Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner

          Title: Skippyjon Jones

          Author: Judy Schachner

          Illustrator: Heather Wood

          Publisher: Dutton Children’s Books

          Published Date: 2003

     One word sums up this book: Cute! Not only do I own a siamese cat, Samurai, but there is this cute little boy that comes into my work and his name is John Jones. And of course, his nickname is skippyjon!

     Skippyjon Jones is not only a cat. No, he is whatever his imagination can dream of! Not even his mother’s scolding can make him be just a cat. Some days he is a bird or mouse and even a dog! He doesn’t care that other people see him as only a cat. His imaginaton lets him be anyone, anywhere and at anytime.

     This frisky kitty is so cute! I love how he doesn’t care what other people think of him. Not even his family. This really teaches kids that it doesn’t matter who you were born to be, who you want to be is more important. Stereotypes is the theme to this book. And boy does it blast those stereotypes out of this world! A must read for any parent wanting to teach their children that they can be or do anything! The illustrations are fantastic! Really makes Skippyjon’s imagination come to life!

Happy Reading!

R

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Rogue by Rachel Vincent

I’ve been looking forward to this book ever since I read Stray. I haven’t been waiting for nothing. It was awesome. It was everything I remembered from the first book, yet even better. Yay for good sequels. I can’t wait until the next one Pride comes out in the fall!!!

So, in this book we follow Faythe in yet another one of her adventures. She’s promised her dad (and Alpha) that she will fulfill her commitment of 2 and a half years with the pride and after that who knows. Her dad is priming her to take over the pride and she doesn’t know whether she likes that or not. She’s definitely a strong female that all males (werecat, human, or other) should be afraid to mess with.

Faythe and her ex-fiance have made up and are now back to being a couple (as strained as that is) until he finds out some things that she’s been hiding from him. Faythe has been receiving phone calls from her ex human boyfriend (Andrew) from college. At first she doesn’t understand why he’s so upset with her. She knows that she left him without saying goodbye, but she did it for his good.

Across the prides territory(south-central) there have been strays that have been turning up dead with broken necks. Faythe has to confront her fears of getting too involved with the pride and being an enforcer and learn to do what’s necessary to keep the pride safe. She also has to figure out who is killing these strays and what connection that has with Andrew calling her.

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I have to say that I was pretty shocked to discover that Andrew was turned by Faythe with a small nip on the ear in the heat of passion. I remember her being able to half shift (or whatever they call it), but it never came to me that she could actually change him in that half state. I was even more surprised that in the end she ends up having to kill Andrew to save her and several other of the werecats lives. Let’s just say I was pleasantly surprised that I couldn’t predict the entire outcome of the book.