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The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Summary:

An all-boys school is being bullied into a chocolate fundraiser by the head Brother and the school’s not-so-secret mafia. When one kids goes against its wishes, will the resulting war tear the school apart?

Opinion:

This book highlights bullying and how the administration will turn a blind eye. An interesting book. I personally didn’t care for it.

©Cori Endicott May 2013

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The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel

Summary:

A dramatic play based on Paul Zindel’s childhood and his mother’s get-rich-quick schemes.

Opinion:

The title is misleading. I expected a comedy, but was disappointed. With as much as a self-absorbed bitch as the mother was, I could have passed this over and not regretted it.

©Cori Endicott May 2013

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The Bailey School Kids series by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thorton Jones

A/N: Because of the length of the series, there will be ongoing mini summaries of the books.

A/N#2: Starting here, the order of the books gets messed up. I had inter-library loaned most of these books and my wonderful librarian told me I needed to return them because of how overdue they were. I probably could have just interlibrary loaned them again so I could keep the write ups going in order, but that didn’t really occur to me at the time.

Mrs. Jeepers on Vampire Island! Super Special #6 (62)

The kids are headed for Discovery Island, but their ship veers off-course and they make it to Vampire Island. Will the Coast Guard get to them in time to rescue them before the island’s vampire inhabitants get them? This story has three different endings to choose from.

Mrs. Jeepers’ Secret Cave! Super Special #3 (59)

The children decide to go spelunking, or cave exploring, and are not pleased with the knowledge that their vampire teacher will be leading them.

Mrs. Jeepers’ Batty Vacation! Super Special #2 (58)

Howie’s dad takes the kids with him on a trip to Transylvania and their teacher, Mrs. Jeepers, is also traveling there for a family reunion. Will the kids survive staying in her family’s castle or be turned into vampires?

Mrs. Jeepers in Outer Space! Super Special #4 (60)

The kids are going to BLAST Camp! But why is Mrs. Jeepers becoming obsessive about the technology and trying to learn how it works? Is she trying to reach vampire in outer space?

 

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The Bailey School Kids series by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thorton Jones

A/N: Because of the length of the series, there will be ongoing mini summaries of the books.

A/N#2: Starting here, the order of the books gets messed up. I had inter-library loaned most of these books and my wonderful librarian told me I needed to return them because of how overdue they were. I probably could have just interlibrary loaned them again so I could keep the write ups going in order, but that didn’t really occur to me at the time.

Mrs. Jeepers’ Creepy Christmas (64)

Eddie challenges Mrs. Jeepers to a decorating contest, and if she decorates her house, he’ll read four books. Weeks pass and Eddie hasn’t read a single book. She loans him some “horror” and other scary book because that is the only thing that sparks his interest.

Mrs. Claus Doesn’t Climb Telephone Poles (54)

A snowstorm has swept in, bringing a grandma-like woman to town who is from the far North, knows all about the latest toys, and can fix almost anything.

Leprechauns Don’t Play Fetch (55)

A queer (not gay, weird) little man from Ireland comes to Sheldon City to open up a pet store. However, whenever someone visits the store, Mr. McDawgle talks them into buying something they don’t need.

Ogres Don’t Hunt Easter Eggs (56)

A new landscaper shows up and instead of making the park pretty for the Easter Egg hunt, he turns it into a mud pit.

Mrs. Jeepers is Missing! Super Special #1 (57)

All of the children are invited to Mrs. Jeepers’ house for an end of the year barbeque. When a storm knocks out the power, Mrs. Jeepers’ also seems to disappear.

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The Bailey School Kids series by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thorton Jones

A/N: Because of the length of the series, there will be ongoing mini summaries of the books.

A/N#2: Starting here, the order of the books gets messed up. I had inter-library loaned most of these books and my wonderful librarian told me I needed to return them because of how overdue they were. I probably could have just interlibrary loaned them again so I could keep the write ups going in order, but that didn’t really occur to me at the time.

Dracula Doesn’t Play Kickball (48)

Mr. Drake is back yet again, this time peddling a red drink in a bottle. Could it be bottled blood to turn all the teachers into vampires?

Werewolves Don’t Run for President (49)

A Presidential Candidate stops in Bailey City and tries to implant his new education plan. The kids then take matters into their own hands, explaining to all the adults why year-round school would be bad for the local businesses.

Mrs. Jeepers’ Monster Class Trip (61)

The third graders are on a field trip to a rock canyon where a geologist tells tales about the rocks that can be brought to life by magic. She also has an obsessive interest in Mrs. Jeepers’ brooch.

Mrs. Jeepers’ Scariest Halloween Ever (63)

The kids head to the mall for a costume contest. On the way, they are dared to go trick or treating at Mrs. Jeepers’ house. It seems as though the children go into the house, but they never come out.

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So I don’t brag very often about great book deals. I certainly haven’t on this blog yet, but I really wanted to share this:

For those that don’t know, I love Nigella Lawson, watch all the episodes of every cooking show (not reality show) she’s done, and collect her cookbooks. The average price of her cookbooks is $35 each.

Well, my husband and I indulged in a trip to our local used bookstore. This is something I don’t do very often, because for some reason when I walk into a bookstore, I believe I have bottomless pockets and financial resources. And, if you’ve been following my earlier posts, my  husband and I are trying to stick to a budget, pay off our debt, and save up for a house.

The average price of her cookbooks is $35.

I found three in really good condition, and walked out with them for less than $20!!! The total amount I spent was $21.40, but I bought two other books that contributed to that.

So, yes, three Nigella Lawson cookbooks for under $20. SCORE!!!!

*happy bookworm dance*

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The Bailey School Kids series by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thorton Jones

A/N: Because of the length of the series, there will be ongoing mini summaries of the books.

A/N#2: Starting here, the order of the books gets messed up. I had inter-library loaned most of these books and my wonderful librarian told me I needed to return them because of how overdue they were. I probably could have just interlibrary loaned them again so I could keep the write ups going in order, but that didn’t really occur to me at the time.

Aliens Don’t Carve Jack-o-Lanterns (53)

A strange man comes to town and buys all the candy. Could he be an alien looking for a new fuel source for his home planet?

Sea Monsters Don’t Ride Motorcycles (40)

Former coach Nessie MacFarland’s cousin Jessie MacFarland is looking for her in order to settle an old score, and racing motorcycles to earn money to keep up her search.

The Bride of Frankenstein Doesn’t Bake Cookies (41)

The new concession stand lady looks an awful lot like a bride from a classic horror movie. Can she take a break from cookies long enough to notice Frank, or will Bailey City be destroyed by a heart-broken monster?


Robots Don’t Catch Chicken Pox (42)

The new drama teacher is fairly glitch and stiff-jointed. Also, her continuous popping and beeping leads the kids to wonder if she is even human.

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