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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
by J. K. Rowling
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great adventure of Harry and friends!, Jan. 2 2001
The Chamber of Secrets picks up during Harry's summer vacation before entering his second year at Hogwarts. He is miserable because he has not heard from his new friends all summer long, and he has had to leave the delightful wizardry school to endure a summer of emotional abuse from his aunt, uncle, and cousin. When Harry finally gets communication from his Hogwarts buddies as well as a "house elf," he learns that someone does not want him to return to Hogwarts in the fall! That especially seems to be the case when the magical platform to board the Hogwarts train mysteriously closes, leaving Ron and Harry to find a way to get to Hogwarts on their own. The magical adventures are just beginning, and Ron and Harry are off to a whole new year of wizardry and wonder at Hogwarts. The battle of good vs. evil continues as Harry hunts for the mysterious Chamber of Secrets. This is a great book of fun, fantasy, and fiction for young and old alike.

Trial By Fire: Volume 4
Trial By Fire: Volume 4
by Terri Blackstock
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.54
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5.0 out of 5 stars another winner from Blackstock!, Dec 31 2000
Issie has a problem: she finds herself more and more drawn to the handsome pastor/fireman Nick Foster and she knows that she is not living the life that she should. But in the midst of trying to sort out her feelings, a crisis occurs: Nick's church burns to the ground, killing someone trapped inside. Further investigation reveals that the victim, a young black man, was dead before the fire started and that perhaps Nick's church was picked to burn because of its open door policy to people of all races. More complication arises when Issie discovers the involvement of her own nephew in this skinhead-type group. Issie has no time to sort out her feelings for Nick as she tries to rescue her nephew from the crowd he is with before another incident occurs, and Nick becomes so disheartened after the burning of his church that he considers leaving the ministry. You will not want to put this one down as you see how the Lord leads Issie, Nick, and the other characters through their trials and troubles. Trial by Fire is another great suspense story by Blackstock, and I am anxiously awaiting the next one! (Hope Issie and Nick will be husband and wife in it!)

Jubilee
Jubilee
by Margaret Walker
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic forever, Dec 31 2000
This review is from: Jubilee (Paperback)
I first read Jubilee over twenty-five years ago when I was in high school. The edition that I read had a photgraph of the real Vyry in it as well as one of the author. A native Mississippian, I had no clue at that time that Margaret Walker was to become Dr. Margaret Walker Alexander, noted author and poet. I watched her funeral on t.v. a couple of years ago and remembered the first time that I read Jubilee and how much I loved it and remembered the respect that Alexander commanded everywhere she went. Recently I decided to re-read Jubilee, and I am so glad that I did. Although I loved it back then, I love it even more now. Some have called Jubilee the black person's answer to Gone with the Wind, and perhaps it is, but I contend that Jubilee is for all races and not just for students of black history. Vyry is honest about her heritage, both sides, and tells of her life in slavery, focusing on both the good and the bad. The Reconstruction years are perhaps the most frightening in the book; she no longer has the benevolent white master and the safety of the plantation and its routine life to rescue her. Many people seem to forget that Emancipation was not the answer in and of itself; the free black had so many hardships to face when he was thrust into the world that he was little prepared for. Innis and Vyry discover this fact as they move, in Vyry's words, from "pillar to post" trying to earn an honest living and enjoy their freedom. Perhaps Jim, Vyry's son from her relationship with Randall Ware, has a point when he comments that freedom does them no good when all they do is work all the time and see little from their efforts. Jubilee has a great conclusion that sees the Brown family finally settle in a place where they are accepted and tie up the loose ends left when Randall Ware reappears in their lives. Jubilee is still the riveting historical novel that I read many years ago, a must-read for all Americans, no matter what their heritage, and a classic, yesterday, today, and forever.

Brides Montclr/Daring Bride #13
Brides Montclr/Daring Bride #13
by Jane Peart
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.67
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second chances at love, Dec 31 2000
Daring Bride picks up the stories of several Cameron/Montrose females from the earlier books. Kitty has a hard time forgetting the horrors she saw in the Great War and the love of her life whom she lost as a direct result of that War. Her bitterness creates a deep chasm between her and twin sister Cara that lasts for many years. In a cathartic measure, Kitty writes a book about the devastation of the Great War and meets a loving, caring book editor in the process. Could this be her second chance at love? Likewise, Evalee has lost her own great love and returns to Virginia widowed and penniless with a young daughter to raise. As she builds a business from the ground up, Evalee meets two men who love her and want her to spend their lives with them, one for whom money is no object and one for whom a love of books and teaching children is his main objective. Can one of these men be Evalee's second chance? Finally, Bryanne goes to Italy at the expense of her grandmother Garnet to get over losing her first love in a fatal accident. Will Bryanne, too, finally meet someone and get another chance at love? This is a great entry in the Montclair series, and my only criticism is that Peart needs to put a family tree in each book to keep me straight on the rather complicated family relationships.

Courageous Bride
Courageous Bride
by Jane Peart
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.67
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Montrose family enters WWII, Dec 31 2000
This review is from: Courageous Bride (Paperback)
Courageous bride is the story of the next generation of Montroses, Luc and his adopted sister Nikki, and their roles in WWII. Nikki goes to France searching for her natural mother and stays in Europe to enter service in the WRENS. Quite by accident, she meets a Scottish Montrose cousin, and events unfold that keep the two meeting each other at Garnet's English home at different times throughout the war. Luc, who follows in his father's footsteps to become a fighter pilot, also finds love in Garnet's home, as have so many young people before him. But before any of these young people can fulfill their happiness, the war must come to an end. What will happen to Luc, who is reported missing in action, and to Nikki, who has been chosen to fulfill a dangerous assignment on the front in France? Peart has again woven a story of young people searching for fulfillment of God's plan for their lives, and has successfully found a fitting way to remove the matriarch Garnet Cameron Montrose Devlin from the series. Once again, my only criticism is that Peart needs to put a detailed family tree in each book, as the cousins, half-cousins, in-laws, and other members of the Camerson/Montrose families continue to grow and get more confusing in each book.

Suncatchers
Suncatchers
by Jamie Langston Turner
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books ever, Oct. 4 2000
This review is from: Suncatchers (Paperback)
I read a great deal of both Christian literature and Southern literature, and The Suncatchers is a winner in both categories! Turner has captured the essence of the Deep South with all of its idiosyncrasies in her portrayal of The Church of the Open Door. When Perry Warren flees a broken marriage and moves south to write an expose' of the typical fundamentalist Christian, he ends up living right next door to Eldeen Rafferty, a "poster-child" for the stereotypical Southern Christian. Perry becomes friendly with Eldeen and her family so that he will have more fodder for his book. He does not count on actually beginning to love these new friends dearly and enjoy attending church services with them. At The Church of the Open Door, its occupants, from Brother Hawthorne, the pastor who steps out of the "typical" male role to help his wife and tells his parishoners to do the same, to Joe Leonard, the shy teenager who plays the tuba for church services, and everyone in between, accept Perry unconditionally, and each manages to teach Perry a lesson about Christianity. As Perry goes through the painful process of analyzing his unusual upbringing and his failing marriage, he gradually begins to find healing and answers at The Church of the Open Door. Without a lot of preaching and testimonials, The Suncatchers manages to present such a wonderful picture of the Christian life that everyone who reads it will want to live as Eldeen and her family do. Even Perry finally realizes that this Christianity thing might have something for him as well. As a woman of the Deep South who is a born-again Christian and holds a masters degree in English (some may see these things as paradoxical), I find Turner to be on the same level with Eudora Welty. Turner captures the true spirit of the South in her charaterizations and descriptions; her Eldeen is portrayed with equal finesse of Welty's Phoenix Jackson, Sister, and Stella Rondo. I feel as if I would know Derby, S.C. and The Church of the Open Door if I visited there much as I feel I would recognize The Worn Path and Sister's P.O. The Suncatchers is undoubtedly the best book that I have ever read, and I hope that Turner will continue with her tales of Derby.

Sacred Shore, The
Sacred Shore, The
by Janette Oke
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars An even better sequel to The Meeting Place, Oct. 2 2000
This review is from: Sacred Shore, The (Paperback)
My review of The Meeting Place said that it was the best I've read by Oke and Bunn; I was wrong! The Sacred Shore is now the best I've read by this team. The Sacred Shore picks up many years after The Meeting Place leaves off; Louisa and Henri are now settled in Louisiana with many other ousted Acadians, and Catherine and Andrew are now living the quiet life of a minister. Neither can forget the other, however, and their lives finally intersect again after many, many events, including the unexpected arrival of Andrew's estranged brother from England and the revelation of Louisa and Henri to their daughter of her birth. You will not want to quit reading The Sacred Shore until the end, and you will then begin anxiously awaiting the sequel!

Brian's Winter
Brian's Winter
by Gary Paulsen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 12.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Survival of the Fittest, Oct. 2 2000
This review is from: Brian's Winter (Hardcover)
In Brian's Winter, Paulsen does as many of his fans requested--leaves Brian in the harsh Canadian wilderness for the duration of the winter instead of rescued at the end of the summer as in Hatchet. Brian's survival instincts are already honed when Brian's Winter opens, but as the weather gets cooler and then colder, Brian realizes that he has to totally change the way that he has been surviving. He needs warm clothes, a way to build a fire inside of his shelter, and meat for the winter. The way that city boy Brian copes with these and other survival problems will captivate you and leave you admiring his resourcefulness. Although the book was written with adolescent males in mind, I found the book a page-turner and could not wait to see how it ended! It is great reading and I cannot wait to read the other Brian novels.

Meeting Place, The
Meeting Place, The
by Janette Oke
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best I've read by Oke and Bunn!, Oct. 1 2000
This review is from: Meeting Place, The (Paperback)
Although I love Janette Oke, I've never been a big fan of her books written with Bunn until now. The Meeting Place is a wonderful story of God's love overcoming cultural differences and prejudices. As Englishwoman Catherine makes friends with the Frenchwoman Louisa, the French and Indian war looms around them, and Catherine's beloved husband Andrew is an officer of the King's Army. Knowing that they are supposed to be mortal enemies does not affect the growing relationship between Catherine and Louisa until the Acadians are told that they must leave Acadia (now Nova Scotia). After meeting Louisa and her husband and extended family, Andrew realizes that he cannot participate in the upcoming war, and risks his career and his family's well-being to take his unpopular stand. In a plot twist that will keep you riveted, the two families are separated, but a slender thread remains between them that will keep you anxiously awaiting the sequel. The Meeting Place is a wonderful story of God's love and faith that crosses all languages and nationalities.

Tears of a Tiger
Tears of a Tiger
by Sharon M. Draper
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.49
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4.0 out of 5 stars even realism can too far, Aug. 28 2000
As a junior high school English teacher, I am always on the lookout for a good YA novel to teach to my students or to recommend that they read individually. When I heard of Tears of a Tiger, I had high hopes that it would be everything that I look for in a YA novel. First of all, I liked the fact that the main characters were African-American. I teach a large portion of African-American students, and I have a lot of trouble finding a YA novel in which African-Americans are the central characters (are you listening, YA authors?). Second, I absolutely loved the differing points of view style that the book is written in. The way that the characters are developed through conversation, letters, poems, essays, and so on is one of the best that I have read. This is a great teaching tool alone, not to mention a super way of telling the story. Third, the event that is the catalyst for the plot, the underage drinking and driving, is realistic and teaches a great lesson to teenagers. Given my glowing praise, you may wonder, why not five stars? The simple fact is that Andy's suicide destroyed the book for me. The whole plot of the book seemed to be leading to Andy's coming to grips with the death of his friend. I was thinking: what a great way to show kids that there are other alternatives than killing oneself to work through problems. Then, the suicide note and he is dead. This is not a good message to send to youth. While a mature young adult can read and understand this book the way that the author probably meant it to be read, this is not a YA book for the masses. In good conscience, I cannot teach a book to kids who have enough disturbing messages thrown at them from all sources on a daily basis as it is. They do not need to read a book in which the main character, a young man much like many of them, cannot cope with his mistakes and kills himself. Would I still teach Antigone and Macbeth, you may wonder? Yes, I would; the characters who commit suicide in many classic works of literature bear little or no resemblance to the teenagers of today. Andy, on the other hand, is too much like many of the teenagers that I run into on a daily basis. Our children need to be taught the real truth--that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

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