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Reviews:
Affinity by J.N. Williamson
Ashenden or the British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham
At Play in the Fields of the Lord by Peter Matthessen
Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis
To Bathe in Lightning by Anne Gay
The Bird Shaman's Girl by Judith Moffett
Birthday Card, Where Are You? by Harriet Ziefert
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell Bleach 4 by Tite Kubo
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Carnival Prize by David A Adler
Chain Letter by Christopher Pike
Class President by Johanna Hurwitz
The Diamond Shadow by Fred Chappell
Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett
Fortunately by Remy Charlip
The Great Ringtail Garbage Caper by Timothy Foote
Honesty: Zach's Tall Tale by Shelagh Canning
Journey to the Orange Islands by Tracey West
Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems
Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen
M is for Malice by Sue Grafton
The Mysterious Island (Secrets of Droon 3) by Tony Abbott
Mystery of the Moaning Cave by William Arden
National Velvet by Enid Bagnold
The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
The Recreation Room by Albert E. Cowdrey
Responsibility: Annie Shows Off by Shelagh Canning
Seeing a Large Cat by Elizabeth Peters
Sock at Work by Shelagh Canning
The Star to Every Wandering Barque by James Stoddard
Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O'Connell Thundershock in Pummelo Stadium by Tracey West
Zombies of the Gene Pool by Sharyn McCrumb

Nanowrimo
Thoughts on Writing
Thoughts on Stereotypes
Finished on a Cliffhanger

Miscellaneous
Blogging Rituals
The Butt Ugly 1970s
Car Keys
Change of Plans
Harriet's Crib
The Long Drive Home
Mount Diablo and My Inner Surveyor
Reading Bones
Saturday
Spider-man 3
A Visit

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Responsibility: Annie Shows Off

Annie Shows OffResponsibility: Annie Shows Off: 11/14/07

Annie Shows Off is another story based on a 1996 PBS series called Adventures from the Book of Virtues. I am glad I didn't have the entire collection to read through.

In this book, Annie and Zach need to learn to take responsibility for their actions. They also need a serious grounding.

Annie's mother is a single parent trying to provide a good home for her daughter. She runs a bakery and has scraped together enough money to buy Annie a well needed new bike. To help out, Annie is asked to make a few deliveries on her new bike. Annie and Zach though decided to go racing in the mountains instead. Cakes and bike are ruined in the process and Annie nearly kills herself.

Annie and Zach get a lesson in responsibility from their oddly named forest friends. They use the myth of Daedalus and Icarus to teach them to take responsibility for their actions.

Happy to have learned a new life lesson, Annie and Zach go home to tell Annie's mother the truth. She happily drops everything to rebake all the cakes (plus one for the forest friends!). What about the heart break and frustration she must be feeling?

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