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The Hero and the Crown (Damar, #1)
4.23
Just lovely! An old-style fantasy story, written in the early 80's, when it was still new and exciting to have a female dragon-killer as your protagon...more
Sep 26, 2009
Sep 15, 2009
 
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin LutherKing Jr.
4.40
Used this as a writing prompt with third graders during MLK week. We read these big words and thought about Martin's dream. I asked them to write abou...more
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Jan 26, 2010
 
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1)
3.94
Kids love these from grade 3 and up, so I had to see what all the fuss was about. I see the appeal of the heavily illustrated handwritten looking styl...more
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Nov 04, 2009
 
Rules
3.95
Catherine tries to help her autistic younger brother David by making up rules for him to follow. Some of these work, some don't, but mostly they revea...more
Aug 10, 2009
Aug 10, 2009
 
The View from Saturday
3.74
No takers while I was booktalking award winners to 5th grade... well, no students anyway. I took this one home and thoroughly enjoyed it. The four six...more
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Oct 21, 2009
 
How to Scratch a Wombat: Where to Find It . . . What to Feed It . . . Why It Sleeps All Day
3.93
Since reading the webcomic Digger, I have found a new affection for wombats. They are ridiculously adorable creatures. This book, nonfiction companion...more
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May 06, 2009
 
The Swamps of Sleethe: Poems From Beyond the Solar System
3.83
Poems about the dangers of visiting outer space. One review I read recommended it for the budding sci fi fan. Full of dark humor and anagrams. More ap...more
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May 06, 2009
 
People of the Breaking Day
3.50
Second graders are studying Native American tribes. This one is from the perspective of the Wampanoag people. Nice paintings, lots of information, (th...more
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Nov 12, 2009
 
Many Moons
4.11
Found this while shelving one day. It is lovely. Thurber's word choice and repetition crack me up. You can see why Neil Gaiman likes him. I have yet t...more
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Jan 26, 2010
 
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Ramona, #6)
4.08
I realized it was time to revisit Ramona, since I don't think we'd hung out since I was about 8. She is still quite the real person. She makes mistake...more
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Jan 26, 2010
 
Holes (Holes, #1)
3.90
What a strange and lovely book! I would recommend it to any kid (or grown up kid, like me) who's managed to miss it.

For my own internal barometer of...more
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Jun 03, 2009
 
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)
4.20
This is the one that got me hooked on this series. It is full of action and humor and strong friendships.

I listened to it on CD. I don't love the read...more
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Aug 10, 2009
 
Gluskabe and the Four Wishes
4.29
A tale from the Abenaki, one of the tribes the second graders are currently studying. A good example of "be careful what you wish for." Greed is never...more
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Nov 10, 2009
 
Castle Waiting, Vol. 1 (Castle Waiting Omnibus Collection, #1)
3.99
Lots of fairy tale references are woven into the story of Jain, a woman looking for a safe place to raise her new baby and the residents of Castle Wai...more
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Aug 10, 2009
 
The Rough-Face Girl
4.36
A Native American retelling of Cinderella. Pretty illustrations, a more spiritual/fantastic sort of bent to the idea of the prince, and emphasis on pu...more
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Nov 10, 2009
 
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
4.18
I didn't really get into this series with the first book. It seemed a bit too derivative of Harry Potter. Still an interesting take on Greek mythology...more
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Aug 10, 2009
 
The Fortune-Tellers
4.03
A fun story with the feel of a fable and absolutely gorgeous illustrations. A good one for diversity, as it features African characters in a story tha...more
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Nov 04, 2009
 
The Wolves in the Walls
4.06
I read this to 4th grade, just as a book for fun. It is fun to read aloud, but a bit difficult due to the occasional comic-like panels. They seemed to...more
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Sep 14, 2009
 
When You Reach Me
4.07
My meta-plot saturated brain unraveled this one before it even got going, but I think middle grade kids would really get a kick out of the ending. The...more
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Nov 12, 2009
 
If You Decide To Go To The Moon
4.02
Used this as part of an illustrator study on Steven Kellogg with third graders. A fun book to read aloud, though a bit long. I enjoyed the language an...more
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Sep 14, 2009
 
The True Meaning of Smekday
4.15
Started it and was laughing at the creative apocalyptic nature of it and the author's use of language. I will definitely be recommending for 5th grade...more
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Oct 21, 2009
 
Ella Enchanted
3.95
A Cinderella story with a smart and playful heroine. Definitely better than the movie.
Jul 15, 2009
Jul 06, 2009
 
The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1)
4.03
It was amusing and reminiscent of Riordan's Percy Jackson series, but I just didn't make it through this book.
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Jan 06, 2011
 
The Westing Game
4.03
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Jul 06, 2009
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