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This was my first published book. So, expect to read more educational books from Israel Calhoun-Jones in the near future. This is a book I made for my baby cousin. I am in fifth grade and I go to Whitaker Elementary. I am 11 years old and like art. I am going to play tackle and flag football this spring. I loved making up stories for them. I was a freelance newspaper reporter and now spend my free time trying to rebuild an accessible playground which I co-founded in Creating a children's book was one of our most recent assignments, and I had a lot of fun with it!

This is my first book ever so I hope you all enjoy it : Don't forget to read it with your best pirate and parrot voices! Din Guillera is a 12 year old and a 6th grader in California. He loves reading books, writing, and playing video games as well. He just recently published his first story book ever. Enjoy reading his book and hope you'll like it. Lauren Mariani L. K Mariani has had a passion for writing her entire life. Her children's books are inspired by her granddaughter Annabelle.

Simple rhymes and simple lessons are the themes. Watch for the next American super hero, Betsy B. Bully Buster coming soon! Elsie Shaw is 10 years old and has loved writing stories since she first learned to write. She has a very creative mind, looks at the world in interesting ways and is great at describing that perspective to others through use of expressive language. My name is Sheila Armstrong. My son Adrian passed away so I am writing these children's books so he can live on through my work.

I hope you enjoy these stories. Barbara Levin is a recently retired professor of teacher education but an active teacher of English to adults. She wrote this story as an example to motivate her adult ESL students to write their own family stories. Barbara is also trying her hand at writing contemporary fiction to fill her time during retirement. In addition to writing, Barbara enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, and her granddaughter, Wren. Danette Watson is a Dru yoga teacher and children's yoga teacher in Australia. She has a passion for teaching yoga through teaching tales to increase children's enjoyment, memory and social-emotional intelligence.

Through her teaching, Danette hopes to give children lifelong skills for confidence and inner peace. Father and curious of all things in the wonderful world we live in.

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I am an aspiring elementary school teacher finishing up my last year in college. I wrote this book with a friend for a specific class, but I think it's important for children to get excited about science, particularly space. Erik Arntzen wears many hats. He is a Freelance Production Assistant, a Foodie, and writer in his free time. Erik has a niece and nephew who are both amazing and wonderful. They inspired his first story and continue to amaze him everyday. Eliana Knight, 9 years old, will be going into 5th grade this year. She likes to climb trees, build forts, and be outside.

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Bangladesh Bhutan Brunei Cambodia China East Timor 6. India Indochina 9. Indonesia Iran I think I liked this book, but I did have some issues with it. The first - and I can't believe I'm saying this - is that it needed quite a bit more telling than showing and a lot more introspection. And you know if I'm saying a book needs introspection, then there's a problem.

Despite the first person POV, it's difficult to connect to Eliana; I could list some traits to describe her, certainly confident, defiant, brave, smart but those traits fall short of a fully realized character. And the main reason for this is that we get no reflection or introspection from her on what's happening around her. I didn't understand her reasons for doing anything she did; she felt like the epitome of a character being controlled by plot rather than the other way around. Eliana and other characters take so much in stride, without pausing to let anything sink in for themselves or the reader.

There are several egregious examples of this, such as when Eliana is publicly whipped. This girl gets thirty lashes and she's No lasting pain, no lingering trauma from being publicly whipped , and the whole thing is barely mentioned ever again, like it was nothing at all! It doesn't exactly paint a realistic picture. This is just one glaring example, but there are other quieter instances where Eliana should be reflecting or at least acknowledging that something surprising has happened, but instead the narrative just moves on, and it feels like whiplash.

I also wish Eliana had been older than sixteen. I would guess this has something to do with her skills as a violinist, since there are hints that in the Old Way, certain music equates to magic, but it was still difficult to believe that everyone just so readily accepted her. I don't think it's impossible for people to follow a teen, but it has to be believable - in Game of Thrones, Robb is a fourteen-year-old leading an army, but people followed him because of who his father was, and because Winterfell's men were his rightful inheritance. Eliana is just some stranger that shows up, and, more than that, she isn't especially passionate about the Old Way, and yet its followers are all eager to bring her into the fold for some reason, even though she's pretty clear that she doesn't have faith.

Oh, on that note, there seems to be a running thread about a prophecy about Eliana? It is absolutely shoehorned in and never really amounts to anything, so I'm not sure what the point of it was. I know I sound very critical, but I did enjoy this book. It's a very quiet plot, as high fantasy plots go, but I liked the direction it took. Though unrealistic in some ways, it was grounded in realism in others. I liked the discussion of the aftereffects of war and famine on the population, and how a country might deal with an influx of refugees.

I liked that the plot is focused on one labor camp breaking free, and how the logistics of that would work. I also liked the nuance given to characters like the soldiers guarding the labor camps; many of them were sympathetic towards the prisoners and ended up joining them.

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I loved the character of Giovanni, a very surly and sarcastic dude disliked by the heroine, but they end up becoming allies if not tentative friends. Another aspect I enjoyed is that Eliana is a lesbian, though she doesn't realize this until the very end. But it's also not dwelt upon; there is no romance in this book, not really, and Eliana's queerness is just one aspect of who she is, which I liked. It just felt - different. Refreshing, despite embodying the Hero's Journey to a T.

Definitely a product of its time and definitely quite different from the high fantasy being published today which I actually think has been heavily influenced by the popularity of certain YA high fantasy tropes, but that's a topic for another day , but still an enjoyable read. I'm ambivalent about whether I want to read the sequel, though Mar 09, Amanda rated it it was ok.

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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book suffers from a bad case of the "almosts". The first problem is the world. It is clearly referencing our world, but it's problematic The setting is a pseudo-Medieval Italy with names like Giovanni and Vesuvian and Lucia thrown around, where the men are addressed as Signore.

Of the two religions battling it out, one is pseudo-Catholicism a pretty primitive Catholicism. The language of the Old Ways sounds a lot like Hebrew to my uneducated ear. Italy is not quite different enough to justify that complete lack of Rome as a cultural center. And her not! Catholicism has, at its heart, a very different passion story of death and resurrection. And then there's the magic, which is tossed in without explanation or even definition. All we've seen magic do is summon light or fire, which is fairly limp, as magic goes. If this was meant to reference the Real World, the author needed to explain these differences -- is the magic the difference?

Did Rome not evolve because of the Fidele religion of Lord and Lady? Why is this world so very like ours and yet so deeply different? And if it's not meant to be set in The Real World, why the hell does it reference our world so heavily? Another problem is the main character's "love" interest. It wasn't until the last two or three chapters that the lesbian aspect was clarified. When you're 16 and in love, you are all about the physical and I just didn't buy it.

At first I thought it was just a badly drawn best friends relationship and really got annoyed. There were scenes meant to be powerful that I found myself just skipping whole paragraphs. Eliana finding her whole village slaughtered, for instance. This included from physical trauma -- Eliana receives 30 lashes at one point and is up and about within hours. I've read enough Napoleonic literature to know that a real lashing like that would leave you prostrate for days if not weeks. And never mind her pallid idea of what a famine is like and how people act when they are under starvation rations.

Most of her characters acted like they hadn't missed more than a meal or two, not like they were starving to death. Finally, there's an issue that I admit is almost certain personal. I don't like stories based around the mythical and magical power of music. I'm all but tone deaf and when musicians start to talk about "giving the song back to Mira" or "harnessing the energy of the audience" or any of that, I tend to get irritated and annoyed. Despite all that, I liked the scenes in the Conservatory best.

The author's prose is best suited to that hot-house environment, the small personalities and petty arguments of girls locked together in pursuit of one cause. Though the structure and existence of the Conservatory was insufficiently explained, in my mind. I live in hope that it is explained in the following books. Because, for all that, I plan to read the next book. There was enough compelling in the book for me to give it two stars and want to read the sequel. I can't describe what, because the faults were so glaring, but it's there.

Jul 17, Cait rated it really liked it Shelves: queer , yay-for-libraries , all-of-my-reviewed-books , currently-unowned , novel. This book looked familiar at the library, but I think I might have picked it up, read a little, and stopped -- I'm not sure why I would have done that, since it's quite intriguing so far perhaps it wasn't what I was looking for at the time? Hurray for finding it again, then And now, having finished it: I like this!

And it has a sequel, which it clearly needs This book looked familiar at the library, but I think I might have picked it up, read a little, and stopped -- I'm not sure why I would have done that, since it's quite intriguing so far perhaps it wasn't what I was looking for at the time?

And it has a sequel, which it clearly needs, so I will have to find that I think I saw it on the shelf at the library. It's an interesting opening to a series; things start out pretty straightforward fantasy, with a system of magic, a decadent government with a religious inquisition, and an old-time religion of which the first thing we learn is that it had rhythmic dancing music. And it is a pretty straightforward fantasy all the way through, with a war fought with magefire and energy generated by music -- but the old-time religion is a variation on Christianity I have a feeling that if I knew more historical theology I'd recognize the doctrinal arguments going on and the protagonist isn't an instant passionate convert.

The author does seem a little confused about the place of women in this society, since both religions have female Gods and women have a lot more social and religious power, but a lot of civil leadership seems to be defaulting to men still. I was very pleased with the way the protagonist's sexuality was handled, though; I actually flipped to the back of the book to see whether it was going to be a bait-and-switch the way a lot of fantasy does, and you may consider this a spoiler, but I think of it as a recommendation it isn't: her crush on her roommate is not handwaved away.

An interesting start for this series! May 30, Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves: past-earth , alternate-earth , fantasy. Okay, I was recced this book based on the fact it had a lesbian protagonist. I did read the author's short stories beforehand as a bit of a warning and was ambivalent -- interesting in trying them, but prepared to send it off to PaperbackSwap if I didn't like them.

One of the problems with this book is that I went in thinking it was what I consider an otherwordly fantasy when it was more of a very-s Okay, I was recced this book based on the fact it had a lesbian protagonist. One of the problems with this book is that I went in thinking it was what I consider an otherwordly fantasy when it was more of a very-stretched alt-history. The reason I say this is because of the religious elements.

Hundreds of years before the series began, Italy still made up of a number of kingdoms, like historical-Italy was , a new religion arose based on the magical ability to call fire and worshiping a pair of gods the Lord and the Lady, though the Lord isn't mentioned much and supplanting Christianity called 'the Old Way' in the book. Unsurprisingly, one still gets the Inquisition, de facto rule of the Church, and punishment of heretics, regardless of whose name the religion is ruled by.

Especially when they are the minority and oppressed religion. Let's face it -- fantasy fen root for the oppressed. On the other hand, Kritzer did a good job of both keeping the heroine questioning which is right, and in not portraying one religion as the Good one or the Right one. Plus, as an alt-history nerd, I liked the fact that the resurgence of Old Way was apparently modified by the new religion. For one, the magefire promoted by the in-power religion acts to reduce fertility, which changed the status of women in the society.

The priestess character hints that the 'Old Way' is a reconstruction of the actual Old way and that even she, a scholar, has no clue what it was really like. The plot also handled the main character's change from music student to revolutionary quite well, including explaining why and how she got a leadership position, something that doesn't always work well in fantasy. It also had a bit of an environmental message -- the plot switches from the protagonist's mysterious new roommate, to her discovery that magefire is what caused the dead regions on the border with another country, to her becoming involved in both the Old Way and the reform movement.

Also kudos on handling the 'magic messes up the environment' and 'one religion likes magic, one doesn't' angles. I'm always a bit leery of environmental fiction as well, but it can be done well -- see half of all Miyazaki movies, notably Princess Mononoke. Overall, I thought the book handled a number of cliche themes in a sensitive and thoughtful way. Which makes me happy. Plus, it had a good plot and a main character I liked. So I'll probably buy the sequel new. Aug 07, Nancy rated it really liked it. Fires of the Faithful is interesting for many reasons.

The most obvious is the storyline, which is about a young musician who grows from student to revolutionary in a span of less than pages. Another reason is the unique setting, which is Italian-based. One other interesting thing that this book does is illustrated in it's religious conflict.

Often while reading fantasy books about dueling religious beliefs, there will be a good pagan-influenced religion feminine , being destroyed by a oppr Fires of the Faithful is interesting for many reasons. This book turns the tables by presenting an oppressive pagan religion and an oppressed Catholic-influenced religion with a feminine slant. The results are very interesting to read! One thing I like about this book is that there are no easy answers.

We are never really told which religion is "right. Fires of a Faithful has a sequel, Turning the Storm, that I am looking forward to reading one day. Mar 06, Dufrau rated it really liked it. Actually a pretty compelling beginning to a series. Zero dead Lexas so far, but I can't speak to the sequels. It's about violins and Gods and crushing the patriarchy. I dig. May 05, Sarah CoolCurryBooks rated it really liked it Shelves: protag-female , strong-female-character , ya , lgbtq-protagonists , alternate-world , fantasy.

I really enjoyed this book, but I have a very hard time describing it. The blurb is largely accurate but potentially misleading. What I really liked about Fires of the Faithful was Eliana. Music also ties on to the religion in the book and to the magic system. The Old Way songs sound beautiful and are hinted to be the basis of another magic system. The kingdom resolutely follows the New Way, and the Spanish Inquisition like Fedeli resolutely and violently smother any traces of the Old Way.

After her friend Belle converts to the Old Way and is killed for it by the Fedeli, Eliana starts to see a lot more of the religion and eventually converts to it for largely political reasons. What might make some readers run for the hills is that the Old Way minus the music and magic bits is almost exactly Christianity. Seriously, even most of the names are the same or very similar. If there was any message on religion, it was the necessity of tolerating other beliefs. According to the author bio, Kritzer has a BA in religion. It shows — I think what she was exploring in Fires of the Faithful is how religions change, grow upon, and supplant each other.

Was she keeping it to highlight the influences of the New Way? Anyway, I really liked it, especially as it was a departure from the norm. It hits a lot of points. Originally posted at The Illustrated Page. Aug 09, Brownbetty rated it really liked it. If this is the sort of thing you like, then this is the sort of thing you will like, as good as nearly any of its kind, and better than a great deal of it.

This book is set in an early-Renaissance near-Italy, where everyone has at least some magical ability, and the Church has an inquisition arm to root out the heretics. Eliana mostly cares about music at the conservatory she was lucky enough to get into, until she gets a new roommate, and falls a little bit in love. Suddenly, politics and religi If this is the sort of thing you like, then this is the sort of thing you will like, as good as nearly any of its kind, and better than a great deal of it.

Suddenly, politics and religion are tearing apart her world, and instead of safe and protected, she's alone and hunted. Several things worthy of note in this book. First, Eliana's sexuality is a relatively minor part of the book, not because she lives in a society where lesbianism is commonplace, but because she's honestly too busy with revolution to articulate her feelings. When someone has been beheaded next to her, she's not really worrying if she likes likes her roommate. Second, both major competing religions have a female God, and one of them is recognizably a sort of medieval Christianity.

The result of this or cause, perhaps appears to be a society with much less in the way of sexism, although there is still a certain amount of chauvinism.

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