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Donna

Escondido, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 5 reviews
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  • 29 titles in library
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  • Shiloh

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    • Narrated By Peter MacNicol
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (47)

    From Phyllis Reynolds Naylor comes this unabridged recording of her Newbery Award-winning tale of adventure, courage and love, the timeless and moving story of a dog in trouble and the young boy who would save him.

    kswift says: "Captivating!"
    "Shiloh"
    Overall

    My 9 and 10 year old loved this book and passed the AR quiz with 100%. I loved it too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Forged by Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sharon M. Draper
    • Narrated By Thomas Penny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Gerald is only three years old when his mama leaves him alone in the house while she visits her drug dealer. He finds the hot thing she uses to light her cigarettes and in no time, the house is ablaze. Mama is sent to prison, and Gerald goes to live with his Aunt Queen. When he turns nine, Gerald unhappily learns that his mama is being released from jail and wants her son back. Suddenly, he must switch from a loving home to a household dominated by his abusive stepfather.

    Donna says: "Forged By Fire"
    "Forged By Fire"
    Overall

    This is a very good book. But parents beware it has some pretty graphic stuff on molestation and child abuse. My 11 year old said it was one of the best books he read and scored 100% on his AR test. I listened along with him and was pretty set back by the molestation of his sister by her father and not wanting to go on with the book. The author does try to approach it in a manner that has tact for older elementary children but I would not recommend for younger children. Our school has it as 4th grade level. My opinion would be more of 7th/8th grade level. But that is only me. As I said my 11 year old said it was one of the best books he has ever read and he aced the AR it is up to you, but I suggest the parent listens to it first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tiger Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kate DiCamillo
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (28)

    From the best-selling author of Because of Winn-Dixie comes the moving story of an 11-year-old boy, Rob Horton, who finds a caged tiger in the woods behind the hotel where he lives with his father. With the help of his new friend, Sistine Bailey, Rob must decide what to do with his discovery and at the same time come to terms with his past.

    Donna says: "Tiger Rising"
    "Tiger Rising"
    Overall

    Easy read for my 10 year old. He enjoyed it and passed the AR test with flying colors!!! Highly recommend!!! Although the ending may be a little sad for very young readers. Overall a great book and narration!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Jamie Saw

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By Carolyn Coman
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Third-grader Jamie sees his baby sister being tossed across the room by his stepfather. His mother miraculously catches the baby, and what follows are the effects of the incident on Jamie.

    Donna says: "what jamie saw"
    "what jamie saw"
    Overall

    This is a very good book. The only reason I gave it 4 stars was the fact that as far as a child is concerned, it kind of missed the point with my 11 year old. He was not sure of the whole concept of the book and failed the AR test on it. In the end he was not sure of what the book was really about. I would recommend this book for advanced readers in elementary school. Our school has it as a 5th grade level. I personally think it should be Middle School Level.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Pearl

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Scott O’Dell
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (8)

    When Ramón Salazar swims into an underwater cave in a deserted lagoon, he discovers the black pearl, the Great Pearl of Heaven. As the son of a pearl merchant, Ramón knows that this is the rarest and most valuable pearl in the world. He quickly scoops it up and brings it home to his father. Ramón's father believes the pearl is a blessing from the sea, but others in their tiny seaside town do not agree. They think Ramón has brought a curse upon his family.

    Donna says: "A great book for my son and myself"
    "A great book for my son and myself"
    Overall

    My son really enjoyed this book. He is 11. The only conplaint he had was the narrator was a little slow in reading. I think it was necessary for the full comprehension of the foreign language that is introduced in phrases, names and places from Mexico. Overall a real good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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