, and amazing! Meet Sheba the Wolfgirl, who morphs into a wolf! Meet the incredibly stinky Monkeyboy, who takes some pranks a little too far.

They’re all in a traveling sideshow along with some other freaks when they hear that street urchins are being snatched! Moon, Sheba, and Monkeyboy know all too well what it is to be an outsider, so are they going to let other defenseless children suffer? No. Way.

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