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KS3 Spanish Interactive Vocab Tester - DVD-ROM and Vocab Book
KS3 Spanish Interactive Vocab Tester - DVD-ROM and Vocab Book
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.79

4.0 out of 5 stars A good way to learn Vocab!, 10 Sep 2014
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I bought this for my daughter who is beginning Spanish in KS3. It consists of a work book, which has the vocabulary so you can test yourself, it includes a "high tech" tear off cardboard flap so you can cover the answers while you do so. The other part of the package is a DVD ROM which has the same vocabulary, so you can test your hearing and learn the pronunciation.
First; the initial DVD ROM didn't work on our MAC computer despite the packaging saying it was both MAC and Windows compatible. However I sent a quick email to CGP and they sent me a new DVD ROM free of charge in the next post. This one worked fine!
The DVD consists of a fairly large number of vocabulary list, which you can hear spoken. You can also choose whether to have the English translation present or not, and can tick whether or not you know that piece of vocabulary. You can also test yourself on the vocabulary (unfortunately only written, or from hearing the Spanish and writing the English, its not able to score your pronunciation). This does include though needing the correct accents.
Overall a good aid to learning KS3 Spanish.


2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas
2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas
by Marie-Helene Bertino
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.09

4.0 out of 5 stars Not what you expect, 4 Aug 2014
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This is not a children's book - even though one of the main characters is just 2 days from her tenth birthday.

This is not Chick Lit -even though one character has returned to her home town after a divorce, and meets an ex.

This is magical realism, but with much more realisim than magic. (There is only one kind of magical aspect of the whole book.) The rest is pretty gritty, including that the ten year old isn't cute or even always especially likable.

Bad stuff happens. Other bad stuff is hinted at, or happens off stage. However I found it an enjoyable and ultimately uplifting book. You just have to hope that "things work out" eventually.

It is interestingly and intriguingly written, describing 24 hours from lots of different people's points of view. It doesn't feel rushed, or over detailed or crammed. People (and dogs) drift in and out of the story, which gives it depth.

If you like books that are a bit different - but highly readable - then try this one! You won't regret it.


The Age of Ecology
The Age of Ecology
by Joachim Radkau
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 30.00

4.0 out of 5 stars It is a useful background the development of Ecology and the environmental movement, 24 July 2014
This review is from: The Age of Ecology (Hardcover)
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This is a translation of a book previously published in German, if anything has been added I can't tell having not read the original. But that does explain why the discussion only goes up to the 1990s.

It is a useful background the development of Ecology and the environmental movement. It is certainly thick enough to be pretty complete, although it does seem predominantly Western biased. Although it does discuss Japan at one point.
It warns against over simplification by looking at the past and comparing to the present.

This might form a useful book for a course or for academic libraries. However despite the attractive cover it is not really suitable for general reading. I also found the division of chapters really weird. Each time period considered is given its own chapter, and then each chapter is sub-divided into sections. This is a bit unwieldy, and I would rather have had the main sections for their own chapters, and these grouped into parts or sections. The first chapter as it is now is 73 pages long!

There is a lot of information here, and as such it needs in depth study. I haven't yet come across any helpful summaries, which is a pity.

This is a very thorough academic book, and a useful resource. But unless you are a specialist in this area or a student it may well not be the book for you.


The Storms of War
The Storms of War
by Kate Williams
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 8.79

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timely read., 17 July 2014
This review is from: The Storms of War (Hardcover)
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It is described as Downton meet Atonement, but as I haven't watched the first or read the second, I wouldn't know. It was also compared to the Cazalet saga, and it is similar.
It follows a privileged family leading up to and through World War I. So is a very timely publication for this year.

The difference is the father is a German industrialist.

The book is both gripping and evocative, and at times horrific.

I would really like to read more and find out what happens next, to those who remain at the end of the book. How will the peace treat them (and just what has one character been *doing* for the whole book).

It is a good read because it asks questions, and then slowly reveals them, Why did Verena marry Rudolf? Why does Rudolf take such interest in Tom the stable boy?

And just how is this family going to survive the Great War?

I is a gripping timely read, with some interesting twists and surprises (not everything followed my first guess). I was left with some questions, so really hope there will be a sequel.


The Reckoning (Inspector Madden Series)
The Reckoning (Inspector Madden Series)
by Rennie Airth
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.91

4.0 out of 5 stars but also hints that maybe socialism will not be a wonderful answer. A really good read, 17 July 2014
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This book is the fourth in a series, and I haven't read the preceding three. But I may well go back and get them now.

It is the 1950s and Inspector John Madden is retired and now living the country with his GP wife. He's turned from a copper into a farmer. Nearby his ex-boss is busy raising roses.

Then the yard come calling, they seem to have a couple of very similar recent murders. One in Scotland and one in Lewes in Sussex. Are they connected? Are the victims connected? Who could be doing it? There is a description of the probable murderer in Sussex, but they seemed to have disappeared into thin air.

Why was the latest victim writing to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police? And why did he mention Madden's name?

In this way Inspector Madden is pulled into a police investigation of a case that seems to have its roots in the past, but is it the last war or the one before?

It a gorgeous whodunnit reminiscent of Agatha Christie. The period is evoked with depth, and made me nostalgic for the pre-Beeching railways. There is the optimism of the reforms brought in by the new Labour Government, but also hints that maybe socialism will not be a wonderful answer.

A really good read. Ideal for holidays.
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Subliminal: The New Unconscious and What it Teaches Us
Subliminal: The New Unconscious and What it Teaches Us
by Leonard Mlodinow
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.00

5.0 out of 5 stars For everyone... yes everyone., 17 July 2014
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This is a really interesting book on psychology. You don't need to be an expert (in fact an expert might get less out of this than an interested amateur) to read and understand this book.
An intelligent victim, who observed the criminal carefully is the best person to say who committed the crime, surely? You might be surprised when you read this book, how much we mis-remember.
Then there is the Coke paradox, which do you prefer the taste of Coke or Pepsi? Would it change if you didn't know which one you were drinking?

Can we trust our eyes? Our senses? Our memories?

What is really going on?

This book should be interesting for anyone who wants to learn a little more about themselves.
I'm going to get my daughter who wants to study psychology to read it next.


The Truth about Sparrows
The Truth about Sparrows
by Marian Hale
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.88

4.0 out of 5 stars Sadie has to move from Missouri to Texas with her family after years of bad crops. Her best friend Wilma is going too ..., 11 July 2014
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Its quite and interesting book, and gives a child's eye view of the Depression in the US.
Sadie has to move from Missouri to Texas with her family after years of bad crops. Her best friend Wilma is going too but as her family has no money left, they are going to relatives in California.
In Texas Sadie meets new people, but can she really be friends after her promises to Wilma? Does she have anything in common with the other people squatting in very basic huts on the sea wall?

Its suitable for pre-teens, as it has danger but nothing too bad happens really.
My 11 year old enjoyed it I think, she certainly raced ahead to find out what happened.


Scholl Velvet Smooth Pedicure Daily Foot Moisturiser 60 ml
Scholl Velvet Smooth Pedicure Daily Foot Moisturiser 60 ml
Price: 4.79

4.0 out of 5 stars A good moisturiser for feet, 22 May 2014
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It is a good moisturiser for feet. Its designed for every day and maybe several times a day use, the ideal lotion to use after swimming or before putting on socks.
It has quite a runny consistency, but does seem to sink into the skin quite quickly. I am sure I shall be using it frequently this summer.


Beatrice and Benedick
Beatrice and Benedick
by Marina Fiorato
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.59

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Play - and I like this book, 22 May 2014
This review is from: Beatrice and Benedick (Hardcover)
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This book gives the background to Beatrice and Benedick's romance in the play "Much Ado About Nothing". It is set in Sicily, where Beatrice is visiting her Uncle, when Don Pedro visits along with Claudio and Benedick.
It shows the beginning's of Claudio and Benedick's friendship - and later on why they are such close friends. It also shows the beginnings of Claudio's relationship with Hero. And both the early courtship of Beatrice and Benedick and the reason for their later animosity.
However it is also much more than this. It has the origins of many of Shakespeares plays, and an alternative explaination to the age old question "Who was William Shakespeare?".
The story alternates between Beatrice and Benedick's points of view, and they both have adventures the other has no idea of. The action ranges from Sicily to Verona and Padua to Spain and on one of the ships of the Armada. Even when it returns to the familiar story we know, it has surprises.

It is a real page turner and very atmospheric. I loved it, and was very nervous when I started to read it.


Storm and Stone
Storm and Stone
by Joss Stirling
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.24

4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguingly different school story, 22 May 2014
This review is from: Storm and Stone (Paperback)
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Raven Stone is at a posh boarding school, she's there as a scholarship pupil because she lives with her Grandfather who is the school caretaker (although she boards with the other pupils during term time). Her parents are dead.
She knows she is at the school under sufferance, she also wonders why the scholarship pupils tend to leave the school. And why isn't her best friend and roommate Gina back from the holidays yet?
Then there are the new boys Joe Masters and Kieran Storm. Why are they at the school, there seems to be something mysterious about them. Like why is Kieran Storm taking Dance A'level, it almost seems as if he's never done dance before.
First for British audiences - A'levels don't quite work like this, but do suspend your disbelief for a bit, it is worth it.
There is a real mystery about the school and its pupils.

Overall this book is a good thriller, and fun to read. Probably aimed at 13+, but nothing really that would cause problems for anyone 11+.


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