Dear America: The Great Railroad Race

Dear America: The Great Railroad Race

This book gives a very descriptive and accurate tale of a teenage girl who is riding with the Union Pacific railroad with her father who writes articles for a newspaper back East.
Even though it is fiction, you can learn a lot about what it was like to live in 1869; and what happened

during the race. The accuracy of the setting is very good.  The characters in the story had accurate

opinions of what was socially right and wrong at the time.

What makes it a good read is because it is entertaining.

Stone Rabbit Pirate Palooza, By Erik Craddock

This is the sequel to BC mambo and is also a graphic novel/comic type book. This time the rabbit uses a cursed pirate’s peg leg to fix his coffee table. Doing so brings the pirate and his crew back to life. The pirates kidnap the rabbit and his friend. Then when they get attacked by the pirates arch enemies they have to fight. It turns out the whole feud is over a game of checkers and when the rabbits friend destroys the board they get chased back to town and have to send the ghostly pirates back to where they came from.

Stone Rabbit BC Mambo, By Erick Craddock

This is a graphic novel/comic type book about a rabbit. He discovers a time portal in his bathroom and falls into it. It takes him back millions of years. There he finds an advanced civilization of rabbits. The rabbits think he is some sort of god and worship him. Then when he must save them from the horrible monster that plagues their people he discovers something quite interesting about his trip back in time. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes short, slightly humorous books with lots of pictures.

Calling On Dragons, By Patricia C. Wrede

This is the third book in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. Princess Cimorene is now Queen Cimorene and a crisis has arisen. The Wizards are back and have figured a way to take over the forest once and for all, which threatens the forest with complete destruction. With help from Kazul the dragon king, Morwen the witch, Telemain the magician, two cats, and Killer the blue flying donkey-rabbit. Cimorene attempts to stop the wizards. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and who has read & liked the other books in this series.

Talking To Dragons, By Patricia C. Wrede

This is the fourth book in the enchanted forest chronicles. This book features the character daystar. After his mother hands him a magical sword and kicks him out of the house into the enchanted forest he can’t figure out what he is supposed to do with the sword, where is supposed to go, and why everyone knows who he is. With help from a hotheaded fire witch, a verbose lizard, and a badly behaved baby dragon he attempts to figure it all out. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and anyone who has read & liked the other books in the enchanted forest chronicles.

Searching For Dragons, By Patricia C. Wrede

This is the second book in the enchanted forest chronicles. Princess Cimorene is back, but her dragon is not. She has the not-very-kingly King of the enchanted forest to help her search for him. Their equipment consists of a broken-down magic carpet, a leaky magical sword, and a few buckets of soapy lemon water. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy books and read & liked dealing with dragons.

The Giving Tree, By Shel Silverstein

This is a poem/short story written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. It is about a boy and a tree. The tree is always giving things to the boy and never thinking about itself. And then the boy starts to grow up and want more and more and the tree keeps giving. This is a great short story that just makes you feel good. I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of poetry, Shel Silverstein’s work, and books that make you feel good.

Dealing With Dragons, By Patricia C. Wrede

This is a story about a princess named Cimorene. She hates being “proper” and runs away to live with a dragon. She is sort of the dragon’s maid and they get along nicely. Many princes try to rescue her and she explains she doesn’t want to be rescued but they wont go away and she has to find ways to get them to leave so that the dragon wont eat them. This book is the first in a series of 4 called the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. I would recommend it to anyone who likes fairly short fantasy/adventure novels.

A Fine and Pleasant Misery, By Patrick F. McManus

Another hilarious book by Pat McManus. This is the first book he made and introduces many of the characters (Retch Sweeney, Alfonse Finley, Rancid Crabtree, etc.) and many of the places that his stories take place at (Grogan’s War Surplus, The Muldoon Farm, and general wilderness of the American Midwest). This book is as good and funny as his others and is a book I would recommend to anyone looking for a laugh, especially outdoorsmen.

Three of Diamonds, By Anthony Horowitz

This is a collection of three Diamond Brothers mysteries.  Tim Diamond, the worlds worst private detective, and his quick thinking younger brother Nick are in these three fast paced, funny mysteries. This book contains: The blurred Man, The French Confection, and I know what you did last Wednesday. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries and short stories.