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What Happened to Lani Garver
4.06
Lexile:720

Generally, I liked this one but would have to say it took a long time for it to get exciting. I'd say the best things about the book would b
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Jan 21, 2010
Jan 22, 2010
 
Upstate
3.98
This book is not without its redeeming features, but overall, I didn't think too much of it. The two main characters do indeed develop during years an ...more
Nov 23, 2010
Nov 23, 2010
 
Ida B. . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World
3.85
Lexile: This book is intended for primary school students but contains good stuff for high school students as well. It's lexile must be wrong; it come ...more
Jan 24, 2010
Jan 24, 2010
 
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature
3.84
Lexile 800

This is a really good read that explores one of the most important issues of our time. Whereas so much of religion represents a positive for
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Nov 2009
Nov 16, 2009
 
Nineteen Minutes
4.06
Lexile: 890

Nineteen Minutes is the story of a Columbine-like school shooting. Picoult avoids cliche as she gives the reader a deep view of what it mea
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Oct 2009
Oct 25, 2009
 
Grammar for High School: A Sentence-Composing Approach--A Student Worktext
4.05
Although the model sentences used in this text are often too sophisticated for the average high school student, Killgallon's technique is right on the ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 28, 2009
 
The Traveler's Gift: Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success
4.08
This is, by no means, any great work of fiction; however, the author tells an inspirational tale effectively-designed to inform us of the Seven Decisi ...more
Dec 2009
Dec 10, 2009
 
The Rules of Survival
3.97
Lexile: 660

Well-written and oddly believable considering the mother is such an over-the-top monster in this piece. Makes an effective plea for adults
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Jan 2008
Dec 20, 2009
 
Black and White
3.98
This book, has an intriguing conflict that gets resolved... sort of. Either way, the conflict drives this piece beautifully and makes it hard to put d ...more
Dec 12, 2010
Dec 06, 2010
 
My Antonia (Great Plains trilogy #3)
3.73
I read this one in high school and liked it enough to read again. Cather writes straight-forward prose and clearly has a deep connection with frontier ...more
Dec 22, 2011
Dec 22, 2011
 
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope
4.06
I'm glad I read this one but have to say that the title is a little misleading. Over half of this 286 page book is about the early life of the author ...more
Nov 04, 2010
Oct 26, 2010
 
The Book Thief
4.36
Lexile: 730

Even though I couldn't give this book 5 or even 4 stars, I understand its popularity. Zusak writes his story with a poetic hand, making cha
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Sep 26, 2009
Sep 26, 2009
 
The Hole
3.39
approx. lexile: 1000

If the reader can get through the first few chapters of somewhat tedious, overworked dialogue, I think most will enjoy this psycho
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Apr 24, 2010
Apr 24, 2010
 
July's People
3.53
I appreciate much of what the author has done in this book…great conflict…and climax…challenging, ambiguous resolution…intriguing protagonist…importan ...more
Jul 06, 2014
Jul 06, 2014
 
Alligator Bayou
3.52
Overall, not such a great read. It's written at about the 450 lexile range and is definitely meant for junior high readers. The ending is quite dramat ...more
Sep 10, 2010
Sep 09, 2010
 
Deadline
3.97
I liked this one a lot. Deadline's protagonist is the typical Chris Crutcher protagonist: a very intelligent and courageous self-actualized 17-18 year ...more
Sep 05, 2010
Sep 06, 2010
 
The Things a Brother Knows
3.89
It was o.k. It seems as though the writer means to make the war issue (whether characters are pro or anti) a more important part of the book, but this ...more
Nov 27, 2010
Nov 27, 2010
 
The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30)
3.09
I really dislike the disrespectful title of this book but really like the message it puts forth. Ultimately, Bauerlein argues that the screen obsessio ...more
Mar 16, 2010
Mar 16, 2010
 
Twisted
3.82
I really like Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak and Fever 1793), but Twisted fell short. Tyler is a tragic and likeable protagonist, but the plot is unfocu ...more
Sep 10, 2009
Sep 10, 2009
 
Outliers: The Story of Success
4.06
Lexile: about 1100

This is a fantastic read that shows how opportunity, cultural legacy, historical timing, and plain 'ole hard work result in success.
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Nov 2009
Nov 28, 2009
 
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
4.13
Lexile: 920
Although the writer tells his story with straight-forward humility, the book -- especially the first 11 chapters -- is tedious and very pro
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Aug 18, 2009
Jul 13, 2009
 
King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Autobiography
3.98
Lexile:1180

Crutcher shows us the life that makes it clear where his stories get their guts and grit. Often, while reading this, I got Robert Fulghum v
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Jan 04, 2009
Jul 23, 2009
 
Soul on Ice
3.92
Reading this book was an eye-opening experience. Eldridge Cleaver is a complex and sophisticated thinker who was part of the Black Panther Movement in ...more
Dec 27, 2009
Dec 27, 2009
 
Please Stop Laughing at Me... One Woman's Inspirational Story
3.84
I'm going to try to write this remembering that there is a real person behind the stories written in this book. I can't begin to imagine the emotional ...more
Nov 2014
Nov 01, 2014
 
Far Bright Star
3.78
This 200 page read depicts a moment in time around the Mexican American War when a competent and introspective army officer named Napoleon experiences ...more
Jul 31, 2010
Aug 02, 2010
 
Into the Wild
3.89
We taught this one for a while at East. Although McCandliss is naive and obviously gets in over his head, you have to admire the courage it must have ...more
Jul 12, 2000
Dec 18, 2010
 
Istanbul: Memories and the City
3.75
The decline of Istanbul forms the backdrop and metaphor for the author's dysfunctional family, his own feelings of not belonging in the world,and his ...more
Feb 07, 2010
Feb 07, 2010
 
American Dreams
4.00
To quote the St. Louis Post Dispatch, "This collection of prose and poems will rattle your bones and rock your soul...Her uncompromising voice is one ...more
Nov 26, 2010
Nov 26, 2010
 
Boot Camp
3.94
Todd Strasser lives up to his reputation as a writer in this piece. Boot Camp is a relative page-turner. It's hard not to like the protagonist as he w ...more
Dec 04, 2010
Dec 03, 2010
 
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)
4.02
I really liked this piece of science fiction/dystopia. The setting is unforgettable, the characters adequate, and the plot riveting at times. Smacks a ...more
Dec 24, 2009
Dec 24, 2009
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