Looking for a gift for a fifth grader?

Book title: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh - book cover picture

Parents, aunts, uncles or grandparents looking to give the gift of literature to kids in that tricky age bracket (9-13) should know that this book is a surefire winner, despite its bizarre title (it has nothing at all to do with frisbees). It is a complex and nuanced novel that never condescends to its readers, but contains such a vivid and well-conceived adventure (about rats who must reckon with their low rank in the great chain of being after gaining remarkable intelligence) that it is sure to interest them from start to finish. Although less familiar than, say, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, O'Brien's book has all the skill and twice the pathos of Dahl's. I am a doctoral candidate in English literature, and I still occasionally return to Mrs. Frisby, just to buoy my spirits.

EAN: 9780140307252
Publisher: Gardners Books
Robert C. O'Brien

An exelent, realisic read

Book title: The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple - book cover picture

This a wonderfully realistic book about a girl with values, a girls we can all relate to some time or another. I like this book because, mainly, of the charectors and how real it seems. I'ts almost like you are there in the gold rush with Lucy, saving up gold in a pickle crock and trying to read Ivanhoe in between washing the dishes and making dinner for a tent full of dirty men trying to strike it rich. This is good book for anyone who likes realistic fiction, and a supurb heroine who wants to go back east.

EAN: 0046442728065
Pages: 208
Publisher: Clarion Books
Karen Cushman

What hard SF is supposed to be.

Book title: Rendezvous with Rama
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Rendezvous with Rama - book cover picture

4 1/2 stars is closer to the mark but why quibble. This is top notch Hard SF entertainment. Clark demonstrates why he is the master of real SF with this story of an alien artifact (maybe its a spaceship, maybe its a probe, the heroes don't figure out what it really is until the end and they can't be sure even then.) Believeable charcters in a believable adventure with believable science make this an engrossing story that has the reader thinking, "something like this could really happen!" Highly recommend to everyone but especial to those that think SF has to filled with implausible contraptions and grotesque aliens to be entertaining. This book proves it doesn't.

EAN: 9780553287899
Pages: 288
Publisher: Spectra
Arthur C. Clarke

Thought Provoking

Book title: Communities of Practice : Learning, Meaning, and Identity (Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive & Computational Perspectives)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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This book is written primarily for academics. Wenger challenges educational institutions to re-think their basic assumptions about learning (e.g., its social aspects, its relationship to practice, and the role of teaching).

I found the book to be very thought provoking, but I would recommend his 2002 book, "Cultivating Communities of Practice," for practitioners.

Michael Beitler
Author of "Strategic Organizational Learning"

EAN: 9780521430173
Pages: 342
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Etienne Wenger

Terry Goodkind captivates us again!!!

Book title: Temple of the Winds (Sword of Truth, Book 4)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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This book is his best work yet! Mr. Goodkind is a Fantasy author that ranks right up there with Tolkien. I have read all the books in the series many times over, and always find things I missed before. The way he draws you into the world of Richard Rahl, is only matched by his use of imagery, and detail. I am an aspiring author, and know how hard it is to keep it all together. Terry Goodkind has no problem with doing that. I hope that he continues this series further, and everyone gets to read them. They will become classics in time just like Tolkiens Lord of the Rings. People that do not think he is truly a master of the art, needs to try and write a book, and see what it takes. I have to say to Mr. Goodkind, please keep the books coming, you are great.

EAN: 9780312890537
Pages: 528
Publisher: Tor Books
Terry Goodkind

The Best Book I Have Ever Read!!!

Book title: Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil - book cover picture

In this book, you get onto a roller-coster that you would never want to get off. I first got the movie and I found out that it was the top of the line in my movie stack. I bought both DVD and VHS. The movie had me in a daze. So I decided to get the book to add to my collection, and this is a book that I can read over-and-over again. The way the really describe the town and the setting of things are amazing. If there was any chance to meet the cast from the movie and the writer of the book, I would take it to the heart. Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil-
-A book worth buying.-Adam Harrison

EAN: 9780099521013
Publisher: Vintage Books
John Berendt


Book title: Star Wreck IV: Live Long and Profit : A Collection of Cosmic Capers
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Star Wreck IV: Live Long and Profit : A Collection of Cosmic Capers - book cover picture

For all "Star Trek" fans this book is a MUST! This is the first "Star Wreck" book I read and I was hooked! It's hilarious! In this volume, Starfreak have decided to keep only one Endrocrine crew, and so various members of staff are laid off, inlcuding Captain Smirk, who is not too happy about Ricardo getting the job. Guido becomes first officer while Piker becomes the doctor - it can only spell disaster! Meanwhile, on the other ship, Georgie LaForgerie and the rest of the "Have-nots" have decided to try and find the Fountain of Eternal Youth before the "Haves" get there, so that they will get their jobs back. It's brilliant, you have to read it!

EAN: 9780312929855
Pages: 133
Publisher: St Martins Mass Market Paper
Leah Rewolinski

This is my Bible.

Book title: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court: An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Sources, Composition and Publication, Criticism (A Norton)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court: An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Sources, Composition and Publication, Criticism (A Norton) - book cover picture

A very amusing, political satire. Many interesting points were brought up and even when Twain addressed serious issues of class and self and society, his humor shined thru. It is nineteenth century technological reliances meeting sixth century codes of chivalry. Of course it is all very anachronistic, but instead of hurting the work it helps Twain prove his points. I don't agree with those who consider it chaotic, although I do see that some may find it so since Twain attempts so much. He tries to tell an interseting tale, question society and mankind, and be humorous all at once which IS difficult, if not impossible.

EAN: 9780393951370
Pages: 455
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Mark Twain

Underpants Will Never Be The Same!

Book title: Adventures of Captain Underpants
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Adventures of Captain Underpants - book cover picture

This series will never get old! Time and again we read these books and the entire family is kept in stitches. These books are chalk full of belly laughs for everyone. My 6 year old daughter is fanatical about Captain Underpants, Harold & George! We anxiously await the next epic addition to the stories of what true Wedgie Power can deliver. This is innocent kid fun - a far cry more suitable for elementary school kids than alot of the media garbage that's marketed to them these days. These books stay away from alot of the typical things that one sees in today's "kid" oriented media and sticks with what kids can identify with and love to poke fun at naturally - principals, teachers and underwear! It steers clear of "adult" humor, sexual connotations and gory visuals - a quality that I wish Disney would catch on to!

EAN: 9780439014571
Publisher: Gardners Books
Dav Pilkey

The Best Book Ever!!!

Book title: Island of the Blue Dolphins
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Island of the Blue Dolphins - book cover picture

This book was a really good book! This book talked about how she had to survive on the Iland of the Blue Dolphins.It also talked about when she went to save her brother on the Iland!It also talked about how she starved on the Iland! She did'nt wanna kill any animals because she is freinds with all the animals.Will she live or will she die!


EAN: 0046442069625
Pages: 192
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Scott O'Dell

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