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Dirty Little Secrets
A very engaging fast read. Omololu introduced me to a mental illness I knew nothing about, while keeping me wondering what Lucy was going to do about ...more
Oct 20, 2009
Oct 21, 2009
Crossing the Wire
Great book for a middle school English class. Lots of action. Lots of ideas to explore about the nature of our relationship with Mexico and the affect ...more
Mar 04, 2009
Mar 04, 2009
The Black Tower
**spoiler alert** Historical fiction, no matter how many liberties the authors take, is a favorite of mine, because while reading I'm relearning histo ...more
Aug 14, 2009
Apr 07, 2009
The Signature of All Things
This is an interesting, wide ranging book that was not always an enjoyable read. It reminded me of Moby Dick in a way--a novel often interrupted by da ...more
Feb 06, 2014
Jan 22, 2014
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
In general I like parallel novels and enjoy considering new perspectives on old stories. I think the author succeeded in making me think about the nat ...more
Jan 13, 2010
Jan 14, 2010
What I Saw and How I Lied
Great coming of age story set post WWII. Evie is very real, at turns hopeful, courageous, innocent, pragmatic, and flawed. She learns so much about th ...more
Jun 20, 2009
Jun 17, 2009
Assassination Vacation
So informative and so funny. The connections she found among historical events, people and places in our country are truly amazing. Vowell is never ir ...more
Sep 17, 2010
Aug 07, 2010
Skippy Dies
**spoiler alert** It's easy to see why this book is on the Man Booker long list. The writing is beautiful and Murray moves effortlessly from one chara ...more
Sep 23, 2010
Aug 01, 2010
The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)
I was really into it at first. I liked the religious angle. I was intrigued by the unconsecrated. I liked the main characters. But I didn't spend that ...more
Jul 2010
Jul 07, 2010
The City of Ember (Book of Ember, #1)
I read this for our library's middle school reading group. I think the teens will like it. It is fast-paced and keeps you guessing. It reminds me a lo ...more
Jun 05, 2009
Jun 06, 2009
Transcendence (Transcendence, #1)
From the bottom of my teen librarian heart, thanks to Cynthia for writing an engrossing and clean teen novel that includes characters of color. A joy ...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jul 03, 2012
The Space Between Trees
Much of the writing was good but I couldn't bring myself to care much for the characters. Hadley was interesting but not likable. I kept waiting for s ...more
Jan 27, 2010
Jan 27, 2010
Read the ARC

There were some really lovely moments in this book. I especially appreciated the main character's grief process; it felt very authentic fo
Aug 04, 2010
Jul 28, 2010
Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)
This book made me laugh a lot in the beginning. I guess I never really thought about what a zombie thinks about :) Turns out they are remarkably self- ...more
Dec 22, 2012
Dec 02, 2012
Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1)
OK, so I'm an adult reading this book that is not written for adults, so perhaps I shouldn't be so harsh, but...I did not enjoy this book. The charact ...more
Dec 31, 2008
Dec 21, 2008
Tiffany's Table Manners for Teenagers
Draft BAYA review

Walter Hoving, founder of Tiffany & Co, wrote a book of table manners after having lunch with with teenaged grandson in the 1960s
Nov 14, 2011
Nov 14, 2011
Son (The Giver Quartet, #4)

A satisfying ending to the series. A good entry to dystopian stuff for young teens. Yet it feels disjointed to me; the mixing of two types of stories
May 28, 2012
May 24, 2012
The Husband's Secret
Dramatic and thoughtful. Moriarty creates very real characters and contemplates compelling issues like making marriage last and taking responsibility ...more
Oct 27, 2014
Oct 20, 2014
Witch Child (Witch Child, #1)
a great piece of historical fiction for middle school students. The story is compelling enough to keep them interested while they are learning about e ...more
Jan 10, 2010
Jan 08, 2010
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider, #1)
Good fun, especially for middle school boys. It's an action adventure like a 007 story, but age appropriate. Nothing too deep, but the writing moves a ...more
Mar 12, 2010
Mar 14, 2010
Hamlet's BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age
Powers' book gave me lots to think about in terms of the role I want computers, cell phones, and the Internet to play in my life. It helped me underst ...more
Mar 05, 2011
Feb 24, 2011
The Overlook (Harry Bosch, #13)
I'm only part way through this book and I'm going to stop. Harry just handcuffed an FBI agent because he doesn't want to be excluded from a case that ...more
Aug 15, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
Death at La Fenice (Commissario Brunetti, #1)
Would give it 3.5 stars if I had that option. Really liked the characters. Also loved seeing Venice through the characters' eyes. The crime/mystery it ...more
Sep 09, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
The Last Coyote (Harry Bosch, #4)
Enjoyed this a lot. Harry Bosch is a psychopath with whom you can sympathize. Reminds me of how Daniel Craig plays James Bond. He's intelligent, talen ...more
Oct 15, 2010
Oct 12, 2010
Dragon Keeper (Dragon Keeper, #1)
This book was chosen by my middle school reading club at the library. I think it might be better suited to even younger readers. That said it was a lo ...more
Nov 03, 2009
Oct 21, 2009
Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse, #2)
I guess this is between a 2 and 3 star for me. Like I said last time, a fun escape, but the writing isn't great. I continue to like Sookie. Bill is to ...more
Mar 31, 2009
Mar 24, 2009
Cutting Edge (Charles Resnick, #3)
Book three of the Resnick series. In this one you learn more about Resnick's divorce. The author has been good at filling in details about the main ch ...more
Dec 19, 2008
Dec 21, 2008
Eleanor & Park
The writer pulled off something great here: she took her time developing the love story and really giving us insight into their relationship and separ ...more
Mar 14, 2013
Mar 08, 2013
Interpreter of Maladies
Once again beautiful writing. Her characters are well developed with simple yet descriptive language. But again, most of her characters are discontent ...more
Oct 08, 2013
Sep 27, 2013
The Year We Were Famous
I enjoyed this story. I especially liked learning the "real" story in the author's note in the back.

Not sure it would have enough teen appeal to get p
Feb 09, 2011
Feb 06, 2011