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Nobody's Secret
3.63
When I first heard about the idea for this book involving the famous poet becoming a sleuth and solving a murder, I dismissed it as rather silly, but ...more
Jun 09, 2013
Jun 09, 2013
 
The Very Inappropriate Word
4.05
Word-lover Michael collects interesting words such as vast and elastic, but one day, he hears a word that others consider inappropriate and becomes fa ...more
Oct 11, 2013
Oct 13, 2013
 
Ann and Nan Are Anagrams: A Mixed-Up Word Dilemma
3.58
In this wacky and wordplay-filled title, Robert (or Bert) must deal with his Grandma Reagan who explains what anagrams are and sends him off to find h ...more
Aug 15, 2013
Aug 15, 2013
 
The Penderwicks in Spring (The Penderwicks #4)
4.48
Fifth grader Batty Penderwick can't wait for the remains of snow to leave and for spring to arrive. She has big plans for her birthday during which sh ...more
Apr 05, 2015
Apr 05, 2015
 
The Impossible Knife of Memory
3.93
Seventeen-year-old Hayley Kincaid and her father have returned to his childhood home after several years crisscrossing the country in his truck. Deali ...more
Dec 27, 2013
Dec 27, 2013
 
Brown Girl Dreaming
4.04
Wanting to race through a new book from Jacqueline Woodson because I longed to know what would happen and what story this one might tell, I held back. ...more
Nov 13, 2014
Nov 13, 2014
 
My Country, 'Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights
4.14
This fascinating historical study of the well-known patriotic song "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" provides information on its background and how protester ...more
Jun 27, 2014
Jun 30, 2014
 
Edgar Allan Poe's Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems
4.02
This book's title clearly spells out exactly what its pages contain. Cleverly combining poetry and math in 14 poems based on classic lines written by ...more
Mar 2012
Mar 01, 2012
 
Matched (Matched, #1)
3.71
Since it's a dystopian novel, Matched contains many of the elements tht fans of dystopian classics will no doubt recognize; for instance, the burning ...more
May 26, 2011
Dec 26, 2012
 
Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song
4.04
Juxtaposing the moving words of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the melodic tones of Mahalia Jackson, this book provides background information about the ...more
Jul 11, 2013
Jul 11, 2013
 
Wildlife
3.80
**spoiler alert** My actual score would be 4.5. Right after appearing on a billboard, sixteen-year-old Sibylla Quinn heads on a semester-long school t ...more
Aug 28, 2014
Aug 28, 2014
 
What You Left Behind
4.17
**spoiler alert** Although seventeen-year-old Ryden Brooks is trying hard to hold all the pieces of his life together, he's not doing a very good job. ...more
Mar 19, 2015
Mar 19, 2015
 
The 14 Fibs of Gregory K.
3.82
Sixth grader Gregory K comes from a long line of math geniuses. Despite the fact that he struggles with math and enjoys writing poetry, he doesn't rev ...more
Oct 19, 2013
Oct 20, 2013
 
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
4.36
Although I often found the version of Roget's Thesaurus that I used in middle grades to be cumbersome, once I figured out how to navigate it, I found ...more
Nov 09, 2014
Nov 09, 2014
 
Words with Wings
4.08
Gabriela is still dealing with the divorce of her parents and having to start a new school and make new friends. Her mother worries that her daydreami ...more
Sep 18, 2013
Sep 18, 2013
 
Navigating Early
4.00
Thirteen-year-old Jack Baker is still processing his mother's unexpected death when his father, a military officer, moves him from their Kansas home t ...more
Nov 08, 2013
Nov 08, 2013
 
Courage for Beginners
3.99
If only life were like the books seventh grader Mysti Murphy loves to read then she would be able to figure out what to do and how to handle the chall ...more
May 14, 2014
May 24, 2014
 
Boy on the Edge
3.60
**spoiler alert** This story of redemption set in Icelan is filled with moving passages and is certain to remind readers of the choices faced in life. ...more
Mar 20, 2014
Mar 20, 2014
 
Write On, Mercy! The Secret Life of Mercy Otis Warren
3.41
During a time when women were not allowed to attend college, Mercy Otis learned to read and write as well as how to cook and sew, the typical skills e ...more
Mar 27, 2012
Mar 27, 2012
 
Amelia's Middle-School Graduation Yearbook
3.84
**spoiler alert** Finally, it's time for Amelia to graduate, and while she should be basking in the joys of finishing eighth grade, she is consumed wi ...more
Feb 07, 2015
Feb 07, 2015
 
Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People
4.10
As is the case for many readers, I love books that feature lovers of words, whether they be readers and writers. This picture book biography of Chilea ...more
Oct 02, 2011
Oct 02, 2011
 
We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song
4.17
Words and music have the power to change lives, and this picture book gives its much-deserved due to "We Shall Overcome," the song that came to be ass ...more
Nov 18, 2013
Nov 18, 2013
 
I Have a Dream
4.44
Every page in this gorgeously illustrated book evokes the memory of Dr. King and the power of his words and speech to inspire others to work toward ch ...more
Nov 27, 2012
Nov 27, 2012
 
Fleabrain Loves Franny
3.41
This book starts off strong, but its charm fades by the end. In 1952 Franny Katzenback falls in love with Charlotte's Web, which provides comfort to h ...more
Jun 27, 2014
Jul 03, 2014
 
The Qwikpick Papers: The Rat with the Human Face
3.49
Continuing his Qwikpick Papers series with this adventure featuring Marilla, Lyle, and Dave, all three members of The Qwikpick Adventure Society, Tom ...more
Mar 06, 2015
Mar 07, 2015
 
Voices from the March on Washington
4.19
Most readers will already be familiar with the March on Washington that took place in 1963. But what they know about the march is likely limited to Dr ...more
Feb 07, 2015
Feb 08, 2015
 
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
4.07
Luigi Lemoncello, the creator of many popular games, decides that it's time to pay back the librarians who were so helpful to him, particularly when h ...more
Jan 19, 2014
Jan 19, 2014
 
Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack!
3.62
Fifteen-year-old Tucker Woolf is something of a social misfit. He hides many of the truths about himself--he loves cats and feels most at home in a li ...more
Mar 09, 2014
Mar 09, 2014
 
Hippomobile!
3.81
This is a fun read aloud centering around the efforts of ten-year-old twins to save their dying town. Jimmy and Stella love Wymore, but the town has s ...more
Mar 16, 2014
Mar 16, 2014
 
I Lived on Butterfly Hill
4.09
Although some readers may be daunted by the book's length-455 pages--and some of the references to mysticism, patient readers will unearth many treasu ...more
Feb 06, 2015
Feb 07, 2015
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