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Paris Trout
Seems like I should give more than three stars to a winner of the National Book Award. And I can understand why it won - the plot and pacing are excel ...more
Oct 20, 2011
Oct 21, 2011
The Goldfinch
Masterful writing. Good enough to win the Pulitzer. I agree with others that it might have benefited from some additional editing. Was the last romanc ...more
Aug 08, 2014
Aug 15, 2014
Dead End in Norvelt
As is commonly the case with well-written novels, a reader of this story finds herself hoping that it is more fact than fiction. Gantos bases this sto ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 13, 2012
The Sense of an Ending
I was really impressed - rarely do I finish a book and find myself thinking that I will read it again and maybe right away. Guess that's why it won th ...more
Jan 03, 2012
Jan 04, 2012
The One and Only Ivan
Newbery Award Winner 2013. Ivan, the gorilla living at the Big 8 Top Mall, tells a story of loneliness, friendship, and determination. Applegate's use ...more
Feb 08, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
War Horse (War Horse, #1)
Joey, a beautiful red horse, tells his own story about being sold to the English Army during World War I, subsequently being captured by the Germans, ...more
May 06, 2012
May 07, 2012
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
Fabulous! I was just going to skim this, but ended up being totally engrossed. We know about Los Alamos and the bomb, but the book brings in all the p ...more
Feb 10, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)
Won Man Booker prize 2012. Second in the Thomas Cromwell approach to telling the story of Henry VIII/Anne Boleyn. It is gripping as you march relentle ...more
Oct 27, 2013
Oct 28, 2013
On My Honor
Great choice for high interest/low reading level (4-6th grade). Two contrasting protagonists - Tony is an impulsive, daredevil. Joel, although clearly ...more
May 2012
May 04, 2012
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Multiple award winner - and for good reason. Unusual story about the friendship between two teen boys. Although Ari and Dante face the typical pressur ...more
Jun 2013
Jun 11, 2013
Let the Great World Spin
How did I miss this 2009 National Book Award winner?! I loved the intertwining stories and McCann's writing style (which is surprising to me since it ...more
Jan 2013
Jan 17, 2014
The Spectacular Now
The Bulletin said, "Sutter's lively, humorous narration is deceptively insightful and clever...a sobering look at the rationalizations of a teenage al ...more
Mar 2014
Mar 19, 2014
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Newbery Winner 2014. Just thinking about the book makes me smile. There were laugh-out loud scenes, memorable and touching poems, comforting character ...more
Feb 2014
Mar 05, 2014
Wolf Hall
Won Man Booker in 2009. First in trilogy. Tells the Henry VIII/Anne Boleyn story from Thomas Cromwell's perspective. Extremely well-written and intere ...more
Oct 2013
Oct 28, 2013
One Cool Friend
Caldecott Honor book. Quirky tale about a boy who takes home a real penguin from the aquarium and not,as his dad expects, the stuffed type for $20.
Jan 2013
Jan 30, 2013
Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas
Graphic novel giving overviews of the lives of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas. Informative and engaging in graphic novel format.
Jul 2013
Aug 01, 2013
Sleep Like a Tiger
Caldecott Honor Book 2013. Gorgeous illustrations plus soothing text equals perfect bedtime storybook.
Jan 2013
Jan 30, 2013
Splendors and Glooms
Did not finish.
Mar 2013
Apr 04, 2013
Inside Out & Back Again
Mar 15, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
Jan 27, 2012
Dec 23, 2011
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Nov 2012
Jun 10, 2014
Liesl & Po
Feb 20, 2012
Feb 21, 2012
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