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Earwig and the Witch
This easy-to-read chapter book is just perfect - a blend of humor, gore, and comeuppance. The orphaned Earwig is perfectly happy at her orphanage wher ...more
Feb 16, 2012
Feb 16, 2012
The Danger Box
Balliett's first novel that isn't about Calder, Petra, and Tommy has its own unique and wonderful cast of characters, great voice and historical myste ...more
Dec 28, 2010
Dec 28, 2010
The Twin's Daughter
When was the last time you read a possibly evil-twin-swapping-places novel? Quite a while, right? So here's the one for you, if that's something you e ...more
Oct 23, 2010
Oct 21, 2010
The Little Red Elf
Okay, I was paging along in this Christmas-y version of The Little Red Hen and I LOVED it when the little red elf says (in essence) "You didn't help, ...more
Jun 26, 2009
Jun 26, 2009
True (. . . Sort Of)
It's nice when we can leave an outstanding author alone for a while so she can craft another perfect novel. Ida B. was once of the most memorable and ...more
Apr 08, 2011
Apr 13, 2011
What I Saw and How I Lied
I actually just finished reading the novel a few minutes ago and so I'm ready for a fresh rave. The plotting and pacing are impeccable. The characters ...more
Nov 21, 2008
Nov 06, 2008
The Pencil
I really enjoyed this story of a pencil who draws a whole world. His drawings are quite demanding - they need names, color, food, their ears are too b ...more
Sep 10, 2008
Sep 10, 2008
The Lions of Little Rock
In a year when there seems to be many historical novels about integration, this one is a stand-out. In fact, I started listening to the audio and just ...more
Mar 09, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
Tentacles (Marty and Grace, #2)
The Cryptid Hunters are at it again! Wolfe, Grace, and Marty are joined in this adventure by all the characters we met in the first volume, plus the a ...more
Oct 03, 2009
Oct 03, 2009
Star Crossed (Thief Errant, #1)
StarCrossed is a terrific fantasy adventure set in completely new world. Digger is an excellent liar and a thief, so when she becomes separated from h ...more
Oct 15, 2010
Oct 12, 2010
Once a Witch (Witch, #1)
Seventeen-year-old Tamsin was born into a family of witches and her grandmother predicted that she would be "a beacon for us all". When her 8th birthd ...more
Sep 28, 2009
Sep 28, 2009
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
In a fantastic collaboration, the two super star teen authors (John Green is listed here, but it's split 50/50 with David Levithan) write about two te ...more
Apr 08, 2010
Apr 10, 2010
Stick Man
Oh dear! This is the story of poor Stick Man....well, here, let me start us off with a quote:
Stick Man lives in the family tree
With his Stick Lady Lov
Nov 02, 2009
Nov 02, 2009
Wabi Sabi
I love Ed Young's work and always check out his new books. The writing is not always as striking as the illustrations. In this gem, a cat named Wabi S ...more
Nov 28, 2008
Nov 28, 2008
Pure is the story of a group of friends who all have promise rings pledging their commitment to saving sex until marriage. The girls are from differen ...more
Apr 26, 2009
Apr 25, 2009
Lost at Sea
This is a solid adventure story about Jack and Orrie who go on a sailboat with their little brother, their mom, and her boyfriend, Skip. They are supp ...more
May 20, 2009
May 20, 2009
When You Reach Me
This was a really great and original read. Kinda sci-fi, kinda mystery, kinda 70's historical fiction, it's the story of Miranda who is receiving myst ...more
Oct 23, 2009
Oct 20, 2009
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
Now it's October and, yes, there are many books left to read this year, but this one, right now, is my absolute favorite of the year! It is the PERFEC ...more
Oct 07, 2008
Oct 01, 2008
Country Road ABC: An Illustrated Journey Through America's Farmland
There are so many things I love about this book. First, each page has two things going on - the upper illustration shows what the letter stands for an ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 01, 2010
Seven Paths to Death (Samurai Detective, #6)
Usually I find the books in this series to be more in the 4-5 star range, but this newest title wrapped up in an abrupt and way-too-easy way. That's a ...more
Dec 29, 2008
Dec 30, 2008
Beauty Queens
This fantastic satire of pop culture had action, adventure, romance and laughs. The satire is brilliant. And yet, the book left me feeling pretty indi ...more
Mar 17, 2011
Mar 14, 2011
Silver in the Blood (Silver in the Blood, #1)
This was a swoony and exciting paranormal adventure. It reminded me a bit of one of my favorites, Sorcery & Cecelia, in the letters back and forth ...more
Feb 21, 2015
Feb 17, 2015
Storm Runners
**spoiler alert** I love most of Roland Smith's book and this one had be postponed, so I was especially excited to get the ARC. Here's the thing. This ...more
Feb 02, 2011
Feb 01, 2011
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, and Other Fatal Circumstances (Alvin Ho, #4)
This one is more of a 3.5 stars...
I love Alvin Ho because he has all kinds of neuroses which make him totally accessible and funny for kids, but also
Sep 22, 2011
Sep 23, 2011
Surprise Soup
Mama's at the hospital to have a baby, so Daddy, Josh, and Kevie Bear decide to make her some surprise soup. They are a bad, wicked soup-making team! ...more
May 08, 2009
May 08, 2009
The Orphan: A Cinderella Story from Greece
I have seen this book getting raves, and as a big folklore fan, I was eager to see why. I'm still not sure. This re-telling of the Cinderella story is ...more
Nov 09, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
Sent (The Missing, #2)
Unlike most middle-of-series books, I found Sent to be even more gripping and interesting than Found, the first volume. I am completely fascinated by ...more
Oct 08, 2009
Oct 08, 2009
This is a historical novel about a teenage girl at the turn of the 20th century who chafes against the traditional gender expectations that she find a ...more
Aug 06, 2011
Aug 07, 2011
Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea: A Fairly Fabricated Story of a Pair of Pants
This book has some of the best language, and the best opening page, maybe ever. Set during the California gold rush, it tells the story of Levi Straus ...more
Nov 21, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas
What a fun story! Prince Henrik is looking for a princess to marry, preferably one who enjoys hockey and camping. When he asks his older brother for a ...more
Apr 03, 2012
Apr 03, 2012