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The Absolute Value of -1
3.39
Lily, Noah, and Simon are a dysfunctional group of friends. It's made even more awkward in that Lily likes Simon but Noah likes Lily. They have a very...more
Nov 29, 2010
Nov 29, 2010
 
Defy (Defy, #1)
3.64
As a debut novel, Defy is quite compelling. When her parents are killed by a sorcerers fire, Alexa disguises herself as a boy (calling herself Alex) a...more
Jun 03, 2014
Jun 03, 2014
 
The Wicked and the Just
3.64
3.5 stars
Set in 1293-1294
Cecily and her father move from England to Wales. They do this so that her father can get land and peerage that would not be...more
Sep 15, 2012
Sep 15, 2012
 
My Bonny Light Horseman: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, in Love and War (Bloody Jack, #6)
4.24
Irrepressible Jacky Faber is back in her 6th book. Now she has been captured and beheaded by the French. Somehow she overcomes that and is being sent...more
Mar 07, 2011
Mar 07, 2011
 
SMASH: Trial by Fire
3.90
Andrew has always looked up to superhero, Defender, even dressing up as him on Halloween. When Defender is defeated by archenemy Magus, Andrew is inad...more
May 13, 2014
May 13, 2014
 
The Financial Lives of the Poets
3.68
Matt was a newspaper journalist. He quit his job to start a financial/poetry website business called "poetfolio.com". Unfortunately, it didn't do very...more
Mar 03, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
 
Tangerine
3.63
3.5 stars

Paul wears really thick glasses and is bit of a nerd, but he is also a really fabulous soccer goalie. When he and his family move from TX to...more
Nov 23, 2010
Nov 23, 2010
 
The High-Rise Private Eyes #7: The Case of the Baffled Bear
3.56
CIP: Bunny and Jack, animal detectives, take a break from playing cards to look for Bernard Bear's missing messenger whistle.

Review: There is a lot of...more
May 18, 2008
May 18, 2008
 
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
3.77
The cover on this book is very cool - it glows in the dark! And is a picture of books on bookshelves. Very clever, and definitely wouldn't be the same...more
Feb 07, 2014
Feb 07, 2014
 
Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World
4.12
CIP: none
Summary: a biography of 26 inspiring women from A to Z.

Review: This book is an amazing collection of biographies about fabulous women from Am...more
May 18, 2008
Apr 29, 2008
 
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
3.81
I'm a sap, I admit it. It made me cry. Not because it is so well-written, but because I cannot bear to think about saying goodbye to my cat when she g...more
Mar 31, 2009
Mar 29, 2009
 
Coaltown Jesus
3.84
Novel in verse
Walker's troubled older brother, Noah, has died leaving Walker and his mom both guilty and grieving. When Walker's off the cuff prayer a...more
Dec 31, 2013
Jan 03, 2014
 
Cuts Like a Knife
3.40
Daniel and Mac are best friends. Daniel also has a crush on Mac, which complicates things slightly, but not uncomfortably so. Mac has been having a ro...more
Jun 04, 2012
Jun 04, 2012
 
The Cucuy Stole My Cascarones/El Coco Me Rob Los Cascarones
4.00
This bilingual (Spanish/English) picture book tells the story of Roberto. He and his mother have filled 30 dozen hollow eggs with confetti and decorat...more
Feb 11, 2014
Feb 11, 2014
 
All The Way to Lhasa: A Tale from Tibet
4.03
CIP: A boy and his yak persevere along the difficult way to the holy city of Lhasa and succeed where others fail.

Review: Gorgeous illustrations, with...more
May 2008
May 01, 2008
 
Listen to the Wind: the Story of Dr. Greg & Three Cups of Tea
4.01
Absolutely love the collage style of illustration. It makes for beautiful pictures and works well with the story - especially with the extra tidbits g...more
May 02, 2009
May 02, 2009
 
Louhi, Witch of North Farm
4.21
CIP: Louhi's plan to steal the sun and moon backfires when the gods learn of her mischievous scheme.

Review: Written in a verse style, yet with flowing...more
May 09, 2008
May 09, 2008
 
Sorry You're Lost
3.74
Written more for a 6th-8th grade level but a competent 5th grader would be fine. There is no cursing or sexual content - but it is more intense than t...more
Jun 03, 2014
Jun 03, 2014
 
Tesla's Attic (Accelerati, #1)
3.96
Co-written by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman, this is the first book in a series - likely a trilogy - called The Accelerati.

Nick, his younger brother...more
Apr 08, 2014
Apr 08, 2014
 
Revolution
4.05
I was prepared for this book to be so-so because I have heard so many mixed reviews of A Northern Light. However, I was riveted by this one. It is a f...more
Jun 16, 2011
Jun 16, 2011
 
The Negro Leagues' Integration Era
4.00
I was shocked to learn that baseball used to be integrated in the 1800's but then became segregated until the mid 1940's. A sad reflection on our past...more
Dec 18, 2012
Dec 18, 2012
 
Other Words for Love
3.86
Ari doesn't feel like she fits in anywhere. She is overlooked at her high school and outshone by her best friend Summer when they go out. She also has...more
Mar 25, 2011
Mar 25, 2011
 
City of Light, City of Dark
Avi
3.40
This is a reprint of the 1993 graphic novel by Avi and Floca to celebrate it's 20th anniversary.
It is unknown to most people that the city of New Yor...more
Jan 09, 2014
Jan 09, 2014
 
Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage
4.08
This is the 25th year after the original publication date, so it has been re-issued with a new foreword by the author. Black Indians appear to be one...more
May 10, 2012
May 10, 2012
 
Korematsu V. the United States: World War II Japanese-American Internment Camps
3.00
Fred Korematsu was an American citizen of Japanese descent living in California when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. Early in 1942, the Amer...more
Apr 10, 2013
Apr 10, 2013
 
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece
4.02
Jamie barely remembers his sister Rose. Actually, he isn't sure that he remembers her at all, except that she has been immortalized within the family...more
Oct 29, 2012
Oct 29, 2012
 
Faith: Five Religions and What They Share
3.95
The purpose of this book is to take a basic look at Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism to see what they all share, to find common th...more
Jun 13, 2012
Jun 13, 2012
 
The Selection (The Selection, #1)
4.14
OK, I confess I was both intrigued and horrified by the frou-frou dress on the front cover of this book. I sure am glad that I went with the former fe...more
Nov 19, 2012
Nov 19, 2012
 
My Mother the Cheerleader
3.58
The title of this book makes it seem as if it is going to be some vapid chick-lit book. It definitely is not. The story is set in the 9th ward of New...more
May 14, 2011
May 14, 2011
 
The Summer Before Boys
3.59
Julia and Eliza have been best friends for forever. Oddly enough, they are also aunt and niece even though they are the same age. When Julia's mom is...more
Aug 26, 2012
Aug 26, 2012
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