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Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition
3.73
This book is narrative nonfiction at its best. Packed with photos, true stories of both famous people and bit players, layered with more facts than se ...more
Jul 06, 2011
Jun 26, 2011
 
Mrs. Biddlebox
4.17
This is the perfect book to share with children or adults who feel like nothing is right with the world; it's made all the more poignant when you read ...more
Nov 13, 2012
Nov 13, 2012
 
Akimbo and the Elephants
3.80
Very interesting and tense! Akimbo decides to take on the poachers all by himself. He is determined to save the elephants! Ethical dilemmas abound and ...more
Jun 23, 2014
Jun 21, 2014
 
Homemade: How-to Make Hundreds of Everyday Products Fast, Fresh, and More Naturally
3.89
Filled with great suggestions for homemade cleaning products, garden pest control, and food recipes. Find the best ones on my blog.
Feb 27, 2010
Feb 23, 2010
 
My Near-Death Adventures (99% True!)
4.18
Saw in SLJ, looks fun--compared to Homer figg; takes place in Michigan; logging & lumberjacks; "lively and folksy"
not set
Nov 14, 2014
 
Zoobreak
3.91
**spoiler alert** Very similar to its predecessor, Swindle, this book will delight those who enjoy a fun caper.

Griffin and his gang are once again de
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Jul 2011
Jun 11, 2011
 
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing (Tupelo Landing, #2)
4.13
Mo Lobo, rising sixth-grader, made her debut in the Newbery Honor winning Three Times Lucky (which also happened to be my favorite book of 2012). In t ...more
Jun 20, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
 
Bigger than a Bread Box
4.03
Rebecca's life, which has been pretty normal up to this point in Baltimore, takes an unexpected turn one autumn. Her dad, a taxi driver, has been out ...more
Jul 27, 2013
Jun 17, 2013
 
Newsgirl
3.65
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
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Mar 02, 2012
Jan 04, 2010
 
The Meme Plague (Memento Nora, #3)
3.93
I was so excited to find this on the shelf at the library. I loved memento Nora and the forgetting curve, and I love this one too. Smibert has done a ...more
not set
Jun 20, 2014
 
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
3.90
The Pura Belpre winner for 2013, this book tells it like it is and pulls no punches. It's gritty, urban, and utterly realistic and honest. I was pulle ...more
Feb 04, 2014
Mar 29, 2014
 
Skies Like These
3.68
This is a great realistic fiction book about a 12-year-old girl (Jade) who has grown up in Philly and is very much a rule-follower, toe-the-line kind ...more
Dec 11, 2014
Dec 11, 2014
 
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
3.90
This one sticks with you! It took a while for me to get into it, but then it was funny and exciting and touching all at once. Readers who liked the ra ...more
Feb 06, 2014
Mar 29, 2014
 
Orphan!
3.23
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
 
Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad: A Style Guide for Every Woman
4.10
This book is a great all-in-one style manual for women who want to look their best without compromising on modesty. Braendel covers body types (includ ...more
Aug 03, 2011
Aug 23, 2011
 
Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?
3.74
Beginning readers now have so many choices of excellent books to read, and this new picture book falls squarely in that category. It is a definite Gei ...more
Jul 23, 2013
Jul 23, 2013
 
Ten (The Winnie Years, #1)
3.80
This was a great book--a light-hearted but realistic look at growing up.

This book is a prequel to Myracle's popular Winnie Perry series that so far ha
...more
May 28, 2011
Jun 04, 2011
 
The Year of the Book
3.86
This book is most notable to me for the peaceful way it is written. There is basically no suspense at all, although the subject matter includes mean g ...more
Sep 28, 2012
Sep 28, 2012
 
The Templeton Twins Have an Idea (Templeton Twins, #1)
3.65
I did not care for this book, but I felt compelled to read most of it to see what the fuss is all about. The pictures are cool, and the premise is oka ...more
Jul 28, 2013
Jul 29, 2013
 
The Here and Now
3.27
Wow, this was really good! It's set during the present time (April-May 2014, actually), the "here and now"--except the main character (Prenna)is part ...more
Dec 13, 2014
Dec 14, 2014
 
Travels of Thelonious (Fog Mound)
3.83
The Travels of Thelonius, which is the first book in the Fog Mound graphic novel series, was really fun. I enjoyed its combination of alternate histor ...more
Jun 20, 2013
Jun 24, 2013
 
Cat Tale
3.58
(Props to Rae H. for sharing this book in a Project Smyles meeting!)

Sometimes a book's pictures are really great. Sometimes a book's words are clever,
...more
Oct 24, 2012
Oct 24, 2012
 
Clementine and the Spring Trip (Clementine, #6)
4.17
I love Clementine, and this book was possibly my favorite of them all. In addition to the usual lovely family scenes (she and Dad are building a penta ...more
Mar 14, 2013
Mar 27, 2013
 
The Center of Everything
3.76
I really enjoyed this book for a lot of reasons. It was a good length: not too long, not too short. It dealt with the really hard issues of life, like ...more
Mar 25, 2013
Mar 27, 2013
 
Lucky for Good (The Hard Pan Trilogy, #3)
3.90
Lucky is back, and she has some hard questions. Like, why is Miles' mother Justine obsessed with the Bible? Does Miles have to give up his beliefs abo ...more
Aug 31, 2011
Aug 31, 2011
 
Twisted
3.82
Goodreads Summary (it's really good so why re-invent it?):"High school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background—av ...more
Apr 18, 2012
May 03, 2012
 
Lulu and the Brontosaurus
3.99
Lulu gets everything she wants from her parents. If they dare to say no to her, she screams until the lightbulbs break and they eventually give in. Un ...more
Apr 20, 2013
Apr 16, 2013
 
Slob
3.78
Surprisingly well written realistic fiction about a boy (Owen) and his Oreos, his friends, his family, and his inventions. At the beginning his main c ...more
Jul 18, 2011
Jul 15, 2011
 
Violet Mackerel's Remarkable Recovery
4.31
I loved this book! It's super sweet and simple, but with interesting plot turns, too.

When Violet comes down with tonsillitis yet again, her doctor de
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Oct 16, 2013
Oct 16, 2013
 
Shift
3.73
Excellent book--deep, interesting, gritty.

Chris and Win set off on a cross-country bike trip after they graduate from high school. The book picks up
...more
Sep 17, 2011
Sep 17, 2011
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