Mini Reviews ~ Most Dangerous & A Monster Calls

Posted September 11, 2017 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Reviews / 23 Comments

Mini Reviews ~ Most Dangerous & A Monster CallsMost Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin
Published by Roaring Brook Press on September 22nd 2015
Genres: Non Fiction
Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
5 Stars

From Steve Sheinkin, the award-winning author of The Port Chicago 50 and Bomb comes a tense, exciting exploration of what the Times deemed "the greatest story of the century": how Daniel Ellsberg transformed from obscure government analyst into "the most dangerous man in America," and risked everything to expose the government's deceit. On June 13, 1971, the front page of the New York Times announced the existence of a 7,000-page collection of documents containing a secret history of the Vietnam War. Known as The Pentagon Papers, these documents had been comissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. Chronicling every action the government had taken in the Vietnam War, they revealed a pattern of deception spanning over twenty years and four presidencies, and forever changed the relationship between American citizens and the politicans claiming to represent their interests. A provocative book that interrogates the meanings of patriotism, freedom, and integrity, Most Dangerous further establishes Steve Sheinkin as a leader in children's nonfiction.


I had this book on my wishlist because of AJ over Read All the Things! I found the subject of the book – Daniel Ellsberg and him releasing the Pentagon Papers which was a 7,000 page top secret document on the Vietnam war – very interesting. A lot of that has to do with my dad was drafted into the war when he was 19. I really wanted to understand more about the war because I am horrible with my history. I listened to this one and it was a fabulous audio. I couldn’t stop listening. Even though this was non fiction it was almost told in a more story-like fashion. I was also horrified by a lot of what happened and how there were so many lies. It also had me talking to my dad about the war more than I ever had and I liked hearing his stories. I suggest this one if you are at all intrigued by the blurb and the audio route is a great way to go.

Mini Reviews ~ Most Dangerous & A Monster CallsA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Jim Kay, Siobhan Dowd
Published by Walker Books on September 27th 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 216
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
5 Stars

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.


This was a book I knew I had to read because everyone loved it. Plus the illustrations looked amazing. I am so glad it was one of the books picked in the Make Me Read It readathon for me. I really enjoyed the whole expierence of reading the book because of the story and the illustrations. It was so emotional and man did I have the tears. I knew I would have tears going in and sometimes that makes me not cry but not this time. Nope there was lots of crying. Still, it was just a beautiful book that I think everyone should read.

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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23 responses to “Mini Reviews ~ Most Dangerous & A Monster Calls

  1. That’s awesome that you were able to learn more about history and something that’s deeply connected to your dad. I need to make more of an effort to read more non-fiction. I feel like I’m missing out on so much.

    I’ve had A Monster Calls for ages, but I’m too scared to read it. One of these days, I’ll get to it, but I’ll make sure to be prepared first!
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