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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
I finished this book yesterday and I am still having trouble forming an opinion--but here it goes. I have thought about it a lot which is generally a ...more
Feb 10, 2008
Dec 20, 2007
Burned (Burned, #1)
This 531 page book is written entirely in poems, some simple verse, some experiments with form. Pattyn Von Stratten is a repressed 17 year old who has ...more
Jan 30, 2008
Dec 20, 2007
Love, Stargirl (Stargirl, #2)
I was already worried about the premise of this book when I started reading it. What I loved about the original Stargirl is the mystery behind the exu ...more
Dec 2007
Nov 14, 2007
This book is a beautiful telling of a horrific story. Set in Spain in 1500, Estrella DeMadrigal is a normal teenage girl whose everyday life revolves ...more
Feb 02, 2008
Dec 20, 2007
A War of Gifts (The Ender Quintet, #1.5)
For everyone who is a loyal Ender fan, this novella will not disappoint! In this interesting story of faith, we get to journey back to Battle School a ...more
Dec 2007
Jan 02, 2008
Life on the Refrigerator Door
This book is incredibly moving especially when you think about the fact that it is written entirely in scribbled notes on the refrigerator door. A gre ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 20, 2007
New Moon (Twilight, #2)
Meyer hits her literary stride with this book. I was engrossed (although, again, I felt like each section lasted just a little too long). Her depictio ...more
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Dec 20, 2007
Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln
Kadir Nelson uses his stunning grasp of human nuances to illustrate President Abraham Lincoln's life. Nelson's expressive art mixed with Lincoln's act ...more
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Apr 07, 2009
The Serpent Came to Gloucester
In an informative Author’s Note, Anderson explains that this book is based on many historical, eye witness accounts to sea serpents (portrayed in the ...more
Mar 17, 2008
Mar 21, 2008
Introducing Functional Grammar
This entire book was designed to explain Halliday and Mathiassen's Functional Linguistics tome. Which is kind of absurd, but definitely needed. Thomps ...more
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Feb 02, 2008
Bats at the Library
Bryan Lies does not disappoint with his sequel to Bats at the Beach. From the picture on the cover where a bat cradles a book like it is his prized po ...more
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Jan 30, 2009
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
This fictionalized story of Harriet Tubman and her journey toward freedom takes place mostly as a conversation between Tubman and God. The book has a ...more
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Mar 12, 2009
Change Has Come: An Artist Celebrates Our American Spirit
Celebrated children's illutrator and author Kadir Nelson takes some of President Obama's most powerful speeches and weaves together a story of change. ...more
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Feb 02, 2009
Earthlight: Volume 1
While printed in Manga format by Tokyopop, the writer and illustrator are both American and have previously worked with Marvel, DC and Vertigo. Their ...more
Nov 2007
Oct 19, 2007
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vol. 16: Slayer, Interrupted (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Comic #6 Buffy Season 1)
This issue takes place between the original movie and the TV show. Buffy's family still lives in L.A. and her parents have not yet got a divorce. The ...more
Nov 2007
Oct 24, 2007
Elephant Run
I wasn't expecting a deep historical fiction novel from Roland Smith, but I really liked this story. I enjoyed learning about a part of WWII that I ha ...more
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Jun 13, 2008
Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children's Learning
Johnston states the purpose of the book simply; “I focus on those things teachers say (and don’t say) whose combined effect changes the literate lives ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 10, 2007
Good-Bye Round Robin: 25 Effective Oral Reading Strategies
This book was published in 1998 and quotes research that is now considered outdated, but the strategies and suggestions provided are still incredibly ...more
Mar 11, 2008
Mar 11, 2008
Just Another Hero (Jericho, #3)
Narrated by two of the side characters from book one and book two in the trilogy, Just Another Hero focuses on teens getting there life back together. ...more
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Jan 13, 2010
The Rules: Trust No One
This book had an interesting appeal; the writing style pulled me in to the mysterious town of Ciferin, Virginia. I loved the main character Toby who, ...more
Nov 2007
Oct 24, 2007
Unwind (Unwind, #1)
Shusterman delivers another truly original sci-fi tale. The concept of being able to Unwind (take them apart bit by bit and use their parts as donated ...more
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Jul 28, 2008
Critical Pedagogy: Notes from the Real World
An excellent introduction to critical pedagogy. Wink has a relaxed writing style that makes the complex vocabulary and interactive strategies accessib ...more
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Nov 19, 2008
Good Boy, Fergus!
I loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone who has ever had a dog. With each page, I laughed about how simply Shannon has captured both the j ...more
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Jul 27, 2008
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
I feel like this series finale was a little safe. The first half read strongly of a pro-life PSA. Not that there is anything wrong with that, the auth ...more
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Oct 13, 2008
Night Running: How James Escaped with the Help of His Faithful Dog
An excellent underground railroad book based on the true escape story of James Smith and his hunting dog. The story is written by established historic ...more
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Mar 01, 2009
An Abundance of Katherines
I re-read this book after meeting the author John Green at a teacher's conference. He was incredibly quick witted and just as funny in person as in th ...more
Jun 2007
Jul 24, 2007
Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, #1)
A blending of the vampire genre and the spoiled-rich-teen genre, popularized by books like the Gossip Girl series, Blue Bloods focuses on the ethereal ...more
Jan 15, 2008
Dec 20, 2007
You Wouldn't Want to Be on Apollo 13!: A Mission You'd Rather Not Go on
The first half of this book focuses on space flight in general--talking about things like how to pee in space, dried food, flight prep, etc. Only the ...more
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May 04, 2010
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
For the first time in the series, I was able to read the book straight through. I finished it exactly 24 hours after I got the book at the midnight pa ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 24, 2007
The Color of My Words
This is a beautiful story told through poems by a 12 year old narrator who lives in the Dominican Republic. She watches as her happy existence and hom ...more
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Jun 20, 2008
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