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Something Stinks! -- Gail Hedrick

Something Stinks! -- Gail Hedrick | Top of the Heap Reviews | Scoop.it
A middle grade level book about ecology and how the things we do can effect the environment around us you say?  It was a book I had to take a peek at and see just how well something like this could...
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An Eco-saavy middle grade book that explores a tough subject matter without making it difficult for the young reader
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Book Review -- Face the Music -- Joe Anderson

Book Review -- Face the Music -- Joe Anderson | Top of the Heap Reviews | Scoop.it
I've done something I've never done before while reading a book for review.  What did I do?? Well, you'll just have to read on and find out. From the Back:  Zack Fluett was living the rock star dre...
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7 Weeks to 10 Pounds of Muscle -- Brett Stewart & Jason Warner

7 Weeks to 10 Pounds of Muscle -- Brett Stewart & Jason Warner | Top of the Heap Reviews | Scoop.it
A couple years ago, I decided to attempt to get in shape.  I did everything from strength training, to running, to changing my diet.  I tried every program in the book.  I'm a P90X grad, I've run 1...
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Flash Friday: What You Want -- Nick Hilden

Flash Friday: What You Want -- Nick Hilden | Top of the Heap Reviews | Scoop.it
From the Back:  What if you could experience the past, the present, and the future all at once? What if you could see yourself how your were, how you are, and how you will be? What lessons could be...
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The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff -- Calvin Dean

The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff -- Calvin Dean | Top of the Heap Reviews | Scoop.it
From the Back:   Popular high school senior, Daniel Townsend, is dead – victim of a suspicious car crash. Classmates Marc and Angela begin to investigate. A chance discovery pinpoints Daniel at a c...
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A nearly perfect example of a Young Adult horror novel

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Nothing Down -- Mike Reuther

Nothing Down -- Mike Reuther | Top of the Heap Reviews | Scoop.it
The story of a small town kid who wants nothing more than to play baseball breaks into the majors in a big way.  So does the book match Homer Newbody's feat? From the Back:  Homer Newbody bursts up...
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Ugh....I really wanted to like this, but it was a swing and a miss for me.

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Tortured Memory (Brier Hospital Series) -- Lawrence W Gold

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Review of Tortured Memory by Lawrence W Gold

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Sam and the Dragon/Billy's Family -- Eric B. Thomasma

Sam and the Dragon/Billy's Family -- Eric B. Thomasma | Top of the Heap Reviews | Scoop.it
        Again this week we are going to check out two wonderful children's books by Eric and Lanin Thomasma.  Sam and the Dragon, a fantasy tale about a boy who befriends a dragon and helps th...
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A Stairway to Danger -- Ben Woodard

A Stairway to Danger -- Ben Woodard | Top of the Heap Reviews | Scoop.it
Young Adult novels need to ride a fine line between being accessible to a younger audience while at the same time not insulting their intelligence.  It's even harder to do so while writing in a tim...
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A YA Adventure that will appeal to everyone!

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Tuesday Ten with Derek Odom

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This week on Top of the Heap Reviews I sit down for a little chat with short-story author Derek Odom.  He's the writer of such short stories of the supernatural like Death's Ride, The Empty Chair, ...
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