Originally posted 2017-02-16 12:00:12. Series: The Underland Chronicles Titles: Gregor the Overlander; Gregor and the Prophesy of Bane; Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods; Gregor and the Marks of Secret; Gregor and the Code of Claw Author: Suzanne Collins Published: 2003 – 2007 Pages: 336; 320; 304; 352; 416 (from Amazon data, but I think these are based on…

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Originally posted 2016-10-04 12:00:41. Title: Starship Troopers Author: Robert Heinlein Published: 1959 Pages: 263 Genre: Science Fiction Kid Friendly Rating: 13+ The inner workings of outer space warfare might be a little advanced for younger readers, but Heinlein goes easy on the gory details. Click here for the Common Sense Media Guide! Synopsis: In a flimsily-justified effort to “be his own…

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Originally posted 2016-08-31 17:00:35. Title: Vault-Tec Workshop (Fallout 4 DLC) Developer: Bethesda Game Studios Platforms: PS4, XBox One, PC Release Dates: July 26, 2016 Genre: Action RPG Players: Single player ESRB Rating: M Kid Friendly Rating: 17+ Ultra-violence, gore, swearing, sadistic activities. Personal Rating: 3.5/5 Synopsis: Bethesda’s Fifth DLC for Fallout 4 is an interesting one. Once the wastleland wanderer reaches…

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Originally posted 2016-08-26 08:00:45. Day 26 of the August Book Photo Challenge from Books and Cupcakes! Today’s prompt is “Guilty Pleasure.” Yeah, I know that the previews for the movie starring Shailene Woodley told the tale of a shameless sob-fest aimed particularly at teenage girls. The fact that I wasn’t scared off completely from The Fault in…

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Originally posted 2016-08-25 17:00:59. Title: The Authorities Author: Scott Meyer Published: September 28, 2015 Pages: 328 Genre: Mystery/Comedy Kid Friendly Rating: 12+ The book opens with a non-sexual scene involving an adult toy, but it is mostly PG-PG-13 on balance. Contains some violence, mostly in the form of suspects resisting arrest.

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Originally posted 2016-08-17 08:00:42. Day 17 of the August Book Photo Challenge from Books and Cupcakes! Today’s prompt is “A Book Set in Your State or Town.” Stephen King’s novels are usually set in Maine, especially in his fictional town of Castle Rock, but this notable exception actually takes place in and around Pittsburgh: Christine. “Christine”…

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Originally posted 2016-08-12 12:00:43. Day 12 of the August Book Photo Challenge from Books and Cupcakes! Today’s prompt is “Sunny Book Cover.” The book I’m choosing is the third book in the fantastic Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown. It’s called Morning Star. This series is a really fun thrill ride, improbably mashing up gladiator-style fighting and…

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Originally posted 2016-08-03 08:00:20. Day 3 of the August Book Photo Challenge from Books and Cupcakes! Today’s prompt is “Your bookshelves.” I have lots of bookshelves in my house, so I decided to use the handsomest one. And my favorite book on my handsomest shelf  (or any shelf) is The Lord of the Rings, by…

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Originally posted 2016-08-02 08:00:19. Day 2 of the August challenge from Books and Cupcakes! Today’s entry is “TBR Pile.” The focus of this post will be on Stieg Larsson’s fantastic Millenium series, the first book of which is the now-famous The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Like many people, I became interested in this book after…

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Originally posted 2016-07-27 17:00:55. Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Series: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children (Book 1) Author: Ransom Riggs Published: 2011 Pages: 382 Genre: Horror/Adventure Kid Friendly Rating: 14+ Lots of spooky monsters and some adult subjects that may be just a little bit inappropriate for younger children. Click here for the Common Sense Media Guide! Synopsis: When Jacob…

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Originally posted 2016-07-21 17:00:54. Title: The Martian Author: Andy Weir Published: 2011 (e-book); March 2013 (audiobook); February 2014 (hardcover) Pages: 369 Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller Kid Friendly Rating: 13+ for some coarse language; however, there is enough realistic science in the book that I would hesitate to discourage any mature science-minded kids from reading it.

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Originally posted 2016-07-20 17:00:02. Title: Bridge to Terabithia Author: Katherine Paterson Published: 1977 Pages: 144 Genre: Drama/Friendship Kid Friendly Rating: 9+ This book has a sad moment or two, but it is an appropriate book for any child capable of reading it. Click here for the Common Sense Media Guide! Synopsis: As the summer before 5th grade draws to a close, Jess…

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Originally posted 2016-06-24 08:00:32. Chapter 2: The New World (FWF: Barren) Chapter 3: Dinty Moore is a Delicacy (FWF: Red) Chapter 4: Bad Dogs (FWF: Luck) Chapter 5: Hold Steady (FWF: Believe) Chapter 6: Breaktop (FWF: Campfire) Amy was in a nearly blind panic. Her freedom from the four dogs, so recently earned, was purchased with exhaustion….

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Originally posted 2016-06-16 17:00:30. Title: Zombies, Run! Developer: Six to Start Platform(s): iOS, Android, Windows Phone Release Date(s): February 27, 2012 Genre: Fitness, Horror, Adventure Players: 1 ESRB Rating: N/A Kid Friendly Rating: 13+ Rated “Teen” in the Google Play store. Features violence, gore, and scary plotlines. Undead hordes occasionally chase you through the wasteland….

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Originally posted 2016-05-10 12:00:34. Title: Inside Out Director: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen Release Date: June 19, 2015 Genre: Adventure, Comedy MPAA Rating: PG Running Time: 95 minutes Starring: Amy Poehler Phyllis Smith Bill Hader Lewis Black Mindy Kaling Richard Kind Kid Friendly Rating: A few moments may be scary for some children, but mostly the movie is firmly in…

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