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Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina
4.20
Mabinty Bangura was born in Sierra Leone. She was an only child and her parents loved her despite the prevailing opinion there that girls were worthle ...more
Nov 05, 2014
Nov 05, 2014
 
The Absolute Value of -1
3.37
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)
3.71
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
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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
3.82
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
 
Bird & Squirrel on Ice
3.88
The unlikely, but highly entertaining, duo of Bird and Squirrel are back for an adventure at the South Pole. They meet some penguins whose existence i ...more
Jan 28, 2015
Jan 28, 2015
 
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
 
Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)
3.91
Cate, Maura, and Tess are sisters - and witches. They must hide their magic for if the priests of Brotherhood found out, they would be put in the insa ...more
Apr 24, 2015
Apr 24, 2015
 
Tangerine
3.62
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
 
Little Bee
3.67
Recommended by a former student. (Thanks, Isabella!)

I really enjoyed this story of an English woman and a young African woman who met two years in the
...more
Mar 30, 2015
Mar 30, 2015
 
Every Breath (Every #1)
4.13
"What if Sherlock Holmes was the boy next door?" (from cover)
Set in Melbourne, Australia. Rachel Watts and her family are forced to move from the coun
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Mar 30, 2015
Mar 30, 2015
 
Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2)
4.16
Book 2 in the series. While I usually think the second book in a series is not as good as the first one, and is usually dull because it's a bridge bet ...more
Apr 28, 2015
Apr 28, 2015
 
The High-Rise Private Eyes #7: The Case of the Baffled Bear
3.58
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
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May 18, 2008
May 18, 2008
 
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
3.76
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
4.17
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
3.82
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
3.85
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
 
Wild Rover No More: Being the Last Recorded Account of the Life & Times of Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack, #12)
4.33
This is the 12th and final book in the Bloody Jack series. As always, Jacky tries so hard to be good and do the right thing, but gets caught up in all ...more
Dec 31, 2014
Jan 06, 2015
 
Sisters' Fate (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #3)
4.16
Conclusion to the series. It was a great series all the way through. Loved the realism of the characters, the unexpected plot twists.
I'll definitely
...more
Apr 29, 2015
Apr 29, 2015
 
Cuts Like a Knife
3.52
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
3.97
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
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May 2008
May 01, 2008
 
Listen to the Wind: the Story of Dr. Greg & Three Cups of Tea
3.99
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
4.32
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
 
Hockey Girl
3.88
Tara and the friends on her softball team are dared by boys in their hockey crazy town to play a “real” sport. The girls decide that hockey would actu ...more
Feb 26, 2013
Feb 26, 2013
 
Red Riding Hood, Superhero: A Graphic Novel
3.66
Part of the series "Far-out fairy tales"
This is a well-told, well-illustrated alternate telling of Little Red Riding Hood. In this version, Red is kno
...more
May 04, 2015
May 04, 2015
 
Midnight Thief (Midnight Thief, #1)
3.70
Debut author Livia Blackburne's "Midnight Thief" is an excellent addition for those who can't get enough fantasy fiction. This is especially true for ...more
Oct 24, 2014
Oct 24, 2014
 
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer
4.18
3.5 stars
This author visited my school earlier this year and she is awesome! She talked with the kids in my writing group and was very engaging and kn
...more
Jun 24, 2015
Jun 24, 2015
 
Lies We Tell Ourselves
4.06
Based on real integration events of the 1960's
Ten black students are being integrated to an all white high school in Virginia. These ten students, fac
...more
Nov 10, 2014
Nov 10, 2014
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