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The Fault in Our Stars
Nothing in this book could be more perfect - unless, I suppose, there was no thing as cancer or ill fate, but then Hazel and Gus would be different pe ...more
Apr 17, 2014
Apr 15, 2014
Every Day (Every Day, #1)
Wow. What an incredible story about tolerance, love, and morality. The sheer genius of the plot line alone gives one much to think about, but the hone ...more
Oct 05, 2014
Oct 02, 2014
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
This book differed from the first two in a couple major ways - first, the chapters alternated telling the story from Tris and Four's perspectives. Tha ...more
Dec 2013
Dec 16, 2013
Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year
The process of writing the book was eye-opening in that I never had the chance prior to see the first year's worth of paintings as an entity onto them ...more
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Feb 11, 2009
Wow. This is a book I will NEVER tire of. The verbage, the artwork, the whimsy - it all boils down to my passion, dogs and our relationship with the g ...more
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Jun 24, 2009
The Lacemaker and the Princess
Yest my 9 yr old and I were discussing the right to vote, and how many priviledges we have as Americans now that most of the world does not/did not ha ...more
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Jul 29, 2010
Into the Wild (Into the Wild, #1)
This was a wildly creative story, which I thoroughly enjoyed the imaginative aspect of. But something about it just didn't click all the way for me. M ...more
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Mar 22, 2011
The Order of Odd-Fish
I grabbed this book purely on the power of author James Kennedy's 2009 ALA presentation (found it on youtube), and really was not disappointed. The bo ...more
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Jul 13, 2009
42 Miles
This book was right on so many levels. The prose was perfect - not intimidating or trite, but honest and lilting. The character, struggling to figure ...more
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Mar 07, 2011
I had been reading about Denise Fleming's art - she works with pigmented paper pulp, creating pages/sheets that have the imagery imbedded into the fib ...more
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Sep 08, 2009
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
It was hard not to compare this book to The Hunger Games, which I recently read,and while this one is not packed with the same sort of action, it is a ...more
Nov 06, 2009
Nov 02, 2009
The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
I love the sense of humor Gaiman has, and this book is just another example of his excellent voice, warped attention to detail, and insane irony. The ...more
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Jun 15, 2009
The Giant-Slayer
I sobbed through the last 100 pages of this book. Unreal, how wonderful on SO MANY levels it is. Historical fiction, fantasy, all these great links/co ...more
Nov 2011
Nov 17, 2011
Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun
This book is incredibly well designed - a nice summary of 52 drawing based exercises that are appropriate for artists of all levels. Furthermore, the ...more
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May 08, 2011
If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)
holy s&^% (excuse me). This is a phenomenal read - the character finds herself in an out of body experience after an accident that claims the live ...more
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Jan 04, 2010
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Calpurnia Tate, #1)
What an amazing story - about evolution generically, the evolution of Calpurnia specifically, the evolution of relationships and the evolution of woma ...more
Nov 2012
Nov 14, 2012
Mary Cassatt: Prints and Drawings from the Artist's Studio
I knew Mary Cassatt was forward thinking in hr compositional techniques, but this book really highlights her extraordinary skills as a draftswoman. It ...more
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Jan 04, 2010
Out of My Mind
WOW!! This is a middle school Battle Book, and as such, I expected it to be extraordinary, which it was. What I didn't expect was a storyline that inc ...more
Oct 2012
Oct 01, 2012
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)
WOW! The way this series tied itself up reminded me a bit of the Harry Potter series - really well designed, the plot sustained itself nicely through ...more
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Dec 14, 2009
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!
The last couple of children's "picture" books I read contained inspiring artwork, which made me think of this book, too. Not only is the story one I c ...more
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Jan 24, 2009
See You at Harry's
This book needs to come packaged with a box of tissues. I sobbed through the last 1/2 of it, literally. Gut wrenchingly terrific read - and so glad it ...more
Nov 2012
Nov 28, 2012
The Face on the Milk Carton (Janie Johnson, #1)
Janie is a fabulous teen character thrown into a rather unlikely scenario, yet her reactions all ring true as she tries to figure out her own identity ...more
Oct 2012
Oct 26, 2012
I couldn't have loved this book more. Predictable only at the last 3 pages, but how wonderful those 3 pages were (I had to dry my copy of the book out ...more
Jan 2011
Dec 17, 2011
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
I just adored this book on every single level. Lin's method of story telling with story telling is compelling and fascinating - so many different less ...more
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Mar 30, 2011
Make Prints!
This is a nice primer on a variety of different printing processes. The projects are well laid out and carefully explained, and the visuals are inspir ...more
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Jan 18, 2011
Jane Hammond: Paper Work
Jane's work is so easily processed by kids, yet carries a huge symbolic and complex message that is also appreciated by adults. This exhibition was ph ...more
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Jan 17, 2011
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
The ending seemed a little rushed, but we were closing in on 1000 pages (in the trilogy), and perhaps had it been drug out a little more I would have ...more
Oct 2013
Sep 28, 2013
LOVED this book - so poignant, about a young girl finding herself and embracing her authenticity in a world of distractions and downright challenges. ...more
Dec 2013
Dec 27, 2013
Kandinsky (Masters of Art)
I skimmed the text in this one, but drooled over and carefully studied the color plates. All in preparation for a lesson with my students on building ...more
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Apr 23, 2012
There is nothing as powerful as this poem, nothing. I first heard it spoken aloud, then hunted down the book (which I proceeded to give to nearly ever ...more
Dec 2011
Jan 09, 2012
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