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The Out-of-sync Child - Carol Stock Kranowitz (Paperback)

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The Out-of-sync Child - Carol Stock Kranowitz (Paperback)
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197
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R 250
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The best book to help understand SPD

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This book truly helped me to understand this disorder as it can easily be overlooked or labelled as something else. Every teacher and all people who works with children should read this book at least once.. There are so many children that are misunderstood that are actually struggling with this. Truly a remarkable book!

Vampyre - John William Polidori (Paperback)

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Vampyre - John William Polidori (Paperback)
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31

Pamphlet

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The story was good. My rating is for the presentation. Paperback is a slight exaggeration. It is actually a fold out pamphlet! A bit disappointing to say the least.

You're Making Me Hate You - Corey Taylor (Paperback)

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You're Making Me Hate You - Corey Taylor (Paperback)
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197

awesome

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Great book

The Old Man and the Boy - Robert Ruark (Paperback)

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The Old Man and the Boy - Robert Ruark (Paperback)
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233

The Old Man & The Boy - Robert Ruark

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Brilliant - a must for every Parent !

John Petrucci Rock Discipline - John Petrucci (Hardcover)

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John Petrucci Rock Discipline - John Petrucci (Hardcover)
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613

Shredding tips from the Guru himself

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Highly recommended for any guitar player!

Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle (Paperback)

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Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle (Paperback)
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166
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R 215
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The best thing anybody can do for anybody, including their self.

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Completely life changing book. The most important read anybody could lay their eyes on. VERY worth the purchase. Free PDF and Audiobook is available on Google, but this hand held book is great for sharing with less tech-savvy friends and family!

Hate U Give - Angie Thomas (Paperback)

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Hate U Give - Angie Thomas (Paperback)
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116

My top pick of 2017 so far!

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Review also appears on my book blog, The Book Fairy's Haven (http://bookfairyhaven.blogspot.co.za/2017/05/book-review-hate-u-give-by-angie-thomas.html)

There are going to be a lot of people who will use the following words when recommending this book to you: “If you only read one book this year, make sure it’s this one.”

My advice to you? Listen to them (because I’m echoing their sentiment right now, and as a reader and reviewer who generally eschews reading a book because of hype, that’s definitely saying something).

We may only be a few months into 2017, but I’m pretty convinced that this book will be on every bookseller and reader’s best of 2017 list, and for a very good reason.

The Hate U Give is simply brilliant. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this novel is not just a profoundly important novel providing social commentary on race, but it’s also one that raises the black community’s voice loud and proud by providing a marginalised community with an authentically black, vocal and strong female voice – one that we don’t see nearly enough of in fiction.

The story revolves around 16-year old Starr who is the only witness when her unarmed best friend is shot by a white police officer.

“Once upon a time there was a hazel-eyed boy with dimples. I called him Khalil. The world called him a thug. He lived, but not nearly long enough, and for the rest of my life I'll remember how he died.”

It’s a novel that sums up what it’s like for black communities to constantly deal with the systematic, insidious and hate-fuelled oppression they’ve been dealing with since the dawn of civilisation, and it’s one that I’m fairly sure will be eye-opening to many, even those who consider themselves the staunchest Black Lives Matter allies.

And if you’re wondering if there is a novel out there that can uplift black voices without demonising others (the way SOME white authors do), then The Hate U Give is a shining example of how to unpack issues of racial injustice, prejudice and oppression without spreading the message that hatred as a response is the go-to answer.

Oh, don’t get me wrong, hatred and anger at years of police brutality, racial profiling and discrimination is more than justified.

In fact, that is a bona fide response of black communities telling you that they’re sick of your racist garbage and one that we should never ever get to dictate, so even if that was evident in this book, my response would still be the same.

Justified. Justified. Justified.

We don’t get to police how they respond to their lived experiences, given the fact that a system of oppression has already done that for centuries.

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”

My point is that Thomas doesn’t villify an entire race the way media and police officers tend to do through racial profiling.

And for every person who whines about how Blue Lives Matter and how this book is a tool for invalidating the work police officers do, one of the heroes in the story is a black police officer with a complex story, so do take your naysaying somewhere else.

Also, The Hate U Give is not without its visceral and real response to injustice. There is valid anger. There is heartache. There is frustration and there are fighting and riots.

This book speaks of a world of pain and anger and clearly shows that there is still a long way to go in order for black people to be regarded as human and for them to not be at the mercy of a judicial system that constantly fails them.

“The truth casts a shadow over the kitchen—people like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right. Maybe.”

The wonderful and remarkable thing about this book is that it’s not without hope. It’s also not just a book that was written for a cause.

There are heart-warming and laugh-out-loud moments as you get to know the characters that dominate Starr’s world and life. Her relationship with her family and friends are solid and, at times, downright hilarious.

The interactions are well-drawn out and show that these are people who not only stand by each other in spite of past mistakes, but who support each other no matter what.

The community support in the neighbourhood Starr resides in is pretty phenomenal. Although there are residual tensions and gang violence, Angie Thomas manages to convey a strong bond and sense of community despite the problems they’re all facing.

She’s also matter of fact about the gang rivalry that plagues the neighbourhoods and expertly juxtapositions the struggle that Starr faces as she tries to balance the world she lives in with the separate life she leads when she attends her upmarket school (where most of her friends and the students are white).

When she witnesses the shooting, the trauma and fear that follows is pretty gut-wrenching to read. Post-shooting Starr is a nervous wreck and afraid to speak out. And who could blame her? When has speaking up and demanding justice ever gotten them anywhere?

But as the story progresses and the media starts twisting the image of Khalil into that of a nothing but a thug, Starr finds herself wanting to make a difference, regardless of the consequences.

There are so many layers to the book that I wish I could unpack, but I think that’s very much up to the reader to experience it. What I can say is that The Hate U Give is a wakeup call for people who are blind to issues of racial injustice.

It’s educational, empowering, heartbreaking and speaks up loudly for an ignored, ill-treated and maligned community simply longing to be heard and to be viewed as equal humans.

Most importantly though, it’s a book about finding your voice and finding the light in a world where people simply put out the light without your permission.

Read it. It will change your life.

It changed mine profoundly

P.S. There is a reason this book is called The Hate U Give. Look out for some of the pop culture references in the book and you’ll discover just how apt this title is.

How to Win Friends & Influence People - Dale Carnegie (Hardcover)

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How to Win Friends & Influence People - Dale Carnegie (Hardcover)
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73
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R 120
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This is not a book, it's a booklet

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I expected to receive a proper book, but instead this is a 5x5cm booklet with a very summarised version of this book. Not impressed, at least not what I expected​.

Botanical Drawing Using Graphite and Coloured Pencils - Sue Vize (Paperback)

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Botanical Drawing Using Graphite and Coloured Pencils - Sue Vize (Paperback)
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357

A very informatively book!

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I am a drawing beginner and never thought I would be able to ever draw. This book has got so much good instructive details e.g., how to see shapes (in plants especially), how to see shadows and it also include very useful colour mixing information!

Definitely a must buy and I would recommend to intermediate drawers/coloured pencils artists!

Ready Player One - Ernest Cline (Paperback)

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Ready Player One - Ernest Cline (Paperback)
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151
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R 205
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Fast paced, well written

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This is one of my favourite books of 2016. As an 80's kid, I really enjoyed all the references to the games, music and books of that era, but I don't think one needs to be of my generation to enjoy it.

The author imagines a dystopian future where most of humanity escapes the daily realities through the OASIS, an MMORPG accessed through a 3D visor which allows full immersion. Everything from business through socialisation to gaming is conducted in the OASIS. The story centers on a challenge to find an "easter egg" inside the OASIS, told in a first person mode by Wade Watts, one of the players in the challenge.

The story is fast paced, moving at a great pace but still allows for good character development and real immersion in the world that is created. I can highly recommend it as a bit of fun, escapist fiction that will still make you think.

The Soul of Ancient Egypt - Robert Bauval (Paperback)

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The Soul of Ancient Egypt - Robert Bauval (Paperback)
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221

Sad

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I have never read a book by Bauval and purchased it with anticipation. This book is advertised as a spiritual journey in Egypt. What it is, is a schoolish superficial general history of Egypt. Absolutely dissapointing! Do not waste your money!

Assassination Classroom, Vol. 1 - Yusei Matsui (Paperback)

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Assassination Classroom, Vol. 1 - Yusei Matsui (Paperback)
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117
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R 160
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Great story

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Really nice artwork and story, I can't wait to get the next few volumes.

Flowers in the Attic - V. C. Andrews (Paperback)

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Flowers in the Attic - V. C. Andrews (Paperback)
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98

WOW :D

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This book is simply breathtaking. Exquisitely written giving such depth to the characters, their emotions and situations. I could not get enough of this book. Absolutely loved it :D

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond - Ajahn Brahm (Paperback)

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Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond - Ajahn Brahm (Paperback)
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221

Good meditation

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If you are serious about meditation, this book is a must for you.
Follow Ajahn Brahm's instructions carefully and work through this book slowly.
Do not read the whole book at once. Read as you progress through the various stages of meditation, and careful patience will give you the results to achieve a wonderful meditation practice.
It will be helpful to watch his Youtube videos as well.
His other books are also recommended.
May all beings be happy.

Firebrand - Kristen Britain (Hardcover)

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Firebrand - Kristen Britain (Hardcover)
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356

A great read

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If you were as disappointed with the previous book as I was, you probably are wondering if you should buy this book. I'm glad to be able to say that this book is a return to form and reminds me of the first three books in the series, especially book two. Buy it, read it, it's worth the effort.
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