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Does My Head Look Big In This?
Have you ever had one of those weeks/months/years where no book is able to hold your attention? And you need a good one to break the trend? For me, th...more
Oct 2007
Sep 27, 2007
Promise Not to Tell
Promise Not to Tell is an excellent page-turner with strong character development. The story goes back and forth between spring of 1971 and the fall o...more
Jun 2007
Jun 05, 2007
Peony in Love
4.75 Stars. This is a book that you really have to read a little while to get into. During the first part I thought that it was just going to be a sto...more
Jul 2007
Jul 07, 2007
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
I thought a better subtitle for this book would have been "religious thoughts on nonreligious thoughts on Christian spirituality", but that would prob...more
Jun 2007
Jun 21, 2007
Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon
(Musical pairing: Man on the Moon by R.E.M.)

Let me start by saying that I was not one of those kids who was into space and NASA as a kid. But maybe if...more
Jul 2007
Jul 26, 2007
Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List
3.5 stars. I was excited to read a book with one of the title characters sharing my first name. Unfortunately, I couldn't stand this Naomi until the l...more
Jan 25, 2008
Jan 18, 2008
It's Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet
I wish that I had this book when we first got Seamus because I hadn't been around many dogs and had no idea what he was communicating to me. Victoria...more
Jan 11, 2009
Jan 11, 2009
Front and Center (Dairy Queen, #3)
DJ Schwenk is looking forward to a normal junior year of high school where she can just blend in and play basketball. Unforturtunately, this is not to...more
Jul 09, 2009
Jul 10, 2009
Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)
I've been putting off reading this book for a long time, because I like to ignore any "end of the world" type stuff that is out there because it freak...more
Oct 18, 2008
Oct 18, 2008
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
I really enjoyed this book. It was a very fast read but still had a lot of meat to it. Arnold "Junior" Spirit is living between two worlds-- White and...more
Nov 2007
Nov 08, 2007
That Book Woman
This book ranks right up there with "Tomas and the Library Lady" as a great inspirational librarian story.
Cal is a boy growing up in Appalachia. His...more
Dec 11, 2008
Dec 11, 2008
The Book of Bunny Suicides
Suicide is never funny, unless those who are doing themselves in are cartoon fluffy bunnies. I felt a little guilty laughing at it, but couldn't help...more
Sep 2007
Sep 10, 2007
Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane
Another beautifully illustrated book about jazz for kids. This book is about Jonh Coltrane before he was a star. I really like the way that it emphasi...more
Apr 24, 2008
Apr 24, 2008
The Wolves in the Walls
All of the stars are for the artwork, which is beautiful, dark and uses collage. The story didn't seem all that original to me and despite the picture...more
Jun 2007
Jul 07, 2007
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a delightful story about a young girl name Minli from a fruitless village in China who runs away from home to go...more
Aug 13, 2009
Aug 08, 2009
The Arrival
I just checked this out and can't wait to get it home. It is a wordless book for teens/adults. The pictures are beautiful, they remind me of the ones...more
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Sep 27, 2007
The Graveyard Book
I think that this is the best pick that the Newbery committee has had in a few years. Yes, it is dark and not meant for younger chapter book readers--...more
Mar 25, 2009
Mar 17, 2009
4.5 stars. This book was about to get 5 from me, but I found the end to be a bit preachy.

12-year-old Catherine's little brother David has Autism, and...more
Jun 2007
Jun 06, 2007
What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know (What My Mother Doesn't Know, #2)
Note: If you've read Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, ask yourself-- what would have happened if Peter Hoten had dated Josie Cormier? And then read W...more
Jul 2007
Jul 07, 2007
Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science
Excellent non-fiction book for middle-schoolers. I majored in psychology in college and thought I had learned all that there was to know about Phineas...more
Jul 2007
Jul 26, 2007
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
What if you hit your head at age 17 and couldn't remember past the 6th grade? Your dad comes to the hospital, but not your mom. You don't remember tha...more
May 06, 2008
Jan 16, 2008
True Believer (Make Lemonade, #2)
The other day I was weeding in the YAPBs and the cover of Make Lemonade stuck out to me. I'm so glad I decided not to weed the sequel either. True bel...more
Feb 06, 2008
Feb 05, 2008
Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to Email, the Tangled Story of English Spelling
I'm divided on this book. On the positive side, the topic of the history of the English language and its orthography (that's fancy for spelling) was r...more
Nov 16, 2008
Nov 06, 2008
The Dead and the Gone (Last Survivors, #2)
Even better than Life As We Knew it, the companion novel, in my opinion. In The Dead and the Gone, the worldwide catastrophe that results when the moo...more
Oct 28, 2008
Oct 18, 2008
The Impossible Patriotism Project
When Caleb's teacher gives his class the assignment to come up with a display for parents' night on "Patriotism" Caleb can't think of anything. His cl...more
May 23, 2008
May 23, 2008
Chains (Seeds of America, #1)
Once again Laurie Halse Anderson has delivered a great story. This is the first historical fiction of hers that I have read, and I can say that althou...more
Mar 29, 2009
Feb 27, 2009
The Patron Saint of Butterflies
Agnes and Honey have grown up as best friends, practically sisters, in a strict religious commune in Connecticut. But while Agnes strives to be saint-...more
Jun 17, 2008
Jun 15, 2008
The Fran That Time Forgot (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist, #4)
If I were 8 years old, I probably would have given this 5 stars. Franny K. Stein lives in an ordinary house, with an ordinary family. But she is not a...more
Sep 17, 2008
Sep 17, 2008
The Milk Memos: How Real Moms Learned to Mix Business with Babies-and How You Can, Too
Last year, I only went into the storage closet at my work occasionally. Now, I spend about 40+ minutes in there daily pumping milk for my son. I am th...more
May 22, 2010
May 14, 2010
Suite Française
Have you ever had the experience of being in the middle of a series of books, needing to find out what happens next, and then finding that your librar...more
Jan 02, 2009
Dec 20, 2008
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