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The Last Time I Saw You
So it was very easy to read. But I have to tell you that if I ever read that book before attending any of my reunions, I would have been scared to go!...more
Jul 02, 2010
Jun 21, 2010
The Year of Magical Thinking
Wow. I had a different picture about this book before I began reading. I knew that it was about the death of her husband. But I thought it was about h...more
Aug 2007
Aug 06, 2007
Writing and Enjoying Haiku: A Hands-on Guide
Loved this book. Very practical ideas for honing the art of haiku. I did my own book study this summer with it. Reflected on my reading each week at C...more
Aug 2009
Sep 06, 2009
New Moon (Twilight, #2)
Loved Jacob and was hoping for a different outcome. But then we wouldn't have two more books to read, would we? Great fun for summer reading. On to fi...more
Aug 16, 2009
Aug 12, 2009
Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope
I have to admit that I was a little skeptical when HarperCollins sent Ana's Story by Jenna Bush for review. I took it with me to read at the annual co...more
Jul 2007
Aug 06, 2007
The Girl Who Chased the Moon
Another Allen book that I consumed in a day. Ia great book for taking a break from reading heavier tomes.
not set
Jun 24, 2012
Boys without Names
I love books about children in other cultures tbat show perseverance. I could barely put it down.
not set
Aug 25, 2013
The Help
It was good. I wonder how the story would have read if actually written by on of the help.
Apr 2010
Jun 21, 2010
Firefly Lane (Firefly Lane, #1)
The decades, the music and looking at the longevity of friendships made it a great beach read. Good summer escape.
Jul 16, 2009
Jul 19, 2009
Operation Yes
I cannot wait to tell teachers about this book. What a great way to begin a school year!
Jul 10, 2009
Jul 19, 2009
The Adventures of Beanboy
This book surprised me. Found it engaging with multi-layers.
not set
Jul 27, 2014
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
I loved that it takes place in the PNW. Fun, easy read.
May 2008
Sep 07, 2009
Island of the Blue Dolphins (Island of the Blue Dolphins #1)
A favorite childhood book.
not set
Feb 14, 2012
Double Identity
Fifth graders at my school have eaten up Haddix's "Among the..." series. I believe this will be a hit for them as well. Bethany is approaching thirtee...more
Aug 2007
Aug 03, 2007
The Thirteenth Tale
Fabulous read. Could barely put it down.
not set
Aug 03, 2009
A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray
I put off reading this book for a long time. I have a difficult time reading animal stories. And the premise of this book seemd so sad.
Martin has done...more
Sep 2007
Aug 23, 2007
Princess Academy (Princess Academy, #1)
This is on our readers' choice contest lists. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Loved the idea of the 'quarry talk" and that education was important.also...more
Aug 2007
Aug 23, 2007
The Glass Castle
I started this book last winter on the recommendation of my daughter. I put it down. So depressing. Then towrd the end of school, two of my colleagues...more
Jul 2007
Aug 07, 2007
The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, #1)
Anyone who loves fairy tales is going to love this book. I really liked the appendix in the back, the author's note, and loads of resources. I probabl...more
Aug 2007
Jul 30, 2007
Whales on Stilts: M. T. Anderson's Thrilling Tales
What a zany sense of humor. A fourth grade teacher tried reading it aloud but found the class had a hard time following. It seems to be a better read...more
Apr 2007
Jul 31, 2007
The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew--Three Women Search for Understanding
Loved this book.
Jan 11, 2014
Dec 17, 2013
Chicken Boy
While I have two of her other books, this is the first book of Frances O'Roark Dowell that I have read. It was a page turner and I think my fifth grad...more
Jul 2007
Jul 30, 2007
Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out
I found this book at a New AGe bookstore of all places. I like the "secret tools" that Fletcher talks about in this book. It will be useful with my po...more
Jul 2007
Aug 07, 2007
Stumptown Kid
Should make a great read a loud. A glimpse into the past about race relations, baseball, and prejudice. It seems that there is much to discuss.
Nov 2007
Nov 07, 2007
Abby Takes a Stand (Scraps of Time, #1)
Wow. Take a step back into time. I was there through reading this book. On the OERCA (Our Evergreen Readers' Choice Award) list for 2008.
May 2007
Jul 31, 2007
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature
What a great read. I was taken back to high school with Brande's book. I cannot wait to see the darwin exhibit this weekend n Chicago.
Sep 2007
Sep 12, 2007
The Story of Ferdinand
I read this for the Jump Start Day activities. Kids liked it. Can talk about it is okay to be different than the rest.
Sep 2007
Oct 01, 2007
Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff
I laughed out loud at some of the passages. The graphic novel look to this will be a hit to reluctant readers.
Aug 2007
Sep 12, 2007
Listening for Lions
On the OERCA (Our Evergreen Readers' Choice Award) list for 2008. didn't think I woudl like it but ending up loving it.
Jun 2007
Jul 31, 2007
The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs
One of my favorites because it is so dark. Was my pick for book club. Wished we could have discussed it more.
Feb 2007
Jul 31, 2007
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