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The Sign of the Beaver
Ok. I had heard various Native American reviewers pan this book for its stereotypical portrayals. I'm still not that great at evaluating Native Americ ...more
Apr 08, 2010
Apr 07, 2010
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
I recently re-read this one on audio. I decided with all the walking I do, I could easily get in an extra book every week or two by adding audio books ...more
Apr 10, 2014
Aug 03, 2008
DarqStarz Rising
Crimson Hawthorne and Scarlett Ravencraft (their names say it all!) never thought that the cute new boy in school, Pepper, would choose hanging out wi ...more
Oct 10, 2009
Oct 20, 2009
Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference
Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, tens of thousands of Japanese-Americans, many of them citizens of the United States, were shipped off to wha ...more
Feb 22, 2010
Feb 21, 2010
Yasmin's Hammer
I received my copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Yasmin is a young girl in Bangladesh who wishes to attend school. However, her
May 2010
May 15, 2010
Little Brother Real Snake
Here is just a quick run-down of the problems I had with this book:

0 (i edited this in later). In the promotional materials for this books, it says "p
May 03, 2010
May 03, 2010
Love Twelve Miles Long
Frederick's mother lives twelve miles away from him, but that doesn't stop her from coming to visit him and telling him all of the things that she thi ...more
Feb 09, 2012
Feb 09, 2012
The Shepherd's Granddaughter
My biggest problem with this book is really my own fault.

I don't know anything about the situation with Israel and Palestine, other than the fact that
Apr 27, 2010
May 02, 2010
Hidden Roots
This book is aimed at upper elementary or maybe low YA, which leads me to my biggest complaint about it. If it had been a book aimed at high-schoolers ...more
Apr 28, 2010
May 02, 2010
Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba
I wasn't crazy about this book but it was ok.

What I liked about it:
1. I had no idea that Cuba had taken in holocaust refugees, so it was informational
Apr 28, 2010
May 02, 2010
A Boy Named Beckoning: The True Story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Native American Hero
When students are asked to name famous Native Americans, it's unlikely that Carlos Montezuma's name will be on the list. However, Gina Capaldi's biogr ...more
Apr 26, 2010
Apr 25, 2010
A Full Moon Is Rising
Singer's delightful book of poetry shows people from around the world all living under the same moon. The poems reflect geographic diversity and also ...more
Feb 13, 2012
Feb 13, 2012
Blessing's Bead
In 1917 Nutaaq, a young Iñupiaq girl, is separated from her family when her sister marries a Siberian and her parents die in an epidemic that wipes ou ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 01, 2010
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Alright, I didn't fall off the turnip truck yesterday, so I'm just gonna call this book what it is: Librarian Bait. Grabenstein sets his book in the m ...more
Sep 03, 2013
Sep 04, 2013
Sweetgrass Basket
This novel in verse tells the story of two sisters, Maddie and Sarah, who are relocated to an Indian boarding school. Before reading this book, I had ...more
Apr 04, 2010
Apr 07, 2010
Tashi and the Tibetan Flower Cure
The story of a girl who uses flowers to help heal her grandfather, taken from a "Chicken Soup" book, forms the basis of this book. Although her "Popol ...more
Feb 14, 2012
Feb 14, 2012
Leaving Gee's Bend
I received my copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Ludelphia Bennett has lived in the small, impoverished community of Gee's Bend
Mar 13, 2010
Mar 28, 2010
The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #10)
Well I hadn't read from this series in awhile and realized I had pretty much a free day today so I checked out the four books I hadn't read yet and se ...more
Oct 08, 2011
Oct 08, 2011
The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #8)
I'm not so good at genre tagging these things.

On the one hand, the over-arching plot of the series is really starting to develop, which is exciting. I
Sep 22, 2010
Sep 22, 2010
The Time Paradox (Artemis Fowl, #6)
The plot of this book is that in order to save his mother, Artemis must go back in time and face his only true equal: himself. Young Artemis is just a ...more
Jun 16, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl, #2)
In book 1, Artemis hatched a plan to steal fairy gold. Now, he has to work with the fairies who live underground to rescue his father. I'm interested ...more
Apr 24, 2012
Apr 25, 2012
The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man
This is a perfect example of what a children's book should be. I heard that Michael Chabon was sick of kids books that had too many words in them so h ...more
Nov 28, 2011
Dec 01, 2011
Dandelion Fire (100 Cupboards, #2)
Henry York discovered a set of magical cupboards in his attic bedroom. After destroying the evil witch Nimiane, his uncle planned to board up the cupb ...more
Jan 28, 2012
Jan 25, 2012
The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #5)
I think if I ever recommend this book to a kid (which I'm already thinking of buying the whole series for my sister-in-law whose birthday is coming up ...more
Jul 14, 2010
Jul 14, 2010
The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2)
I am really loving this series. I may have to go check out the rest of them all at once so I can read them straight through. These are the kind of boo ...more
Jun 10, 2010
Jun 10, 2010
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
I'd heard a lot about the Percy Jackson books and finally sat down to read one. Overall, I really enjoyed it. I picked up on most of the mythology ref ...more
Mar 02, 2012
Mar 02, 2012
Max's Castle
Well, I personally loved this book but I think the age range is a little bit higher than the kids I'm teaching (who are like 5 and 6). The reason bein ...more
Dec 08, 2011
Dec 12, 2011
100 Cupboards  (100 Cupboards, #1)
When I first read the Magician's Nephew, I thought it would be awesome to write a book about all the other pools they could have jumped through in the ...more
Dec 20, 2011
Dec 19, 2011
Extra Yarn
When a girl finds a box of yarn that never seems to run out, she helps improve her drab town. People come from all over to see the amazing things she ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 08, 2012
Nine Days a Queen: The Short Life and Reign of Lady Jane Grey
I like historical fiction, especially when it's about royalty. I had never read a book by Ann Rinaldi before, although I'd heard HORRIBLE things about ...more
Nov 11, 2009
Nov 11, 2009
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