Swear to Howdy by Wendelin Van Draanen

October 15th, 2014 by

Swear-to-Howdy_Wendelin-Van-DraanenSubmitted by Austin, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

It about 2 boys named joe and rusty well they kill some one and they tell the cops

Secret Identity (Shredderman Series #1) by Wendelin Van Draanen and Brian Biggs

October 3rd, 2014 by

Shredderman Secret Identity_Wendelin van Draanen Brian BiggsSubmitted by Kristian, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

This is about a kid named Nolan and a bully. Everybouty but his friends are calling him NERD. And Mr.Green gives them a asinment in school but then Nolan gets a idea. And the teachers end up suspending Bubba the bully because of what Nolan did !

Swear to Howdy by Wendelin Van Draanen

December 9th, 2013 by

Swear-to-Howdy_Wendelin-Van-DraanenSubmitted by Frederick, Age 10 from Michigan

Swear to Howdy is a great book about a kid named Russell, who moves next door to a crazy, wild kid named Joey. Soon, they become best friends and do all sorts of crazy stuff together, having adventures that involve things such as putting bugs in their sister’s drinks to accidentally killing the family cat, these two have crazy adventures and a remarkable friendship that they will never forget! Written by Wendelin Van Draanen, author of ”Flipped” and the Sammy Keyes series.

I really enjoyed ”Flipped”, a novel by Wendelin Van Draanen, so I thought I’d check this out. I’m glad I did! It’s just as good as Flipped. These two have some crazy adventures!

WARNING: Mild profanity. Use of guns and such. A attempt of suicide. Death of a main character.

Author Wendelin Van Draanen crafts a great tale about two best friends who share crazy adventures. A great mix of comedy, drama, and action. Do yourself a favor and read it.

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

January 11th, 2013 by

flipped-by-wendelin-van-draanenSubmitted by Madison, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

This book is a great book! The book is about a girl named Julianna and she likes this kid name Bryce. They are now in 8th grade and Juli has liked him since 2nd grade. It is about true love. I really loved it!

Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen

March 13th, 2011 by

[Note from Kidsmomo: This book is recommended for teens. If you want to give your parents more info on this book, send them here and here.]

Submitted by Joy, Age 11 from Georgia

Rating: ★★★½☆

Holly is an adopted 12 year old girl that hates her life so she decides to runaway. (hence the name)She runs away to L.A. which is a long way from Alabama (I think). On her way to her home at the end of the story she writes all of her days in a journal blaming everything that has happened to her on her teacher that told her to write in a journal. At the end she get friends and a awesome home.

Flipped Movie Review

September 5th, 2010 by

Bryce and Juli, sittin' in a tree... (Yeah, we're immature. What of it?)

Juli hearts Bryce. But Bryce hates Juli. OR DOES HE? If you’ve read the book Flipped by Wendelin van Draanen, then you know how their story goes — and you also know how awesome it is! Seriously, Nancy and Karen want to marry this book; we doodle hearts in the page margins while dreaming of romantic moonlit walks with this book; we call this book and then hang up when it answers. For reals.

So, of course, we could barely contain our excitement over the movie adaptation. (You may recall Karen’s giddy post announcing the upcoming film.)

And did the movie live up to our expectations? Is Flipped a hit? Or did Flipped flop? You’ll just have to watch our video review to find out:

(PS – If you’re on the go — say, climbing a sycamore tree or running away from a neighbor who wants to kiss you — don’t worry, you can still listen to our review. Just download the audio.)

Have you seen the movie? Leave a comment with YOUR review! How do you think it compared to the book?

PS – Here are links to the awesome fansite and Wendelin van Draanen’s blog, which we mention in our review. Check ’em out!

Will “Flipped” Fly on the Big Screen?

August 4th, 2010 by

You probably know by now that Nancy and I are both suckers for sweet romantic stories, so of course we both positively flipped when we read Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen. And then we flipped AGAIN when we found out the book was being made into a movie. And now there’s just a couple days to go until it’s in theaters! (At least, if you live in L.A. or Sacramento or Austin. Sadly, the rest of us have to wait until August 27th.*)

Are you as excited for this film as we are? Here’s the trailer:

Looks cute, huh? Although I was pretty surprised to see that the film is set in the 1950s and 60s! The book is actually set in today’s times, but I can see that it would work in the past. What do you guys think?

If you haven’t already read Flipped, I suggest you run out and get a copy right now. It’s not a cutesy tween girl book with bubbly pink lettering on the cover; it’s a thoughtful story of two kids who make up their minds about one another early on, and then eventually start looking deeper, only to realize that their views of each other say a lot about who they are themselves — and what kind of people they want to be.

Plus it’s told in alternating points of view between Juli and Bryce, so you get both perspectives, which is a refreshing change from most books involving crushes and all that. (You can’t fool us — we know boys think about girls too!)

Of course, that’s all MY point of view. In the spirit of the book, I also want to present Nancy’s review of Flipped, which she shared in our Romance theme podcast:

 

So, what are you waiting for? You’ve got two days to read the book (or re-read it) before the movie comes out on Friday!

And also check out this post from Wendelin van Draanen’s blog, where she talks about her trip to visit the movie set during filming. Apparently there were a bunch of coincidences that led to a very magical experience for her. I TOTALLY got teary-eyed reading about it — not to mention even more excited for the upcoming movie! Nancy and I will be seeing it when it opens in New York. How about you?

— Karen

Karen’s first crush was on Chris, a boy who went to her preschool. She used to tell people they were going to get married. But then in elementary school, she shifted her affections to Matt, the boy who stood behind her in line and pulled on her braid. So fickle.

More about Karen »

* UPDATE 8/5/2010: So, I have some good news and some bad news. Which do you want to hear first? Uh, I can’t actually hear your answer, so I’m going to pretend that you said you want the bad news first. Here it is: Turns out that Flipped is only opening in limited release tomorrow, August 6th. According to this awesome movie fansite that I just discovered, the film opens only in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Austin tomorrow. For the rest of us, the wide release date is August 27th. Boo! Cry… But remember I said I have good news too? Well, this just means you have more time to read the book before the movie hits the big screen! Hey, silver linings, people…

Kidsmomo Podcast #19: “Love Is All You Need”

February 16th, 2010 by

First romance, lifelong romance, even anti-romance — we’ve got it all in our latest podcast, all about (you guessed it!) books involving romance. PLUS, how Nancy informed boys she liked them as a kid, and why Karen is single (according to her, at least).

So whether or not you caught the love bug yourself this Valentine’s Day, you can always cuddle up with our podcast:

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  • Stargirl hearts Leo — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Our Romance book picks (Allie Finkle #3 and Flipped)
  • A review from YOU (The Tale of Despereaux)
  • We reveal our literary crushes! Ooh la la!

And in case you missed it, we’ve also got a very BIG announcement: Up until now, we’ve focused on one theme per week. But we’ve heard from the masses (that’s you!) that one week is just not enough to really get into a theme. So from now on, all our themes will be two weeks long. Starting… NOW!

And don’t forget: our next theme is food! (Nom nom nom…) So check out these delicious books involving food and watch this Mystery Book Theater that will definitely get your stomach rumbling!

— Nancy and Karen

Sammy Keyes by Wendelin Van Draanen

October 9th, 2009 by

sammy_keysReviewed by: Helen, age 10, from California

Rating: ★★★★★

okay, have you read Nancy drew?well me too
and I have read this book series and it is also about a girl detective but I think
it is WAY better

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