Footprints in the Barn

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   “Who is the man in the green car? What is going on in the hayloft? Is there something wrong with the mailbox? And what’s for lunch? The answers to these and many other interesting questions are found in the book Footprints in the Barn.” ~from Goodreads.com

 

Title: Footprints in the Barn

Author: Mr. and Mrs. Stephen B. Castlebury

Genre(s): Christian Fiction

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Romance Content: Absolutely none whatsoever! 🙂

Recommended age range: 5-13

My Review:

 

This was a great book! All of the different mysteries were figured out in the end, and I especially liked the ending to The Mystery of the Hayfort (not to confuse anyone; this is not a collection of short stories, just Jason and Andy solve three mysteries through the course of the book)! Good principles are learned in this book, such as working hard, not complaining, and being grateful with what God has given you. I highly recommend it for ages 5-13, although it is appropriate for all ages.

 

Autumn with the Moodys, by Sarah Maxwell

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“Starting where Summer with the Moodys ended, the Moodys begin their new homeschool year. Not only is Mom experiencing morning sickness, but Maple, the eleven-week-old puppy, adds her twist of excitement. Packed into the book, you’ll find the Moodys helping their grandparents move nearby, an emergency trip to the doctor’s office, puppy training, birthday excitement, blessing neighbors, homeschooling–and to wrap the book up–a special Thanksgiving surprise!” ~from Goodreads.com

Title:  Autumn with the Moodys

Author: Sarah Maxwell

Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction

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Content: 6/5

My Review:

I don’t know, maybe I was in a better mood when I read this book, but I liked it better than the last one. It had more action (in the last one it didn’t seem like the Moodys DID much, if you know what I mean). And I’m starting to agree with the idea that books should have good examples in them (as opposed to people being bad, and getting punished for it). There might just be something to that! However, I think that there still should be some “conflict” in a story; otherwise, it just gets boring (kinda like the first book in the series). 😉
So, I guess that this “review” was more a stating of my opinions in general instead of a review of this book in specific, but I hope you don’t mind. I guess I’ll tell you some more about the book below (DO NOT READ IT IF YOU DON’T LIKE SPOILERS!!!):
SPOILER ALERT!! I LOVED Maple! My family is hoping to get a puppy, so that just made her more adorable. ❤ And the stuff with Mrs. Moody having morning sickness-very realistic, people! My mom hasn’t really had much with her pregnancies, but I know people who have. This just adds to the reality of the book, which I liked. And… Grandpa Moody getting saved at the end!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ !!! I loved that Miss Maxwell gave the whole salvation plan, and what exactly happened (as opposed to just saying, “he accepted Christ”). So, yeah. There were a lot of things that I liked about this book. 😉 SPOILER END!!

How was that for a review (and some MAJOR spoilers)?!? I think I did pretty well giving away the main points of the book (in that last section). 😛

BYE!! ❤

Brave the Wild Trail, by Milly Howard

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   “Florida after the Civil War was one long stretch of wilderness. Men had to struggle to feed and protect their families. Armed with the eighteen-foot bullwhips that earned them the name of “Crackers,” these men lived by hunting small game and by driving the wild yellowhammer cattle that haunted the scrub.

   “Eben Bramlett’s dream is to run a cattle drive down to Punta Rassa on the southern coast. His twelve-year-old son Josh, also expert with both horse and bullwhip, is his partner. Together they assemble a small company to begin the four-month trip to Punta Rassa. With rustlers, outlaws, and wolves ahead on the trail, they mount up and ride out.” (summary from Amazon.com)

Title: Brave the Wild Trail

Author: Milly Howard

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

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Content: 10/5 😉

My Review:

I loved this book! It was a great read for a quiet afternoon. 🙂 Nothing bad about it; it was even from a Christian perspective! It is a fairly short book (121 pages), but jam-packed with adventure. 😉 It had small mysteries scattered without (like MINOR SPOILER!!! “who was the man watching the cattle?” SPOILER END!!!), but I don’t think it was a main part of the story. Some girls may not enjoy it as much as I did, as a boy is the main character, and his mom is the only woman/girl in the book (PLOT SPOILER!!! they are on a cattle drive for most of it, and the other helpers are men and boys SPOILER END!!!), but I thought it was okay. 🙂 All in all (I feel like I’m saying that a lot at the end of my reviews…), this was a WONDERFUL book. 😉

Summer with the Moodys, by Sarah Maxwell

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From Goodreads

Come along with the Moodys as they help a widowed neighbor, start small businesses for the children, enjoy a family fun night, live normal life, and wrap up the book with two special surprises! Woven throughout the book is the Moodys’ love for the Lord and their enjoyment of time together. Children (parents too!) will love Mr. and Mrs. Moody, Max, Mollie, Mitch, and Maddie—they’ll come away challenged and encouraged.” -from Goodreads

Title: Summer with the Moodys

Author: Sarah Maxwell

Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction

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Content: 5/5

My Review:

I LOVED this book! Someone in our church was having me pre-read it for her, before she bought the whole series (I’m becoming known as a fast reader). IT WAS REALLY GOOD! There were a ton of Bible verses scattered without, and I loved seeing the Moody’s grow in the Lord. And it would also be a great book about the power of prayer SPOILER!!! they pray for a dog and a baby, and in the end, they get both (well, the baby technically wasn’t born yet, but…) SPOILER END!!!. This book would be great for ages 6-12; actually some of the reviews on the book say that five-year-olds liked it! The only thing that I didn’t like was that… well… their lives seemed a little perfect… there was only one minor fight that the kids had, and that doesn’t seem very realistic. I mean, my brothers? I won’t get into that. 😛 I think Miss Maxwell could have shown a little more disobedience; but showed that there are consequences. Overall, though, this was a wonderful book and I highly recommend it. 🙂

Dash, by Kirby Lars

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Dash was written by Kirby Larson.  It contains 243 pages. This book is a fiction novel and begins in Seattle, Washington.

Mitsue “Mitsi” Kashino is living in Seattle, WA during World War II.  When she starts school, her friends from last year reject her because of her ethnicity.  Mitsi tries to be friendly to them, but another girl steps in to take her place as their best friend.  Eventually, news comes that all people of Japanese descent must go to camps to live.  And the worst news of all: Mitsi must leave her beloved dog, Dash, behind!  Mitsi and her family find a neighbor lady to take care of Dash until they come back.  And they are off to the camp!

The first camp they go to has only plywood houses.  Mitsi’s whole family – 5 people – must share a very small shack.  In a letter to her dog, Mitsi complains that she has to step over her brother’s cot to get to her own! Eventually they get moved to another camp.  This one isn’t much better though – the first was muddy, but the next was very dusty.  The only good thing about it (as Mitsi wrote) was that her best friend’s shack was next to Mitsi’s.

Eventually the good news comes – pets are now allowed in the camps!  Mrs. Bowker, the lady who had taken care of Dash, brought him to Mitsi.  Mitsi, overjoyed, hugs him as hard as she can.  All is well again!

This would be a good book to read if you are learning about WW II.  I enjoyed the parts about Dash. 🙂

 

Written by Leona G.

 

 

Malcolm Under the Stars, by W. H. Beck

 

 

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Malcolm Under the Stars was written by W.H. Beck. It contains 258 pages and is the sequel to Malcolm at Midnight. This book is a fiction novel that takes place at McKenna Elementary School in Clearwater, WI.

Malcolm Under the Stars is about Malcolm, a rat who is a classroom pet. He belongs to a organization if classroom pets, called The Midnight Academy, who keep McKenna safe from danger. In this book, The Academy learns that the school board is talking about closing the historic school. The animals try to think of something to stop it. One of the animals remembers an old legend about someone hiding a “Loaded Stash” of money in the school. Malcolm ends up finding this hidden treasure, but it isn’t enough money. In the end, though, the board decides to keep the school open temporarily.

One of the good things about this book is that Malcolm makes up with one of his worst enemies, Snip the cat, and helps her find a home. I’m glad that Malcolm finally forgave her for all the bad things that she had done.   🙂

A memorable passage in the book is when Malcolm, with the help of his friend, Beert the owl, flies across the river behind the school to get help from an animal called the Striped Shadow.

They rocketed down until Malcolm was sure that every niblet he had eaten for dinner that night and  the night before was going to come back up again. He clung on to Beert, his face buried in his down. Eventually, though, Beert leveled off and the beating of his wings settled into a steady rhythm. Malcolm ventured a peek.

Crumblity crumb! The moon. It hung in the sky larger than the school’s clock face. And… “What are those lights in the sky?”

Beert ducked. “What? Where? Sometimes you have to watch out for fireworks. Or a lantern. Although not much in the winter.” “That sprinkle of lights.” Malcolm turned his head. “They’re everywhere!”

Beert looked again. “Stars above, Malcolm, you mean the stars above! You’ve heard of stars before, haven’t you?”

Malcolm had heard of stars, but nothing he had ever heard could have prepared him for this. They spread across the sky like jelly on a piece of bread. Malcolm felt he could look at them forever and never know them. Crumb, the Inside critters did have their pluses, but there were things out here that Malcolm couldn’t even imagine.

One of the things that I enjoyed about this book was that it was about animal. I really like animals. 🙂 I suggest that you read the book before this one, Malcolm at Midnight, before you read Malcolm Under the Stars.

This was a good book and I highly recommend it.

 

Written by Leona G., 11 yrs.