Michelle Isenhoff

Year: 2011

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

One year. That’s how long I have to wait for Peter Jackson’s new movie, The Hobbit. Like its sister, The Lord of the Rings trilogy (which I dearly love!), this will be a multi-part production, the first film being released in December 14, 2012, the second in December 13, 2013. [8/12 update: Yup, it’s now official; it’s […]

Mockingbird, by Kathryn Erskine, 2010, Book Review

Caitlin doesn’t see the world as others see it. She prefers black and white to color. She’s matter-of-fact and unemotional. She takes meanings very literally. She dislikes loud noises. And she hates when anyone invades her Personal Space. Caitlin has Asperger’s Syndrome. Kathryn Erskine has created a beautiful character and surrounded her with difficulty. Not […]

The Death Cure (The Maze Runner Trilogy, book 3), by James Dashner, 2011

Start with my reviews of The Maze Runner (book one) and The Scorch Trials (book two). The Death Cure delivers the exciting conclusion to the Maze Runner Trilogy. (It’s better than book two.) Thomas and his friends have escaped the Maze and survived the Scorch, but are the trials really over? WICKED has told them they are, but […]

Bargain Ebooks

‘Tis the season to unwrap new Kindles!  For all those newbies who might be looking for inexpensive children’s ebooks, I’m starting a new category on my blog:  Bargain Ebooks.  I hope to contribute to it regularly during the next year, but to start off right, I’m going to list my favorites from 2011 in no particular order.  All of […]

The Trouble with Chickens (A J. J. Tully Mystery), by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Kevin Cornell, 2011, Book Review

This book is very funny! Jonathan Joseph (J. J.) Tully is a retired search and rescue dog whose been forcibly retired and put out to pasture in a big yard in the country. Millicent is a chicken who approaches J. J. about locating her two missing offspring. Vince the Funnel is the evil genius house […]

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians), Rick Riordan, 2008, Book Review

This fourth book in Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians series is vastly entertaining, as always. Within, Percy and his friends must enter the huge labyrinth that is under the surface of the earth, just beneath the mortal world. Grover goes in search of Pan, whom he is convinced is hiding out, to substantiate his claim […]

Hanukkah at Valley Forge, by Stephen Krensky, 2006, Book Review

Most stories that bring history to life are okay in my book, but this one which blends the American Revolution with a much more ancient rebellion, is excellent. Within, George Washington, while looking out over his suffering troops at Valley Forge, sees a light burning in one shelter and finds a young Jewish soldier celebrating […]

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by JK Rowling, 2000, Book Review

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is perhaps the lightest book in the Harry Potter series, with no Voldemort appearances or the intense darkness that surrounds him. This one’s mostly illusion, and it happens to be my favorite one, the one that REALLY makes me wish I could attend Hogwarts. Hogsmeade, the town just outside […]

World Premier Performance!

Tomorrow I get to write my name next to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Rodgers and Hammerstein! Okay, my hometown isn’t exactly Broadway.  And an audience of 200-300 doesn’t exactly compare to the millions who’ve viewed “Phantom.”  All right, all right, half of those in attendance probably will be parents and grandparents come to wave to the toddlers taking the stage between acts.  […]

Cassidy Jones and Vulcan's Gift, by Elise Stokes, 2011, Book Review

I’m excited to be in on the release of Elise Stokes’ second novel, Cassidy Jones and Vulcan’s Gift. This fast-paced series is reminiscent of the adventures of comic book superheroes, except Cassidy Jones happens to be a totally hip, totally stubborn, totally modern fifteen-year-old girl. A freak accident left her with enhanced senses and superhuman […]

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