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Ma! There's Nothing to Do Here!
From the ever-hysterical Barbara Park of Junie B. Jones fame... I just bought this for a friend's baby shower. It might be required reading for every ...more
Feb 05, 2008
Feb 09, 2008
The Diamonds
Reviewing for SLJ... Mean Girls meets Gossip Girl meets Clueless, only doesn't measure up to any of those three!
not set
Dec 20, 2008
Under the Mesquite
Reviewing for SLJ... beautifully written.
Aug 11, 2011
Aug 11, 2011
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Who knew F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote this novella? Mike got it for Christmas and I think we both finished it in 30 minutes or so. Heard that FSF was a l ...more
Dec 28, 2008
Dec 28, 2008
I'll Ask You Three Times, Are You OK?: Tales of Driving and Being Driven
I love the way Nye can perfectly capture a feeling and find something big in everything small. As usual, I left her writing wishing I could "put mysel ...more
Sep 26, 2009
Sep 28, 2009
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)
Finally got around to this one. I definitely appreciated it more at the end, but feel it could have benefited from some editing. It sometimes meandere ...more
Oct 10, 2009
Oct 10, 2009
Street Love
Quite possibly the best novel in verse I've ever read. Nothing incredibly profound ultimately happens plot-wise, but Myers really uses the verse forma ...more
Nov 2009
Nov 07, 2009
What My Mother Doesn't Know (What My Mother Doesn't Know #1)
Trying to reread many of the novels in verse I've read over the years for an article. Now I remember why I like Sones better than Hopkins. While I can ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 10, 2009
I Heard God Talking to Me: William Edmondson and His Stone Carvings
Reviewing for SLJ. Wish I liked the poems as much as the story and life's work of this little known folk sculptor from Nashville. Will be hard to find ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 29, 2008
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Glad I finally got around to reading this one. I've actually never read any of Alexie's adult books, though I will now. If his first foray into YA fic ...more
not set
Dec 20, 2008
This is really a 3/4. The upside (though I'd love to talk to someone much more familiar with Aspbergers first)... loved the way it got me inside Natha ...more
Jul 18, 2010
Jul 19, 2010
Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall
Mango Shaped Space is one of my favorites of all time... I can't say the same for this one. I found the beginning a little disjointed and the boy with ...more
not set
Nov 29, 2009
Gossip Girl (Gossip Girl, #1)
I shamelessly love the TV show and finally broke down to read the books behind it. Plus, I needed to read at least one of the GG series to compare to ...more
Dec 29, 2008
Dec 29, 2008
The Yellow Birds
For someone who usually rushes ahead, a plot-driven reader, it says a lot that I wanted to savor each sentence. My favorite line "It reminded me of ta ...more
Feb 2013
Feb 27, 2013
Up the Down Staircase
Can't believe I'd never heard of this one before. Thanks, Jen. Its funny how some of this can even apply to a wealthy suburban school district forty y ...more
Dec 2009
Dec 05, 2009
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Love to hear that Jane picked this up because I was going to finally read it! And she beat me to finishing :)

Think it lives up to the hype. I verged o
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Nov 09, 2009
Crossing Lines
Big fan of Volponi ever since Black and Whit was one of the books for a great stories ALA book club grant we got at GHS. Would love to have had this a ...more
not set
Sep 16, 2012
Adichie has quickly become one of my all time favorite authors. I enjoyed reading about the US and race through her eyes as much I did delving into Ni ...more
not set
Aug 04, 2014
Best Friends for Never (The Clique, #2)
Couldn't just read Gossip Girl, had to test out another alpha girl series. And, I liked this one, too. Not quite as much as GG... maybe because this i ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 01, 2009
Orphan Train
Christina visited our school last week - listened to this as an audio book in anticipation of her visit. An intriguing glimpse into a little known tim ...more
not set
Apr 22, 2013
The Borrower
I really debated about a one or a two for this one. I went for a two only because it was about a public children's librarian and it evoked fond memori ...more
Jul 19, 2014
Jul 09, 2014
Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives
As I said at book club, I most certainly can buy into the idea of reincarnation is some fashion, but not based on Dr. Weiss. This book was excellent f ...more
Mar 10, 2009
Feb 19, 2009
My Name Is Jason. Mine Too.: Our Story. Our Way.
still turning this one over in my head. i know i liked it, but still teasing out why! maybe its the depth the artwork adds to the poetry and the inter ...more
not set
Aug 17, 2009
3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows
Brashares new book for a slightly younger set than the Traveling Pants may be a tad forced and lacks the emotional pull of the other series, but still ...more
not set
Mar 28, 2009
Zora!: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston
Just reviewed for SLJ. A straightforward biography of Hurston. Nothing earth shattering, but certainly useful and accessible for young researchers.
May 2012
May 03, 2012
The White Tiger
I listened to this one on CD in the car. Interestingly, I got up to the last CD and didn't finish in time for my book club discussion. Everyone there ...more
Oct 28, 2009
Sep 02, 2009
Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children's Literature
A compelling read for anyone invested in the business of children's literature (probably not so much for those who aren't). I found it hard to slog th ...more
Aug 2008
Apr 25, 2008
Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets under 25
I usually like pretty much anything Nye publishes and in this case was even a fan of poetry she simply selected.
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Dec 05, 2009
The Night Circus
Spectacularly magical and rich in description. The plot didn't quite hit 5 stars. A tad predictable and a bit disjointed, but a recent favorite if for ...more
Mar 15, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
Hate That Cat
big fan of sharon creech and finally got around to this one...didn't disappoint.
not set
Nov 29, 2009
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