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The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth
It's Kevin's Book Bacon time! And this is my first ever advanced reader copy (ARC) review! Saw this book in an email, signed up to receive an advance copy, got it, read it, dug it, reviewed it: Flavor: It’s the future and the world is hot and dry with very little rain. Cities are overcrowded and kids run rampant in the streets, stealing to survive. ...
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American Gods - by Neil Gaiman
I’m rambling quite a bit with my reviews and I’m not churning them out quick enough after I finish books. So I’m starting with a new format here that I hope works for all future reviews. I’m calling this review structure “Kevin’s Book Bacon” so everything will relate to.... bacon. Yummy. Flavor: I read the special “Tenth Anniversary Edit...
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A Series of Unfortunate Events I - A Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
Well, you can’t say he didn’t warn you. Mr. Lemony Snicket comes right out at the very beginning of this book and writes it in plain black and white. To paraphrase - “in this story awful things happen to some perfectly good kids over and over again and there is definitely no happy ending.” He could not be more correct. Thankfully, Snicket’s cha...
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THE BFG and MATILDA by the Great Roald Dahl
For Christmas this year, our 7y/o daughter received a Roald Dahl boxed set (thank you so much Aunt Randi!). And I was unexpectedly surprised to realize I haven’t read any of his books. Actually, I did recently listen to the audiobook of "James and the Giant Peach", read by Jeremy Irons. Which was absolutely phenomenal, by the way....I highly recommend i...
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Max Makes Me Jump With Joy
"This story was really good. Max aged 10, 5th grade" Recently, this comment popped up on the Knowonder website under my story - "The Wonder Beard Pirates Sort Out a Kerfuffle in Kerflunker". (Which, by the way, is probably my favorite ever story I've written.) This comment made me want to jump with joy! Max, a fifth grader from who knows where, read my s...
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“The Golem and the Jinni” by Helene Wecker
This book mesmerized me. There’s truly no other word to describe my time with it over the last couple of weeks. I read it at night, at the gym, while cooking dinner, while “watching TV” with the family, whenever I could. Finally, I put in a late night, 90 minute solid session and finished it. And I must say, this is a magnificent book! Please go t...
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“Goblin Secrets” by William Alexander
I can’t think of any other time I’ve finished a book and wanted it to be longer. Wanted just a bit more description, a little more action, to spend a few more hours/days/weeks with the characters. In thinking this, I have to remember that the National Book Award winning novel Goblin Secrets is targeted towards 8-12 year olds and not grown-up dudes like ...
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“The Mouse With The Question Mark Tail” by Richard Peck
Another delightful, outstanding children’s book by the fantastic Richard Peck. If you read my reviews, and why wouldn’t you....they’re’ll know that I recently read another of Mr. Peck’s mouse stories called “Secrets At Sea”. I LOVED that book. This one was really great, but “Secrets” is even better. The main mouse chara...
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“Not A Drop To Drink” by Mindy McGinnis
It’s not too far into the future and the world’s fresh water supplies are extremely scarce. A young girl named Lynn lives with her mother in a country farmhouse. Their whole existence is based around protecting their one precious, life-giving possession. A pond. Life is hard for these women and they always have their rifles at the ready. Survival is...
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“Divergent” by Veronica Roth
This book is exactly what you expect it to be. A quick, enjoyable, not too challenging YA novel. Our heroine Beatrice lives in a future dystopian version of Chicago where there are five factions in which all people live. Each faction represents and lives by a core value. The peaceful interaction between the factions and specific tasks performed by each...
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“The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
I started this book right after I finished “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green. Which is about teens living with cancer, has some deeply emotional scenes and of a bit with death. So as I jumped straight from that one to “The Book Thief”, I basically knew I was getting into another heavy, serious book that would definitely tug pre...
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“The Pale King” by David Foster Wallace
Confession: I picked up THE PALE KING because I thought it was a cool thing to do. I happened upon it at “Half Price Books” and knew of the name “David Foster Wallace”. And coincidentally, just before buying the book, I’d read a few random blurbs about him on the internet. So I grabbed it, thinking that as an avid reader, I should probably dig t...
Learn more about THE PALE KING on wikipedia
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“The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green
I'll warn you up front - this is a long review. But the book was great and I had a lot of thoughts about it. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m writing book reviews these days mainly so I can track what I’ve read and recall if I liked it or not. If my musings also help you choose something new to read, then fantastic for both of us! Now, here we go… ...
hit this link to find the book on Amazon
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Picture Book Idea Month
I'm participating in this challenge for the second year. The goal is to dream up 30 picture book ideas, or one for each day of November. Plus, Miss Tara Lazar (the organizer) does a great job of creating a community around the event by providing participants many fun ways to connect with each other and by having many prominent children's authors write gues...
click here to find out more about PiBoIdMo
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Double Book Review Time!!
I am writing book reviews these days… simply because I love books. I want to remember what I’ve read and know if I liked it or not! “From The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E.L. Konigsburg Anytime you’ve written a book so wonderful that someone can go to the behemoth that is Amazon and find it by typing “From The” – you ar...
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I Updated My Bio Page!
Click on the "Me" tab at the top of your screen. Do it NOW! Please don't let my bio page be sad. No one likes a lonely bio.
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I’m Goodreading now!
So let's all decide, are we: Goodreaders? Goodreadists? Goodreadians? Which ever it is, I'm on there now... so... that's pretty cool.
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Great Giveaway From the iMums & Friends!
iPad Mini? Accessories? Yes please!
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A Book Review… By Us… For YOU!
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy (with illustrations by Todd Harris) I think most people who write book reviews do it not as a service to others, but as a way for them to remember the book and know if they liked it or not. The human brain is way over-taxed as it is - so trying to remember all the meaningful, impacting, fun and w...
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Kevin’s Coffee Talk
So there I was, in the steam room at my gym… (I realize that few socially appropriate stories start off that way. Truth be told, I’ve seen some very strange things in the steam room. Nothing obscene or illegal, mind you, just odd. Today’s encounter was not weird at all. It just made me think… and want to write… so here we go.) … And a rando...
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Dear Kevin - What Are You Up To These Days?  Love, Everyone.
This is my dog, staring at me, hoping for a treat. Sometimes I feel like my website is staring at me, hoping for an update. Shall we go with a list format or a super long paragraph full of run-on sentences? I thinks I'll goes with a list. - Slowly baby-stepping into self-promotion of "Chomp! Chomp! Chomp!". It's available in the Olathe schools library s...
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Hello… Website… Hello…
Excuse me while I clear the cobwebs and dead flies from this blog space on my website. Seems I haven't been in here in AGES. Has the carpet always been this color? Here's WADDUP with KJD: - FOUR, count em' FOUR knowonder! Story-A-Day short story collections are out and available for sale. Yes, I have one or a couple of stories in each one! They are fab...
knowonder! books on Amazon
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Chomp! Chomp! Chomp! Swag!
So yes, it took a while to get all this together. But - all our swag is here now and I'm thrilled to FINALLY be fulfilling all the rockethub rewards. Everyone who supported our project this past summer was so generous and I am ever grateful. I truly hope to get each and every person his or her deserved reward(s). I mean look at Oliver the Crocodragonosau...
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Review of “Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities” by Mike Jung, published by Arthur A. Levine Books
I don't plan to review everything I read. But if I particularly like a book, I'm happy to spread the word! I recently saw Mike Jung speak at my local SCBWI conference and found him to be sincere, interesting, funny and friendly. So I decided to grab a copy of his first book - Geeks, Girls & Secret Identities. I planned to read it myself first, to check i...
"Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities" on Amazon
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A Journey Into The Amazon…
CRAZY amounts of fun stuff going on... I now have an author page on Amazon! knowonder! has published two short story collections, and I'm in both of them! They're available on Amazon! Chomp! Chomp! Chomp! is selling on Amazon! Enough about Amazon already, sheesh! Things are popping over at knowonder! as well. Submissions are back open so there will be...
KJD on Amazon!
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