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A blog by Holly Papa.

Bookscoops April 2009 Review (and yea, we realize it’s May 20th)

by | May 20, 2009 | Blog | 2 comments

April was a busy month for us both. Cari found and applied for a literacy specialist ‘dream’ job.  Read the May review next month to find out how it turned out.  I (Holly here) left the country for the first time ever in my life to travel to the Dominican Republic with my great husband for our 10 year anniversary. We had a great time and came back appreciating clean drinking water and missing sugary-sweet fresh pineapple. While I was out of the country my husband and I took the time to visit an orphanage, one of many in the DR, and were able to pass along a few books in Spanish as well as some basketballs, a frisbee and some really loud fu-fu toys. We hope to help with some efforts to give these wonderful kids a hand up- so look for more information to come in the next few months.

Despite a wonderful week of relaxation and fun that theoretically should have carried over to make my life serene for at least two weeks after getting home, I returned to have my kids all get the stomach flu one after another for all of last week. So, now that we are back on our feet and I have a couple of nights of sleep under my belt- let’s get to the May uh, I mean April review.

Our Double Scoop this month is a great middle grade novel by one of our favorite authors, Richard Peck, called  A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck.  If you want a great laugh and some good ideas for pranks this is the book for you!

Holly’s pick of the month: I picked two this month Greater Than Angels by Carol Matas (this was part of my reading for National Holocaust month) and On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck, also a WWII story.

Cari’s Pick of the Month – Hmm. . . since I only reviewed three books it should be easier right, wrong!!! I think I will go with Fablehaven by Brandon Mull.

Books reviewed by Holly

Books Reviewed by Cari

Books Reviewed for National Holocaust Month

Other Book related Posts

Book Scoops News

We had our first book give away with Janet Halfmann that ended April 7th. Yeah to our two winners, MJ and Lisa O.

We are also starting a list of books we have read and recommend, but have not reviewed because it seems we are in a constant state of trying to catch-up on all our reviewing and we probably won’t because we are strong believers in KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid!).

Well Cari is going to still try and finish out the Diversity Rocks Challenge!, but she missed it this month, look out for two review for this challenge to make up for April.

Blog Spotlights

A great resource for aspiring authors and illustrators is this wonderful blog by editor Chuck Sambuchino
Guide to Literary Agents, which offers priceless information about the book publishing industry.


  1. Melissa

    How ironic you chose Fablehaven, even though you initially loathed Seth. I am giving away a signed copy of Fablehaven on my blog. Hope you have gotten to read #4!

  2. caribookscoops

    Alas I have not, been very busy and I haven’t put it on hold from the library.


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