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Capture the Flag by Kate Messner

Dontcha love a book that references other books?  It’s the BEST!  Capture the Flag by Kate Messner does this and I love it.  One of the heroes in the story carries around his Harry Potter collection and often quotes from them.  Like so:

The boy held up a copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, whose pages appeared to be on the verge of spilling out all over the terminal.  The cover was worn and torn, loved to death like Anna’s copy of Harriet the Spy.  The boy grinned.  “This one’s my favorite.”

 

To be sure, I have well-loved books like that too.  Not a feeling you can replicate with an electronic book.  Or can you?

Anyway, I was SO excited to share my review with you that I made a video!

Like to see it?

 

Do you have a fave well-worn book? What is it?

Maybe Capture the Flag will be MINE!

I give this book 4 paws for positive multicultural characters in an interesting and totally believable setting.

 

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Diversity Reading Challenge

Bad Girls Book Club Letter B #atozchallenge

Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge

Did you enjoy Letter A day?

Today’s letter is

B

The Book

The Briefcase of Juris P. Prudence by JN Childress

If you’ve been around here long enough, you’ll know that I believe in the power of self-published authors. If it weren’t for an indie author I wouldn’t have my B book. There are so many reasons that I wanted this book to be my B book. First, the author is a woman of color, like me, and we need all the diverse authors we can get in this world. Second, the heroine is a little young lady named Juris Prudence.  As it turns out, Miss Prudence wants to grow up and become a lawyer. Well that’s not exactly right. In fact Juris aka JP is already a lawyer. And so are her two besties Sofie, Izzy, and Maddy. These young misses created the National Kids Leaders Academy and enrolled and became lawyers. At age Five. What were you doing at age 5? If you were like me, you were probably playing dolls and learning how to read.

There are so many things to love about this book! And while I haven’t quite finished it yet, I love the diversity of it. JP’s little friends represent the spectrum of diversity: Izzy is South Korean and has two dads; a true representation of what our lives look like in real life. So now at age 11, JP & Associates takes on real cases helping kids change the laws that affect them.

So much diversity in this little book. I love it.

Take Sunday off, rest, and make new friends. See ya Monday!

p.s. this qualifies for the Diversity Reading Challenge

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Book Review: Without Saying a Word by Monica Barnett

You may not know this about your fave librarian, but I love clothes and fashion! I love to shop and and I’m always looking to  find just the right crisp white blouse. Naturally, I don’t consider myself a fashion blogger but you may remember my #scarfvember meme back in November. I wear lots of scarves because I get cold easily and it’s a quick way to add a dash of something to your outfit.  I even wear them in the summer!

#scarfvember

Wearing a scarf with my beloved Bailey, who is not pleased to pose for a selfie.

Several years ago I had the pleasure of meeting my stylist Monica Barnett, at a conference in DC (PowerUp by the powerful PowerMommy aka Uneeka Jay). Monica’s session was about style and I was hooked on her.  I subscribed to her updates and every month she sends me a tailored ‘what’s hip’ email; my style is Savvy Sophisticate, dontcha know?  Eventually, like all style mavens are wont to do, she published a fashion book.  It’s called Without Saying a Word.

 

Without Saying a Word

Monica is fierce about everything she does. I agree that she’s spot on about her fashion trends, except we will disagree about shoes.  She loves them high and with my bad feet (ick I sound like a granny) I need comfy.  Sadly, my fierce high heel wearing days are over; which may be why I have such foot problems now, but ick! let’s stop talking about feet, ok?

Anyway, Monica is fierce about fashion. Her conversational tone makes you feel like you are sharing a drinky poo with her after work while chatting fashion.  I must warn you though, Monica does not play.  She WILL call you out if you look like a goober in your fashion sense. Only because she knows that it is so easy to look good.  She totally called me out in person cuz I said I didn’t like to wear dresses.  Little did I know that the next year I would don a dress at least once a month to serve up children’s tea parties at the bookstore. I “may” have worn a dress to work on other days as well. But SHHHHHHH don’t you dare tell Monica.

Anyway, if you’re looking for a good dose of real talk and a dash of spice, hook up with Monica.  Her site is called Blueprint for Style  and you can sign up to be a B style member like I did. She’s on Facebook too!

When you hook up with her, tell her PammyPam sent you!

Categories
Books Children Reviews

Capture the Flag by Kate Messner

Dontcha love a book that references other books?  It’s the BEST!  Capture the Flag by Kate Messner does this and I love it.  One of the heroes in the story, carries around his Harry Potter collection and often quotes from them.  Like so:

The boy held up a copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, whose pages appeared to be on the verge of spilling out all over the terminal.  The cover was worn and torn, loved to death like Anna’s copy of Harriet the Spy.  The boy grinned.  “This one’s my favorite.”

 

To be sure, I have well-loved books like that too.  Not a feeling you can replicate with an electronic book.  Or can you?

Anyway, I was SO excited to share my review with you that I made a video!

Like to see it?

 

Do you have a fave well worn book? What is it?

Maybe Capture the Flag will be MINE!

I give this book 4 paws for positive multicultural characters in an interesting and totally believable setting.