Friday, November 28, 2014


Pig Park

Claudia Guadalupe Martinez

ISBN: 978-1935955764
Publisher: Cinco Punto Press
Pages: 256
Genre: YA Contemporary

Plot Summary:

It's crazy! Fifteen-year-old Masi Burciaga hauls bricks to help build a giant pyramid in her neighborhood park. Her neighborhood is becoming more of a ghost town each day since the lard company moved away. Even her school closed down. Her family's bakery and the other surviving businesses may soon follow. As a last resort, the neighborhood grown-ups enlist all the remaining able-bodied boys and girls into this scheme in hopes of luring visitors. Maybe their neighbors will come back too. But something's not right about the entrepreneur behind it all. And then there's the new boy who came to help. The one with the softest of lips. Pig Park is a contemporary Faustian tale that forces us to look at the desperate lengths people will go to in the name of community--and maybe love.

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Author Information


Claudia is the author of The Smell of Old Lady Perfume (Cinco Puntos, 2008) and Pig Park (Cinco Puntos, 2014). She grew up in sunny El Paso, Texas where she learned that letters form words from reading the subtitles of old westerns with her father. She now lives and writes in Chicago.

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Pig Park is not about what it sounds like, pigs. Instead, a fun book about part of a city that had been mostly forgotten about due main company moving elsewhere and the antics of what they are going to do to get noticed.

The other people and the stores in the area along with storyline make this book fun and entertaining.
I am giving this 4.5/5 however it will need to be raised up in the stars to show a five star rating.

Thursday, November 27, 2014


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From The Heart will melt your heart. As with the previous books from the Sandy Cove Series life continues from the first page on to the last.

This is a 5 star book and if it was up to me I would add a box a kleenex and laughing by yourself.

I got into this book I was crying one minute, the next I would try and not be laughing. This is another great book by Rosemary Hines.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


dbt presents jenny 

There were different secrets with different students and teachers in the new school however the way the book was written made them tie in and playing off one another that The Secret Life of Jenny Liu is a fun and entertaining read.

There are times when a book will make you snort, cry, and then there are the ones that will make you just start laughing out loud. This is one of the books that I started laughing out loud, definitely 5/5 stars.


Title: The Secret Life of Jenny Liu
Publisher: Jabber & Jam Books
Pages: 262
Genre: Middle Grade/ Juvenile Fiction

Plot Summary:

Jenny Liu is on the move again. Except this time, she hasn't landed at yet another Chinese-American
School in California but at a public school in South Carolina. Shy, artistic
Jenny wonders if she will ever figure out how to fit in amongst rowdy fifth
graders and eccentric teachers with hard-to-understand southern accents. To
make matters worse, the class thinks she is super smart and her piano teacher
thinks she is a musical genius. With school activities that test her
intelligence and an upcoming piano recital, it’s getting harder for Jenny to do
what’s right—to tell the truth—especially since she knows that The Real Jenny
Liu would be even more of an outsider. Or would she?

About The Author:
Jean Ramsden is a writer, producer and educational
consultant. She graduated from Cornell University and Harvard University, and
lives in North Carolina with her husband and four children. Connect:
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