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Read for a 2nd time for Battle; still don't like it much honestly! I think it is stilted and the writing gets in the way of the action.

(Jan 2010) It t...more
Mar 02, 2012
Jan 04, 2010
Great adventure book that takes place in the 1930s about Homer, who discovers at age 13 that he came to his family in NW Iowa via an orphan train. Det...more
Sep 11, 2011
Sep 13, 2011
Wow! This book blew me away with its magical combination of alternate history, science fiction, theology/philosophy, and a whole lot of adventure.

Jul 14, 2013
Jul 08, 2013
Crows and Cards
Fairly unusual book, style is much like Mark Twain. Much of the humor comes from being smarter than the main character, who gets picked up by a profes...more
Aug 24, 2012
Aug 27, 2012
Wrapped (Wrapped, #1)
Superfun read about a rich debutante in 1815 who would rather practice Greek than find a husband. Unfortunately her mom prefers the husband option so...more
Aug 27, 2011
Aug 19, 2011
Take What You Can Carry
This book was amazing. It weaves together 2 stories: 1 of a Japanese boy/teen who is forced into an internment camp during WWII, and 1 of a modern day...more
Aug 11, 2012
Aug 09, 2012
Strings Attached
Blundell has done it again--woven themes of duty, passion, interconnected family relationships, and much more against a well-researched and thoroughly...more
Jun 09, 2011
Nov 09, 2010
Bo at Ballard Creek
Loved this one!! So much fun to read. (Note: It's a gentle read, although children may ask where Bo came from, or why a good-time girl might find hers...more
Nov 05, 2013
Nov 05, 2013
Navigating Early
I truly enjoyed this book (written by Clare Vanderpool, Newbery Winning author of Moon Over ManifestMoon Over Manifest) and plan to recommend it often...more
Apr 28, 2013
Mar 13, 2013
Keeping the Castle
Fun story similar to Pride and Prejudice that fans of historical romance will love.

Althea's father was a romantic and built a castle on the edge of th...more
Sep 19, 2012
Aug 29, 2012
Bog Child
I expected this book to be great because I loved The London Eye Mystery, also written by Dowd, so much. This book was completely different but just as...more
Jun 23, 2010
Aug 17, 2009
Fever 1793
I love this book-love its realism about the historical event, the medical details, the details about the every day lives of the people, and the great...more
Mar 12, 2012
Feb 25, 2012
Poison (The Poisoner Mysteries, #1)
This book was fabulous! I received an ARC from a goodreads promotion; it will be published in August.

The book is set in Italy during the Renaissance a...more
Jul 10, 2010
Jun 26, 2010
When the Whistle Blows
I had hoped for a more cohesive narrative arc, but when you are just telling the story of one day per year, that's hard to pull off.

This is one of tho...more
Sep 27, 2009
Sep 21, 2009
Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic
Super sweet book based on a true event of a dog floating out to sea on a chunk of ice and being rescued by a research ship. Great author's note and ph...more
Apr 10, 2013
Apr 10, 2013
The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel
This was one of my favorite books so far this year. In it, a young boy who is called Eel helps a doctor solve the mystery of the cholera epidemic in L...more
Jun 20, 2014
May 09, 2014
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
I listened to it from a download. It's a sweet story set in WWII, with fun characters. Quite a light-hearted book overall, although obviously with a f...more
Mar 2009
Sep 05, 2009
Out of the Easy
Reviewed in Shelf Awareness. Book starts, "My mother is a prostitute." Gritty mystery story set in 1950s, with a growing feminist awareness. Sounds a...more
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Jan 02, 2013
Hurricane Katrina, 2005 (I Survived, #3)
Fast-paced fictional book about a boy who survived Katrina. Not completely believable but exciting nonetheless; also contains many interesting histori...more
Jan 2013
Feb 12, 2013
Letters from Skye
Found in the Banner. 1912 Scotland isle of skye. All written in letters. Romance Family War making flawed choices in the midst of life's messiness.
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Jun 13, 2014
Brooklyn teen moves to Paris, finds old diary, worlds converge. Long book.
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Apr 27, 2011
A Bride's Story 01
top graphic novel for teens slj pick; shelved in adult manga at apl
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Jun 12, 2012
Winter Shadows
set in Canada, two generations communicate with each other
not set
Apr 27, 2011
Al Capone Shines My Shoes (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #2)
Great book, but not so great as the first one.
Jul 2012
Aug 27, 2012
The Luxe (Luxe, #1)
It reminded me a bit of Pride and Prejudice with the clear caste systems and the characters being concerned about losing money if they don't make a go...more
Aug 28, 2009
Aug 09, 2009
Sabotaged (The Missing, #3)
Very interesting, but the end is completely unsatisfying. #2 was better.
Aug 27, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
A Long Way from Chicago (A Long Way from Chicago, #1)
So hilarious! Loved this book.
Feb 23, 2012
Feb 24, 2012
Smile (Smile, #1)
Hugely popular, good storytelling.
Mar 13, 2013
Aug 13, 2013
The Apothecary (The Apothecary, #1)
Recommended by the Banner.
not set
Oct 15, 2012
Okay for Now
Doug gets a 2nd chance when he moves to a new town--a chance to not follow in his brother and father's abusive footsteps. He meets some great adults (...more
Nov 10, 2011
Jun 05, 2011
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