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Defending the Line

Defending the Line

On 5/28 Mary Crocco wrote: This is an inspirational story for children about a role model soccer player. The star’s name is David Luiz. This young man, turned away from playing on teams for being too scrawny, never gave up on his dream to play international soccer. His faith in God and his determination is what kept him driven. ... Defending the Line

Mary's Rating:

4 Stars

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Curious Creatures

Curious Creatures

On 5/1 Mary Crocco wrote: Curious Creatures is a Level 2 I Can Read book about Rain Forest Friends, Jungle Beasts, Polar Bears, and Curious Creatures Down Under. The format is conducive for the young reader. It defines terms in easy language using bullets and easy to read fonts. The illustrations are big and bold, suitable for ... Wonderful learning experience

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4 Stars

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Noah and the Mighty Ark

Noah and the Mighty Ark

On 4/16 Mary Crocco wrote: Suitable for young readers, Noah and the Mighty Ark is a delightful Bible story penned in rhyme. Adding to children’s learning experiences; the author includes challenging vocabulary words. For example - And creatures in that mighty ark all lined up to disembark. A Genesis quote from God to Noah begins ... Noah and the Mighty Ark

Mary's Rating:

4 Stars

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Humility

Humility

On 4/2 Mary Crocco wrote: Humility as a virtue, seen through the eyes of five great historical figures from early history, fills the pages of Humility. The author shares numerous stories while giving ideal examples. Research by Bobb, informs readers how certain leaders embraced this virtue in decision making. One can ponder ... 'Humility' serves as a reminder

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4 Stars

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The Crimson Path of Honor

The Crimson Path of Honor

On 12/18 Mary Crocco wrote: A captivating story about a wealthy young woman in the 1860's who ran away from her stable Boston life to avoid an arranged marriage. Planning to use her skills as a teacher changed when during her escape she ended up captured by a band of Lakota Sioux. Luci Garling became Morning Star, named by her ... An Ideal Approach to experience the Lakota Sioux Nation

Mary's Rating:

5 Stars

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Francis

Francis

On 8/19 Mary Crocco wrote: A brief history of the papal office is the content of Francis: Man of Prayer. While the information was educational, it lacked the personal component expected. Written in haste, a sequel seems appropriate by Escobar. Allowing sufficient time to pass would help gather the personal neglected material ... Francis: Man of Prayer

Mary's Rating:

3 Stars

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Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

On 6/1 Mary Crocco wrote: An unusual idea for readers to enjoy Holmes, but I wasn’t impressed. The book began with the Needle’s Eye, the means to Holmes and Watson’s ability to time travel, but I was left confused. It continued with ten Biblical mysteries to be investigated. Holmes and Watson took the time traveling trips ... More effective as a Bible study.

Mary's Rating:

2 Stars

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The Death by Money Report

The Death by Money Report

On 4/7 Mary Crocco wrote: This less than fifty page book can be summed up using the following advice offered – ‘how can I fund this?’ rather than immediately declaring, ‘I can’t afford it’. Ten dollars is the beginning of the authors’ strategies to obtain ones financial independence. Piercy and Maxwell promote ... A preview to the authors' website

Mary's Rating:

3 Stars

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Unglued Devotional

Unglued Devotional

On 2/2 Mary Crocco wrote: A spiritual self-help book filled with Scripture readings, devotions, thoughts for the day, and closing prayers. Lysa Terkeurst’s main goal is to guide her readers through 60 days of learning how to turn emotions that unglue us into positive experiences. Unglued Devotional is a short, easy read that ... Unglued Devotional by Lysa Terkeurst

Mary's Rating:

3 Stars

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20,000 Days and Counting

20,000 Days and Counting

On 1/13 Mary Crocco wrote: Robert D. Smith writes an abridged version of a self-help book to guarantee that everyday counts - making no excuses. He offers his opinions and strategies for success, such as; saying yes to new possibilities, not assuming you are the victim, and never be misled by the hours in a day. Even if you don’t ... A strong message of encouragement

Mary's Rating:

4 Stars

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Need You Now

Need You Now

On 4/20 Mary Crocco wrote: A family coping with everyday struggles is the gist of Need You Now. A stay at home mom, a dad working his way to partnership, and three children who are not perfect describes this religious family. The story begins with the family’s move from the city of Houston, TX to out in country in an effort ... Need You Now by Beth Wiseman

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3 Stars

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Heart of Ice (trade paper)

Heart of Ice (trade paper)

On 12/17 Mary Crocco wrote: Heart of Ice is a book in a series from The Triple Threat Club involving three women; an FBI agent, an FBI prosecutor, and a TV reporter. They are best friends and at times work together and solve the worst of crimes. In Heart of Ice, a series of gruesome murders becomes very personal. The reader follows ... Heart of Ice

Mary's Rating:

3 Stars

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J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

On 10/9 Mary Crocco wrote: This is a short biography of John Ronal Reuel Tolkien. He was born in 1892. He was an English writer, poet, philologist, (lover of learning and literature) and university professor. Horne wants his readers to know Tolkien’s Christian faith impacted his writing. Born in South Africa he and his mother ... J.R.R.Tolkien

Mary's Rating:

4 Stars

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

On 5/10 Mary Crocco wrote: Bach was born on March 21, 1685 in Germany, born into the Lutheran faith. As a church musician, Bach did not preach about music, his music preached about Christ. He had a personal relationship, not a professional duty, with Christ. Bach began composing music at the early age of ten. His lifelong studies ... Johann Sebastian Bach

Mary's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Final Summit

The Final Summit

On 4/11 Mary Crocco wrote: David Ponder has been chosen to lead The Final Summit for three reasons; he is the only Traveler currently alive, he has been judged to be effective in using wisdom he gathered as a Traveler, and he is the only Traveler to represent the common man. And so the story begins . . . David has lost his ... The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

Mary's Rating:

5 Stars

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A Cowboy's Touch

A Cowboy's Touch

On 3/22 Mary Crocco wrote: A Cowboy’s Touch, by Denise Hunter Chicago city girl meets Montana Big Sky cowboy. Abigail is a workaholic expose writer who decides to expose Wade, the handsome cowboy, in an effort to save her mother’s magazine in Chicago. Circumstances get in the way and the article is never printed for the ... Romance Western Style!

Mary's Rating:

4 Stars

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A Bug Collection DVD Box Set

A Bug Collection DVD Box Set

On 2/27 Mary Crocco wrote: A Bug Collection, Hermie & Friends, 3 Complete DVDs. A great way for young children to learn about prayer, good behavior, and getting along with others. These three DVDs are set up using an outstanding lesson plan as a model. Max Lucado introduces and closes the stories with his young audience in ... A Bug Collection

Mary's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Power-Based Life

The Power-Based Life

On 2/1 Mary Crocco wrote: The Power Based Life, by Mike Flynt Run of the Mill The Power Based Life, by Mike Flynt, is a self-help book with a spiritual twist. Flynt writes to an audience who would appreciate sport analogies to realize one’s real life goals and dreams. He is a strength training coach and writes about twelve ... The Power Based Life

Mary's Rating:

3 Stars

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The American Patriot's Almanac

The American Patriot's Almanac

On 11/22 Mary Crocco wrote: The American Patriot’s Almanac, by William J. Bennett and John T.E. Cribb The American Patriot’s Almanac is both an academic resource and a story book. Bennett and Cribb have given Americans a beautifully written keepsake of mementos reminding us why we should be proud to be Americans. The ... The American Patriot's Almanac

Mary's Rating:

5 Stars

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Lee (The Generals)

Lee (The Generals)

On 10/18 Mary Crocco wrote: Title: Lee, A life of Virtue, by John Perry An easy, quick read Many books written about Robert E. Lee are on bookshelves across America. Lee, A Life of Virtue, by John Perry, is geared toward a young audience. Teachers would do justice to middle school students by assigning John Perry’s book as part ... An easy, quick read

Mary's Rating:

5 Stars

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Same Kind of Different As Me

Same Kind of Different As Me

On 8/16 Mary Crocco wrote: Same Kind of Different As me, by Ron Hall and Denver Moore Over the Top Same Kind of Different as Me is a true story about Denver Moore. He was a victim of slavery in the mid 20th century. He escaped on his own and was taken under Deborah Hall’s wings to overcome poverty and homelessness. Miss ... Same Kind of Different as Me

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1 Stars

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The Heart Mender

The Heart Mender

On 6/22 Mary Crocco wrote: Be careful when you cut down trees in your yard! You may discover hidden artifacts from WWII. In this historical fiction novel titled, The Heart Mender, Andy Andrews, as the author, does just that – he discovers a large, rusty old can with personal items belonging to a German submarine soldier from ... The Heart Mender: A Story of Second Chances

Mary's Rating:

5 Stars

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A Century Turns

A Century Turns

On 4/21 Mary Crocco wrote: A Century Turns: New Hopes, New Fears, by William J. Bennett A Century Turns: New Hopes, New Fears, by William J. Bennett, is a textbook version of a political magazine. It is a commentary which takes the reader from 1998 – 2008. William J. Bennett writes a balanced account of history which has ... A Century Turns: New Hopes, New Fears

Mary's Rating:

5 Stars

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The King and Dr. Nick

The King and Dr. Nick

On 1/28 Mary Crocco wrote: The King and Dr. Nick, by George Nichopoulos Is this the way it was? In today’s media frenzy about celebrities, we all know there is more than one story uncovered in every celebrity death. The question the public is still obsessed over is; did Elvis Presley die of a drug overdose? Dr. Nick, George ... The King and Dr. Nick

Mary's Rating:

3 Stars

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Saving Cicadas

Saving Cicadas

On 12/31 Mary Crocco wrote: Saving Cicadas by Nicole Seitz Saving Cicadas is an extraordinary story about powerful family memories we all carry with us. But, are these really memories or former past selves that we have to deal with and learn from? If we do not acknowledge these pasts, do we remain stuck living past lives? In ... Saving Cicadas by Nicole Seitz

Mary's Rating:

5 Stars

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The White Horse King

The White Horse King

On 12/3 Mary Crocco wrote: The White Horse King, the Life of Alfred the Great, by Benjamin Merkle The White Horse King is a biography of King Alfred the Great. The inscription on the statue of King Alfred says it all; Alfred found learning dead and he restored it, education neglected and he revived it, the laws powerless and ... The White Horse King

Mary's Rating:

4 Stars

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Five Cities That Ruled The World

Five Cities That Ruled The World

On 11/16 Mary Crocco wrote: 5 Cities that Ruled the World is an overview description oh how the cities of Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, London, and New York ruled the world.Douglas Wilson is a theologian and teaches college level ethics and logic. He is also editor of a cultural journal best known for its humor and satire, which Wilson ... 5 Cities that Ruled the World

Mary's Rating:

2 Stars

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Green

Green

On 10/18 Mary Crocco wrote: Green, by Ted Dekker Green connects the Circle Series; Black, Red, and White. This is Book Zero, the Beginning and the End, which can be the starting point for readers who have not yet read the trilogies, and it may also serve as an ending to those readers who have read Black, Red, and White. Green ... Green, by Ted Dekker

Mary's Rating:

4 Stars

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