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Sammy Keyes and the Skeleton Man with CD (Audio) (Sammy Keyes) by Wendelin Van Draanen
Sammy Keyes and the Skeleton Man with CD (Audio) (Sammy Keyes)

Makani Mom, February 24, 2013

Another kids' book worth reading by adults, this book has a very surprising story line, with drama, mystery, insight, fear, courage, intelligence, and humor all coming into play. I guess you wouldn't be surprised if you have read any of the series about Sammy (a great role model for girls), a middle school girl who just can't keep her mind and actions from doing something dangerous that turns out to be a good choice (she wasn't going to do something scary, but her legs just took her there), but this was my first Sammy Keyes book. I'm a grandmother who greatly enjoyed it, and I will probably read more of them.
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Powerful Prayers: Conversations on Faith, Hope, and the Human Spirit with Today's Most Provocative People by Larry King
Powerful Prayers: Conversations on Faith, Hope, and the Human Spirit with Today's Most Provocative People

Makani Mom, February 24, 2013

Chatty, down-to-earth, and sometimes humorous conversations about spirituality and prayer in daily life...

I was surprised at the light-hearted tone of this book, in which Larry King has conversations about God, religion, and prayer with people from various walks of life, including preachers, artists, leaders, rabbis, doctors, athletes, politicians, authors, military and rich people, and others.

There is a real sense of living in a stream of prayer and gratitude, and of not asking selfishly just for what you want for yourself, but rather thinking of the greater picture, for the good of all.

This book is a quick and easy read, and I read it as eagerly as an engaging novel. It also stays with me much more clearly than an overly intellectual and/or religious one.

My only objection is the constant referring to god as a male, even by those who do not believe that god is a man up in heaven, but rather a great energy, source, and power. As I understand it, "god" was originally a gender-neutral word, which makes more sense in the context of a lot of the discussions in this book and to my own mind.
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The Summer of Riley (Joanna Cotler Books) by Eve Bunting
The Summer of Riley (Joanna Cotler Books)

Makani Mom, February 24, 2013

Touching, interesting, believable, and informative, this book is intended for school children, but some of it is so painfully realistic that I would only recommend it for them if they have a sensitive, compassionate teen or adult to help them talk about it. However, it is well written and easy to read, despite a few grammatical errors and some choppy sentences, and the characters are believable, both the likeable and unlikeable ones. I loved the insights into the "bad" people and the fact that the excellent resolutions to the two major problems were neither predictable nor necessarily what the boy who is telling the story would have first wanted. I'm a grandmother, and I read "The Summer of Riley" twice, which is something I hardly ever do.
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