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Al Capone Does My Shirts (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #1)
I listened to the first three discs of this novel and wasn't enjoying it at all; once I picked up a hard copy to finish it, I found that I really enjo...more
Nov 29, 2009
Oct 26, 2009
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that this wonderfully written coming-of-age tale at the turn of the century was written for the 9-12 year-old cr...more
Mar 16, 2010
Dec 17, 2009
The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1)
This book stopped me dead in my tracks at Barnes and Noble because of the cover art. Who says you can't judge a book by its cover? So, instead of purc...more
Aug 18, 2009
Jul 17, 2009
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)
Everyone knows this story, so I am taking the liberty of skipping a plot summary. However, I was surprised at how dark the book was in comparison to t...more
Jun 09, 2010
Jun 05, 2010
Fever 1793
This is a great historical fiction read for the younger set, although I also enjoyed it as an adult. The story centers on Mattie as she deals with the...more
Jan 06, 2010
Jan 08, 2010
Sideways Stories From Wayside School (Wayside School #1)
Louis Sachar reads stories to me at bedtime every night and these are fabulous on audio. My sister and I LOVED these books when we were young, and I h...more
Apr 22, 2011
Apr 19, 2011
The Secret Garden
Ugh. This is considered a classic? The two main characters, Colin and Mary were DREADFUL. It was almost painful to read their whiny and demanding dial...more
Apr 08, 2010
Apr 08, 2010
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar: And Six More
Dahl's collection of short stories is just as magical as his books for children of all ages. The title story about Henry Sugar was my favorite - a sel...more
Nov 14, 2010
Nov 13, 2010
Island of the Blue Dolphins (Island of the Blue Dolphins #1)
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen for chicks. Both good, both won awards. Now I must develop an entertaining survival story for older children. It seems to be t...more
Jul 30, 2010
Jul 29, 2010
The Jeffersonian Republicans: 1800-1823
Great overview of The Louisiana Purchase, the War of 1812, and the American presidency during this time period. I find that even as an adult, sometime...more
Feb 12, 2010
Feb 13, 2010
I found the story of Coraline to be eerie and fun, but it wasn't as gripping as I thought it would be. As I was reading, I thought I was going to give...more
Oct 11, 2009
Oct 11, 2009
100 Cupboards  (100 Cupboards, #1)
I liked the idea of a young boy uncovering a group of mysterious cupboards that lead to all sorts of places and adventures but the book just didn't ho...more
Apr 26, 2011
Apr 15, 2011
Abraham Lincoln: From Pioneer to President
Great overview of the life of one of our nation's greatest presidents. It is a YA title, but I would recommend it (not just this one but the entire se...more
Oct 30, 2009
Oct 30, 2009
Princess Academy (Princess Academy, #1)
This was a fun little story about a group of girls selected to attend Princess Academy as a means of preparing themselves for a possible courtship and...more
Nov 14, 2010
Nov 13, 2010
Russian Folk Tales
They are folk tales and none of them are really going to stay with me except for the Russian version of what we know as "The Frog Prince". The illustr...more
Jan 30, 2010
Jan 29, 2010
Anne of Green Gables
I LOVED this book. Anne Shirley is now one of my favorite characters and she is completely lovable with her monologues and English-major vocabulary. S...more
Feb 11, 2010
Jan 31, 2010
Catherine, Called Birdy
A good YA read about 13th century England told in the form of a diary. You can't help but love Catherine who has a fiery spirit, especially for the ti...more
Dec 27, 2009
Dec 27, 2009
Down the Rabbit Hole (Echo Falls, #1)
While this YA mystery was rather predictable, I enjoyed meeting the character of Ingrid in the first book of the Echo Falls mystery series. It was a l...more
Aug 27, 2009
Aug 09, 2009
Sacagawea: Westward With Lewis And Clark
I thought this book provided a good overview of the life of Sacajawea. As an adult, sometimes I don't want bogged down in the thick tomes of history -...more
Jan 28, 2010
Jan 29, 2010
The Mystery at the Ski Jump (Nancy Drew, #29)
I still enjoy Nancy Drew books as an adult...reminds me of my youth. :) This isn't one of my favorites, but you still have to smile at Nancy and her a...more
Feb 22, 2010
Feb 22, 2010
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There
What can I say about this book that hasn't already been said. It's a must read for anyone, although I think you appreciate it more as you get older. T...more
Dec 16, 2009
Dec 16, 2009
Everlost (Skinjacker, #1)
I was back and forth in my feelings for this book - at times it was a 3, a 4, and even a 5. The story has been done before - souls stuck in purgatory...more
Jan 08, 2010
Jan 03, 2010
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village
A very enjoyable book, even for adults. Extremely creative, chock full of information, and has beautiful detail.
Feb 04, 2010
Mar 04, 2010
The Clue in the Diary (Nancy Drew, #7)
A fun Nancy romp.
Feb 19, 2010
Feb 22, 2010
The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)
Not as engaging as the first two, but I look forward to completing the series.
Feb 15, 2009
Feb 07, 2009
Esio Trot
I still love Roald Dahl's books as an adult, and this fall I am working on reading the ones I have missed over the years. Esio Trot tells the story of...more
Oct 19, 2010
Oct 24, 2010
Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)
This was such a fun story, full of adventure, romance, evil spells, wizards, witches, and scarecrows that chase things. This would be a great read-alo...more
Dec 16, 2009
Nov 15, 2009
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
I am probably the only person on the planet who has not read the Harry Potter series, and I figured that following surgery in February would be a grea...more
Feb 24, 2011
Aug 20, 2008
The Ugly Princess and the Wise Fool
This is a charming little story about a princess who desires beauty but finds that it isn't quite what it's cracked up to be. Charming characters with...more
Apr 04, 2010
Feb 24, 2010
Farmer Boy (Little House, #3)
I am really loving revisiting this series as an adult - I don't think I ever read ALL of the books, so I am making my way through one at a time.

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Sep 08, 2011
Jan 23, 2009
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