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The 5 Greatest Spankings of All Time

The 5 Greatest Spankings of All Time by Rob Wood

This is a small book with big impact. A look back in time to the 1950’s through the eyes of a now grown man. As a child Rob grew up living on a 365 acre ranch with his mom and dad, Betty and Bullethead, and his 2 younger brothers, Randy and Rich. At that time it was not uncommon for children to get a ‘lickin’ when they had misbehaved. Kids then didn’t have video games and didn’t watch hours of television. They actually went outside and played, usually games that were made up on the spot or based on some concept like cowboys and Indians.

Out on the ranch Rob, Randy and youngest brother Rich, were always up for a new experience. The trouble was that most of those experiences that they had lead to a group ‘lickin’ administered by their father. He believed in the group punishment idea, as did most parents in those days, and had the 3 rules, known as Bullethead’s Rules, written down and posted throughout the house.

This book tells the story of the 3 boys who had great ideas, very little fear (Randy wanted to be a daredevil when he grew up) and what happens when the great ideas the boys come up with and then implement take a slightly or sometimes greatly wrong turn.

Now for some people they’ll say that ‘Oh, that’s horrible, spanking the children!’ and say that they should have been removed from the home. But that was not the way it was then. And I know that for myself (I was born slightly later, in the 60’s) I never considered it child abuse, it was what happened when you got caught doing something that although was fun, was definitely wrong.

This book has brought back some great memories of my own childhood. My 2 older brothers (they were both born in the 50’s, several years before my sister and I) took it as their sacred duty to teach my sister and I some fine things like “How to blow up mom’s cabbage plants with a nail and a ladyfinger firecracker (or for a better slaw, 2 ladyfingers). Yes we got punished, each of us got a lickin, and we all had to go out and scrub the neighbor’s garage because the smell of rotting cabbage was pretty rank. But boy we sure had fun!

I loved how Rob Wood has taken his childhood memories and shared them with us. The story is told very clearly and with a lot of humor. He brings you right back there with he and his brothers, once with his cousin Larry, his parents and his grandparents. A humorous, well written quick read that is well worth the time to read.

I received my copy from the author and my review was unsolicited


The Trouble With Half a Moon  by  Danette Vigilante

I don’t normally read or review middle grade or teen novels.  But I decided to take a chance on this one because the synopsis intrigued me.  I picked it up around 10 o’clock at night. I was only going to read the first chapter just to get an idea of the books flow and characters.  Next thing I know its 230 in the morning and I’m sitting with the book in one hand, wiping away tears with the other. An incredibly touching book, with real insight into what a young girl of 13 feels about life, love, friendship and the death of her young brother.

We first meet Delilah, Dellie to her friends, one late evening as the sound of gun shot wakes up Dellie and her parents. They live in an apartment building in the poorer side of town and everyone knows you don’t go out at night. They live on an upper floor and the shot was somewhere on the first floor. When her dad leaves the apartment to see what he can find out about the shot, Dellie and her mom are left alone, very afraid. Dellie’s dad comes back saying everything is okay, and the small family go back to bed, still fearful, none of them sleeping, all of them thinking of Louis, Dellie’s little brother who died just months ago.

Corey is a 5-year-old boy who lives with his abusive mother on the first floor of the building. Corey is always hungry and several people in the building sneak him food, including Dellie. She is afraid her parents will find out and put a stop to it. She’s also afraid if they see Louis they will become upset because he is so very like Louis.

Dellie and her friend Kayla walk to school together in the mornings, but because of her parents fears, Dellie’s father walks several feet behind them until they arrive at the school.  Dellis is 13 and while she misses her brother very much, she still wants to be like her friends, able to go outside and play, to walk by herself to school, and to go to the store.  But due to the trauma her parents suffered with the loss of Louis, they will not let her out of their sight. They fear the only way to keep her safe is to keep her close and in sight at all times.  Her friend Kayla one day stops talking to her and won’t tell her whats wrong. Dellie’s life is spiraling down, and then Michael, a boy in her school talks to her and a new neighbor, Miss Shirley, moves into the building.

This is the story of a young girl, her guilt over her brother’s death and the part she played in it, the difficulties of friendship, first romance and over-protective parents.

And while this might sound like a depressing read let me assure you it is not!  The author weaves an incredible story that is filled with hope, love and personal redemption. It is truly remarkable how the author knows a teenager‘s thinking and thoughts so well.

This novel is perfect reading for young, middle grade to teen readers as well as adults who like a well told, though simply worded book.

The Chrysalis Chronicles – The Eyes of the Desert Sand Book 1  by Edwin Wolfe  (YA)
From the opening pages where we are first introduced to 13 year old Ethan Fox and his beloved parents, George and Betsy, through the winding pathways that guide us through the start of Ethan’s story, to the closing lines where we must say a fond farewell to all the characters we’ve met thus far, I have had a wonderful time!

This is the start of Ethan’s strange but exciting story. The only child of George and Betsy Fox, he has a very close relationship with them. His only problem, and it’s something he seldom thinks about, is that he has no memory of anything before his 8th birthday. His parents have told him an accident caused his memory loss. With no reason to think anything is not as it should be, Ethan doesn’t let his lack of memory interfere with anything. He and his parents are very close, spend a lot of time together and really enjoy being together. Ethan has a great life and great parents and no worries about the future, or his missing past.

Ethan’s problems begin when he suddenly starts having difficulty sleeping. For several days, this persists. One morning, after finally falling asleep, Ethan awakens to discover a poem that he has written. He knows he has written it as it has his secret mark, but he has no memory of writing it.  When he shows his father, George is dismissive of it. Ethan accepts what his father says, but later Ethan hears his parents argue about it, which worries him as his parents NEVER argue. He then sees his father with a very old book, which he is putting away in a secret spot that Ethan knows nothing of.  At a family event Ethan has a very strange run-in with 3 men, he actually thinks they’re vampires and that they were trying to kidnap him. While his parents dismiss his story, he thinks that they actually believe him.

A week later, on a family day at the beach, Ethan meets Haley, a young girl who also has no memories, and while his parents are busy, Ethan and Haley wander off down the beach. Ethan spots a 3 foot tall blue rabbit that Haley can’t see, and they follow it. The bunny disappears and Ethan and Haley discover sand stairs that disappear down into the ground. Ethan starts down, and that’s when the fun really begins!

EXCERPT chapter 2 – The hooded stranger looked towards the floor as he made his way across the room.  Raising his head as he neared, the stranger slowly lowered his hood revealing his face. And it nearly sent Ethan into shock! He knew this face!It was that face! It was him, the man who had tried to kidnap him that night – nearly a week ago!

Throughout this extremely entertaining story, Ethan  meets some remarkably diverse characters. From the blue taletaddler who says xo-xo, to the shape shifting sea hydromorphs, from the Grumplings to the grim-tailed dread, the characters are different, interesting and colorful.
This was such an interesting read, I had difficulty putting it down, even for just a short time. It had a great storyline, the story flowed very smoothly and I loved the characters. I look forward eagerly for the next book in the series.


For more information and preview chapters of the  Chrysalis Chronicles visit the website at  http://chrysalischronicles.com/

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