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About Average
3.59
Andrew Clements delivers a pitch-perfect novel for elementary-aged readers here. It works on so many levels - it addresses trendy issues like the unre ...more
Dec 13, 2012
Dec 11, 2012
 
A Snicker of Magic
4.09
This book was an utter delight to read. The main character is a girl who can see words around things and people in a synesthesia-like effect. She and ...more
Jun 2014
Nov 15, 2013
 
Fangirl
4.20
This is another winner from Rowell, who really knows how to tell a good romantic/coming of age story for shy, artistic types. I loved all the quirks, ...more
Jan 06, 2014
Sep 08, 2013
 
The Collector
3.88
Either Nora is losing her touch or I'm just getting tired of her books, because this romantic suspense novel didn't keep me guessing, on the edge of m ...more
Nov 03, 2014
Oct 30, 2014
 
Breadcrumbs
3.75
What a jewel of a book. I loved it as an adult and I would have loved it even more as a kid. Not only is the writing beautiful, but the pacing of the ...more
Feb 19, 2012
Feb 16, 2012
 
Room
3.96
I raced through this book after years of avoiding it due to the pure nausea its premise induces. It's about a woman who has been held captive in a tin ...more
Jul 05, 2014
Jul 05, 2014
 
Redeployment
4.04
This National Book Award winner is a collection of short stories that will give people a heartbreakingly close look at the effects of the Iraq war on ...more
Dec 07, 2014
Dec 04, 2014
 
The Shop on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, No. 1)
4.03
Debbie Macomber is *such* a popular author at my library that I decided to try one of her books. From what I understand, she writes about traditional ...more
Jun 15, 2012
Jun 15, 2012
 
Everybody Sees the Ants
4.04
A.S. King is now one of my Authors to Watch. She did a brilliant job in this book of telling the story of a 15 year old boy named Lucky who is brutall ...more
Apr 11, 2012
Apr 10, 2012
 
Before I Fall
3.93
This book takes a Groundhog Day-ish premise and ends up making it completely unique. Samantha, the main character, is in the popular crowd at school a ...more
Jan 23, 2012
Jan 22, 2012
 
Words in the Dust
4.03
There are no easy answers in this book about Afghanistan in the mid-2000s. The main character is a 13-year-old Afghani girl with a cleft lip. American ...more
Mar 10, 2013
Mar 10, 2013
 
Glory O'Brien's History of the Future
3.87
Like King's other novels, this is intense, moving, and simultaneously very weird and very compelling. Her themes of growing up, growing apart from fri ...more
Nov 24, 2014
Nov 23, 2014
 
EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken
3.23
This chapter book portrays a realistic, if less-than-ideal (from an adult perspective) bullying situation and how it was resolved. The kids end up ind ...more
Jul 21, 2013
Jul 21, 2013
 
Close to Famous
4.01
I really, really enjoyed this story about a girl with a great memory and an incredible talent for baking who also struggles with an near-inability to ...more
Mar 03, 2013
Mar 01, 2013
 
One Crazy Summer (Gaither Sisters, #1)
3.92
I couldn't help comparing this novel to last year's Caudill nominee The Rock and the River. This offers a gentler picture of the Black Panther movemen ...more
Mar 07, 2012
Mar 06, 2012
 
The Lost
3.97
I found the concept behind this book extremely interesting: a woman named Lauren, who is fleeing from her problems, stumbles into a town called Lost t ...more
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 20, 2014
 
Wonder
4.42
Fans of heartfelt stories with happy endings will love this book about Auggie, whose facial deformities, multiple surgeries, and health problems have ...more
Jun 09, 2012
Jun 05, 2012
 
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands
3.61
I got this ARC from a giveaway.

What if the nuclear power plant where your parents work melts down, and everyone is blaming them for the catastrophe? W
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Apr 07, 2014
Mar 04, 2014
 
True (. . . Sort Of)
4.11
This middle-grade novel is about kids with problems - some of which are more serious than others. The main character has problems with impulse control ...more
Sep 23, 2011
Sep 21, 2011
 
Leap of Faith
3.78
I liked this story of a sixth grade girl recovering from bullying and finding her voice (and some peace) in a Catholic school and in Catholicism as a ...more
Sep 04, 2012
Sep 05, 2012
 
Summer Rental
3.76
This book is a fine example of a girly, emotional beach read. Four women rent a beach house for a month for a girls' vacation, and each one has proble ...more
Jun 24, 2012
Jun 23, 2012
 
Ask the Passengers
3.91
There's so much that teens can take away from this book! A.S. King's deceptively simple writing style disguises this fact, because reading her prose i ...more
Nov 11, 2012
Oct 14, 2012
 
Okay for Now
4.22
I can see why a lot of librarians are shortlisting this one for a possible Newbery in 2012. It's a touching story about a boy named Doug in 1968 with ...more
Dec 04, 2011
Dec 03, 2011
 
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
4.20
I read this one in anticipation of the movie coming out later this year and I was not sorry I did. It's the story of this guy's freshman year in high ...more
Aug 11, 2012
Aug 12, 2012
 
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
3.46
This teen crossover novel has a lot of food for thought, and is darkly realistic in that it demonstrates repeatedly that there are no happy endings. L ...more
Jul 07, 2014
Jul 05, 2014
 
Ten Rules for Living with My Sister
3.89
This was a lovely family-oriented story about two sisters growing up in New York City. The older sister, Lexie, is going through the throes of her ear ...more
Aug 2013
Aug 01, 2013
 
Kushiel's Scion (Imriel's Trilogy, #1)
4.18
People who like high fantasy and who also like stories about people recovering from horrible traumas, such as Dave Peltzer's books, will devour this b ...more
Jan 31, 2014
Jan 24, 2014
 
An Amish Kitchen
4.04
This collection of three stories was light, fluffy, romantic, and packed full of plotlines that center around emotional issues such as an (uber-chaste ...more
Feb 04, 2014
Feb 03, 2014
 
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
3.82
Holy bagumba! This book is just a total delight, and BY FAR my favorite Newbery winner. It's simultaneously charming and deep, with gorgeous language ...more
Feb 05, 2014
Jan 29, 2014
 
Bigger than a Bread Box
4.03
Here's a good book with fantastical elements for kids who don't like fantasy. The main character is a middle-school aged girl whose parents are separa ...more
Aug 10, 2012
Aug 01, 2012
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