[Book Review] Coraline

Coraline_Audio_coverTitle: Coraline
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Published: 2002
Recommended for ages 8 to 12 and up
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Audiobook: Narrated by Neil Gaiman

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a description from the author’s website:

When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.

But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Coraline will have to fight with all her wits and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

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[Book Review] How to Train Your Dragon

httyd_book1Title: How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon series, #1) Author: Cressida Cowell
Genre: Fantasy, Middle grade
Published: 2003 by Hodder Children’s Books (UK), Little, Brown Books (US) Recommended for ages 8 and up
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Audiobook: Narrated by David Tennant

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT? Here’s a description from the author’s website:

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn’t always like that. In fact, in the beginning, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was the most put upon Viking you’d ever seen. Not loud enough to make himself heard at dinner with his father, Stoick the Vast; not hard enough to beat his chief rival, Snotlout, at Bashyball, the number one school sport and CERTAINLY not stupid enough to go into a cave full of dragons to find a pet… It’s time for Hiccup to learn how to be a Hero.

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[Book Review] The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson

Title: The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson
Author: Mark Twain
Genre: Classics
Published: 1894
Source: Project Gutenberg and Librivox

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a description from Goodreads:

It begins with the act of a young slave girl exchanging her light-skinned child, fearing for its safety, for that of her master’s. From this reversal of identities evolves a suspenseful murder mystery and courtroom drama.

The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson is everything one would expect from a novel by Mark Twain. On the surface it is a witty and satirical tale but as one digs deeper a biting social commentary of racial inequality can be found.

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[Book Review] American on Purpose

American_on_Purpose_coverTitle: American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
Author: Craig Ferguson
Genre: Memoir, autobiography
Published: 2009 by Harper Collins Publishers
Recommended for ages 18 and up
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Audiobook: Narrated by Craig Ferguson

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a synopsis from the publisher:

In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark—as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

To numb the pain of failure, Ferguson found comfort in drugs and alcohol, addictions that eventually led to an aborted suicide attempt. (He forgot to do it when someone offered him a glass of sherry.) But his story has a happy ending: in 1993, the washed-up Ferguson washed up in the United States. Finally sober, Ferguson landed a breakthrough part on the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, a success that eventually led to his role as the host of CBS’s The Late Late Show. By far Ferguson’s greatest triumph was his decision to become a U.S. citizen, a milestone he achieved in early 2008, just before his command performance for the president at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson talks a red, white, and blue streak about everything our Founding Fathers feared.

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[Book Review] The Red Necklace

The_Red_Necklace_audiobookTitle: The Red Necklace
Author: Sally Gardner
Genre: Historical novel,
Published: October 2007 by Orion Publishing Group
Recommended for ages 12 and up
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Audiobook: Narrated by Tom Hiddleston

Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins (Abridged)
Audible Release Date: 2007

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a summary from the publisher:

A mysterious gypsy boy, Yann Margoza, and his guardian, a dwarf, work for the magician Topolain in 1789. On the night of Topolain’s death, Yann’s life truly begins. That’s when he meets Sido, an heiress with a horrible father. An attachment is born that will determine both their paths. Revolution is afoot in France, and Sido is being used as a pawn. Only Yann will dare to rescue her from a fearful villain named Count Kalliovski. It will take all of Yann’s newly discovered talent to unravel the mysteries of Sido’s past and his own and to fight the devilish count.

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