Reviews written by Nicholette Tilghman

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March 23, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
A Frigid Tale of Adventure

Told from the perspective of the companion of explorer Richard Byrd, a little stray named Igloo, this book outlines some of Byrd's incredible feats of aviation and discovery, from the North Pole to the South Pole and in between, which took place over 80 years ago. As Igloo accompanies him...

March 03, 2014 (Updated: March 03, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Tense but Lacking

Fire & Flood turned out in many ways I didn't expect. I expected a different kind of dystopian story, but this one had so many similarities to The Hunger Games that, like editor Kim, I had a hard time getting into it at first too. Tella, the main character, out...

February 25, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Riveting and Moving

He has the ugliest face he’s ever seen. He’s slower than the other kids. He’s bullied and then turns on his persecutors. His angst turns him against his own mother. He burns with anger that builds to a raging fire he cannot control. What he needs is love and a...

January 31, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Interesting and Enlightening

How many of us think exclusively of Thomas Edison (and perhaps, Benjamin Franklin with his kite and key) when we think of the inventors of one of our most valuable modern technologies, electricity? I know I hadn't looked into the history of this incredible invention beyond that after high school....

January 20, 2014 (Updated: January 20, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Raving Mad in Love with this Series

First of all, let me say this: The Dark Unwinding series is NOT steampunk fantasy. Ok? And let me just say, it doesn't need to be. If you pick it up because of that, please keep reading even if it doesn't fall into that category. Also, the author goes back...

January 20, 2014 (Updated: January 20, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Haunting and Exhilirating

Africa is my Home: A child of the Amistad, reveals the tale of a young girl who was taken from her family and narrowly escaped the all-too-common fate of being sold into slavery the moment she set foot in the Americas, due to the bravery of the men on board...

January 20, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Utterly Inspiring

I absolutely had no idea what to expect when I opened the pages of this book, and now I want to get it for every friend and all of my friends' children, it's that good! Written in order to provide monies for a program that brings...

January 20, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
3.0
Entertaining Trip Around the World

This lift-the-flap book is packed to the brim with interesting scenes and vibrant colors and little tidbits of daily life in other countries around the world hiding within each page. Lotta Nieminen managed to insert all kinds of hints at other cultures' routines, animals, entertainment, and food, all of which...

December 19, 2013
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A Solitary Faery Finds Her Home

Having not read the Wicked Lovely series, I was hesitant to read this "side story" based on it. I did read the mangas first, to get a feel for what was going to be going on in the book. I definitely think having this story as a standalone novel works,...

November 01, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Steampunk and Sherlock Merge

In Crilley's follow-up to "The Lazarus Machine," 'detectives' Octavia Nightingale and Sebastian Tweed jump right into another world-altering adventure, chasing down mysterious cult-like members of the Hermetic Order of Osiris to lead them to Octavia's still-missing mother. I picked this one up because of the comparison to...

August 23, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
We Have a Winner!

Ah, fantasy. Time and time again, you draw me in, only to disappoint...wait--what? What is that you say? You have a new fantasy author who you KNOW will not disappoint me? She has written a sequel that is even more intense and *fantastic* than the first? Oh yes...fantasy fans. Unless...

July 12, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Memories That Left Their Mark on History

Written entirely in dialogue, this beautifully arranged book features incredibly well-written yet concise immigration history, told from a grandfather's personal perspective. A granddaughter comes to visit her elderly, Italian grandfather, and she picks out an old 'diary' made up entirely of old matchboxes in an empty cigar box. Within each...

July 12, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Fun, Modern Take on a Classic Story

"A stampede's a comin'!" shouts Mary McBlicken, and thus begins a romp through the prairie, where we get to meet a few animals who may be unfamiliar but who live in the unique ecosystem of the prairie, "where bison roam." Jackie Mims Hopkins has managed to add an interesting twist...

June 28, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0
The Endlessly Interesting World of Birds--For Kids

Look Up!: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard pulls out all the stops when it comes to exploratory reading. Each page is filled with information on different birds as well as creative, fun drawings and comical dialogue from the birds themselves. The book begins with where to...

June 26, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Um...This Book is AWESOME.

Get ready to learn AND laugh your socks off: Deadly! is a freaky creature extravaganza, with it's gory descriptions and grotesque depictions, and you (and your kids) will be delighted. At first glance, I didn't realize the pictures within were so gruesome. It was only when my...

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