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Black Beauty
Black Beauty
21 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Black Beauty, May 20 2008
Ce commentaire est de: Black Beauty (Mass Market Paperback)
Anna Sewell's "Black Beauty" was her only published book, but it brought a great awareness to people about the abuse of animals. It was published in 1877 for people who worked with horses, but it has definitely been read by many others especially those who love horses.

"Black Beauty" is not an easy book to read, it takes an effort at first to get into it. Once you get the mood of the book you tend to emphasize and grow fond of all the characters and the life of the horse Black Beauty becomes important to you, so you finish the book and as a result are greatly enriched with a better understanding of horses.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 1
Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 1
by Jeff Kinney
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 13.37
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Diary of a Wimpy Kid, May 20 2008
Ce commentaire est de: Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 1 (Hardcover)
What I found intriguing about this book is all the side characters. The main character Greg Heffley did not appeal to me and I found him rather dull. However I loved his mother and her tactics for raising her children. Hurrah for her technique in punishing her children and there is nothing wiser than a mother that makes her children appreciate the live arts.

Greg's best friend's father is also a great character, always on the internet checking the rating for Greg's latest video game he wants to play with Rowley.

Even Greg's little brother Manny is funnier than Greg and his older brother who is into heavy metal music (which his mother likes to dance to) adds interest to the story.

Coraline 10th Anniversary Edition
Coraline 10th Anniversary Edition
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 7.59
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Coraline, May 20 2008
"Coraline" is a creepy little book. I read in one sitting, which attests to its shortness. Being an "adult" I still found it spine tingling, especially the black and white drawings that enhance the story. There is a graphic novel of this story coming out later this year and I will definitely check it out.

Kids from ages 8 to teen will love this book and its dark characters and its terrifying creepiness.

Photography Essentials Waiting For The Light
Photography Essentials Waiting For The Light
by David Noton
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Photography Essentials Waiting for the Light, May 20 2008
"Waiting for the Light" is a beautiful book to look at; David Noton definitely understands the art and the technique of making a photograph.

I was disappointed in the book because I wanted to learn more on how to take the picture and the book does not give enough detail on how David got the shot. The pictures should be labeled with which filter he used, what f stop, what iso, what lens speed and all the other technical things.

Yes the pictures are beautiful and he does give some information about the shots, but I want more.

Emma Volume 1
Emma Volume 1
by Kaoru Mori
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Emma Volume 1, May 20 2008
Ce commentaire est de: Emma Volume 1 (Paperback)
Being a Jane Austen fan I took an interest in the manga book "Emma". I perused the reviews concerning the manga "Emma" and became quite excited to read my first manga book cover to cover. I found out later that it is NOT based on Jane Austen's "Emma", even though a number of people on the internet said it was based on Jane Austen's book and then others said it was not. I found a reliable reference on a Jane Austen dedicated site that said it was not based on Jane Austen's work.

Unfortunately I found "Emma" dull and unchallenging. It was fun reading backwards, but the story seemed to lack luster. How interesting is a maid and her pursuers when all they do is have tea and go to the library. Yes, there is an elephant parade, but that just seemed out of place.

I have read that the series gets better, so I may read another one or two.

The art work makes the book worth the money; I loved the artistic crosshatched pen and ink style drawings.

Emma is a romance manga by Kaoru Mori located in historic Victorian London near the end of the 19th century.

Emma was awarded the Excellence Price at the 2005 Japan Media Arts Festival.

The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray
The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray
by Chris Wooding
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, May 20 2008
The "Haunting of Alaizabel Cray" is a page turner of a book and I believe teens will read it in one sitting. The book is dark and gruesome and violent. There is no sex and the language is clean, but there is violence and a serial killer and of course the mutilated victims.

The characters are real enough, but I did not become overly attached to any of them. Thaniel is an interesting seventeen year old whose occupation is to hunt wych-kin and on a hunt he comes upon Alaizabel who is in desperate need of his help. In a series of events they eventually save London from the "dark side" with the help of numerous other characters.

Mars V1
Mars V1
by Fuyumi Soryo
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Mars Volume 1, May 20 2008
Ce commentaire est de: Mars V1 (Paperback)
If I could give stars just for the art work, I would give "Mars" volume one four stars. I found the teenage angst thing way overdone and the bad boy and good girl cliché is also tiring. I mean the bad boy even rides a motorcycle, which of course the good girl has never ridden on one before she met him.

I did love the emotions shown through the art work and the story was strong enough for me to want to finish the book and continue on to read volume two. Overall I found the book too predictable and in some parts I found it disturbing.

Race: A History Beyond Black and White
Race: A History Beyond Black and White
by Marc Aronson
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 20.92
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Race: A History Beyond Black and White, May 20 2008
The idea that people belong to distinct biological races is a relatively new concept. This is only one of the many pieces of knowledge I absorbed from reading this book. "Race" is an enlightening book. It starts in the ancient world and ends in the present world.

Has racism always existed? Where did it begin? Has racism always been based on the colour of skin? Why does it still exist? Marc Aronson attempts to answer these questions and he does so with great success.

"Race" opened my mind to the origins of race and how it has changed throughout the history of earth. May all who read this book realize the importance of all people in battling racism.

A Pack of Lies
A Pack of Lies
by Geraldine McCaughrean
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 8.95
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A Pack of Lies, May 20 2008
Ce commentaire est de: A Pack of Lies (Paperback)
"A Pack of Lies" takes place in an antique store that is on its last legs until MCC Berkshire shows up. Ailsa the daughter of her widowed mother meets MCC at the library where he is being thrown out into the rain by the librarian. Ailsa takes him home with her and he ends up staying and sleeping in the antique store.

Business is slow so Berkshire makes up stories based on the books he reads with a passion. People cannot resist buying an item that has a story attached to it. Something is a bit odd about Berkshire and the stories he tells may not be lies after all.

I found the book entertaining, but I felt not enough words were spent on Ailsa and her mother and their lives. I found I lost interest when Berkshire was telling some of his stories

Heck Superhero
Heck Superhero
by Martine Leavitt
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 9.95
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Heck Superhero, May 20 2008
Ce commentaire est de: Heck Superhero (Hardcover)
There is nothing worse then a painful tooth, it changes your outlook and perception in life if you are in constant pain. Heck is in such a situation, but not only does he has holes in his teeth, but is also without shelter, food or family. His mother is unable to cope due to depressive illness and Heck has to fend for himself. Drawing superheroes is a method that Heck uses to escape from his life, but he soon finds out he has to face reality. Heck lives on the street and faces drug use, stealing, breaking and entering an art studio and has contact with numerous adults who just do not see the whole picture and therefore do not help him.

It is a great book and I found it sad, but Heck is one of those rare kids who are able to eventually figure things out.

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