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Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #8)
4.28
In which Greg learns that a Magic 8 Ball is not a great decision-making tool, but that's probably because he only has one. Someone needs to get him a...more
not set
Nov 30, 2013
 
Body of Water
3.41
After five breaths, you form a picture in your head. Not of things. Not even of places. But of the people you know you'll always have in your life. Fo...more
Mar 03, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
 
Carrier of the Mark (Carrier, #1)
3.53
This is a romance masquerading as a fantasy. The romance is obsessive and overwrought in a Bella-and-Edward kind of way without having the pluses of T...more
Dec 05, 2011
Dec 05, 2011
 
The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)
4.36
Lucas and I agree that we're kind of meh about main character Jason, but we LOVE Piper and Leo, almost more than Percy. Oh, yeah, I went there. And I...more
not set
Jan 15, 2011
 
Dramarama
3.44
One of the characters in this book got stuck in the Rochester airport, which is right down the road from my house. WOO, ROCHESTER! WAY TO MAKE THE BIG...more
Sep 02, 2009
Sep 02, 2009
 
Thirteen Reasons Why
4.07
The audio production of this is particularly good, with one voice for Hannah's tapes and another voice for Clay. I can see why the novel's been on the...more
Apr 19, 2009
Apr 19, 2009
 
Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook
4.33
This book of essays about writing by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter is as useful and entertaining for adult writers as it is for its intended middle grad...more
Dec 15, 2011
Dec 15, 2011
 
Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator (Gilda Joyce, #1)
3.89
This works as a mystery and as a ghost story. As a narrator, Gilda just cracks me up. She's smart and brash and serious without being too cutely preco...more
Jul 05, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
 
The Lord of Opium (Matteo Alacran #2)
3.73
I loved House of the Scorpion, but it had been so long since I'd read it that I thought this sequel wouldn't make sense. We're safely in the hands of...more
Nov 29, 2013
Nov 29, 2013
 
Lucky for Good (The Hard Pan Trilogy, #3)
3.87
Things I enjoyed about this book: the Mojave Desert setting, Lucky's love for Charles Darwin (and Deborah Heiligman's amazing Charles and Emma, which...more
Sep 05, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
 
The Case of the Missing Marquess (Enola Holmes Mysteries, #1)
3.84
You've kind of got to love a historical mystery with literary allusions, especially one that manages to snap along the way this one does. Katherine Ke...more
May 06, 2010
May 07, 2010
 
The Ghost's Grave
3.93
This book is a lot more mystery than ghost story, and the ghost isn't even slightly scary, which isn't to say this isn't a fun book. The main characte...more
May 16, 2012
May 16, 2012
 
Into the Gauntlet (The 39 Clues, #10)
4.00
I genuinely enjoyed this series--likable characters, fact-filled, and action-packed. I listened to all of these, and the audiobooks are fantastic. Dav...more
Jan 29, 2011
Jan 30, 2011
 
The Land of Laughs
3.95
It seems like a pretty straightforward story until everything starts getting really freaking weird. And then it gets weirder. Then weirder. Apparently...more
Nov 27, 2011
Nov 27, 2011
 
The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories
4.12
I really enjoyed the audio, particularly NPH's, Anjelica Huston's, and Joan Cusack's performances. The stories themselves varied quite a bit. "The Str...more
Nov 04, 2011
Nov 04, 2011
 
The Game of Sunken Places
3.38
I did not love this with the ferocity with which I normally love Mr. Anderson's books. I almost feel like I've done something wrong not loving it. May...more
Feb 23, 2010
Feb 23, 2010
 
Above World (Above World, #1)
3.88
A different take on the post-apocalyptic genre, where humans have adapted in various ways to separate themselves from each other and survive in areas...more
Jan 31, 2012
Jan 31, 2012
 
One Year in Coal Harbor (Coal Harbour #2)
3.72
You don't have to have read Everything on a Waffle to fall for this sequel (although you should totally read Everything on a Waffle if you haven't), w...more
Sep 04, 2012
Sep 04, 2012
 
The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories, #1)
4.11
I don't think I would have enjoyed this nearly so much if I'd read it, but I listened to the audio, which Colfer does himself, and his performance won...more
Jul 02, 2012
Jul 02, 2012
 
The Sword Thief (39 Clues, #3)
3.88
A young reader told me this one ends with a bang, and she wasn't kidding. A couple characters took turns that were too strong a departure from their b...more
Nov 25, 2009
Nov 25, 2009
 
One False Note (The 39 Clues, #2)
3.90
The part where they made Marie Antoinette's "let them eat cake" line into a coded message she was passing between Ben Franklin and Mozart was hilariou...more
Oct 17, 2009
Oct 17, 2009
 
The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, #2)
4.45
Dear Rick,

You adequately foreshadowed this, but, seriously, that surprise reveal at the end? Haven't you done enough to Hazel? And what about Frank?...more
Oct 07, 2013
Oct 07, 2013
 
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
3.78
I listened to the audiobook (Thanks for the loan, Amy and Arthur!), and I enjoyed it a lot. Some of the essays were more serious than funny, but in a...more
Jun 11, 2013
Jun 12, 2013
 
Kings & Queens of England
3.00
This was zippy enough to hold my attention, and I learned some things. The package could benefit from a printed timeline, but I suppose I could go on...more
Jan 14, 2013
Jan 14, 2013
 
Son (The Giver #4)
3.95
Interesting how Lowry pulled the whole series together. I liked this book much better than the last one, and I particularly enjoyed the first section,...more
Sep 28, 2012
Sep 28, 2012
 
The Wee Free Men (Discworld, #30) (Tiffany Aching, #1)
4.22
I first listened to this back when I was on ALSC's Notable Recordings committee, and it is absolutely worth repeat listening. Stephen Briggs is an exc...more
Feb 13, 2011
Feb 13, 2011
 
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
3.92
Alternates well between funny and moving, and I enjoyed the specificity of the setting (Seattle and LA) as well as the careers of two of the main char...more
Aug 13, 2013
Aug 13, 2013
 
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
4.03
This unusual and compelling story explores love and jealousy and grief. Brunt does a fantastic job capturing the mid-80s, and June is a likable and of...more
Aug 18, 2012
Aug 18, 2012
 
Suite Scarlett (Scarlett, #1)
3.62
I listened to most of this on audio (then the last disc wouldn't play--curses!). The combination of the story, the telling, and the reader was winning...more
Jun 30, 2009
Jun 30, 2009
 
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Series, #1)
4.04
Like everyone else, I decided to reread this after reading When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. Both books are about all the important things, and ther...more
Oct 2009
Oct 05, 2009
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