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Cesar Millan's Short Guide to a Happy Dog: 98 Essential Tips and Techniques
Getting ready for Ramona's arrival this week. She's a two-year-old Shih Tzu mix that I have adopted from a shelter. Cesar Millan is clearly the expert ...more
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Jul 14, 2014
Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature
Even readers like me who have spent many decades reading, writing, writing about, and teaching about children's books will find interesting new bits o ...more
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Aug 12, 2014
The Secret Hum of a Daisy
Grace's mother was a free spirit, and they lived a nomadic life. Grace wanted to stay in the last place; it felt like home. She was angry when her mot ...more
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May 08, 2014
The Silver Donkey
Sonya Hartnett just received the Astrid Lindgren prize, an award that carries a large cash prize along with the honor. I had never read anything by th ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 20, 2008
From Texas with Love (The Genius Files #4)
My 13-year-old grandson has loved these books since he read the first one. several years ago It fed his fascination with maps and roadside attractions ...more
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Feb 06, 2014
Ghost Hawk
Little Hawk is a Wampanoag boy living in what is now Massachusetts when the white men had just begun to settle there. He dies at their hands while try ...more
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Sep 11, 2013
Gone Girl
Spoiler alert! Woman fakes her murder and frames her husband for it. A surprising turn of events sends her home for an awkward reconciliation of sorts ...more
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Sep 08, 2012
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing
Miss Mo LoBeau is back, sassy as ever, along with her pal Dale, adoptive family Miss Lana and the Colonel, and assorted characters living in and aroun ...more
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Feb 18, 2014
The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme
The panoramic black and white art is an astonishing visualization of that horrific battle. Adam Hochschild's essay is an impressive accompaniment. Thi ...more
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Dec 07, 2013
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
Rachel fell nine stories from the roof of her building -- along with her other, brother, and sister -- and she alone survived. Jamie, or Brick as he p ...more
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Aug 05, 2011
My Brother's Shadow
It is 1918 in Berlin, and 16-year-old Moritz has no clear ideas about the war that is drawing to a close except that it has been very hard on his fami ...more
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Nov 12, 2011
The Woodcutter
I love the Dalziel and Pascoe mysteries -- this novel not so much. (Nonetheless, I did stay up last night until I finished it.) A young boy, a woodcut ...more
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Aug 14, 2011
Stadt der Engel oder The Overcoat of Dr. Freud
I read this fictionalized memoir by the East German writer in English, a 2013 publication from Farrar, Straus Giroux which Goodreads doesn't seem to r ...more
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Jan 17, 2014
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
I can see the appeal this has for teenage girls, but I'm I thought it was pretty tedious. Too much repetitive description of Edward's perfect face and ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 28, 2008
Joseph is struggling to be a good kid in the face of really tough odds. He's had good people in his corner, but now his grandparents have died, his Da ...more
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Aug 19, 2011
Death Among Friends
Another of Taviscombe's more unpleasant residents has been murdered, and there is no shortage of people with motives and means. Only when several like ...more
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Jun 08, 2011
The Impossible Knife of Memory
Hayley has spent the last five years drifting around the country with her father, a West Point grad who is suffering from severe PTSD after his tours ...more
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Feb 11, 2014
Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1)
In this all too plausible future dystopia, New Orleans and the Gulf have been submerged in one hurricane -- city killer, in the parlance of this world ...more
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Jan 13, 2012
Tom Angleberger calls this book "remarkable," and I must agree. The story of a boy born with massive facial abnormalities becomes a story of courage a ...more
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Mar 20, 2012
The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #5)
Detective Stephen Moran feels stuck in Cold Cases so he jumps at the chance to take a new development in the case of a murdered boy to the Murder Squa ...more
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Oct 04, 2014
Bright Island
I read the paperback reissue of this 1938 Newbery honor book. Sixteen-year-old Thankful Curtis has been raised on an island off the Maine coast. Schoo ...more
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Dec 28, 2012
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
In 1799, Japan was still closed to foreigners; but trading with the Dutch took place on Dejima, a small fortified island off the port of Nagasaki. Her ...more
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Dec 27, 2011
The Cat Who Played Brahms (Cat Who... #5)
There are many, many of these "Cat Who..." mysteries by this author. This is the first one I have ever read. Qwilleran is a newspaper reporter who has ...more
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May 15, 2013
Beneath a Meth Moon
WHen Hurricane Katrina hits her home town of Pass Christian, Laurel loses her mother and grandmother. Her father takes her and her brother to stay in ...more
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May 23, 2012
A Stranger at Green Knowe (Green Knowe, #4)
I first read this classic British novel more than 40 years ago when I was in library school. Winner of the Carnegie Medal in 1961 and an ALA Notable B ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 28, 2009
The Penderwicks at Point Mouette (The Penderwicks, #3)
Dad is going to England for a honeymoon with his new wife and baby Ben. Rosalind is spending time with a friend (definitely not Snooki) on the Jersey ...more
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May 17, 2011
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
A thirteen-year-old Japanese boy responds to questions about some of the behaviors that he and other young people on the autistic spectrum exhibit. Na ...more
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Jan 17, 2014
The Barbarian Nurseries
An affluent family living in an Orange County beach community suffers some financial reversals. They fire their Mexican American gardener and nanny, l ...more
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Apr 30, 2012
Gentle's Holler
A poor family struggles to survive in their Tennessee mountain home in the 1960s. There isn't enough money for a telephone or a car, and the children ...more
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Nov 07, 2011
News from the World: Stories & Essays
Each of the seventeen short stories, essays, and the speech in this collection is a gem in itself. However, the whole is less than the sum of its part ...more
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Jul 23, 2011
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