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Anger: Defusing the bomb
Anger: Defusing the bomb
Author: Ray Burwick
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 4/30/2007


"Anger: Difusing the Bomb offers a remedy for anger that satisfies the total person--body, mind, emotions, and spirit. There is a good, moral, healthy way to:

Admit we are angry,
Express it constructively,
Resolve it for good!


Arthur's Promise
Arthur's Promise
Author: Marc Brown
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/7/2007


# 1 in the Family Values Series - Keeping A Promise

Arthur makes a promise to D.W. that is almost impossible to keep!


Backstab (Francesca Vierling, Bk 1)
Backstab (Francesca Vierling, Bk 1)
Author: Elaine Viets
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/5/2009
Helpful Score: 1


1st book in the series. I will read more in the series.


Barbie Let's Go Riding (Barbie Glittery Windows)
Review Date: 1/31/2007


On the back of book:

When Stacie's plans with friends fall through, Barbie suggests they go horseback riding. At the end of their ride, Stacie decides that it's been a perfect day. Little girls will love the peek-through windows that hide and reveal surprises as each page is turned.


Barbie Shopping Surprise
Barbie Shopping Surprise
Author: Nancy Parent, Tom Wolfson (Photographer)
Book Type: Board book
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/31/2007


On the back of book:

Barbie and Midge go shopping at the new boutique and both of them manage to find the perfect outfit. Little girls will love the peek-through windows that hide and reveal surprises as each page is turned.


Batteries Required (Samantha Shaw, Bk 4)
Batteries Required (Samantha Shaw, Bk 4)
Author: Jennifer Apodaca
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/4/2007
Helpful Score: 2


If only life came with operating instructions. Samantha Shaw's dating service, Heart Mates, is barely paying the bills, and her relationship with private investigator Gabe Pulizzi isn't exactly a ringing endorsement of her knack for romance. And now Sam's friend Angel has disappeared just as she was about to launch a new lingerie business, leaving behind a ransacked, bloodstained house. Detective Logan Vance--alias romance novelist R.V. Logan is busy fending off the advances of a lovesick fan so, with Gabe in tow, Sam questions Angel's ex-husband, Hugh Crimson. Sam knows her friend's divorce can has been filed under "unpleasant" but she can't believe Hugh's capable of ex-wife-napping--or murder. If Hugh isn't a killer, who messed up Angel's house--and why? Where is Angel? And what's Sam going to say when Gabe insists she make a decision about their relationship? Solving this case will require every ounce of energy Sam's got, and she's going to unearth some high-voltage surprises along the way...


The Berenstain Bears' Comic Valentine (Berenstain Bears)
Review Date: 2/2/2007


It's Valentine's Day in Bear Country, the day of Brother Bear's championship hockey game. It's also the day he finds out the identity of his secret admirer, "Honey Bear." Who can she be? Brother is in for a big surprise!


The Best of the Mailbox for the Pre-Kindergarten Level
Review Date: 9/26/2009


A collection of ideas from the first five years of the Preschool / Kindergarten edition of Mailbox magazine.

Special Units
Bulletin Boards
Management Tips
Learning Centers
Literature Units
Art Activities
Patterns and Awards
Reproducibles
Time-saving, teacher-tested ideas

Celebrations - Birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Graduation

Themes - Once upon a prehistoric time, "Apple-tizing" apples, All in the Family, A Colorful Halloween, Turn on to Turkeys, Reindeer Roundup, Down Sensory Lane, What's New at the Zoo, Ready, set, Recycle, Easter


Blooming Murder (Iris House B & B, Bk 1)
Blooming Murder (Iris House B & B, Bk 1)
Author: Jean Hager
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/31/2007


The 1st in the Iris House Mystery Series.

From the back of book:

Horticultural Shock

A timely inheritance has enabled spunky, self-sufficient Tess Darcy to transform her late Aunt Iris's estate into a charming bed-and-breakfast inn. Aptly enough, among her first guests is a gaggle of gardening enthusiasts gathered together for the regional Iris Growers' Convention-- a thorny bunch more interested in digging up dirt than in weeding and watering. And when one of them turns up dead in Tess's magnificent garden--a cake knife planted firmly in her chest--it falls to the harried hostess to unearth the killer...before any more corpses spring up.


A Body to Die For (Bailey Weggins, Bk 2)
A Body to Die For (Bailey Weggins, Bk 2)
Author: Kate White
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/31/2007


On dust cover:

One of the savviest single urbanites ever to take up sleuthing and still look great, Bailey Weggins made her smashing debut in Kate White's "If Looks Could Kill", a dishy and delectable New York Times bestseller and the first "Reading with Ripa" Book Club Selection. Now the Gloss magazine true crime writer returns in a story of high style and low murder that goes behind the salons and saunas of a ritzy country spa to uncover... A Body to Die For

After her last adventure, Bailey Weggins is one tired reporter in need of R & R. So when an old family friend invites her for a free weekend at the Cedar Inn in rural Massachusetts, she jumps at the chance to leave Manhattan for some major pampering.

At the elegant mid-nineteenth-century hideaway, with its Asian-inspired spa, Bailey is soon luxuriating to the hypnotic sound of water spilling over stones and the soothing scent of green-tea candles. Yet mayhem is mere steps away, as Bailey discovers when she literally stumbles across a corpse wrapped mummy-style in a treatment room.

Suddenly, her time-out is transformed into a full-tilt murder investigation. Bailey hadn't expected to meet anyone other than socialites slathering their cellulite with shea butter, but now she's dealing with a list of suspects dirtier than a mud bath: a spurned lover, a shady husband, and a group of employees who seem to be hiding something. And against her better judgment, she can't seem to keep her own hands off the sexy homicide detective assigned to the case. Desperate to help her mother's friend, the owner of the spa, Bailey will find herself chasing clues across state lines just as another death sweeps her into the sights of a vicious killer. And this time, the body in the mud wrap could be her own.


Brigadoom (Kate London, Bk 1)
Brigadoom (Kate London, Bk 1)
Author: Susan Goodwill
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/15/2011


I was disappointed in this book. I expected a better read according to the other reviews that I read. It had really short chapters which I love and helps you get through it faster, or seems to me that it does. I won't say that I hated it but just was not what I expected. Not sure if I will try the next book in the series.


The Broker
The Broker
Author: John Grisham
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/3/2007


In his final hours in office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six months hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world's most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

Backman is quietly smuggled out of the country in a military cargo plane, given a new name, a new identity, and a new home in Italy. Eventually, after he has settled into his new life, the CIA will leak his whereabouts to the Israelis, the Russians, the Chinese, and the Saudis. Then the CIA will do what it does best: sit back and watch. The question is whether Backman will survive--there is no chance of that. The question the CIA needs answered is, who will kill him?


Buzz Off (Queen Bee, Bk 1)
Buzz Off (Queen Bee, Bk 1)
Author: Hannah Reed
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/22/2011


A great start to a new series! Will definitely read the next one!


Carbs and Cadavers (Supper Club, Bk 1)
Carbs and Cadavers (Supper Club, Bk 1)
Author: J. B. Stanley
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/14/2009
Helpful Score: 2


1st in the Supper Club Mystery Series!

I have read a couple other of J. B. Stanley's books (in the Collectible series). They were pretty good, but I liked this series better. I read almost the whole book in 1 day. It is a very quick, light read. I will be reading the others in this series.


The Case for Easter: Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection
The Case for Easter: Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection
Author: Lee Strobel
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/23/2007


Lee Strobel examines:

The Medical Evidence - Was Jesus' death a sham and his resurrection a hoax?

The Evidence of the Missing Body - Was Jesus' body really absent from his tomb?

The Evidence of Appearances - Was Jesus seen alive after his death on the cross?


The Case of the Surprise Call (New Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley, No 8)
Review Date: 6/14/2006


Singing dragons...giant bunnies...mysterious phone calls. What did all these things have in common? They were clues in the weirdest case Ashley and I ever had! It all started when our great-grandma Olive invited us to her detective clubhouse. When we got there - someone had broken in! Was it one of the detectives in the club? Or the singing dragon who left a message for us in the library? Or the giant bunny who left his footprints in the hallway? Or the mysterious stranger who kept calling us? Or...


The Cat Who Talked Turkey (Cat Who...Bk 26)
The Cat Who Talked Turkey (Cat Who...Bk 26)
Author: Lilian Jackson Braun
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/11/2007


The good people of Moose County are in a fever of excitement. It's almost time for the gala groundbreaking of the Pickax bookstore--and the town of Brrr is preparing for its bicentennial celebration. All the festivities, however, are spoiled by the discovery of a man's body on James Qwilleran's property. Could it be the work of a killer who used the same MO in northern Michigan? To solve the case, Qwill and his feline pals, Koko and Yum Yum, will have to prick up their ears and determine who committed this fowl deed...


A Charmed Death (Bewitching, Bk 2)
A Charmed Death (Bewitching, Bk 2)
Author: Madelyn Alt
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/7/2007
Helpful Score: 2


This is the 2nd in the Bewitching Mystery series. This is a great series! The characters and storyline are really good! I can't wait for the 3rd one to come out in December.

From the back of book:

Maggie O'Neill was just a small-town girl, stuck in a dead-end job--until she started working at Enchantments, Stony Mills finest mystical antique shop.

Now Maggie is Indiana's newest witch. Learning to cope with her newfound powers is tough enough, but add to that keeping the stock at Enchantments organized and remembering to tape reruns of her favorite show, Magnum, P.I., and Maggie's got a full plate.

But when she witnesses an altercation between a local teen princess and another customer in Enchantments--and later the girl turns up dead--she feels compelled to investigate. Though the police are at a loss, Maggie has some tricks up her sleeve, or to be more specific, some spells, charms, and mystical intuitions. And with the help of her boss (and favorite witch) Felicity Dow, Maggie is spellbound and determined to get to the bottom of this murder.


Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul
Review Date: 2/3/2007
Helpful Score: 1


From the back of book:

The authors of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series have woven Christian principles and values into the fabric of each volume. Themes of love, forgiveness, faith, hope and charity have buoyed the spirits and warmed the hearts of millions of readers. Now, in this exceptional new volume especially for Christians, you will find stories that will deepen your faith and expand your awareness of how to practice Christian values in your daily life--at home, at work, and in the community. Your heart will open to the expression of Christ's enduring love.

In this compelling volume you will discover the miracles we all experience when we find a place for Christ in our everyday lives. These powerful narratives will deepen your compassion for others and inspire you to greater acts of charity and philanthropy. They will lead you to forgive others for their trespasses and yourself for your shortcomings. They will encourage you to stand up for what you believe in and to believe in what you stand for. And, perhaps most importantly, they will remind you that you are never alone or without hope no matter how challenging and painful your circumstances.


The Chocolate Cupid Killings (Chocoholic, Bk 9)
The Chocolate Cupid Killings (Chocoholic, Bk 9)
Author: JoAnna Carl
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/16/2010


#9 in the series

Another great installment! Fast read!


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