Reviews written by Nicholette Tilghman

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September 17, 2014 (Updated: September 17, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
History Sprinkled with Magic

I was initially interested in this book, since it centers entirely around the French Revolution and features the embellished story of the young princess Marie-Therese. This book does quite the job of inserting historical facts here and there in a way that I am sure would help any student learning...

September 16, 2014 (Updated: September 16, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Utterly Gripping

You know how you just want to kill some characters for being way too curious, leading to their inevitable demise? As a warning, this is how you will feel, over and over again, with Emmeline...but can you really blame her? This story has so many curious mysteries about it that...

August 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Grand Middle-Grade Fantasy!

AHHHH!! Can I give this a 6 out of 5 stars? From the first few pages, I just KNEW, knew deep within me, that I was going to love this book. And it turns out, I was right! Though I feel like The Luck Uglies suffers from it's title, which...

August 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Simply Adorable Story-Telling

Uni the Unicorn, in one reading, completely captured the hearts of my girls, and it is definitely understandable: the fantastic and whimsical, and yet oh-so-beautiful and vibrant pictures deserve to be framed and put on the walls of any girls room. And the cute, well-written story has the best twist...

August 29, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Get Inside of the French Revolution

In Madame Tussaud's Apprentice, we meet a young woman named Celie, whose life has been shattered due to the selfishness and neglect of the royalty of France. Thrust onto the streets, she befriends Algernon, and together they try to survive by stealing as a team. Once they get caught, however,...

August 14, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Sometimes the Past is the Key to our Future

In The Time of the Fireflies, twelve-year-old Larissa Renaud immediately reveals her chaotic family life and her inner turmoil as a result by showing us her home (an old antique store), her worried and pregnant mother, and the deep scar that lines her face, a symbol of the bad luck...

July 30, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Laughed into Marty's World

A fabulous glimpse into the sometimes crazy, always fun world of talent shows at school, Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets was a great introduction to Marty McGuire, who already has a few chapter books out. I appreciated Marty's bravado and incredible love of animals, and as a child...

July 30, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A Southern Belle to Emulate

In Strands of Bronze and Gold, Jane Nickerson took on a retelling of the old tale of Bluebeard in a fantastic, mysterious, story, mixing elements of the gothic, the South, fairy tales, and murder-mysteries. It therefore follows that I would be instantly attracted to The Mirk and Midnight Hour, yet...

July 30, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
A Different Look at Slave History

Jem is a slave who must escape to a freed-slaves colony in Florida, after being set into the care of Phaedra, a mysterious but toughened woman with whom he must travel and remain once they arrive at Fort Mose, which is held by the Spanish. As he learns to live...

July 30, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
A Taste of Environmental History

I picked up John Muir: America's First Environmentalist, because I have always had a deep appreciation for the natural world and its preservation. I knew that Muir had founded the Sierra Club and that there was a backcountry trail near Yosemite named after him, but beyond that I had not...

July 30, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
Another Book that Inspires Empathy

I had the privilege of reading and reviewing The Secret Tree a couple of years ago, and so I was excited to dig into Switched at Birthday, which turned out to be another great book by Natalie Standiford. In it, we get the classic combination of the popular, pretty girl...

July 17, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Kids Fiction
Why Not Aim Higher?

Though I am not a particular fan of the style of this book, many are. Peter Reynolds is a beloved illustrator by many, and his brother has written a short story to team with his work that, in a very small space, plants a seed of creativity and inspiration that...

July 17, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Always Fun and Chuckle-Inducing

What can I say that hasn't already been said? The Pigeon Needs a Bath is as fun as (picture book) reading gets. A grumpy pigeon, in denial of his stench, not only finds that he does, indeed, need a bath...but he actually enjoys bathtime! And what little kid won't find...

July 17, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
A Day of Fun with Dad!

Anna Dewdney's famous "Llama Llama" series is a treat to read and has always put a smile on my face. She covers the simplest, most basic, yet most pertinent aspects of parenting, so that the child and the parent reading are nodding their heads in understanding. She now has given...

July 17, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Find the Dragon, Explore His World

In Have You Seen My Dragon, a little boy's city springs to life through intricate black-and-white drawings, dotted throughout with bursts of colorful images, from ice cream cones to traffic lights. Not only will your child love finding the easy-to-spot dragon performing all sorts of silly antics, she will have...

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