February 27, 2013

Rachel Yoder: Out of Control


More of Rachel Yoder!

Series: Rachel Yoder-Always Trouble Somewhere
Book 3: Out of Control
Author(s): Wanda E. Brunstetter
Age Level: 8-12
Target Audience: Girls, but I think boys could like this series if, of course, they wanted to or at least tried. ;)
Stars: 5
Violence: none
Pages: 159

Main Characters:
You should know all the main characters by now, if you don’t, click HERE and HERE.
About The Main Characters:
 You know what I’m going to say, right?
 Yep click the links above to 'about them'.
What I think About This Book:

This is another GREAT book by Wanda E. Brunstetter. Rachel learns aout self-control and that she can’t be in control of everything. Plus she learned that she needs to be patient and not rush through everything.
Even Jacob learned that he needs to be more patient.
But they still have trouble, humor, and fun.

On The Back:
Look out! Rachel’s Back,
and She’s Out of Control!
Ten-year-old Rachel is driving her Amish friends and family
“buggy” with her lack of patience, which brings trouble at
every turn-from sledding into a creek to ruining a yummy
shoofly pie, to flunking a test in school to being dragged
facedown into the snow. Will Rachel spend the entire winter
getting into more trouble than her Lancaster County family
and schoolmates can handle? Or will she finally discover that
patience has its own reward?

I recommend this for elementary reading level like I have for all the other books.

      Hope You Enjoy,
             Abrielle Lindsay

February 26, 2013

Puppy Place: Scout


The Puppy Place: Scout
          I guess you could say I'm reading books like CRAZY this week, and its true. These Books are GREAT!! If I had to pick a series to read for the rest of this year, I would pick The Puppy Place Series. This book is about a German Shepard named Scout. She ends up being a replacement for another Search-and-Rescue dog named Casey who is hurt while rescuing a little girl after an earthquake in Mexico.

Series: The Puppy Place
Book #: 7
Author: Ellen Miles
Age Level: 7+
Target Audience: I think anyone who loves puppies would like this book.
Stars: 5++
Violence: none
Pages: 75
Main Characters: Scout, Lizzie and Charles Peterson
          Scout: Scout is a cute little German shepherd. She loves adventure and is a great learner.
          Lizzie and Charles Peterson: I think you've heard enough about these guys so if you want to know more scroll down to see my other Puppy Place series Books. ;)
           My Thoughts: The Puppy place series is awesome an I REALLY enjoy it! I hope you have it at your local library.
On The Back:
Charles and Lizzie Peterson know a lot about puppies. Thats because the Petersons are a foster family for young dogs. They have an adorable puppy of their own, Buddy, but they still love helping other puppies find homes.
          Then Lizzie and Charles meet Scout, a gentle German Shepherd dog who is very good at helping people. A puppy like Scout needs a special owner. Can the Petersons fine the perfect person?

Enjoy,
           Adelaide

February 25, 2013

Kitty Corner: Otis


The Kitty Corner: Otis
OK, so I guess you could say I'm reading more than my normal “2 books in 2 weeks” but it really depends on 3 things for that to be true, a) how much homework I have b) how long my books are and c) how good they are. So this week, I haven't had a lot of homework, these books are short and REALLY good! The Kitty Corner is like The Puppy Place but with cats. It's another series (Puppy place is like this) that you don't HAVE to read in order so, again, I'm not.
Series: The Kitty Corner
Book #: 2
Author: Ellen Miles
Age Level: 7+
Stars: 4 ½
·        I'm not a cat lover, but otherwise great
Violence: None
Pages: 85
Main Characters: Otis, Michael and Mia Battelli
          About the Main Characters:
Otis:  Otis is a stray cat found in an elevator by Michael & Mia Battelli and a worker named Pete. At first, Otis is scared but starts warming up to the family. Otis also likes music.
Michael & Mia Battelli: Michael and Mia are brother and sister. Michael is in 5th grade and Mia is in 3rd grade. They are both cat fans (unlike me) and have fostered 1 cat named Callie before Otis.
          I would recommend this book for elementary cat lovers. It is a great book and it’s a cool story, especially when they find him in the elevator.
                                                Have a great day,
                                                          Adelaide

February 23, 2013

Rachel Yoder-Always Trouble Somewhere: Back To School


The 2nd Rachel Yoder book! Hope you enjoy this series as much as I do!

Series: Rachel Yoder-Always Trouble Somewhere
Book 2: Back to school
Author(s): Wanda E. Brunstetter
Age Level: 8-12
Target Audience: Mostly girls, but I think boys would enjoy this.
Stars: 5
Violence: none
Pages: 157
Main Characters:
Rachel Yoder
Mary Yoder (cousin)
Jacob Yoder (brother)
Orlie Troyer
Henry Yoder (brother)
Esther Yoder (sister)
Rudy King
Elizabeth Miller
Mom
Pap
Grandpa Schrock
Cuddles (cat)
Tom (horse)

About the Main Characters:
Rachel: The sweet, fun, humorous, trouble-some 10 year old. Trouble finds her before she finds it. Always.
Mary: Rachel’s best friend and favorite cousin. Mary will always follow Rachel, but never ends up in trouble.
Jacob: Rachel’s bothersome brother who is always teasing. Jacob never gets in much trouble.
Orlie Troyer: Orlie is the new kid at school who is rotten. From his freckled face to his feet. He wants to humiliate Rachel any every way, or does he?
Henry: Rachel’s brother who teases but nowhere near as much as Jacob does.
Esther: Esther is Rachel’s only sister who is 19, and is engaged (but get’s married in this book J).
Rudy King: Esther’s fiancĂ©/husband.
Elizabeth Miller: Elizabeth is the Amish one-room school house teacher. She is very nice and is loved by all.
Mom: Rachel’s stern but loving mother.
Pap: Rachel’s father who is fun, loving, and just as stern as Rachel’s mother.
Grandpa Schrock: Rachel’s grandfather from her mother’s side who is always fun.
Cuddles: Rachel’s fun, active lil’ kitten (sometimes where trouble startsJ)
Tom: Sometimes referred to ‘Old Tom’ is the Yoder’s carriage horse. A kind, loving ole’ thing.

What I think About This Book:
This book is just as great as the first one. Plus it contains the same humor, trouble, and fun.
The humor is even better in this book I think because this book has a boy named Orlie who is just as much trouble as Rachel is, maybe even more!

On The Back:

Rachel’s back in school!…
And that’s where trouble finds her once again! Except this
time, trouble has a freckled face and an unruly cowlick. His
name is Orlie, and he seems determined to humiliate this
ten-year-old Amish girl at every turn. Can any good
come out of Rachel and Orlie’s endless antics? Join Rachel as
she learns life lessons about love and forgiveness in the rolling
hills of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

 I would still recommend this for elementary reading level. I still enjoy the book series and I hope I don’t ever STOP enjoying them!

   Enjoy,
      Abrielle Lindsay

February 22, 2013

Rachel Yoder-Always Trouble Somewhere: School's Out


The Rachel Yoder Series is one of my FAVORITE series. It’s filled with humor, fun, and trouble. But I haven’t been able to read them all ‘til Adelaide lent me some of the books. So with this book report, I hope YOU will go and get these books and read them!

Series: Rachel Yoder – Always Trouble Somewhere
Book 1: School’s Out!
Author(s): Wanda E. Brunstetter
Age Level: 8-12
Stars: 5
Violence: none
Pages: 160
Main Characters:
Rachel Yoder
Mary Yoder (cousin)
Jacob Yoder (brother)
Henry Yoder (brother)
Esther Yoder (sister)
Rudy King
Mom
Pap
Cuddles (cat)
Tom (horse)

About The Characters:
Rachel: A very active, trouble-some, 9/10 year-old girl who always, no matter if she’s doing something good or not, always end up in trouble.
Mary: Rachel’s favorite cousin who does most everything with her trouble-some cousin, but doesn’t end up in trouble.
Jacob: Rachel’s 11 year-old brother who is always teasing Rachel by calling her a bensel (silly child. And never, ever ends up in trouble (well, not as often as Rachel).
Henry: Rachel’s 16 year-old brother who teases, but not as much as Jacob.
Esther: Rachel’s 19 year-old sister, who is engaged.
Rudy King: Whom Esther is engaged to.
Mom: Rachel’s mother who is stern, but always loving.
Pap: Rachel’s father who is fun, loving, and just as stern as Rachel’s mother.
Cuddles: Rachel’s fun, active lil’ kitten (sometimes where trouble startsJ)
Tom: Sometimes referred to ‘Old Tom’ is the Yoder’s carriage horse. A kind, loving ole’ thing.

What I think about the book:
 Like I said above, this book is filled to the rim with trouble, humor, and fun. Anyone should enjoy this book (series). Especially, if you like Amish stories and characters.
 Humor: Humor is the main thing, basically, in this story. Humor is mostly from the beginning of the trouble.
Trouble: Trouble is probably my favorite part in this book. The trouble sometimes is the humor of it all.
Fun: This book can be so fun you have it with you all the time (me). It is totally gripping.

What’s On The Back:
Look out,
Lancaster County!
School’s out! And so is an energetic Amish girl with trouble
following close on her barefooted heels! When nine-year-old
Rachel Yoder isn’t bringing frogs to church or taking wild
buggy rides, she’s setting fireflies free and trying out new
skateboards in all the wrong places. Will Rachel’s friends and
 family survive the mischief she brings into their live-and
will Rachel learn any life lessons along the way?


I would recommend this for elementary reader level. The only thing is that there is Pennsylvania Dutch, BUT there is a glossary at the beginning.
 But I’m in middle-school and still LOVE the series so maybe other middle-school girls would like it too.


    Enjoy,
      Abrielle Lindsay

Puppy Place: Chewy and Chica


The Puppy Place: Chewy and Chica
            I've been reading a lot this week, not just 'cuz I don’t have a lot of homework, but also because these Puppy Place and Kitty Corner (another series like puppy place) are REALLY good. This one is  about 2 chihuahuas that are rescued from a puppy mill.

Series: The Puppy Place
Book #: 19 (none of the books have their number on the cover)
Author: Ellen Miles
Age Level: 7+
Stars: 5
violence: 0.1 There is a demonstration in the book
pages: 132
Main Characters (M.C.): Chewy, Chica, Lizzie and Charles Peterson
Quotes from the book About the M.C.:
            Chewy: “And I already thought of a name for him, Chewy. Because he's always bitting and chewing.”
            Chica: “As mom parked the van, Lizzie looked down at the tiny black-and-white puppy in her lap and shook her head. She still couldn't believe what had just happened back there at the shelter.”
            Lizzie and Charles Peterson: “Charles and Lizzie peterson love puppies. Their family fosters these young dogs, giving them love and proper care until they can find a perfect forever home.”

On the back:
            Charles and Lizzie peterson love puppies. Their family fosters these young dogs, giving them love and proper care until they can find a perfect forever home.
            Charles can't stand how Lizzie acts like a know-it-all about dogs. Lizzie is older and thinks charles should listen to what she says. So when twin chihuahua puppies need help, it becomes a competition. Who will find a home first for these super special pups?

            I would recommend this book for Elementry school students who hate animal cruelty, especially dogs. I wish every state had puppy mill laws now.
                                               
                                                            Hope you love it,
                                                                        Adelaide

February 21, 2013

From: A Christian Fantasy Blog: Of Faerie & Faith: Worldview

This is from my friend's sister's blog and it is a very, very, very, very good post so I thought I would give you ALL the Link!
  Hope you enjoy this as much as I do!
       Abrielle Lindsay

A Christian Fantasy Blog: Of Faerie & Faith: Worldview:

Puppy Place: Shadow


The Puppy Place: Shadow
   
       Ok, so I'm not reading these books in order.  It’s not the type of series you HAVE to read in order, so I'm not. :) Shadow is about a black lab and is very smart. He ends up at a place where they train dogs to be guide dogs. (Guide dogs are dogs for blind and disabled people)
    Series: The Puppy Place
    Book #: 3 (once again, not on the cover)
    Author: Ellen Miles
    Age Level: 8+
    Stars: 5
    Violence: None
    Pages: 71
    Main Characters: Shadow, Lizzie and Charles Peterson
    Quotes (from book) About Main Characters:
       Shadow: “Shadow's a pretty special pup”, “He's a purebred Labrador retriever, with papers and everything”

       Lizzie and Charles: Lizzie and Charles were both crazy about dogs.” (Lizzie) “She liked facts. Especially facts about dogs.” (Charles) “Lizzie sighed. Sometimes Charles just didn't listen”


    On the Back:
       Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies. Their family fosters these young dogs, giving them love and proper care, until they can find the perfect forever home.
       When the Petersons meet Shadow, they know he is special. He's a cute black lab, and he is extremely smart. Everyone agrees that Shadow will be the perfect puppy for someone. But where will this talented pup do the most good?

    I would recommend this book for ages 8 and up because there are some things younger kids might not understand. Other than that anyone could enjoy it.


Enjoy,
Adelaide

February 20, 2013

Left Behind >The Kids<: Second Chance




Here I am back for more to do with Left Behind >The Kids<. Hope you enjoy!

Series: Left Behind >The Kids<
Book 2: Second Chance
Authors: Jerry B. Jenkins & Tim LaHaye
Age Level: 9 & up
Stars: 4½
·         This book is great, but most of the others are better.
Violence: none
Pages: 141
Main Characters:
Judd Thompson Jr.
Vikki Byrne
Lionel Washington
Ryan Daley
Bruce Barnes

 What I think about this book:
I think this book wasn’t as great as the first one, but the best part is them becoming Christians (I just gave it away didn’t I? Sorry).
 But they all go through sadness as they miss their family and realize they have become orphans over night.
Ryan is becoming scared of things (who wouldn’t?) that he never would have been very scared of. He’s hearing things. The authors have you hanging on only to find out there was nothing.
 I thought it wasn’t as gripping as the first one but I still enjoyed it and I hope, if you read it, you will enjoy it too! ;)

From The Book:
Judd: “As for me,” he said, “I finally realized I was being stubborn and stupid to put off doing something I should have done years ago.”
  When Bruce realized what Judd was saying, he immediately stood and leaned down to embrace him. Judd felt awkward and embarrassed. His dad had not been much for hugging, especially after Judd turned twelve, but he was still glad Bruce seemed so genuinely happy for him. Bruce was on the verge of tears when he said, “Lionel and I welcome you to the family. We’re all brothers in Christ.”
Vikki: Fighting a sob in her own throat, she prayed silently. “God,” she said, “I don’t even know how to talk to you, let alone what to say. Bruce Barnes said you loved us and cared about us and didn’t want to leave us behind. I hope that’s true because I want to believe in you. I’m sorry for having been bad person, and I’m sorry that it took something like this to make me come to you. I wish I could say I would have done this eventually anyway, but I can’t.  I had enough chances, but I didn’t want to give you my life. If you can forgive me for that and still accept me, you can have whatever is left of my life. For a long time I hoped you weren’t real and that I wouldn’t have to answer to you someday, but I always knew down deep you were there. And if nothing else convinced me, this mess sure has. I know it can’t be as good to believe now when I have no choice, but if you’ll accept me, I will live for you for as long as you let me stay alive.”
Lionel:  “You better believe I already prayed the prayer,” Lionel said.”If that’s what you mean. I told God I was sorry, begged for forgiveness, and asked him to save me once and for all. You’re saying it’s not too late?”
  “That’s what I’m saying. Welcome to the family.” Bruce said.
Ryan:  “Fair enough,” Bruce said. “No one’s going to pressure you. You can be a part of this group as long as you want, regardless of what you decide to do. When you’re ready, you make this decision on your own.”
  Finally Ryan spoke. “And what if my answer is no?”
 Bruce said, “Nobody can make the decision for you. You have to live with the consequences.”
 “Or die with them,” Lionel said.


 As I said in the last Left Behind post, I would still recommend this for youth who don’t understand the rapture yet or don’t even know about. I’ve learned a lot and I’m sure you can too.

Enjoy,
  Abrielle Lindsay

February 18, 2013

Puppy Place: Goldie


The Puppy Place: Goldie


          The Puppy Place: Goldie is about a family (the Peterson's  whose dad is a fireman, One day he brings home a puppy! The kids fall in love with it and the end up giving it to their neighbor.
          Series: The Puppy Place
          Book 1: The book is not labeled 1 but it is!
          Author(s): Ellen Miles
          Age Level: 7+
          Stars: 5
          Violence: None
          Pages: 76
          Main Characters: Goldie, Charles and Lizzie Peterson, Sammy (boy)
          Goldie:
                   Goldie is a small, little, golden retriever puppy who was given to a firefighter, Mr. Peterson. She is bright and energetic. And very smart.       
Lizzie Peterson:
                   Lizzie is a HUGE dog lover. She is in 4th grade and has 2 brothers, Charles and Adam, which everyone calls “the Bean”. She lives with her Mom and dad, who is a firefighter, and siblings. She also wants the best for Goldie. She does research, and wants to make sure the adopting family of Goldie is ok.
          Charles Peterson:        
                   Charles Peterson is Lizzie's Brother. He is in 2nd grade and his teacher is Mr. Mason. Charles really wants to keep her! He doesn't want families to even come over and look at Goldie. His BFF is Sammy, who lives next door.
         Sammy: Sammy is Charles BFF and in 2nd grade, too. After his breakfast at home, he starts his day by going to the Peterson's for his 2nd breakfast. He has an older golden retriever named Rufus, who is lazy except when Goldie's around
          On the back of the book:
                    Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies. They want a puppy of their own more than just about anything. They know dogs are a lot of work. But their Mom still doesn't think their family is ready for a puppy.
          Then Goldie arrives. She is a sweet golden retriever who needs a home. Goldie is very young. She doesn't know how to be a good puppy yet. Will Charles and Lizzie be able to help her?

          I would recommend this book to Elementary Animal lovers. It is a great book and I really enjoyed it. It would be a great book for Dog Lovers especially. But it is full of humor and fun. I think anyone would like it.

                                      Enjoy,
                                        Adelaide

February 15, 2013

Left Behind >The Kids<: The Vanishings

Some of you have probably heard of Left Behind (the adult version). Me? I had never heard of it ‘til my mom made me start reading it. I fell in love with it. Ok, wait; let me get this straight, I read the kid version. But they are awesome. If you don’t know what Left Behind is it’s a series of books about what two pastors’ think will happen when Jesus comes back after they have studied Revelation. Right now I’m in the 15th book, but I have started reading the series again so I can get updated. Which is a perfect time!! BTW, I am still reading through the book series, I’m not stopping.
Series: Left Behind >The Kids<
Book 1: The Vanishings
Authors: Jerry B. Jenkins & Tim LaHaye
Age Level: 9 & up
Stars: 5
Violence: none
Pages: 146
Main Characters:
Judd Thompson Jr.
Vikki Byrne
Lionel Washington
Ryan Daley

What I think about this book:
 It’s a very interesting book. But the kids are very stubborn. Judd yells at his parents and sibs. Vikki drinks and smokes (only for a second in the bookJ). Lionel is a liar, and to me seems kinda’ proud about being a rich black kid. And then there’s Ryan. Ryan won’t listen to his best friend, Raymie.
Out of all the books that I have read this one is the least scary.
 The kids could do some work on listening. But they all seem to know what happened when they find the clothing lying around.
Jesus has come for his followers.
The ones that did disappear are more than lucky could ever mean to be before Jesus.
About the kids:
Ryan is not from a Christian family. Judd and Lionel’s families that have been Christians forever and that were very Christ like. Vikki’s parents we’re drinkers and smokers. Her mom was a Christian, that’s how she grew up, but didn’t live or do anything for Christ. Her dad said it was mumbo jumbo.

Judd’s mom, dad, little sister, and little brother had all gone to church loved it etc. Judd used to enjoy it, but then he thought he had grown out of it. He thought loving Jesus and God were for little kids and old ladies. Nobody wanted to dress like he did, listen to his kind of music, or have a little fun. So his family had always been a Christen family, well, besides him.

The Byrne’s live in a trailer park where mostly drinkers and poor people live.  Some of the people were Christians. Every Friday night, men and women would gather ‘round. They would drink, smoke and fight over their wives and girlfriends (it doesn’t have any of this happening; it just says this is what they did). But one night, a pastor came and stood on the stage for 5 minutes and told them about accepting Christ. Mr., Mrs., and Jeanni Byrne all did this that night while Vikki had disappeared to go drink and to smoke.

Lionel’s mom was a true Christian. She loved the LORD more than anything! So did Lionel’s sister, Clarice. She would stay up for a long time reading the Bible and prayin’. Their father loved the LORD as well. Lionel’s little brother and sister were Christians too. But Lionel and his Uncle Andre` shared a secret. Neither were Christians. The Washington family was a long line of Christians. 

Ryan’s parents were not Christians. His friend, Raymie Steele, has a “religious” mother. Who hasn’t accepted Christ, but makes them pray before they eat, tell them Bible stories, and makes Raymie pray before going to bed. Then Raymie and his mother start going to a new church. And, BOOM, Raymie and his mother are Christians. Raymie tries to tell Ryan, but Ryan doesn’t want to hear about it.

From The Book:
Judd: Judd was afraid too, but he wasn’t puzzled. As the pilot came over the intercom, pleading for people to remain calm, the full realization of what had happened hit Judd. He didn’t know how many other people on the plane had any idea, but he sure did. Christ had come as he promised and raptured his church..... He, and most of the passengers on that plane, had been left behind.
Vikki: And suddenly it hit her. Was it possible? Could it be? Had they been right? Had she been as stubborn and stupid as a person could be? Had she seen the dramatic changes in their lives and still not believed any of the God stuff? Had they gone to heaven and left her behind?
Lionel: Only for the briefest instant did Lionel wonder if he was dreaming. He knew better. This was real. This was the truth. All doubt and question had disappeared. His family had been raptured as his church, his pastor, and his parents had taught. And he had been left behind.
Ryan: Was it possible that the people who had believed in Jesus had been taken to heaven, just as Raymie had tried to tell him? He and his parents and Captain Steele had been left behind.

I would totally recommend this book series for youth who don’t understand about the rapture. I mean, I have learned a lot about what will happen. I even read all of Revelation to see if all of this was in the Bible. And it pretty much is! So go get it and read it! I just finally got my younger brother to read it. And he loves it!

Enjoy, 
Abrielle Lindsay