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Muppet Snow White
I understand why this is in juvenile graphic, but really it has way too many Muppet inside jokes (as in, from when The Muppet Show was still on) and a ...more
Dec 26, 2013
Dec 26, 2013
The War within These Walls
Though the illustrations were nice, I didn't think they added anything to the book. The story is compelling enough, and my heart just aches for all th ...more
Jan 10, 2014
Jan 10, 2014
Through Her Eyes
When I was a kid, I loved to curl up with a good ghost story in the summer. Then, I hit my teen years and all that was available was slasher books lik ...more
Apr 28, 2011
Apr 26, 2011
Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #2)
Started off slow, but by the end I was as excited about this one as I was the first book. Excited to see what comes next!
Mar 07, 2014
Feb 15, 2014
Inheritance (The Inheritance Cycle, #4)
I don't enjoy battle scenes, but I am willing to concede that the ones in this book were pretty well done. A fairly good conclusion to the series, but ...more
Dec 06, 2011
Nov 29, 2011
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
I have to say I liked this book a lot more than The Hunger Games, and I will most likely read the next in the series. Unlike the dominant Capital in H ...more
Jun 15, 2011
Jun 01, 2011
Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun
Two complaints about this book (which, by the way is FULL of great ideas). One, it seems to have a slight problem identifying the age of its readers. ...more
Dec 14, 2012
Nov 28, 2012
The Book of Harry Potter Trifles, Trivias and Particularities
I enjoyed answering most of these questions. They "allow" you to go back and look through the books, but I wasn't that devoted. Of course, I got all o ...more
Nov 30, 2013
Nov 26, 2013
Alice in the Country of Clover: Ace of Hearts
My least favorite in the series so far, which is really disappointing because I usually love Ace and I was hoping to get to know him better in this vo ...more
Jul 15, 2013
Jul 16, 2013
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)
Mix Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, and any Roald Dahl book to get Valente's book. Teetering on the edge of YA, this is a story of o ...more
Jul 31, 2011
Jul 28, 2011
My Big Book of Art and Illusion
I plan to use this for a program for the 2013 Summer Reading Program. We'll do some of the examples in the book, watch some of the suggested videos, a ...more
Dec 26, 2013
Dec 26, 2013
Journey Into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures
I originally got this for my son, who wants to be a marine biologist someday. However, the text is a little old for him. We'll still look at the pictu ...more
Mar 06, 2011
Mar 06, 2011
Fake Mustache
I will say I'm a little biased because I just love Tom Angleberger, but this book was hysterical! I recommended our Guys Read group uses this as one o ...more
Apr 18, 2012
Apr 16, 2012
Catherine, Called Birdy
I have to say I loved this all the more having just listened to Calpurnia Tate. They would make a great pairing in a discussion about the role of wome ...more
Feb 24, 2011
Feb 22, 2011
Lincoln's Grave Robbers
This was EXTREMELY readable and fascinating! With Common Core coming up, this would be a great addition to any library. Also, it would be a great disc ...more
Jan 16, 2013
Jan 15, 2013
The Sign of the Beaver
The language is dated, but I enjoyed listening to this on audio. I felt so sad at the end knowing what happened to the Native American populations in ...more
Feb 09, 2011
Feb 10, 2011
Zombies Vs. Unicorns
Who knew I was on Team Unicorn? Don't be fooled by the three-star rating. Many of the stories were five stars, but quite a few fell below expectations ...more
Jan 26, 2011
Jan 10, 2011
The Fault in Our Stars
Funny and heartbreaking at the same time. I can't tell you how many times I teared up and then started laughing. The dialog is very "Dawson's Creek" i ...more
Feb 18, 2012
Feb 16, 2012
The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett
I think this is my favorite in the series so far because of the great mix of humor and social consciousness. I love that each of the kids is really de ...more
Oct 03, 2013
Oct 04, 2013
Was the ending too easy? Maybe. But I've seen other schools take on certain kids as their "mascot," so I can understand how it happens. I really enjoy ...more
Apr 15, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
The Second Life of Abigail Walker
What I really enjoyed about this book was how real Abby seemed. She didn't gain total confidence, she didn't lose a ton of weight, and she hesitated t ...more
Jan 15, 2013
Jan 14, 2013
The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee  (Origami Yoda #3)
This series just keeps getting better and better as the kids are growing and learning for themselves what is right, what is wrong, and what is "normal ...more
Sep 16, 2012
Sep 17, 2012
Syren (Septimus Heap, #5)
These books just keep getting better and better. But they're so complex, I feel like I need to go back and reread the first four to get all the inside ...more
Oct 13, 2009
Oct 14, 2009
Everest: You Decide How to Survive! (The Worst-Case Scenario Ultimate Adventure, #1)
I never was really a fan of Choose Your Own Adventure, but I like that this one gives you the tools you need to make good decisions before you actuall ...more
Aug 22, 2014
Aug 22, 2014
My Favorite Band Does Not Exist
I could only give this book four stars because it had a Scooby-Doo ending (lots of talk and a villain who is "unmasked" and impotent at the end), but ...more
Feb 23, 2012
Feb 19, 2012
Going Bovine
Loved the book, only loved part of the narration on audio. The guy was great as Cameron, but was awful at just about every other character as far as I ...more
Apr 23, 2010
Mar 31, 2010
Darke (Septimus Heap, #6)
I need to go back and read the rest of the series--I'm starting to forget who all of the characters are, and they keep multiplying as the series goes ...more
Jul 10, 2011
Jul 01, 2011
The Odyssey
This was a little choppy for my taste because I'm used to the version with greater details for each mini story within the story. However, I understand ...more
May 29, 2011
May 29, 2011
I felt like I should have liked this book more because it was so well-written, but I couldn't stand the characters. The main character, Luke, is inter ...more
Feb 04, 2010
Jan 26, 2010
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)
Unfortunately, I just can't give this one five stars, despite the hype. A good start to what looks to be a series, but I can't get over the fact that ...more
Oct 08, 2011
Jul 05, 2011
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