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I just finished Gone, which was really interesting, when I noticed that it was 558 pages long. This means that I DID finish the Chunkster Challenge. It was four books over 450 pages. The only thing I did not do is stick to my original list of books. Oh, and I broke my own rule of no YA but everyone else did too! Did you see how many Breaking Dawns are on that list? I read that too, but didn't count it.
Anyway, Gone was really cool. The world ends in this way: everyone over the age of 15 is "gone" and several kids in the story have acquired special powers a la Heroes (lightning speed, shooting lasers out of one's hands, etc). The animals have mutated too. Talking coyotes anyone? I thought the pace was rather page turning and the characters pretty believable for 14 year olds stuck all alone. One manages to run a McDonalds all by himself, and I thought that was funny. I think this book would make a great movie.
So, wrapping up the Fall semester at school and I have to take a Winterim course. So I will not be getting a break. But it's all worth it to be done in May. Whoo-hoo! I do plan to get some reading done over the holidays and for my train ride too and fro school I have uploaded a couple of audio books to listen to. I have a pile of books at home right now.


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How to Make a Sharknado for Your Shark Craft

I have had an insane amount of fun this summer, but I always try to do something for Shark Week. This year I called it Shark Lab and we are making three crafts I have never done with the kids before.

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Tonight's storytime followed the same format I use for all of my day storytimes as I have temporarily suspended my idea of doing storytime in reverse in order to get the kids sleepy. They only seem to run out into the library to pick out movies and books and the effect is lost. So here is what we did tonight.

Our theme was teddy bears, but our night storytime is always wear jammies, bring a lovey, and low action.

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