Book Review: The Story That Cannot Be Told by J. Kasper Kramer #BookReview #TheStoryThatCannotBeTold #MiddleGrade #HistoricalFiction

The Story That Cannot Be Told

by J. Kasper Kramer

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My Review:

Ileana loves to collect stories, and she has a very large number to share. The issue is that stories can be dangerous where she lives. Her uncle has experienced this first hand as he’s been missing since the publication of one of his stories. Now, when the family’s safety is put at risk in Bucharest, they send Ileana away to live with her grandparents for a time. Here Ileana discovers that there’s so much she never knew.

The setting is Communist Romania in the late 1980s. It’s such a difficult time with food rationing, unrest and low living standards in general. I have to admit that I didn’t know much about this time period in Romania, nor did my kids. The book is both educational and entertaining— woven with folklore in between what’s happening in real time. We never lost interest and my kids were literally buried in their books. It’s beautifully crafted with wonderful characters and storytelling.

Personally, I enjoyed the story very much and decided on a 4-star rating, whereas the kids were a solid 5-stars —no questions asked. Some of the content was a little more complex, but it didn’t faze them. We looked forward to reading it daily. We read physical hardcovers and also enjoyed the audio along with the book.

The Story That Cannot Be Told is tense at times and also full of emotion, but funny too. It has also inspired me and my children to read more historical fiction. I recommend it for middle-graders, adults with an interest, and anyone who loves a good story.

4.5 stars

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Book Review: The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #12) #BookReview #ChildrensBooks #Fiction

The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events #12)

By Lemony Snicket

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My review:

We’ve finally finished the 12th book in A Series of Unfortunate Events “The Penultimate Peril.” This turned out to be one of our favorite installments.

Mild spoilers

In the beginning of the story, the Baudelaires are traveling with Kit Snicket to the Hotel Denouement. Here they’ll take up positions as concierges to spy on some of the guests staying there. Their mission is to discern who’s working for and against V.F.D. and to investigate who this mysterious J.S. person is in the hotel.

“You’re not children anymore, Baudelaires. You’re volunteers, ready to face the challenges of a desperate and perplexing world.”

The children split up to assist guests of the hotel and all run into familiar characters from previous installments, eventually having a run in with Esme, Carmelita, Principal Nero, and Count Olaf once again. Count Olaf’s plan remains finding the sugar bowl (a mysterious object all the enemies want) and also the Medusoid Mycelium (deadly fungus that nearly killed Sunny) from the previous book The Grim Grotto. Continue reading “Book Review: The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #12) #BookReview #ChildrensBooks #Fiction”

Book Review: Frozen 2: Forest of Shadows by Kamilla Benko #ForestofShadows #Frozen2 #Frozen #BookReview #MiddleGrade

Frozen II: Forest of Shadows

by Kamilla Benko

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My thoughts:

When a strange blight comes over the land and the animals fall into a deep sleep, Anna is convinced she can help find the cure. It needs to be done quickly because the food supply is in danger and Elsa will soon be departing on her grand tour. After Anna finds a magic door in the castle she never knew about, it leads her to a secret room where she finds magic books, herbs, and other mysterious items. The clue might be hidden within this room and Anna is convinced she can solve this mystery, but once a spell is cast, she finds herself and the entire kingdom of Arendelle in more danger than she could have ever imagined.

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This Week’s Children’s Book Reviews: The Pumpkin Smasher – It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – Home in the Woods – It Happens in the Month of October – The Cat at Night – Slinky Malinki – I Walk at Night #ChildrensBooks #HalloweenBooks

This Week’s Children’s Books:

We’ve been reading all of our Halloween favorites and some new books too. Here are some books we’ve read this week.


It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

By Charles M. Schulz

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We read this book multiple times a year, even when it’s not Halloween. It wouldn’t be Halloween without it either. Our copy is a 1972 printing, but this year we picked up the beautiful, bright orange 2018 deluxe edition. Both editions are wonderful, and this is a Charles Schulz childhood favorite. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is all about Linus and his belief in the Great Pumpkin. He gives up trick-or-treating to wait for the Great Pumpkin on Halloween night, and just about the only person who believes he might be on to something is Sally.

“Dear Great Pumpkin, I am looking forward to your arrival on Halloween Night. Everyone tells me you are fake, but I believe in you. “ – Linus

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Will the Great Pumpkin bring toys and visit Linus this year? Follow along to find out!

5*****

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