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The Pirate Captain's Daughter
3.05
it was ok
I was drawn to this book because I love Eve Bunting for her children's picture books. She writes about interesting and sometimes hard circumstances wi ...more
May 21, 2011
May 21, 2011
 
Molly's Pilgrim
4.03
really liked it
I don’t usually review picture books, but this is a classic Thanksgiving story perfect for many different ages. Molly and her family are immigrants in ...more
Nov 13, 2011
Nov 13, 2011
 
The Quilt Walk
3.88
liked it
When Emmy Blue’s father announces his plan to move his family to the mountains of Colorado, Emmy looks forward to the adventure. The Wild West sounds ...more
Feb 24, 2013
Feb 24, 2013
 
Boston Jane: An Adventure (Boston Jane, #1)
4.00
really liked it
I was skeptical about this one, but was pleasantly surprised. It was one of those cases where I came home from the library with twelve books, because ...more
Jul 17, 2009
Jul 17, 2009
 
Love Disguised
3.10
really liked it
In a story reminiscent of Shakespeare’s own plays, Love Disguised invents what might have happened during Shakespeare’s Lost Years. A young Will Shake ...more
Dec 11, 2013
Dec 11, 2013
 
Annie, Between the States
4.10
liked it
This really is excellent historical fiction and deserves 4 stars for the depth of history. However, I felt the story was a little slow, especially at ...more
Sep 15, 2013
Sep 15, 2013
 
The Book Thief
4.36
it was amazing
Each time I finish The Book Thief (in tears), I conclude it is one of the most beautiful books ever written. Markus Zusak writes about the dark time o ...more
Oct 23, 2011
Oct 23, 2011
 
The Hired Girl
3.97
really liked it
Joan is an intelligent, motivated girl, trapped in a life of drudgery and manual labor on her family farm. Oppressed by a domineering father who can’t ...more
Feb 12, 2016
Feb 12, 2016
 
The Joys of Love
3.51
it was ok
Madeleine L'Engle is one of my favorite writers. She creates full characters, interesting plots, and meaningful themes. Although I wasn't impressed wi ...more
May 02, 2011
May 02, 2011
 
Wilderness Days (Boston Jane, #2)
4.15
really liked it
**spoiler alert** Again, an engaging read with enjoyable characters, but nothing deep or meaningful. I enjoy a little more period detail and education ...more
Jul 2009
Aug 02, 2009
 
The Lake House
4.04
liked it
Kate Morton creates excellent mysteries with unpredictable endings. Her storylines always seem to parallel one another only to intertwine in surprisin ...more
Feb 09, 2016
Sep 29, 2015
 
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
3.67
liked it
Life for Homer Figg has never been easy, but his older brother Harold protects him from their ruthless guardian. However, when Harold is sold to the U ...more
Feb 20, 2014
Feb 20, 2014
 
The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
4.20
really liked it
Children’s Historical Fiction

Tags--newbery honor

One night in 1242, travelers at a French Inn swap stories around the fire. Together, they tell the sto
...more
Mar 05, 2017
Mar 05, 2017
 
Boston Jacky: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Taking Care of Business (Bloody Jack, #11)
4.01
it was ok
**spoiler alert** I am really torn on my rating for this one, but I think I can't give this book above 1.5 stars.

At one time, Jacky Faber was my favo
...more
Nov 04, 2015
Nov 05, 2015
 
The Breadwinner (The Breadwinner, #1)
3.93
liked it
Rating 3.5 stars--eye-opening read, but hard for some of the age group it is geared toward. I would recommend a family reading and discussion.

Eleven-y
...more
Jul 10, 2016
Jul 17, 2016
 
The Wednesday Wars
4.06
it was amazing
It is 1967 and life for Holling Hoodhood is hard. As if Vietnam and the Civil Rights movement aren’t enough to worry about, Holling’s seventh grade te ...more
Jun 2014
Jun 01, 2014
 
Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2)
4.15
really liked it
Although the convent of St. Mortain offered her refuge in a time of grief and despair, Sybella feels betrayed when the abbess orders her back to the l ...more
Dec 16, 2014
Dec 16, 2014
 
Newt's Emerald
3.64
really liked it
Such a fun read at just the right time for me, I would probably give it 4.5 stars. However, it lacks depth and world changing potential so it can't be ...more
Jan 28, 2016
Jan 31, 2016
 
Trouble
3.89
really liked it
Henry Smith's father always says if you build your house far away from Trouble, then Trouble will never find you. But when Henry's older brother Frank ...more
Aug 02, 2015
Aug 05, 2015
 
Death Coming Up the Hill
4.22
really liked it
I'm really torn on my star rating for this one. The writing is excellent and haiku such an interesting approach. Also, the difficult topics are dealt ...more
Jun 11, 2015
Jun 11, 2015
 
Making Friends with Billy Wong
3.88
liked it
Children’s Historical Fiction

Azalea feels her summer is ruined when she is sent to Paris Junction, Arkansas, to help take care of her Grandma Clark. G
...more
Oct 07, 2016
Oct 15, 2016
 
Icefall
3.98
it was amazing
I didn’t have high expectations when I started this book (I teased Michael that you can't expect much from a Utah State graduate), but I was pleasantl ...more
Aug 12, 2012
Aug 12, 2012
 
Dodger
3.90
it was amazing
I enjoyed this book more than any I have read in a while. However, I don't know how many could fully appreciate it. Dodger is an alternate history of ...more
Feb 03, 2013
Feb 03, 2013
 
Moon Over Manifest
4.02
really liked it
In the midst of the Great Depression, Abilene Tucker’s father sends her to live in the town of his youth, Manifest, Kansas. Abilene immediately begins ...more
Feb 12, 2012
Feb 12, 2012
 
Fever 1793
3.89
liked it
Fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook enjoys the bustle and energy of Philadelphia in 1763. The Nation’s capital is filled with people and Mattie has great am ...more
Mar 05, 2012
Mar 05, 2012
 
Uprising
4.17
really liked it
Bella, Yetta, and Jane are three very different girls, but they are each fighting for freedom. Bella, newly arrived from Italy, is fighting to be free ...more
Feb 22, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
 
The Dragonfly Pool
3.98
liked it
When World War II threatens the people of London, Tally’s father and her aunts insist that she attend a boarding school in the country. Tally does not ...more
May 02, 2012
May 02, 2012
 
Navigating Early
4.03
it was amazing
When thirteen-year-old John Baker enters Morton Hill Academy for Boys, he feels lost. He has lost his mother, his life-long home in Kansas, and his se ...more
Apr 11, 2013
Apr 11, 2013
 
Troubadour
3.32
liked it
When young Elinor’s parents insist she marry a much older man, Elinor runs away and becomes a troubadour—a traveling poet and minstrel. However, thirt ...more
Jan 04, 2012
Jan 04, 2012
 
The Other Countess (The Lacey Chronicles, #1)
3.88
really liked it

Lady Eleanor Rodriguez, Countess of San Jaime, holds a title but no wealth. Instead, she leads a precarious life following her alchemist father from c
...more
Apr 14, 2013
Apr 14, 2013
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