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Mindy Detweiler

I am a homeschool mom who has been schooling for over 17 years. I love to read.

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Summer Sanctuary by Laurie Gray

My Take: I really enjoyed this book. I was curious about it when I first read the summary because I homeschool my daughter and homeschooled my two older children all the way through school. Beside a few spots where the author made Matthew a little naive ( seemed that he was that way because of his being homeschooled, Most homeschooled children that I know are more away of the entire world than the average child their age) I thought that the author portrayed a homeschooled child very well. I was touched my how willing that Matthew was to watch after Dinah and how he tried to come up with solutions to her problems. They made a fine team. I was disappointed that he felt he needed to hide Dinah from his parents because I am sure that something could have been worked out that she wouldn't of had to go into child welfare. Over all I thought this was a very enjoyable books and I am going to give it to my daughter to read next.

From Archaeologist Dr. Henry Randalls is challenged to discover one of the greatest mysteries in the world: the Lost Continent of Atlantis. This once powerful empire contained palaces of gold, silver, and wealth untold. But then, mysteriously disappeared. Accepting the venture, Dr. Randalls' team flies toward Portugal, but crash lands near the home of sea-going pirates, with evil intentions. Escaping the pirates, the group eventually joins up with their research ship near Crete. After some delay, an ancient shipwreck is discovered with priceless artifacts and a possible link to Atlantis. Before determining its total value, a hostile force kidnaps Dr. Randalls' team. Taken to a secluded location the group finds itself in the company of a bomb-on a timed fuse. Will the group somehow escape? If they do, will the shipwreck treasure lead to Atlantis? My Take: This book was a very quick read and it wa action packed. I received a copy from the author for review purposes and he stated that it was intended for student 5th - 8th grade. I think that boys would find it especially interesting. The characters find themselves in one action packed problem after another. This adventure includes diving for sunken treasure, pirates and people mysteriously disappearing. Definietly a good summer time read for a reluctant reader.

Boys, Beauty, and Betrayal

I received this book from the author through See disclamer. Tanisha Carlson is a typical 14 year old girl. Well really not so typical as she is in Honors classes in middle school and is a good athelete. Tanisha lives with her mother and three brothers in a suburb of Chicago but not in one of the fancier parts of town. She is very much aware of her position in life and is constantly trying to make herself seem to have more than she actually does. Tanisha seems to have a good relationship with her brothers (as much as a teenage girl can have with brothers) as there seem to be an us against them mentality fo the children against the mom. Tanisha even goes as far as calling her mother by her first name behind her back. Tanisha has a secret at the beginning of the book that she doesn't want her friends to find out about. This situation is later resolved in the book and her friends don't find out. Her mother also is hiding a secret that she doesn't want anyone especially Tanisha to find out about but seems to come to a good conclusion later in the story. Tanisha and her friends are constantly worried about what others are thinking of them, what the boys are thinking of them, how their clothes makes them look. While I read this it made me remember those days in middle shcool and high school when I thought I would die because I didn't have the right clothes or I wasn't wearing the right makeup or that I wasn't popluar enough. I thought that the author captures the whole teenage angst thing very well. I read this book with the intention of handing it over to my 14 year old daughter to read . There is some mild language and some mild sexual innuendo so I will discuss that with her before I let her read it but I am sure that she will enjoy it. Tanisha does tell quite a few white lies and I will discuss that with my daughter as well.

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