Reviews: Books and Magazines

 

Rufus and the Rain

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Rufus is a bear who just wants to enjoy a cup of tea in the sun.  But this is not as easy as you might think!

Rufus and the Rain is a story about weather patterns, the importance of the earth seeing a variety of weather, and the consequences of saying ‘go away!’

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True Grit – Junior Edition

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Bear Grylls – he’s a hero of sorts.  He chose to live his life on the edge after being inspired by a number of other heroes, and this book brings together those people’s stories.  True Grit: Junior Edition is abridged from the original, making it suitable for the tween/teen age bracket, and probably some of the more resilient younger folks too.

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Best Mates

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Best Mates is a story about three school friends who go to war together. One is killed and buried at Gallipoli, the other two survive and remain friends, then go back to Gallipoli many years later to visit their friend’s grave.

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Real Fresh Gluten Free Food

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Anna and Roger Wilde are a Nelson couple with a passion for eating healthy, delicious food. All the meals in Real Fresh Gluten Free Food are gluten free and many are vegan or dairy free. Meat eaters, don’t worry though! There is also a seafood and meat section.
Their recipes are generally quick and easy to prepare – no huge lists of ingredients or hundreds of steps to make a dish.

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The Year my Life Broke

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In The Year my Life Broke, Josh and his family are forced to move to a small town because of a change in their financial situation. Josh goes from being a big cricket star at his old school, to a loser at his new one, when the PE teacher decides he can’t play sport. Josh is resigned to a boring life in this “hole”, but then interesting things start happening next door and he gets drawn into danger.

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Exposure (Virals 4)

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Exposure is the fourth book in the popular ‘Virals’ series starring Tory Brennan, niece of Temperance Brennan (‘Bones’, to those who watch the popular TV series).  It is written by Kathy Reichs and son Brendan Reichs.

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How to Build a Girl

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How to Build a Girl is a vaguely autobiographical coming of age story.  Johanna Morrigan completely embarrasses herself on national TV, so she decides to rebuild herself as Dolly Wilde, woman of mystery. She decides the best way to do this is to write music reviews for a popular magazine, so she learns all the new music, learns to drink, smoke and flirt and off she goes. It’s described as being like The Bell Jar written by Adrian Mole.

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Where is Rusty?

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Rusty goes to the department store with his mother and Henrietta and Toby. But his nose soon leads him astray and on a new adventure. Where is Rusty?

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Ruth & Billy Graham: The Legacy of a Couple

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Hanspeter Nüesch has done an admirable job collecting a huge variety of information to present in this book, which is essentially about the love story between Ruth and Billy Graham, and how both sides of the relationship brought together their strengths in order to make the crusades possible that affected a generation.

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The Cake

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Tiger wants to bake a cake. A chocolate cake. But rabbit has a weakness for carrot cake. Monkey wants a banana cake. Dog is licking his chops thinking about a bone cake. And little Bear really wants a fish cake. Is there a way to satisfy everyone?

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