The Birthing House
Pardon the pun, but this book was stillborn: the horror factor was lukewarm, the gratuitous swearing and sex (I'm sure some readers may think that the...more
Mar 06, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely, #3)
I was feeling unsure about this series, because I loved Wicked Lovely but felt "meh"-ish about Ink Exchange. Fragile Eternity is a return to the forme...more
Feb 05, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
Strange Angels (Strange Angels, #1)
Strange Angels inhabits the same world as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and Wicked Lovely (and a host of others). Dru (short for ?? - we never learn exac...more
Jan 29, 2009
Jan 25, 2009
The Children's Book
Before I go any further, I should say that I love Byatt's work; when I read about this book, I sent to Canada to get a copy as the US edition hadn't y...more
Jun 15, 2009
May 16, 2009
Immortal (Immortal, #1)
I'm sure I've read this before... but perhaps it only feels like it. Evie is a part-orphan (no mother, father never home) raised by her grandmother; w...more
Apr 02, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
The publisher''s rep told me that this book was akin to Un Lun Dun and Neverwhere - wrong. It's more like England, England with a Truman Show twist (o...more
Jul 22, 2009
Jul 21, 2009
Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)
When is a sequel not a sequel? When it's a book like Fire, set in the same world as Graceling, but with none of the previous book's characters or plot...more
Feb 13, 2009
Jan 25, 2009
Tombstone Tea
At first I thought this would be a slightly creepy version of Spoon River Anthology, but it's more a revenge tale with Really Angry Ghosts.

Jessie (a...more
Jun 06, 2009
May 31, 2009
Yes, I really do think in terms of books linking to others (it helps when students ask for another book like xxxx). I'd put Wintergirls in the same bo...more
Jan 26, 2009
Jan 25, 2009
Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet
I've been reading good reviews for this book, which must mean that other readers have a higher tolerance for hero-worship, lack of foot-/endnotes, and...more
Apr 11, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
A sort-of selkie tale, set in one of those Countries Gone Bad (evil miners, silly king), orphans, dark woods, and a bunch of other fairy tale tropes c...more
Mar 03, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
Twenty Boy Summer
**spoiler alert** I wanted so much to like this book and instead was vaguely disappointed by the lack of depth and inner dialogue at several critical...more
Mar 14, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
When the Whistle Blows
Told through a series of stories about All Hallow's Eve in Rowlesburg WV, James Cannon's life appears to be set: he'll leave school and start working...more
Feb 28, 2009
Jan 25, 2009
E.B. White: A Biography
Reading this so close to having read Weir's Mistress of the Monarchy illustrates the differences between Biography Then and Biography Now; Then is far...more
Jun 19, 2010
Jul 19, 2009
Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks
Myracle's previous book, Bliss didn't do it for me, but this one is a good read I can honestly recommend to my students.

The sisterly relationship in t...more
Jan 29, 2009
Jan 25, 2009
Midnight Fugue (Dalziel and Pascoe, #24)
One of the things I love about this series is how Hill keeps the relationships fresh, and how the mysteries do not seem to repeat in tone or nature. D...more
Jun 30, 2009
Jul 01, 2009
Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 3)
The idea that a "normal" girl, albeit one mentioned in a prophecy and possessing incredible strength and other powers, could be involved with some sec...more
Oct 30, 2009
Jul 21, 2009
Homecoming (Ghostgirl, #2)
This is one of those "horror lite" books - Charlotte has graduated from Dead Ed. and is stuck in customer service (which consists of waiting for Those...more
Apr 23, 2009
Mar 09, 2009
If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)
When I heard about this book, my first thought was "oh, ok, something for the people who loved Elsewhere", but then I realized it was more like The In...more
Jan 25, 2009
Jan 25, 2009
Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife
I can understand why HarperCollins was a little nervous about this book: Prose does not play into the cult of Saint Anne. Rather, she looks at the "di...more
Jul 18, 2009
Jul 11, 2009
Jack Tumor
Difficult to think of a book about a boy and his brain tumor as funny, but this one really is. Hector, who's been having rather severe headaches, star...more
Mar 08, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance (Candle Man, #1)
The back jacket blurb says that this is like Percy Jackson and Septimus Heap... I'd say it's more like A Series of Unfortunate Events meets Neverwhere...more
Jun 06, 2009
May 31, 2009
The Amaranth Enchantment
What a wonderful take on fairy tales: part Cinderella, part fallen-star, part lost prince and yet wholly original.

The idea that our world is linked t...more
Mar 2009
Jan 31, 2009
The Homeschool Liberation League
I'm usually not one to be pro-constructivist education (I'm firmly in the "you need a good solid background before you Follow Your Bliss" camp) but th...more
Mar 07, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
The Miles Between
Another weepy! I really liked The Adoration of Jenna Fox, so I was looking forward to this book by Pearson. Destiny, while living in the realistic fic...more
Aug 15, 2009
Jul 21, 2009
Birthmarked (Birthmarked, #1)
Set about 300 years in the future, after the "cool age" (which seems to represent both the time during which we were dependent on oil and possibly pre...more
Nov 29, 2009
Nov 07, 2009
Skunk Girl
Nina's parents are Pakistani Muslims, while she wants to be an Americanized teenager. She's got two girlfriends, both white, and a crush on the new bo...more
Mar 26, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
While I'm Falling
Veronica's father finds Roofer Guy in the marital bed, and decides to divorce her mother. As a result, Mom starts on one of those downward slides wher...more
Mar 07, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures
I wish I'd liked this book more - Quinn's tale of what it was like growing up with VCFS is interesting and his "voice" is engaging. Part of my problem...more
Mar 20, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
I don't know what it was about this book - the length, the trying to be Important, the plot (a mix of animal stories and Hamlet), or just the writing...more
May 08, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
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