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Mardens

Mom has been really busy and I’ve been really busy, but I want to tell you about something. That something is……… MARDENS SURPLUS AND SALVAGE BARGAIN HUNTERS PARADISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mardens is the best store in Maine- no the USA- no no! Earth!! That place is great! Here’s a few things I’ve bought there;

    SALINA YOONS FABRIC!!!!! (SHE HAD MADE IT YEARS AGO!!!)
    Cozy pink knit hat with flannel faux fur on the inside ( if the hat wasn’t lost in my bedroom, I’d be wearing it right now)
    MY PET PENGUIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!🐧 🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧πŸ₯ŒπŸ§πŸ§πŸ§πŸ§πŸ§πŸ§πŸ§πŸ§πŸ§πŸ§πŸ§(find the hockey puck)
    A Mulan toy!
    Annoying lil brother got a Fur Real puppy for, like, 15$! (Still won’t beat my 7$ Fur Real dragon!)
  • When you visit Maine go to Mardens first!
  • The deal is that they get stuff from
    • Train wrecks
      Stores going out of business
      Truck wrecks
      Small fires
      Broken boxes with the toy perfectly fine!
    • I could talk a whole day about MARDENS SURPLUS AND SALVAGE BARGAIN HUNTERS PARADISE if you wanna know more type in what above in THIS
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      Kate and the Horses

      By Wendy Ledger

      Book Source: Provided in exchange for review

      Book Status: Available

      This book is about a girl named Kate who moves from New York, New York to California, and goes to a horse camp. Her reason for going is in New York, a carriage horse actually spoke to her! The horse on the flyer looked exactly like the horse that spoke to her. When she gets there, she goes to the stables first, where, not knowing it, the horses spoke to each other in the way she could hear. She asks why they said that in front of her, and they are surprised that she could hear them. The, a councilor comes in and tells her she can’t be in the stables unsupervised. When camp starts, they are assigned a group. Right before camp started, 3 girls had made fun of her because at a deli, she had wanted to order a tongue sandwich. Guess who she’s assigned to? Those girls! Melissa, Donna, and Jill are assigned to her group! She is really good at ridding the horses since she can talk to them.

      This book is unique because when somebody can talk to animals,

      • Their life is ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!
      • It’s magic.
      • It’s not the animals choice.
      • It doesn’t happen at a horse riding summer camp
      • The animals don’t have an organization that says that the horses would get into trouble if they talk to her!
        And much more!
    • BUT THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • Everyone should read this book if they can read long chapter books!
    • Posted in Book Review, Reviews by Lina

      The Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief & Sinister

      by Stefan Bachmann, Katherine Catmull, Claire Legrand, Emma Trevayne
      illustrated by Alexander Jansson
      Review by Lina
      PS: Just as a warning, whatever you do, do NOT read the book I have suggested before bed. It may give you nightmares because some of it’s kind of gory.
      *****
      Here’s a brief summary of this book. It’s a collection of 36 slightly gory short stories. They’re a collection of short stories brought together by curators who want to show the world how alive stories can become. The curators are the authors of the stories. They are kind of pretending to be characters themselves by writing letters to each other themed on the stories. 
      One thing I liked was that they were kind of funny but in a gory way. One of my favorite stories was “The Sandman Cometh” by Claire Legrand, based on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. It was a quest and it showed that you didn’t have to be brave to do something hard. In fact, Harvey, the main character, was given six tasks to complete to free his family after an awful wish. So even though he messed up on one, the Sandman actually–seeing that he completed the others well–was quite merciful. Although it was a bit of a challenge, Harvey freed his family.
      There was one I hated because I think it’s going to give me nightmares. “Jack Shadow,” by Emma Trevayne, was about a shadow that was a living being, sort of. So he kills other shadows in order to take their places. He is kind of like Slappy from the Goosebumps books–very overconfident and expects everyone to bend to his will, although he is way more murderous and way more dangerous because for shadows the normal laws of gravity and physics don’t always apply. If you are easily creeped out by things like that, I’d suggest not reading it before bed or skipping it entirely.
      I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes creepy but not-so-creepy stories and who does not have problems with very gory books. The book is practically a nightmare machine for some people. Make sure you have a good degree of resistance to nightmares before you read this. Overall it’s slightly darkly funny but a good book. 
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      The Unicorn Rescue Society: Sasquatch and the Muckleshoot

      By Adam Gidwitz & Joseph Bruchac

      Illustrated by Hatem Aly

      Book Source: Borrowed from Library

      Book Status: Available

      This book is about the Unicorn Rescue Society members Professor Fauna, Uchena, and Eliot, plus Jersey the Jersey Devil, who embark on a journey to Washington to meet with a fellow member Mack ( His last name I cannot spell with the letters I am provided with) who is a Muckleshoot Indian and is I n trouble because the Schmoke brothers’ news team is chasing the Sasquatch in the area.

      This book is unique because usually a unicorn rescue society has actually seen a unicorn, but that’s why I like this series, because it makes it funny!!

      If people want to read a book about mythical animals, funny problems, and wacko characters, then this is the book for them.

      PS, there’s still no unicorns!!! 🀨🀨😩😩

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      Game of Stars

      By Sayantani Dasgupta

      Book Source: Provided in exchange for review

      Book Status: Available February 26, 2019

      This book is about a girl named Kiranmala who has to go to the Kingdom Beyond because the Serpent King (her evil dad, Sasha, king of the Serpent Kingdom) has made and agreement with Raja (Leelkamal’s and Neelkamal’s Dad, the king of the Kingdom Beyond) the agreement was about 2 magical stones that will make precious metals rain from the sky. They each have 1 of the stones and through a game show called Who Wants To Be A Demon Slayer they will determine if the Serpent Kingdom or The Kingdom Beyond will get the second stone. Kiranmala must compete for the second stone along with her friends. But there are more l problems! Neelkamal was captured by Sasha and taken to the demon detention center (backstory, Neel is half demon because his mom is the demon queen), when she gets there rumors say that she and Lal love each other (sooo not true) and a girl in her class that immigrated from The Kingdom Beyond snuck to the Kingdom Beyond with Kiran.

      This book is unique because usually a book has 1 or 2 problems, not 4+!!

      Somebody might want to read this if they are looking for suspense, adventure, humor, and best of all… A STRONG FEMALE!!!!

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      The Book of Boy

      By Catherine Gilbert Murdock

      Book Source: Provided for review

      Book Status: Available

      This book was a bit hard for me so I have asked Mom to help me with the review. She also read it (and I left it with my grandfather in Maine to read).

      This is the story of Boy. Yea, that is his name and he repeatedly says he is not a boy, he is Boy. That is a clue to the big secret in the book. He is also a hunchback and so people aren’t very nice to him. Animals like him a lot. There are a couple funny parts where he wakes up surrounded by animals. He can also talk to them (lucky). One day he meets a man on a mission to collect the bones of Saint Peter and return them to Rome. The man is strange but Boy wants to go to Rome and pray to become a real boy so he joins him. They get into all kinds of trouble getting they need. Plus learn secrets about the man too. Seriously this book is full of WHATS!

      Okay I got to stop now or one of the secrets like the man is…. (whoa stopping).

      The book is a little slow and they don’t reveal anything to the reader before the characters find out. So that was different. I knew things weren’t right but I had no clue what wasn’t right. Some of the clues weren’t even mentioned in the book because books don’t usually talk about those things but when find out secrets you are like oh my, duh!

      Mom and I talked about why I had a hard time with this book. First I may not be old enough for it. Second because they don’t reveal a lot of things and I am a very black/white person so the lack of clear information is hard for me. Third even though I know the secrets I am going to read this later and see how I do again.

      I think this book is interesting and would recommend it fifth grade and up. It could be an interesting class book. I am very curious what my grandfather says about it and will ask my grandmother who was a fifth grade teacher to read it. Mom found it very intriguing but said she is not surprised I had some issues. Maybe next time I will read it with her. (Did you know when Mom was in school, her teachers wanted her to become an English teacher because she is good with this kind of stuff? She didn’t – she did firefighting and now works for a car parts company doing their community affairs for all North America!)

      Has anyone read this book? What did you think?

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      La Petite Josette en Provence

      By Ashley Davidson-Fisher

      Illustrated by Martinique Louise Fisher

      Book Source: Provided in exchange for review

      Book Status: Available

      this book is about a girl named Josette who goes to Les Baux De Provence ( Half of the review is going to be in French) were she and her family go to see an abandoned ChΓ’teau, have a ——- I can’t tell you that, and get souvenirs.

      This book is unique because most books in French are:

      • All in French
      • French learning books
      • All in French French learning books
      • All in French story books
      • And much, much, more

      It was also cool to get mail from France. That was a first.

      I took the book to Maine to read with my great-grandparents who both speak fluent French. I even call them Memere and Pepere which are French grandparent nicknames. One thing Memere noticed was that some phrases are different than she uses. My grandparents are French Canadian so there are regional phrase differences (like my Dad using Pop and Mom calling the same thing Soda).

      We did enjoy reading the book together. My grandparents helped me with pronouncing the phrases. I am going to keep working on this. My mom has a friend who was born in Provence and will also help me. And I am planning a trip to France in 2020. I need to really practice this year and books like this one will be very useful.

      The illustrations were beautiful!!!!!!!!! I want to draw like that!!!!!!!!! I LLLLLOOOOOVVVVVEEEE THOSE PICTURES!!!!!! The illustrator is the daughter of the author.

      Overall this was a good book. I will be reading it often this year.