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The Trap
3.40
I think this is more of a class novel or literature circle book than an independent reading book for kids. It's good, but I think it might go over the ...more
Nov 16, 2010
Nov 17, 2010
 
Does My Head Look Big In This?
3.61
Amal, the main character, 16 years old and she decides to begin wearing the hijab. The hijab is the head scarf that Muslims wear as part of their reli ...more
Oct 31, 2010
Nov 01, 2010
 
Schooled
3.82
The best possible way I can think of to use this book is to pair it with Stargirl. I think it would work well with 7th or 8th graders, but since it is ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 13, 2010
 
All the Broken Pieces
3.95
I've never read a young adult book about a topic even similar to this.

The main character and narrator, Matt, was one of the oldest children airlifted
...more
Oct 16, 2010
Oct 16, 2010
 
The Juvie Three
3.81
This book was an unlikely winner for me.

The main characters, Arjay, Terrence, and Gecko, are three boys with a troubled past-- thus the title, The Ju
...more
Nov 07, 2010
Oct 16, 2010
 
Shug
3.99
This book was quite deep for a middle school read, but it was predictable. Maybe it's because I'm old enough to remember middle school that I could se ...more
Oct 14, 2010
Oct 13, 2010
 
The Face on the Milk Carton (Janie Johnson, #1)
3.71
**spoiler alert** This book is great for paired reading or literature circles. The problem with it is the ending as it requires that you read the next ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 05, 2010
 
The Mysteries of Beethoven's Hair
3.70
This fascinating book is based on the adult book Beethoven's Hair also by Russell Martin. I've read both, and found that this one really had the detai ...more
Oct 17, 2010
Oct 16, 2010
 
Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter
4.02
The story details the treatment ofof a young Chinese girl by her stepmother and father. Adeline's life is pretty horrific with a few moments of bright ...more
Jan 2011
Feb 02, 2011
 
American Born Chinese
3.86
This is a wonderful book told told from the perspective of three different characters. There is the Monkey King, an important figure in Chinese folk l ...more
Jul 2007
Aug 02, 2007
 
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
3.63
Honest to goodness this is probably the most poweful story I have ever read. I feel that I am so much more educated about the birth of terrorism now. ...more
Jan 25, 2011
Feb 02, 2011
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
I liked this well enough, but it didn't have the happily ever after I was hoping for. That is not a spoiler...I promise. Objectively I think it ended ...more
Oct 24, 2010
Oct 05, 2010
 
Uglies (Uglies, #1)
3.87
This was probably the most popular book in my classroom in 2006-2007. And, I have to say I definitely understand why. Tally, the main character, strug ...more
Jun 2006
Aug 13, 2007
 
Kit's Wilderness
3.64
It was hard for me to decide what shelf to put this book onto because frankly, it's hard to decide if the author intends some of the images to be fant ...more
Aug 2007
Sep 03, 2007
 
The Poisonwood Bible
3.99
I don't always keep my books. I'm not that fond of re-reading unless it's a book that I'm teaching. This one, though, is such a favorite of mine that ...more
Mar 2001
Aug 13, 2007
 
The First Part Last (Heaven, #2)
3.94
I enjoyed reading this novel about a young African American male stepping up to the plate after he got his girlfriend pregnant. The absence of the gir ...more
Jul 2007
Aug 13, 2007
 
Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science
3.60
This was a fascinating introduction to neurology framed by a Phineas Gage's gruesome but miraculous brain injury. Gage's injury provided support for s ...more
Jun 2007
Aug 13, 2007
 
New Moon (Twilight, #2)
3.53
This was the most emotionally painful of the first three books to read, but I have to tell you it's really good. Because I love the characters and the ...more
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Jul 28, 2008
 
Eyes of the Emperor
3.80
This is a good book for boys interested in World War II. It's about a group of Japanese-american soldiers and an experiment they participated in to de ...more
not set
Jul 28, 2008
 
Gossamer
3.85
Dreams come from wonderful creatures that sleep by day and bestow dreams at night. Dreams are gathered from fragments of memories stored inside object ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 13, 2007
 
Before We Were Free
3.82
The protagonist lives with her extended family on a large compound in the Domincan Republic. Her father and her uncle are involved in a revolutionary ...more
Feb 2007
Aug 16, 2007
 
The Thief Lord
3.93
This book was set in Venice, and it definitely did the city justice. I enjoyed winding through the alleys and canals with Prosper, Scipio, Bo, Hornet, ...more
Jul 2007
Aug 12, 2007
 
The Giver (The Giver, #1)
4.11
It's rare to find a young adult book that deals with such complicated themes as The Giver does. It really makes the reader think about the impact that ...more
Sep 2006
Aug 13, 2007
 
Under the Blood-Red Sun
3.73
This has some similarities to Eyes of the Emperor, though, I think this was written first. This deals with the experience of Japanese-americans living ...more
not set
Jul 28, 2008
 
Houdini: The Handcuff King
3.44
I read this right after I read Escape! It was nice to have a lot of background knowledge about Houdini. The portrayal of Houdini in this novel fit wel ...more
Jul 2007
Aug 13, 2007
 
Skellig: A Play For Children
3.73
This was okay. The title character, Skellig, is a mysterious figure to me even still. I liked how he was described and the protagonist's interaction w ...more
not set
Sep 03, 2007
 
So B. It
4.09
The premise of this novel is quite interesting -- a twelve year old girl living with her mentally disabled mother and cared for by her agoraphobic nei ...more
Apr 2007
Aug 13, 2007
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.56
This vampire novel is unexpectedly amazing. The conflicted love story between Bella and Edward is absolutely intriguing. The characters are very compe ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 08, 2007
 
Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)
3.83
Wow! This is one of my favorite books because it really delves into the magic of reading. Funke has created a beautiful and believable world where rea ...more
Apr 2007
Aug 12, 2007
 
Cut
3.75
This novel was set in a mental institution where the main character was struggling with a disorder which made her cut herself. It was unusual to read ...more
Jul 2007
Aug 14, 2007
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