Michelle Isenhoff

Month: November 2011

The Call of the Wild, by Jack London, 1903, Book Review

Growing up, The Call of the Wild was one of the staples of my library, a book I read half a dozen times before I turned 18. I hadn’t picked it up in fifteen or twenty years, but I did so yesterday and read it through adult eyes. The story I remembered, but I was shocked anew at […]

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, 2005, Book Review

The Book Thief is quite an accomplishment. Five hundred and fifty pages of thought-provoking text in a very unique, slightly jarring style, all narrated by Death. The originality of this book made waves a few years ago, and that’s pretty hard to do. It’s a story of words. Words that prompted a Fascist regime, and […]

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by JK Rowling, 1998, Book Review

I just finished this second book in the Harry Potter series for my third time. The funny thing about these books, however, is that I can’t ever seem to remember them well. Because each of the seven takes place at the same location with the same characters, I get the plots all confused. There isn’t […]

What's your favorite book turned movie?

My favorite book-turned-movie has to be The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  I loved all of Lewis’ Narnia books as a child (and I still do), but that first one especially resonated with me.  I was in sixth grade the first time I read it, and I ate up the magic.  I wanted to live there.  I wanted to […]

Henry and the Paper Route, by Beverly Cleary, 1957, Book Review

My boys absolutely love Henry Huggins. These books may be over fifty years old, but the world of Klickitat Street still rings true. Families still have dogs. Little sisters are still pests. Neighbor kids still have squabbles. And boys still have dreams. Henry and the Paper Route, ten-year-old Henry Huggins dreams of having a paper […]

The Hunger Games Movie

This was originally posted for Waiting on Wednesday, a weekly meme sponsored by Breaking the Spine. Okay, okay, I diverted from the usual can’t-wait-for-it BOOK and substituted a movie.  But you’ll have to forgive me this once.  I loved The Hunger Games Trilogy.  Rarely do I see a movie before it hits DVD, but for this one, I’ll […]

The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 3), Rick Riordan, 2007, Book Review

The Titan’s Curse is the third book in the Percy Jackson series, and while I’ve enjoyed them all, the first one is still my favorite. But I must say again how much I like Riordan’s style. It’s so funny! I mean, check out this first line, “The Friday before winter break, my mom packed me an […]

Newbery Honor Books, 1990-1999

Here’s another batch of Newbery Honor books and links to where to find them as well as to my reviews. Asterics indicate books I’ve read but not reviewed. How many have you read? 1999 A Long Way From Chicago, by Richard Peck. * 1998 Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine. * Lily’s Crossing, by Patricia Reilly Giff. […]

The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, book 2), by James Dashner, 2010, Book Review

This is the second in a series of books.  If you haven’t read my review for The Maze Runner, check out that post first. The Scorch Trials continues the bizarre series of events that have baffled Thomas since he had his memory erased before entering The Maze. Just when we thought Thomas and his friends are […]

On My Honor, by Marion Dane Bauer, 1986, Book Review

Joel didn’t want to ride out to Starved Rock Bluffs, let alone climb them, but Tony wouldn’t leave him alone. He talked his dad into giving him permission, hoping the whole time that he wouldn’t succeed. But his dad said yes, and the boys set off on their bikes, and Tony stopped at the bridge […]

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