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The Fallen (Bluford, #11)
I was so excited to get to this book, because this is the first Bluford book that I had ever heard about from my students. A continuation of _Brothers...more
Jun 08, 2008
Jun 18, 2008
Reached (Matched, #3)
I think I might have liked this better had I read it closer in time to the others. I was a bit lost about some of the plot details; it has been two ye...more
Jun 29, 2014
Jul 07, 2014
The Kingdom on the Waves (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, #2)
I have waited to read the conclusion for awhile -- thanks be to bronchitis for giving me the time.

I didn't find the second one to be quite as mesmeri...more
Jan 24, 2009
Feb 01, 2009
The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)
I found this book on some list for YA, and was very pleasantly surprised. The themes of this book ran deep and were just up my alley -- how one develo...more
Jul 11, 2014
Jul 22, 2014
Enchanted (Woodcutter Sisters #1)
A sweet, interesting, fresh novel that manages to incorporate a huge amount of nursery rhymes and fairytales into one story. I loved the seven sisters...more
Jul 02, 2014
Jul 08, 2014
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
Hmmmm. I was grateful that all was finally explained. I liked the theme of us versus them, and how it was parallelled outside of the city. I liked Tob...more
Jan 2014
Jan 03, 2014
Chains (Seeds of America, #1)
I love _Speak_ more than most books, but some of Anderson's other books -- ESPECIALLY her historical fiction debut, _Fever, 1793_ left me not as impre...more
Feb 2009
Feb 01, 2009
Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)
I knew the two worlds would meet up! Lovely to have Po and Katsa back, but even lovelier to live in Bitterblue's world as she becomes her own person a...more
Jun 21, 2014
Jun 22, 2014
Summer of Secrets (Bluford, #10)
Darcy's life is yet again stressful, the memories and fears from her assault plaguing her as her family seems to disintegrate before her eyes. She man...more
Jun 07, 2008
Jun 18, 2008
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)
I might have given this a 4 had I not read it on the heels of some other amazing books that addressed deeper, weightier themes with a little more inte...more
Jul 16, 2014
Jul 22, 2014
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Janice left this with me last summer, and, finding myself a little more than alone since Chad is in MN, I read it -- ALL -- this afternoon on the couc...more
May 24, 2009
May 24, 2009
Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)
I knew that _Graceling_ was part of a trilogy, but I was surprised by the premise of this second trilogy, which went back in time to explain villain L...more
Jun 11, 2014
Jun 22, 2014
Pretties (Uglies, #2)
I was eager to continue this series, but had to refresh myself from Uglies. I love how Tally manages to maintain so much of herself despite becoming a...more
Jun 29, 2009
Jul 11, 2009
The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm
I have been looking for dystopic novels that kids with lower reading levels can read. I was hoping to pair _Fahrenheit 451_ with them so we could read...more
Nov 29, 2008
Dec 04, 2008
Down the Mysterly River
This was a tour de force of meta-fiction, crossed with intelligent children's fiction a la Lewis or Tolkien. Set in a strange, mysterious world where...more
Mar 30, 2012
Apr 09, 2012
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
My grandmother, having grown up in Queens in the 30s, loved this book, and always told me to read it. I'm sad it's taken me so long to do so, because...more
Jan 21, 2014
Feb 02, 2014
First Light
Stead is definitely one of the most thoughtful and creative writers of older children's/ya lit out there now. What a fantastic idea, and written so we...more
Jul 13, 2011
Jul 26, 2011
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
All of the readers in my school loved this series, and I can see why. I would rate it more a 3.5 -- the first fifty pages or so were pretty darn dull,...more
Sep 27, 2013
Oct 20, 2013
Messenger (The Giver #3)
One of our teachers managed to hook a group of boys on _The Giver_, and then continued on through the trilogy. I've been meaning to read _The Messenge...more
Jun 08, 2009
Jun 08, 2009
Forged by Fire (Hazelwood High, #2)
It took me a while to get to this one, but it was worth it. Sharon Draper did a great job working with the same community, same characters, and yet te...more
Oct 12, 2009
Nov 29, 2009
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
I found this on that apocalyptic kick, only it's not truly apocalyptic -- more a dystopia, I think. But it's awesome. Great characters, fabulous devel...more
Dec 28, 2008
Jan 05, 2009
Between Shades of Gray
A strong, well-paced, novel of an aspect of WWII that often isn't highlighted -- Stalin's quick sublimation of eastern Europe into the Soviet fold, at...more
Jun 19, 2014
Jun 22, 2014
Pippi Longstocking
Chad bought me a number of books by Swedish authors to prepare us for our trip there, and neither of us had actually ever read Pippi. Those Swedes are...more
Jun 11, 2009
Jun 20, 2009
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
I heard that these were comparable to Whalen Turner or Marchetta. While I didn't enjoy Cashore quite as much as those authors, this book was solid and...more
Mar 31, 2014
Mar 19, 2014
Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles, #2)
Damn. I really, really like Marchetta. She tackles darkness so well, it haunts me and keeps me up late -- even though it is still accessible for YA. I...more
Jan 16, 2014
Jan 19, 2014
The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
I've been meaning to read this for more than a year. I loved the weirdness and sympathy of _Bud, Not Buddy_, and wanted to see if Curtis could keep th...more
Jun 13, 2009
Jun 20, 2009
Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)
Talk about world-building! A thoughtful, well plotted adventure in a medieval world where dragons are Vulcan-like (as in Star Trek) and able to shift...more
Jun 04, 2014
Jun 05, 2014
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce, #6)
Well. This one was not what I expected. Many mysteries were solved, but many more opened up. Flavia's emotional distress was well masked by her outlan...more
Apr 28, 2014
May 03, 2014
Copper Sun
I seem to be on a kick with YA slave narratives. Draper is perhaps the most revered YA author in my classroom, based on her trilogy, et al, but I had...more
Jan 28, 2009
Nov 23, 2008
Lost and Found (Bluford, #1)
I bought the Bluford Series for my classroom after a non-reader begged me to. The thirteen books promptly disappeared, and only 6 of them came back at...more
Jun 2008
Jun 03, 2008
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