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How Mirka Got Her Sword (Hereville #1)
I'll admit it; I don't usually read graphic novels. I have trouble following the flow of the speech bubbles and they make me feel like an old person. ...more
not set
Oct 19, 2012
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
In places this book is gorgeous and full of wonder, and you think, 'oh, my kid would like to read this.' And then, it's brutal and fearful and horribl ...more
Jun 26, 2013
Jun 27, 2013
The Betrayal of Maggie Blair
At first I thought this might be yet another run of the mill 'persecuted-for-witchcraft' tale. How glad I am that there's more to it than that!

Nov 05, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
The Tofu Quilt
An absolutely lovely peek into the universal world of a young person discovering her self.
May 23, 2010
May 20, 2010
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Calpurnia Tate, #1)
Four-point-five, because the ending felt too quick --

Really, really good for a first novel.

Calpurnia is a very likable and real character. She spends
Sep 17, 2011
Sep 17, 2011
The Green Glass Sea (Green Glass #1)
The opening of this book is so fascinating -- An 11 year old girl awaits her father whom she hasn't seen for months, only to be met by a stranger who ...more
Oct 25, 2009
Oct 12, 2009
The True Meaning of Smekday
Acck. I wrote a review of this book, but the computer ate it. (It must be part Boov.)

Reading again, this time out loud with the kiddo. Laughing so muc
Aug 02, 2008
Jul 28, 2008
The Inside Story (The Sisters Grimm, #8)

Michael Buckley has finally written Sisters Grimm number 8! We saw it at the library as it was being unpacked from its shipment and the
May 24, 2010
May 11, 2010
Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl
Pinkwater. Every few books should be a Pinkwater. Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl did not disappoint. Bonus references to the 2000 year old man and ...more
Apr 09, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
Love and Other Perishable Items
Loved this book but so severely annoyed about the boy. He is a jerk and utterly and completely undeserving of Amelia's adoration. (As first crushes of ...more
Feb 2014
Jan 23, 2014
Elisa is a real and wonderful character, the kind of kid you hope your own child will find and befriend. Kephart gives Elisa a strong and magical conn ...more
Dec 31, 2008
Dec 31, 2008
First Test (Protector of the Small, #1)
Okay, so I totally forgot about the gruesome scene towards the beginning, in which the human-sized spidren (big spider with a person's head) eats a ba ...more
Oct 22, 2008
Sep 21, 2008
Itch is both believable and likable as an almost pre-teen finding her way in a new town. I enjoyed this story for the author's skill in accurately por ...more
Apr 27, 2009
Apr 27, 2009
Out of the Wild (Into the Wild, #2)
Really 2.5 stars.

A look at what might happen if the realm of fairy tales was real and wanted to be in control of all of us. The way the main conflict
Sep 07, 2009
Sep 07, 2009
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
So happy to be reading this sequel to Hunger Games!

Compelling from beginning to end. Wrenching. Katniss, Gale, and Haymitch are real and you cannot he
Dec 19, 2009
Dec 16, 2009
Sea Change
Fascinating and original, breathtaking, cruel, gross, mysterious and sad. Misleadingly reviewed as a tale of an unloved young girl and her beloved kra ...more
Aug 31, 2013
Jul 18, 2013
Alphabet of Thorn
Recommended by wonderful Deborah!

The first few chapters are eerily similar to Nix's Lirael, Daughter of the Clayr (a personal favorite). have to check
Mar 22, 2010
Mar 15, 2010
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
The reader on this audio is beyond perfect. I am riveted. Curse my short commute, I want to lean my head back and just listen.
May 05, 2014
Mar 30, 2014
The Heroines: A Novel
This book is So. Much. Fun. :)

Four and a half stars! This could have been just gimmicky, but Favorite takes the idea and really makes it work. I did s
May 23, 2010
May 20, 2010
First Light
First Light is a creative little gem that delivers hope and satisfaction. I know many kids on the cusp of teenage-dom who would eat this up. Personall ...more
Oct 05, 2012
Oct 08, 2012
A Crooked Kind of Perfect
A story with depth and feeling and imperfect characters. Very enjoyable! Zoey is a great kid who puts up with her quirky and unavailable parents witho ...more
Oct 10, 2008
Oct 10, 2008
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Mockingjay! Mockingjay! Mockingjay!

I came into my office and found it in my inbox. Thank you, Children's room staff!

Incredible. Eight stars, even thou
Sep 02, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Masterful. The writing draws you in immediately. I was sobbing for Prim and Katniss by page 23.
Sep 18, 2009
Sep 03, 2009
To Kill a Mockingbird
It's easy to see why people keep reading this book.
May 20, 2012
May 17, 2012
Zita the Spacegirl (Zita the Spacegirl, #1)
Delightful. Love and Super-love!
Jan 26, 2013
Jan 26, 2013
Savvy (Savvy, #1)
Mar 29, 2009
May 29, 2009
Caleb's Crossing
Aug 23, 2012
Aug 09, 2012
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