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Book Review: Finlay Donovan Jumps The Gun (Finlay Donovan, #3) by Elle Cosimano

Finlay Donovan Jumps The Gun (Finlay Donovan, #3) by Elle Cosimano is the latest installment in the Finlay Donovan book series.  It opens with Finlay needing to identify who a contract killer is before Mob Boss Feliks does or else she will be killed.  Unfortunately, Finlay thinks the killer is a dirty cop, so she and Vero go undercover at a citizen's police academy to figure out who it may be, and chaos ensues. I'd like to thank NetGalley, St. Martin's Press, and Minotaur Books for the Advanced Reader's Copy of Finlay Donovan Jumps The Gun (Finlay Donovan, #3) by Elle Cosimano.  I was thrilled to be approved to receive this book for free in exchange for my honest review. Elle Cosimano has done a phenomenal job with this series making each sequel more believable.  After a rough start with the series, I've come to love most of the characters and the books.  I think the only character that I don't particularly care for is Finlay's ex-husband Steven.  Where I

Book Review: Miss Nelson is Missing (Miss Nelson, #1) by Harry Allard

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First published in 1977, Miss Nelson is Missing (Miss Nelson, #1) by Harry Allard is a fun, offbeat story about the students in Room 207 misbehaving once again. It's the worst class in the entire school, and the teacher just never shows up one day and instead get a new teacher named Miss Viola Swamp.

While online shopping for books, I came across a book that was a blast from my past . . . Miss Nelson is Missing. I absolutely LOVED this book as a child, and I loved the short movie that was made out of it, which one of my elementary teachers let my class watch one day. I don't know of one kid from my generation that didn't love this book. 

When I purchased this book for nostalgic reasons and of course to reread, I found out that there were other books featuring "Miss Nelson" that I never knew about. I definitely will go back and read those books as well. I was super interested to see if Miss Nelson is Missing stood the test of time, and I have to say it did not disappoint. I enjoyed reading it just as much as I did when I was a little kid. I do remember wondering what kind of kids would be able to get away with acting the way they did because my parents and teachers would not tolerate behavior like that.

Miss Viola SwampIt does make me wonder if this book is still in school and public libraries and if it is still popular with kids today. What I do find interesting is that according to Amazon.com, it is recommended for children between the ages of four and seven, but I remember it being popular for kids between the ages of six and nine, especially the short movie. (I would love to own a dvd of the movie as well, but I can't find a copy.)

Miss Nelson is Missing is an engaging book for kids and parents alike, and I hope it is still popular with children today. It definitely has stood the test of time. I gave it five out of five stars.

Side Note:  If you have a young child that isn't showing any interest in reading, I urge you to have him or her give this book a go as I think it will be just the book to pique their interest.


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