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The Imperfectionists
3.54
I don't read a lot of books that aren't written for teenagers, but I read the reviews and the jacket on this one, and decided it sounded too good to p...more
Jun 26, 2010
Jun 26, 2010
 
Anything But Typical
3.86
Wow.

I have read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. I have read Rules, Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree, and I am halfway through M...more
Aug 18, 2009
Aug 01, 2009
 
Tales of the Madman Underground
3.95
It has been three days since I finished the last chapter of Tales of the Madman Underground, and I am still thinking about Karl Shoemaker. Honest, hum...more
Jul 30, 2009
Aug 01, 2009
 
The Lover's Dictionary
3.90
David Levithan is one of my all-time favorite young adult authors. I haven't read every one of his books, but the ones I have read - The Realm of Poss...more
Mar 09, 2011
Mar 09, 2011
 
What She Saw...
3.04
I'm not sure why I finished this book, when I knew 50 pages in that I wasn't really interested in it. But finish I did, and I have to say, I was left...more
Dec 06, 2009
Dec 06, 2009
 
Blackout
4.12
I love the way this story isn't just about what happens during a blackout, but about the way disconnecting technology and electricity for one evening...more
Aug 04, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
Into the Wild Nerd Yonder
3.81
My two favorite things about this book are as follows:

1. Allusions to great YA books. When I was a teenager, I tried to read, listen to, and learn ab...more
Dec 05, 2009
Dec 05, 2009
 
Crossing Stones
4.01
I had never read anything by Helen Frost before I requested this book on inter-library loan from my library system, but I knew she wrote novels in ver...more
Jan 10, 2010
Jan 10, 2010
 
BOOM!: Big, Big Thunder & One Small Dog
3.39
This is a nice straightforward story about a dog's reaction to thunder. My favorite thing about it is the way the ISBN barcode on the back cover has b...more
Aug 29, 2013
Aug 29, 2013
 
As Simple as It Seems
3.73
Jan 26, 2011
Jan 26, 2011
 
Too Many Blooms (Petal Pushers #1)
4.22
Jun 06, 2012
Jun 06, 2012
 
Teachable Moments: Using Everyday Encounters with Media and Culture to Instill Conscience, Character, and Faith
3.86
Philosophically, I agree with Marybeth Hicks pretty much 100%, so I'm inclined to like her books on that basis alone. That said, I have to admit that...more
Jun 19, 2014
Jun 11, 2014
 
Bed of Roses (Bride Quartet, #2)
4.08
**spoiler alert** Nora Roberts is hands-down the most popular author among patrons at my library, so after morning after morning of making fun of her...more
Jul 16, 2010
Jul 16, 2010
 
French Ducks in Venice
3.40
French Ducks in Venice is a book unlike any others I have read this year. It combines elements of fairy tale fantasy with the realities of loss and em...more
Sep 29, 2011
Aug 01, 2011
 
A Field Guide to High School
2.89
This book was a different kind of read, but a good one. Andie, a soon-to-be high school freshman receives a book from her new college freshman sister,...more
Jul 08, 2010
Jul 08, 2010
 
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
3.72
**spoiler alert** I wrote this review in 2008, but it's still true!

NOTE: Spoilers below for Breaking Dawn, and for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallo...more
Aug 12, 2008
May 03, 2009
 
Looking for Alaska
4.20
I put off reading this for a while because I didn't want my John Green experience to end, but I got the urge to finally read it last night, and I'm so...more
Dec 04, 2009
Dec 03, 2009
 
Grandpa Green
4.13
The text has a real sincerity and truth to it, and the story arc is well-executed and ends at just the right moment. I tend to think of books about ag...more
Sep 17, 2011
Sep 18, 2011
 
In Summer Light
3.63
What a disappointment that a book like this is out of print! I can’t name very many contemporary realistic fiction coming-of-age novels, so maybe it’s...more
Mar 19, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
 
Interrupting Chicken
4.19
In addition to being visually appealing, this book fills the need for more picture books featuring fathers and daughters, and especially fathers readi...more
Mar 02, 2011
Mar 02, 2011
 
The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever
4.05
I still question whether preschoolers and early elementary schoolers care about stories about crushes, but this one is pretty funny. Fly Guy fans look...more
Jan 02, 2013
Jan 02, 2013
 
Silly Suzy Goose
3.57
"Perhaps it is better to be just like everyone else, thought Suzy Goose..."

It's hard to believe a children's book actually includes this line. I can...more
Oct 13, 2012
Oct 13, 2012
 
Toot Toot Beep Beep
3.83
Read at Preschool Story Time on 5/4/12: http://storytimesecrets.blogspot.com/...

Read at Baby Time (at another branch) on 8/22/12:
http://storytimesecr...more
May 04, 2012
May 04, 2012
 
My Heart Is Like a Zoo
3.98
Read at family story time on 7/30/11: http://storytimesecrets.blogspot.com/...

Read at Baby Lap Time on 4/19/12 and 4/20/12: storytimesecrets.blogspot....more
Jul 30, 2011
Jul 30, 2011
 
Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom
3.48
I appreciate the information presented in this book, but it is definitely very one-sided. The author seems to assume she is preaching to the choir and...more
Nov 12, 2013
Nov 12, 2013
 
All Kinds of Kisses
3.82
Read at Baby/Toddler Story Time on 2/14/12: http://storytimesecrets.blogspot.com/...

Read at Baby Lap Time on 2/15/12 & 2/16/12: http://storytimese...more
Feb 14, 2012
Feb 14, 2012
 
Caldecott and Co.: Notes on Books and Pictures
4.28
I found this collection of Sendak's essays on the shelves at one of the libraries I visit regularly. It was so well hidden it wasn't even in the catal...more
Jul 27, 2013
Jul 27, 2013
 
Angels Fall
3.95
I am pretty new to romance novels for adults, though they were my main YA genre when I was in high school. This one is a romantic suspense novel about...more
Nov 11, 2011
Nov 11, 2011
 
Prudence Wants a Pet
4.11
Reviewed on my blog: http://storytimesecrets.blogspot.com/...

Read at Tales for Fours and Fives on 8/18/11: http://storytimesecrets.blogspot.com/...

Rea...more
Aug 05, 2011
Aug 06, 2011
 
Jean and Johnny  (First Love, #3)
3.66
If I had a teenage daughter, I'd absolutely want her to read this book, and I think girls like I was - shy, uncertain, and nerdy - will appreciate thi...more
May 05, 2011
May 05, 2011
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