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    The Prophecy by Ellen Oh is a whimsicaly good book. And it's new, too!
    Kira is the Demon Slayer. With her unique yellow eyes, she can see the demons. Kira is tolerated, scorned, but most of all, feared. She doesn't fit in with the court ladies, nor the military men. She is all alone, except when with her immediate family and her cousin, young Prince Taejo. When another attempt on the King's life is made, Prince Taejo is sent into hiding along with a few men and Kira, his personal bodyguard. The traveling party changes course to the Singing Temple when they hear that the  kingdom has been overthrown. There they here about  The Prophecy thus setting them on a quest to save the seven kingdoms.
                                                                      5/5, Ages 10 +
                                                                   Carissa Bookworm

 
 
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    D. M. Cherubim's new indie book (book lingo for independently published), The Eye of the Tiger, is an excellent book. It is a well-woven novel just awaiting to be read. (Yes, I said 'awaiting')
    Mary Baker's abusive mother, Anne, decides to marry her boy-friend, potbelly George. When the phone rings, a man named Jerry answers. Turns out, Mary's beloved-but-rarely-seen grandfather is a dead millionare. Immediatly, Anne drops everything. No, she does NOT care about her father, Anne just really wants money...Greedy Guts. But when the will is read, Mary gets everything, 10 million dollar land, Grandpa Hal's Cider and Co., and jewels, much to EVERYONE'S suprise. After Jerry (her new friend and desceased grandfather's bestie), gains gardianship of Mary, he sends her to a special school per Grandpa Hal's wishes. The school is amazing. Filled with yummy food, good friends, and enchanting magic classes, Mary loves it. It seems almost too good to be true...and, of course, it is. Someone has stolen her Grandfather's stone, the powerful Eye of the Tiger. The jewel is bursting with useful magic that can be distrausous in the wrong hands. Can Mary and her new friends retrieve the Stone in time, before somebody gets hurt?
    The Eye of the Tiger by D. M. Cherubim leaves me impatiently waiting for the next novel by Cherubim. Definitely 5 (out of 5) stars, and for all ages, though it is intended as a Y/A novel.
Hungry for More,
Carissa Bookworm

* These are my opinions, not paid for or intended as offense*

 
 
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    The Vampire Plagues, Book 1, (London, 1850) is a truly unique book. Sebastian Rook takes the vampire stereotype and twists it...even more! 
    Jack, a common street urchin, lets his curiosity get the better of him when he boards the mysterious 'ghost' ship. Jack meets Ben, a traumatized rich kid whom Jack found on board the ship. Ben tells this crazy story of killer vampires. Impossible, right? Anyway, the unlikely pair become friends. Can they stop the Vampire Plague in time and protect the heart of England? 
    This is a definite must-read! I give it 5 out of 5 stars and give it to ages 6 and up if they can physically read it.
Love, 
Carissa Bookworm 

 
 
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    This story starts when four girls, two besties, a new sportsy girl, and a popular girl, are forced to be in a book club together. Each of their mother's started talking after yoga class and just forgot to tell the girls.
Bad choice. Emma and Megan used to be BFFs, but then Megan started to hang out with Becca, the Queen of popularity. So, Emma and Jess became friends. And Cassidy just moved across the country from California. She loves hockey and is very upset when she finds that this historic town doesn't have a girls team. As the four girls work through the list of problems, they look to Little Women for advice.
The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather V. Frederick is a great book. 5 stars and for ages 10 and up. It has a little content about boys, but mostly just crushes.
                                                            ~Carissa Bookworm

 
 
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    In Ghost Horse, Emily Clark has just moved to Westville.Through all
the stress of school, finding friends, and being teased about not knowing how to ride a bike, Emily has to help a ghost horse reunite with his owner, the new librarian at school.
    I would rate this book with 8 out of 10 stars and suggest Ghost Horse for  6-8 year-olds, but it is great for all ages! 
 
Many years ago, I read my first chapterbook, Ghost Horse by George Stanley. My mother, being the lovely woman she is, somehow got Mr. Stanley on the phone, and he spent 15 minutes talking to a 5 year old.
                          When I started this blog, this book was my first entry. I emailed it to Stanley. His relatives informed me that he had passed away, and now I inform you with tears in my eyes. This is a tribute to you, Stanley.

CarissaBookWorm

                     RIP, George Stanley, RIP

 
 
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In the mystical world of dragons, Cara, the daughter of the
stablemaster, has never been allowed to ride a dragon,  even though
she is way older than most dragon riders! She falls in love with a
beautiful and rare Goldenbrow dragon. When everyone else fails to mount it, Cara somehow does.
  She finds that she loves to ride dragons and just can't stop. How will Cara keep flying against her father's wishes?
 I give Dragonsdale by Salmamandra Drake 5 out of 5 stars and would suggest it for kids ages 8-12.
                              With help from ColleenAudioBook,
                               CarissaBookWorm

 
 
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    Talibah finally gets to visit her parents old country, but its not like she had always dreamed. For one thing, her mom isn't with her; she's buried six feet under. And all Talibah wanted to do was visit the local sites and go swimming. Fat chance. Her family runs into Rashid, an old friend of her father's and he offers to take Tabilah and her little brother Adom to some pyramids. Weird things begin to happen to Tabliah and she keeps hearing a mysterous voice say "Find him! Find him now!" Will Rashid keep them from finding out the old secret? Or will Tablibah and Adom put their an relatives to rest? The Pharaoh's Secret by Marissa Moss has earned 8 out of 10 stars and I would rate it for children 9 and up.
                                                    Happy Reading!
                                                     Carissa Bookworm 

 
 
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Mandy Hope loves to help her veterinarian parents help animals! While making invitations for the Halloween party Mandy's friend John comes over to tell them about this yummy American candy named Candy Corn. Mandy and James go to taste the candy corn and find a cat IN the candy corn! Can they find Pumpkin a home in time?  Kitten in the Candy Corn by Ben Baglio is an excellent book for younger kids and as a read aloud.
With Love, 
                                 Carissa Bookworm

 
 
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 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a fantastic book. although, NOT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN!! Sad and pretty violent. Okay, so Katniss lives in District 12 of Panem. She volunteers for the hunger games when her beloved little sister Prim is chosen. The Hunger games is when 24 people (one girl and boy from each of the 12 districts) are thrown into an arena to kill each other to 1. Remind the districts that the Capitol rules them 2.To entertain the lucky little rich kids living in the capitol. Five stars and for children 10 and up (sorry kids).
So long,
Carissa Bookworm


 
 
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Most everyone has read this popular tale, but I'll put it on here anyway. GREAT BOOK! Everyone who has read it loves it. So, Young Harry finds out his parents were wizards, and that he too wizard. He goes to Hogwarts, a training school for the magical arts. He hits right off with Ronald Weasley. Soon, Harry, Ron, and a bossy little girl Hermione uncover a secret. But they are not the only ones who know about the Stone who turns its owner immortal....... Can they save the stone from He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named? This book is appropriate for most ages. 5 out of 5 stars!

Sincerely,
                                                   Carissa Bookworm