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Dani Noir
This is, hands-down, the best middle grade book I've read since I was *in* middle school. Nova is the next Paula Danziger!

Dani is the most REAL 13-yea
Apr 21, 2009
Jan 02, 2009
The Dangerous Book for Boys
This is the Books of Knowledge and American Boys' Handy Book rolled into one and updated for the modern age.
Dec 27, 2007
Jun 06, 2007
Removed (The Nogiku Series, #1)
I read an early draft of REMOVED and absolutely LOVED it. I'm so excited for its release!
Feb 2012
Aug 22, 2013
Farmer Boy (Little House, #3)
I read this book aloud to Sammy, my first time reading it in at least a dozen years (maybe two!), and I was struck by how remarkably well-written it i ...more
Nov 2008
Dec 02, 2008
A Study in Scarlet  (Sherlock Holmes, #1)
After reading the first Sherlock Holmes story, I honestly cannot believe that he ever became a household name. The parts of the story that are narrate ...more
Apr 18, 2012
Apr 20, 2012
Weetzie Bat (Weetzie Bat, #1)
This book baffled me. I can't for the life of me figure out if I liked it.
Mar 19, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
Me & Jack
Me & Jack is a charming coming-of-age story about a boy, his dog, his father, and friendship during the Vietnam war. I couldn't put it down and I ...more
Mar 12, 2011
Mar 14, 2011
Emergency Childbirth: A Manual
I believe this is the manual that firefighters used to be given in case they arrived on the scene of a too-fast birth before a "proper" care person. I ...more
Aug 12, 2009
Sep 07, 2009
Confessions of a Closet Catholic
I absolutely loved this book! I was hooked from the dedication page (Paula Danziger was my favorite). Jussi is a lively, engaging, REAL character who ...more
Feb 27, 2012
Feb 27, 2012
The Right and the Real
Joelle has taken another premise that I am unlikely to get excited about and written another book I can't put down! I loved every word, though I occas ...more
Dec 2011
Mar 12, 2012
Because of Winn-Dixie
I grabbed this book at the library knowing nothing about it (though I'd seen the title on MG recommendation lists and was vaguely aware that there had ...more
Sep 03, 2009
Sep 07, 2009
Story of a Girl
It's funny--I have no memory of buying this book. And yet, there it was on my Kindle, just waiting for me.

I tried to tell my husband about it, but all
Mar 14, 2012
Mar 14, 2012
Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree
This is a really charming book with a wonderful heroine. I love Emma-Jean's voice and mannerisms. My only wish is that the book had been solely from h ...more
Aug 02, 2009
Aug 04, 2009
Pride and Prejudice
It took me almost 17 years to read this book. By which I mean, I started it when I was 16 or 17 and finished it this year. I don't know how that works ...more
Aug 2011
May 30, 2012
Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity, #2)
This was a painful and intense read. So good. SO GOOD. But I feel as though I just found out about the holocaust all over again.
Jun 28, 2013
Jun 28, 2013
The Practical Encyclopedia of Baking Breads Muffins Cakes Pies Tarts Cookies Bars Over 400 Step-by-Step Recipes with Over 1,500 Photographs
This book is NOT by Felicity Foster. The author is Martha Day.
Jan 1999
Dec 09, 2008
Looking for Alaska
Conclusions after reading:

1. John Green is the modern day James Kirkwood.

2. My heart is broken forever.
Jul 16, 2012
Jul 14, 2012
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
Hands down, this is my new favorite book.
Jun 26, 2013
Jun 28, 2013
Moving Day (Allie Finkle's Rules For Girls, #1)
I enjoyed the story but I'm afraid I am not a fan of Meg Cabot's writing.
Jul 31, 2009
Jul 31, 2009
My Name is Olivia...and I Can't Do Anything About It
Olivia is grieving for her mother. This book was very difficult for me to read, but I couldn't put it down. The writing is compelling and Olivia felt ...more
Jan 25, 2012
Feb 02, 2012
Cracked Up to Be
This book is so amazing that I now want to go back and change every book I've ever given five stars to something like two or three stars, no matter ho ...more
Jan 02, 2009
Sep 08, 2008
Just a Housewife: The Rise and Fall of Domesticity in America
The subject matter is extremely interesting, but I found this book very difficult to read. It is written as an academic text and frankly takes twelve ...more
not set
Jul 29, 2008
Private Demons: The Life of Shirley Jackson
Er, Shirley Jackson was not a nice lady. Honestly, I am a little sorry I read this bio. It does not pull any punches, which I appreciate... but the tr ...more
Jan 2000
Dec 27, 2007
Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning
This is a wonderful book with an engaging heroine and a strong, different voice. I loved it so much I made my husband read it! (He loved it too.)
Sep 02, 2009
Sep 08, 2008
Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter
A lovely book of humorous essays on knitting. Be warned though: it contains two of the saddest stories I have ever read.
not set
Oct 08, 2008
Come Along With Me
Heartbreaking, because this is the novel she was writing when she died. Only three chapters were written.
Jan 2000
Jan 02, 2008
The Road Through the Wall
This book is a mess. Shirley clearly had not yet come into her stride as a writer.
Jan 1999
Dec 27, 2007
Not her best but it has hints of what was to come.
Jan 2000
Dec 27, 2007
The Haunting of Hill House
This is the most terrifying book I have ever read.
Sep 1998
Jan 02, 2008
The Day I Became an Autodidact
I re-read this book about once a year.
not set
Jul 18, 2008
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