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Thirteen Reasons Why
While the audio version was excellently done, and perfectly suited to a story half-told in audio tapes, this was one of those stories where I talked b ...more
Jan 2008
Dec 22, 2007
Anastasia Krupnik
Rereading Anastasia is like revisiting a place that you didn't quite remember you'd been to, but as soon as you get there everything seems familiar. M ...more
Apr 06, 2011
Apr 07, 2011
Okay for Now
If you liked The Wednesday Wars, you must read this. Schmidt hits a lot of the same notes again, but his style - the voice, the characters, the whole ...more
Apr 25, 2011
Sep 16, 2010
Black Swan Green
Why did I wait so long to read a book by David Mitchell? This is a great example of why books about teenagers are not necessarily young adult novels - ...more
Aug 04, 2008
Jul 20, 2008
Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely, #2)
This is probably more of a companion than a sequel to Wicked Lovely, and one of the more entertaining aspects was seeing the characters from WL from a ...more
Mar 04, 2009
Mar 03, 2009
Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1)
I can't decide if this just wasn't my kind of thing, or what. I think it's a book that would appeal enormously to teen readers who like slightly dark ...more
Feb 20, 2009
Feb 07, 2009
Silver on the Tree (The Dark is Rising, #5)
A satisfying conclusion to the series. I realized, listening to the books, that they're not so much about what happens as about the tone, the sense of ...more
Jul 19, 2008
Mar 11, 2008
A Brief History of Montmaray (The Montmaray Journals, #1)
Thank goodness there's a sequel (coming out in the US in the spring of 2011, according to the author's website) because otherwise the loose ends might ...more
Mar 31, 2012
Nov 07, 2009
I See You Everywhere (Audio CD)
The format it intriguing, switching back and forth between two sisters over the years, but it took me a few sections to figure out what was going on. ...more
Mar 11, 2009
Mar 07, 2009
Carry On, Jeeves
I'm ready to become a Wodehouse fan. This was my first try, a collection of short stories perfectly read. While a passing driver might have seen me sl ...more
Nov 2007
Sep 26, 2007
The Pox Party (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, #1)
I could write two very different reviews of Octavian Nothing. There's the one where I gush and gush and practically drool over it - the raw emotion! t ...more
Sep 22, 2008
Sep 16, 2008
His Dark Materials, Book II: The Subtle Knife
Another fabulous installment in the trilogy. Plenty of adventure but also a real depth to the characters that makes them so compelling. Like The Golde ...more
Apr 30, 2008
Apr 18, 2008
The Lacuna
Here is a story where the characters and setting shine through, with an audio version that's soft but draws you in. After 16 CDs of Kingsolver's voice ...more
Jan 04, 2010
Aug 19, 2009
Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark Is Rising Sequence, #1)
Those 3 little stars look so pitiful, but really I mostly love this book because of what follows in the series. Taken by its lonesome, it's just a goo ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 11, 2007
Written in the form of a screenplay, and read aloud by a full cast in the audio version, Monster tells the story of Steve, a teenage boy on trial as a ...more
Nov 25, 2008
Nov 22, 2008
The Adoration of Jenna Fox
When I heard there is a new sequel to this, I picked up the audio version for a re-read to refresh my memory. It wasn't quite as suspenseful the secon ...more
Sep 09, 2011
Aug 30, 2011
Here's what I had to say about the print version, which I read in November:

"Oh, wow. Jam-packed with musical references, old and new, details of Paris
Apr 05, 2011
Mar 26, 2011
Better to Wish (Family Tree, #1)
I would have enjoyed this as a historical fiction loving kid. The story follows Abby as she grows up, dealing with changes both good and bad. Because ...more
Jun 09, 2014
May 31, 2014
3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows
I'll admit it - I like the Traveling Pants books. They're fun, with just enough reality, and the overlapping stories work well. So I was curious to se ...more
Feb 02, 2009
Jan 24, 2009
In My Father's Den
I'm not sure what to say about this one, so I keep saying nothing...The writing is precise and perfect for the story. The narrator - both the characte ...more
Jan 22, 2009
Jan 14, 2009
Dairy Queen (Dairy Queen, #1)
DJ's personality comes across wonderfully in this audio version. One of the things I find so appealing about this book is that DJ's struggles and inse ...more
Nov 24, 2008
Nov 13, 2008
The Hunchback Assignments
I love picking up a book and immediately thinking of several kids to give it to. There's a historical setting, which is there more for atmosphere than ...more
Feb 16, 2010
Feb 08, 2010
The Apothecary
I almost wish I'd read this one in print instead of listening to it - the narration is competent, but it never quite added anything to the story. I su ...more
May 24, 2012
May 05, 2012
The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain #1)
It's always a gamble, rereading childhood favorites. You hope that at least you won't be disappointed, that at least you'll recognize why it meant som ...more
Feb 23, 2010
Feb 17, 2010
The Little Book
At times I was totally enthralled by the story, eager to find out what happens to characters, caught up in their emotions and histories and futures (s ...more
Feb 26, 2009
Feb 07, 2009
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
When I read the hardcover edition, I had this to say:

"A mostly-hilarious read for anyone who doesn't mind an over-the-top story and is not bothered by
Feb 13, 2011
Jan 25, 2011
The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues, #1)
I thought I would give this series a try after a young fan came in and requested the audio version of one of the later books - so I grabbed the audio ...more
Aug 06, 2009
Jul 28, 2009
The Castle of Llyr (The Chronicles of Prydain #3)
This continues my rereading of the Prydain Chronicles, and I'm still having as much fun as ever, plus enjoying the audio versions. What's interesting ...more
May 09, 2010
May 05, 2010
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
I hadn't read any of this series since I was little - I remembered they were funny, and I remembered Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's upside down house, but the a ...more
Sep 17, 2014
Sep 14, 2014
Alvin Ho Collection: Books 1 and 2: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things and Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters
Alvin Ho has quickly become one of my favorite series to give to kids who are branching out into chapter books and looking for something funny (if peo ...more
Mar 30, 2010
Mar 29, 2010
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