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The Year of Billy Miller
3.80
When Billy suffers a head injury right before the start of his 2nd grade school year, he and his parents are worried that he is going to under-perform ...more
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Dec 12, 2013
 
The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine, and a Man-Made Epidemic
3.74
This book is written by a journalist; not a doctor or scientist. While this doesn't discredit him, I'm not eager to agree with his sometimes hyperboli ...more
Feb 18, 2011
Feb 18, 2011
 
Star Wars: Jedi Academy
4.10
When Roan doesn't get accepted into Pilot School, he thinks his life is over. And then a life-changing letter arrives: he's been recruited for the je ...more
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Jan 03, 2014
 
Summer of the Gypsy Moths
3.90
A show-stopper! I think everyone who reads 20 pages into this book would be completely immersed. While it certainly is a bit harrowing, I think it is ...more
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Nov 18, 2012
 
Energy Island: How one community harnessed the wind and changed their world
3.89
A very readable and relatable picture book, blending the true story of a community in Denmark that only uses renewable energy with info blocks about f ...more
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Nov 18, 2012
 
A Tangle of Knots
3.91
Welcome to a world where there are Talented People and Ordinary people. Whether it is making peanut butter, sensing and baking someone's favorite cake ...more
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Jan 10, 2014
 
Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals
3.81
Anthrozoology is certainly an interesting field. I've always wondered why some cultures eat cats and dogs and think nothing of it; the same way we eat ...more
Feb 07, 2011
Feb 08, 2011
 
Playing with Fire (School for S.P.I.E.S., #1)
3.63
After being bopped around to different foster homes and being dubbed a pyromaniac (even though he is innocent), Max finally lands in an orphanage. At ...more
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Jan 10, 2014
 
First Garden: The White House Garden and How It Grew
3.68
I truly do not think any child would care that Michelle Obama planted a garden at the White House. However, good nonfiction picture books MAKE an othe ...more
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Nov 18, 2012
 
We Were Liars
3.89
Cadence is an over-privileged girl from a very wealthy, esteemed, and aristocratic family who takes its lineage very seriously. In addition to the typ ...more
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Dec 03, 2014
 
Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)
3.90
I hadn't heard of this book at all until last summer when several teens read and reported on it for the teen summer reading program at my job. They al ...more
Feb 04, 2011
Feb 07, 2011
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.56
I received this book as a gift many years ago when it first came out, right before it exploded into the monster that it has become. I read not even 10 ...more
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Nov 04, 2011
 
Eleanor & Park
4.18
"Two misfits. One Extraordinary Love"

Eleanor is overweight, poverty-stricken, wears extremely bizarre clothing from Goodwill, and is an outcast who su
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Nov 17, 2014
 
The Fox Inheritance (Jenna Fox Chronicles, #2)
3.60
I greatly anticipated this sequel, and was only slightly let down by the whiny and melodramatic tone of its second half. Freshly off rereading "Twilig ...more
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Nov 04, 2011
 
A Whole Lot of Lucky
3.82
I fear that some of my committee members will want to drop this title, simply because of the mature themes in this middle grade novel. Hailey's new pr ...more
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Dec 09, 2013
 
Giants Beware!
3.99
I appreciate that this book attempts to bridge the gender gap that often occurs in graphic novels, as most blatantly and shamelessly appeal to one gen ...more
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Nov 02, 2012
 
A Dog Called Homeless
4.15
PASS! Another somewhat serious book....but it is done right, in my opinion! When Cally stops speaking, she becomes an observer, seeing her father, bro ...more
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Jan 24, 2013
 
The Face on the Milk Carton (Janie Johnson, #1)
3.71
This book is a bit dated, but I'm considering using it for a teen book discussion anyhow! It's one of my favorite YAs, for the simple reason that it i ...more
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Dec 13, 2014
 
About Average
3.58
I would "drop" this. Books dealing with bullies are everywhere these days, and I was looking forward to one by one the best contemporary children's au ...more
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Nov 24, 2012
 
You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!
4.00
Unique writing style. Second person using free indirect discourse. English teachers will most likely hate the language and grammar.
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Jan 21, 2014
 
Don't Feed the Boy
3.76
I really liked this book. However, I could go either way on passing or dropping. I don't see a lot of books deal with guns within the home; it seems t ...more
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Jan 27, 2013
 
Arlene, The Rebel Queen
3.50
Arlene has CMT (Charcot Marie Tooth), a neurological disease that progressively destroys a person's nerves, leaving them extremely disabled. She inher ...more
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Jan 04, 2014
 
The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery
3.87
A shining example of how a young adult biography should be written! Enough contextual references and just enough grisly details to keep a middle or hi ...more
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Apr 09, 2013
 
Gaby, Lost and Found
4.21
Themes include: deportation, immigration, poverty, Hispanic culture, pet shelters, community helpers.
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Oct 29, 2013
 
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
3.15
Magical realism at its best! I was first introduced to Bender a few years back in an undergrad women's literature course, and have been a fan ever sin ...more
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Mar 04, 2011
 
UnBEElievables: Honeybee Poems and Paintings
3.91
Making this a "pass". The poetry is not extraordinary, but I think it is great for 5th and 6th graders learning to write their own poetry, since they ...more
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Nov 05, 2012
 
Who Could That Be at This Hour? (All The Wrong Questions, #1)
3.80
A "drop". I fear that kids might not quite follow the humor. Even though the Series of Unfortunate Events was popular, I think that was due to the mac ...more
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Feb 13, 2013
 
Legend of the Ghost Dog
4.01
Hopefully I can coax my group members to make this an all-read! This ghostly mystery is laden with intrigue and reader appeal for grades 4-7.

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Nov 30, 2013
 
Saint Louis Armstrong Beach
3.68
A lot of Hurricane Katrina's nitty gritty details were spared, but I think it was just enough for the intended age group to get a cursory feel for wha ...more
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Dec 30, 2012
 
The President's Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems About the Presidents
4.05
RICBA nominee. Marking it a "pass" for the committee. Not the most intelligent book; the poetry is not very well-written. I forgive its lack of litera ...more
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Oct 24, 2012
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