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Stone Giant
An interesting look at how Michelangelo carved the statue of David. It's nicely readable, makes for an interesting story, and introduces us to Florenc ...more
Sep 02, 2014
Sep 05, 2014
Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)
This was an amazing trilogy, and a great third book. It had been awhile since I read the second book, and yet the author deftly reminded me of layer a ...more
Jan 20, 2015
Jan 25, 2015
The Crossover
If you know a sports-loving middle-grade boy who doesn't like to read, hand him this book. It's about 7th-grade twins who live for basketball. It's wr ...more
Mar 17, 2015
Feb 26, 2015
A Time to Dance
This book has it all. The story is interesting... Veda is trying to convince her parents that she should be a dancer instead of an engineer when she l ...more
Aug 2014
Aug 16, 2014
Eleanor & Park
This book was about love. Young love. New love. More than sex love. Wanting to eat each other up love, step by step. Breathtaking, all-consuming love. ...more
Jun 23, 2015
Jul 29, 2014
The Lantern Bearers
I read this book when I was in college... (40 years ago... yikes), and I STILL remember it!! I may try to read it again, but it made a huge impact on ...more
Mar 10, 1972
Jun 09, 2012
How can you "like" a book about pain, denial, and self-loathing? But how can you "not like" a book that is so beautifully written... so full of imager ...more
Dec 2013
Nov 05, 2013
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
Piddy is a "good girl'" and has done well for herself with a strong support community. But her mother's secrets and strictness take her support away j ...more
Sep 10, 2014
Oct 06, 2014
One for the Murphys
Carley has to stay with a goody-two-shoes family while her mother recuperates from... well, we'll find out more about that as we read. The reason Carl ...more
Jul 03, 2012
Jun 09, 2012
Dancing with Rose: Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's
It's a bit hard to imagine a "feel-good" book about alzheimer's patients and their underpaid, undervalued, overworked caregivers. But that is exactly ...more
Feb 20, 2015
Feb 20, 2015
Forge (Seeds of America, #2)
**spoiler alert** I hate war stories, so I began this reluctantly. But I'm glad that I read it. I've always heard about the boys going barefoot in the ...more
Sep 07, 2012
Sep 07, 2012
Dead End in Norvelt
There is much good in this book. Somehow, Jack Gantos gives us historical fiction that incorporates philosophical musings on history (with a focus on ...more
Jan 04, 2015
Jan 04, 2015
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
Harry is surprised to find on his 11th birthday, after being raised by his “muggle” relatives, that he is a witch and wizard’s son. His first year at ...more
Feb 14, 2003
Dec 27, 2009
Chains (Seeds of America, #1)
I love historical fiction, and this is the genre at its very best. The beginning of the American Revolution is brilliantly brought to life with a rous ...more
Sep 04, 2012
Sep 02, 2012
Those Who Save Us
This book was engaging and thought-provoking. I found some of it disturbing. It tells two intertwined stories, one of a German woman who was "kept saf ...more
Apr 10, 2012
Apr 28, 2012
The Mighty Miss Malone
The Mighty Miss Malone starts with character, character, character! The first half of the book has very little in the way of plot, but it does show us ...more
Mar 09, 2013
Mar 15, 2013
The Fantastic Drawings of Danielle
This book is worth reading for the illustrations alone. They are so detailed, and depict turn of the century France. The story was of an child artist ...more
Feb 11, 2015
Dec 23, 2014
Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)
I was so irritated that this book began with a premise that I didn't buy. I couldn't understand Karou's reaction after she broke the wishbone. I found ...more
Oct 08, 2013
Oct 17, 2013
Tangled Threads: A Hmong Girl's Story
This was a fascinating read. The story of a Hmong girl (a mountain tribe that had many men help the Americans during the Vietnamese war) who comes fro ...more
Jun 14, 2012
Jun 19, 2012
Eli the Good
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, whose protagonist is an adult looking back on the summer he was 10. The time period (1976) and place (rural south) are b ...more
Jun 23, 2012
Jun 23, 2012
Saints (Boxers & Saints, #2)
This was terrific in conjunction with Gene Luen Yang's "Boxers." Both are graphic novels dealing with the Boxer rebellion in China (which ended badly ...more
Jul 05, 2015
Jul 19, 2015
El Deafo
This is a graphic novel with cartoonish "rabbit-people" as characters. It relates a fictionalized version of the author's own experiences becoming dea ...more
Feb 21, 2015
Feb 20, 2015
City of Fire (City Trilogy, #1)
Took me awhile to get my bearings in this 1941 parallel-world San Francisco, filled with magical creatures and humans living side by side. A rousing a ...more
Jun 21, 2011
Jun 21, 2011
Miss Rumphius
**spoiler alert** My all time favorite kids book. Love, love, love the illustrations. As I understand it, they were done in acrylics painted on illust ...more
Jan 1985
Jun 05, 2009
The Green Glass Sea
Dewey has taken her tough life pretty well. She has Papa, and she has her passion... making mechanical gadgets... an interest that alienates her even ...more
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Jun 24, 2014
Gary D. Schmidt can write. He can make me taste the air, shed tears over his characters, and laugh while I'm shedding them. (inappropriately, I'm sure ...more
May 17, 2014
May 17, 2014
Zebra Forest
I picked this book up at the library because of the cover, (striking visually) and I'm glad I did. It wasn't perfect, mind you. It involved some stret ...more
Apr 10, 2014
Apr 22, 2014
This One Summer
I find it difficult to rate this book. The art gets five stars plus, plus. It is amazing!!! I can't even imagine doing that much art, let alone so exp ...more
Feb 21, 2015
Feb 22, 2015
Brightly Woven
I enjoyed many aspects of this story. The world was interesting, and it's rulers, people, enemies, religion and magic were revealed in an understandab ...more
Feb 2015
Feb 01, 2015
On Linden Square
Stella Mae Culpepper lives in an apartment with a wide array of quirky neighbors... none of whom she knows. After a big snowstorm, she goes out to mak ...more
Oct 07, 2013
Oct 17, 2013
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