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Bink & Gollie (Bink & Gollie, #1)
This book is simply amazing. It would be very easy for me to simply direct you to Elizabeth Bird's Review of this little gem since she says everything...more
Sep 16, 2010
Sep 16, 2010
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Read this one for Teen Book Club. The teens generally didn't care for the book, but we still had a really productive discussion about it.

There is quit...more
Oct 16, 2013
Oct 16, 2013
The Lions of Little Rock
Levine's second novel is just as good as, perhaps even better than her first (The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had). Again she's dealing with racial tensions...more
Sep 05, 2012
Sep 05, 2012
The Center of Everything
Wow. Loved this one. The writing is excellent and it really stands out as "distinctive" (see also: Newbery criteria).

I loved Ruby's character, who is...more
May 02, 2013
May 02, 2013
Max Quigley, Technically Not a Bully
Recomended for kids who liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid, though this title is a step up in terms of writing complexity. The story is full of the crazy boy...more
Jan 27, 2010
Jan 27, 2010
Same Sun Here
This was a nice book and everything, but I got crabby every time something political came up. Unfortunately, that was quite often.

I'm totally fine wi...more
Sep 06, 2012
Sep 06, 2012
Neil Armstrong is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me
So you know how everyone's buzzing about When You Reach Me? I'm going to go out on a limb here and brace myself on the inevitable tar-and-feather trea...more
Sep 17, 2009
Sep 12, 2009
Luv Ya Bunches (Flower Power, #1)
A number of middle-grade girls in my area seem to be really into Lauren Myracle, so I thought that I should finally get around to giving her a try. Th...more
Jun 24, 2011
Jun 24, 2011
At least the author was honest when in the book's second line he says, "If you look at it, nothing much happened." There's not a whole lot of action,...more
Jul 18, 2009
Jul 11, 2009
The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had
I was hooked on this book pretty much from start to finish and am pleased to announce that this is yet ANOTHER winner from a first-time author this ye...more
Nov 06, 2009
Nov 06, 2009
A really interesting take on Hans Christian Andersen's tale, "The Snow Queen." Hazel and Jack have always been friends...until they drift apart. Jack,...more
Dec 12, 2011
Nov 30, 2011
How to Say Goodbye in Robot
Very interesting. I think I'm still sorting out how exactly I feel about this book, because it's unusual enough to require some additional pause.

Bea a...more
Feb 03, 2010
Feb 03, 2010
Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War
I liked this book. I enjoyed the poetry and the way that the narrators' different styles stood apart from each other to both make for easy reading and...more
Jan 06, 2014
Jan 06, 2014
The Big Splash
I got a big kick out of this one. Written as a sort of middle school film noir, there are crazy similies to be found throughout this book. How awesome...more
Jul 15, 2009
Jul 14, 2009
Summer of the Gypsy Moths
Sara Pennypacker, you've been holding out on me! Sure, Clementine is plenty endearing, but with this book Pennypacker has given the realm of "Serious...more
Aug 22, 2012
Aug 16, 2012
The Lonely Hearts Club
Take this book for what it is: A girly story about friendship, boy/girl relationships, and the Beatles. Very little brilliant is happening here and mu...more
Mar 03, 2010
Feb 25, 2010
A Snicker of Magic
I so wanted to love this book. In many ways it was quite charming and the writing lovely. It's kind of like a cross between Savvy and Three Times Lu...more
Aug 16, 2014
Aug 15, 2014
Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth
**spoiler alert** I finally got around to reading this old award-winner by listening to it on audio. A well-constructed story of the friendship betwee...more
Mar 17, 2010
Mar 17, 2010
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
I do not generally like David Levithan's work. I know he's kind of a big deal in the world of teen lit, but I just have never liked his stuff - not ev...more
Jun 14, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
Doll Bones
Loved this book. Three friends on the verge of adolescence must confront the fact that they are getting too old to play pretend. The problem, of cours...more
Jun 02, 2013
Jun 02, 2013
Millicent Min, Girl Genius
I listened to this audiobook, and the narration was sooo good - just pitch perfect. It's one of those audiobooks that I can almost imagine that I'd pr...more
Jul 31, 2009
Jul 31, 2009
When You Reach Me
The writing is excellent - efficient, with so much meaning packed into only a few words. This, along with the great wrap-up that brings everything tog...more
Aug 04, 2009
Jul 02, 2009
The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis
3.5 stars. Read this one because someone told me it was funny. Didn't have me rolling on the floor or anything, but I chuckled at parts. What struck m...more
Sep 28, 2012
Sep 28, 2012
Jake and Lily
3.5 stars. This was a nice book. Short chapters make it a quick read. Sweet sibling story.

I was a little thrown off by the narration. Early on Jake an...more
Oct 12, 2012
Oct 12, 2012
One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street
A sweet story that takes a snapshot of the life of a neighborhood and its residents. As many reviewers have stated the characters are a tad underdevel...more
Oct 17, 2011
Oct 10, 2011
Paper Towns
Better late than never. This book really made me imagine that Prof. Graham (my poetry prof from college) had taught my lit crit class. It's one part l...more
Oct 2010
Oct 01, 2010
Empowering and beautifully told. Excellent use of metaphor. This book is pitch-perfect and while maybe I didn't exactly want to read it it's a book th...more
Jan 05, 2010
Jan 05, 2010
Snake and Lizard
Reminded me a lot of George and Martha books (Marshall). Lizard and Snake are two friends who drive each other crazy and have a series of misadventure...more
May 16, 2009
May 13, 2009
Liar & Spy
This is kind of a tricky book to describe. But Rebecca Stead has done it again! Just as she did with When You Reach Me, Stead tells a story through br...more
Sep 20, 2012
Sep 17, 2012
The Teashop Girls (Teashop Girls, #1)
Not too bad. I read this mosly because I felt like I had to because it's by a Madison author and is set in Madison, but it wasn't a horrid read. Sweet...more
May 13, 2009
May 12, 2009
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