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Maze Runner by James Dashner

I'm finally getting around to reviewing Maze Runner by James Dashner. On my side table I usually have 5 or 6 books of different genres I'm reading at one time.
After I read James' book, I immediately picked up another book to read, like I normally do.
It was okay but I didn't feel it was worth my time right then so I closed the book.
I picked up another book the next day and couldn't identify with the character. Shut the book.
On my third book I read about 3 chapters and returned it to the library.
Where are the good books? I wondered. Why can't I find another book with layered plots and twists and characters?
That is what James Dashner has done to me, folks; he's ruined my light reading. After reading Maze Runner, I found I was easily dissatisfied with the books on my side table. So I took a break from reading for TWO weeks ( thanks a ton, James!).

I haven't read a book quite like Maze Runner.
I take that back.
I've read books on apocalyptic days.
I've r…

Flotsam by David Wiesner

Let me just start by saying I'm the only one in my family that LOVES I Spy books. I have to restrain myself from buying the computer versions too.
So, Flotsam by David Wiesner was a book that appealed to me because of the detail in the pictures. And the story was appealing and fun to 'read'.

A young boy and his parents spend a day at the beach. While the boy is exploring, a big wave washes a camera onto the beach (notice the brand of the camera). As the reader and boy look at the developed pictures together, they discover a new underwater world.

I'm not surprised it was 2007 winner of the Caldecott Medal.



A bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine flotsam--anything floating that has been washed ashore. Bottles, lost toys, small objects of every description are among his usual finds. But there's no way he could have prepared for one particular discovery: a barnacle-encrusted underwater camera, with its own secrets to share . . . and t…

The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

What if? Why not? Could it be?When a fortuneteller's tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her? The fortuneteller's mysterious answer (an elephant! An elephant will lead him there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that you will hardly dare to believe it’s true. With atmospheric illustrations by fine artist Yoko Tanaka, here is a dreamlike and captivating tale that could only be narrated by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo. In this timeless fable, she evokes the largest of themes — hope and belonging, desire and compassion — with the lightness of a magician’s touch.

I enjoyed reading this story out loud to my children. The way Ms. DiCamillo strings words and sentences together was, dare I say, lyrical?
She introduced people and animals throughout her magical book that all have something in common; they are affec…

Plot Twists & Crazy Realities-The Hunt For Dark Infinity

WARNING: Make sure to secure use of an oxygen tank while reading this book.James Dashner's 2nd book in the 13th Reality series will leave you breathless as you lose yourself in plot twists, character surprises and alien worlds.Tick, Paul and Sofia are called called upon again to help Master George. Soon, their lives are in peril as they are'winked' from one Reality to another. Every Reality they land in, there is a riddle to solve and always, danger.Who is winking them around and why?A diabolical plot to figure out and a mad man who must be stopped. Does the trio have what it takes?Dashner gives us another book full of lively characters, good and bad, each with their own voice.At times I was a little dizzy trying to figure out the Realities and riddles, magic and reality, and sometimes, who is really the bad guy.This is the blurb from the book:It s been a quiet summer for Tick, Paul, and Sofia, but the latest message from Master George changes everything. The Realities ar…