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Conrad's Fate (A Chrestomanci Book)
Conrad's Fate (A Chrestomanci Book)
by Diana Wynne Jones
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pulling the possibilities!, October 16, 2009
Meet Conrad - a boy with a black karma - or so his uncle claims. He must make ammends for something he did not do in a former life, or suffer devastating consequences. And so Conrad is sent to the local castle to work, where he will be close to the people who can help him sort out his fate.

On his first day, he meets Christopher Chant, a new employee who also happens to be a nine-lifed enchanter. Christoper took the job at the castle under false pretences. Far from wanting a career at the castle, he is there to located his friend Millie, who has disappeared. As a nine-life enchanter, Christoper informs Conrad that he has no bad karma to fix. But Conrad has been brainwashed all his life to believe otherwise, and continues trying to figure out how to avoid his own fate, while strange events unfold at the castle.

For there is something evil at the castle, and it is not Conrad! Someone on the staff -- or perhaps it is the one of the owners -- is pulling the possibilities; that is, they are tweaking the fatelines so that they can make money on the stock market. Whenever they do so, events all over the world change. Sometimes the effects of such interference are simple, like the color of the staff uniforms changes. Sometimes, they are huge, such as when the whole castle garden is re-landscaped in an instant. And who knows what is changing in the rest of the world!

Conrad and Christopher must find out who is pulling the possibilities, and save Millie. And maybe, in the process, they might also save Conrad from his own dark fate, which has nothing whatsoever to do with Karma.

A great read! Highly recommended.


Painting the Wind
Painting the Wind
by Patricia MacLachlan
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.99
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting tale with wonderful illustrations, October 16, 2009
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Painting the wind is more of a picture book than a full-scale story. The pictures are depicted as paintings, and follow after the styles of the various artists encountered by the narrator - a young boy who himself loves to paint.

I would have liked to have seen a few more pictures showing the young boy's artistic attempts, and I had a few questions about how the boy became so well acquainted with these particular artists that they allowed him to work side-by-side with them -- especially the landscape artist who doesn't take his own children with him when he paints.

A lovely touch is the way the narrator describes the artists' relationship with their dogs. The dogs are sometimes featured in the paintings, and in one instance help a woman being painted to relax and smile.

At the end, the young artist has accomplished his own personal goal - of painting the wind, and he has also participated in the island art show.

Recommended for children who like stories about art.


Grandfather's Dance (Sarah, Plain and Tall)
Grandfather's Dance (Sarah, Plain and Tall)
by Patricia MacLachlan
Edition: Paperback
Price: $5.99
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine ending to a lovely series, October 10, 2009
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Grandfather's Dance brings back all the familiar characters from the other books in the series for Anna's wedding day, and introduces us to the new baby Jack - who is old enough now to follow his "Boppa" (Grandfather) everywhere he goes.

A good storyline and a nice wrap-up to the series, though the writing here is not as strong as in previous books in the series. Fans will eat it up, though, and emotionally, this book packs a powerful punch. Recommended.


More Perfect than the Moon (Sarah, Plain and Tall)
More Perfect than the Moon (Sarah, Plain and Tall)
by Patricia MacLachlan
Edition: Paperback
Price: $5.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More perfect than...well...the moon, October 10, 2009
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Lovely book. Patricia MacLachlin has added another window into the lives of the Witting family using the eyes of Cassie. The interactions between Cassie - the youngest child - and her Mother Sarah are strong and sincere.

Eight-year-old Cassie has trouble coping when she learns Sarah is having another baby. Sarah responds to the child's uncertainty and anger with so much love and understanding that Cassie realizes her mother is on her side too. The ending of the book is sheer poetry. Parents who have a new baby coming might consider using this book to help older children cope.

A short but powerful book.


The Best Praise & Worship Songs Ever - Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook
The Best Praise & Worship Songs Ever - Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine collection of Praise songs, October 10, 2009
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I was looking for an overall good collection of music to play and sing with the kids attending children's church, and this was a good choice. It had about 80% of the songs that I was searching for in one title - unusual that - and nice upbeat arrangements that can easily be played by someone who has achieved an intermediate level or higher on piano or keyboard. Recommended.


The Pinhoe Egg (Chrestomanci Books)
The Pinhoe Egg (Chrestomanci Books)
by Diana Wynne Jones
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite!, October 10, 2009
Loved the Pinhoe egg. It is one of my very favorite Diana Wynne Jones books, and I've pretty much read them all. Cat, the very first protagonist she ever wrote about in the Chrestomanci series (Charmed life), is back again, and he's hatching up something wonderful from a egg he found hidden in a witch's attic. He's also making friends with a very special girl who doesn't know that she's an enchantress.

Charming story. Highly recommended for all ages.


Spooky Oregon: Tales Of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, And Other Local Lore
Spooky Oregon: Tales Of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, And Other Local Lore
by S. E. Schlosser
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Halloween or Campfires, October 9, 2009
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This is a fun group of stories retold from Oregon folklore. The stories are short and easy to read. The book has famous stories like the Handkerchief featuring the ghost of Muriel at Newport Lighthouse and the Bandage Man of Cannon Beach. It also features some less famous - but no less enjoyable - stories like the Cheshire Cat of Eugene (creepy) and the Lights from Hells Canyon.

My two favorite stories were the New Neighbor - a vampire tale from Baker City, and Laughing Devil from Gold Beach - the story of gold miners who don't take the old legend of a monster in the canyon seriously, until they come face-to-face with it.

Lots of fun to read aloud.


Spooky Michigan: Tales Of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, And Other Local Lore
Spooky Michigan: Tales Of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, And Other Local Lore
by S. E. Schlosser
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.95
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spooky read, indeed!, May 10, 2008
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A fun collection of spooky folktales retold by the author. The book has some really freaky stories like One Last Head and the Devil's Coach. There are also funny/spooky combination stories like Sam meets Death, in which a practical joke goes wrong, and Followed Me Home, in which a ghost takes a shine to a pretty lady at his funeral and moves into her house!

A story that I personally found thought-provoking was The Staircase, in which we see what happens to a serial killer when he finds himself climbing an endless staircase following his death.

A fun read. Great for campfires or for a relaxing read on the beach.


Spooky Campfire Tales: Hauntings, Strange Happenings, And Supernatural Lore
Spooky Campfire Tales: Hauntings, Strange Happenings, And Supernatural Lore
by S. E. Schlosser
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.97
72 used & new from $0.01

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Campfire tales to delight each age level, August 25, 2007
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Here is a fun campfire book with something for everyone. There are some light stories to tell to the grandkids without invoking nightmares, and some really frightening tales for adults and teens who don't mind sleeping with the light on. One of the most popular stories in the book is Bloody Mary -- a frightening read which explains how an evil witch started haunting the mirrors of America. Other scary tales include One Last Head, Dark Passenger, and Don't Sell My House. Lots of fun!


Spooky Canada: Tales Of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, And Other Local Lore
Spooky Canada: Tales Of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, And Other Local Lore
by S. E. Schlosser
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky is right!, August 25, 2007
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A great read! 30 short stories ranging from laugh aloud funny to scary. Great for campfires and Halloween. My favorites: Wendigo - a heart-stopping action/adventure story of the far north; La Corriveau - a creepy ghost story of old Quebec City; The Flying Canoe - an wonderful retelling of an old favorite; I'm Coming Down Now - probably the funniest ghost story I've ever read. Something here for everyone!


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