Originally posted 2015-11-21 12:00:43. Pretty much everyone who has gone to school in the last 30 years has read or been exposed to the Diaries of Anne Frank. What most don’t know is that there are actually two foundations who claim ownership to different renditions of the diary. One held by The Anne Frank Foundation,…

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Originally posted 2015-11-17 12:00:45.   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 2015-11-11 12:00:16. Originally posted on www.danetrain.com  on October 11, 2014 Joe Hill is Stephen King’s son. Apparently, he vaguely attempted to conceal this fact by disguising his last name, but one look at his author photo immediately reveals the truth: the man looks just like his father. When I learned that King had a…

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Originally posted 2015-11-04 17:00:06. I don’t really associate Jonah Hill or James Franco with serious films. I do know that they are both trying to go that route, and if the movie is anything like the book, True Story just might be their ticket. I only wonder how long it will take Franco to re-release the…

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Originally posted 2015-10-28 12:00:26. Title: Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons Author: Michael Witwer Published: October 6th, 2015 Pages: 276 Genre: Biography Kid Friendly Rating: Not Applicable.  Kids generally would not grasp the book, short of about age 16. Synopsis:  This is it, the story of the man who…

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Originally posted 2015-10-24 12:00:39.   Title: Red Rising Series: Red Rising Trilogy Author: Pierce Brown Published: January 28, 2014 Pages: 401 Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller Kid Friendly Rating: 13+ This book can be downright grisly at times. Extreme violence is accepted, and even encouraged behavior in this society. The author often paints this violence negatively, but it is…

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Originally posted 2015-10-20 17:00:47. Today, Jurassic World is released on DVD and I’d be really excited about this…except I already bought the digital download a week ago and watched it half a dozen times.  I know that most of my friends thought the movie was on the bad end of the spectrum (whether it was…

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Originally posted 2015-10-14 19:00:34. Title:  Fangirl Author: Rainbow Rowell Published: September 10, 2013 Pages: 445 Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance Kid Friendly Rating:  14+  language is used, but not all that much. Characters that are over 18 discuss losing their virginity. Click here for the Common Sense Media Rating. Synopsis: Cath is a fangirl. It really does not get more simple…

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Originally posted 2015-10-07 12:00:19. Title:  The Aeronaut’s Windlass Author: Jim Butcher Published: 29 September, 2015 Pages: 630 Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy: Steampunk Fantasy Series: The Cinder Spires, Volume One Kid Friendly Rating:  Teenagers, 14-15 at the earliest.  Violence and graphic depictions of violence, but without extreme language Synopsis: Spire Albion finds herself and all of her…

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Originally posted 2015-09-30 12:30:58. Title: Master of Formalities Author: Scott Meyer Published: July 7, 2015 Pages: 448 Genre: Science Fiction/Comedy Kid Friendly Rating: 10+ The book includes some details about an ongoing war, but descriptions of the violence are not especially gruesome or realistic.

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Originally posted 2015-09-23 12:30:42. Title: Ready Player One Author: Ernest Cline Published: August 16, 2011 Pages: 374 Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopia Kid Friendly Rating: 14+ for some trash talk language that includes the F-word; video game violence. Click here for the Common Sense Media Rating. 

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Originally posted 2015-09-16 11:44:32. 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 2015-09-09 11:49:22. Title: In the Mean Time Author: Paul Tremblay Published: October 19, 2010 Pages: 214 Genre: Short Stories, Horror Kid Friendly Rating:  16+ Language, Horror, Scary Themes. This book is not meant for young children.

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Originally posted 2015-09-02 14:10:14. Title: We Are Not Ourselves Author: Matthew Thomas Published: August 19, 2014 Pages: 620 Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction Kid Friendly Rating:  16+ The themes in this novel might not interest the younger crowd and there are many adult issues such as depression, drinking, and disease.

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Originally posted 2015-08-26 15:00:49. Title: A Head Full of Ghosts Author: Paul Tremblay Published: June 2, 2015 Pages: 304 Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery Kid Friendly Rating:  16+ This novel deals with many adult themes: possession, sexual experiences, language, nudity, scary themes, and much more. Make sure your child is mature enough to handle these and read/listen to it for yourself…

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