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Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat
Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, by Lynne Jonell, is extremely well-written, with bathroom humor, pathos, and believable and sympathetic charact...more
Sep 2007
Sep 12, 2007
One Dog and His Boy
The late, great Ibbotson's final novel for kids is a bit of a departure from her usual themes. It is essentially realistic fiction and is about the bo...more
Feb 13, 2012
Feb 16, 2012
The Gollywhopper Games
This is one of the most fun and easy to recommend books I've read in a long, long time. It's like a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for a new genera...more
Jul 24, 2008
Jul 25, 2008
The London Eye Mystery
This is just an indescribably fabulous novel. Ted has a different brain from other people - he says he runs on a different operating system. When a co...more
Mar 2008
Mar 04, 2008
Three Times Lucky
For the first time ever, in my opinion, a children's novel has capitalized on the stereotypical quirkiness of the South and made it work. It glows! Mo...more
Mar 26, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World
From book jacket and endpapers to interviews and author notes, this is a beautifully and thoughtfully crafted book. Opening with a prologue from Templ...more
Apr 23, 2012
Apr 23, 2012
Elissa's Quest (Phoenix Rising, #1)
Elissa has lived in the valley with the healing woman for her whole life. She does not know who her parents were and Nana has never spoken of them. El...more
Aug 2007
Aug 13, 2007
Escape by Sea
Escape by Sea tells the story of Sara, her father, and the crew of his ship as they must escape the Roman invasion of Carthage. With a ship full of go...more
Apr 10, 2009
Apr 08, 2009
Cicada Summer
Cicada Summer is a lovely first time novel from Andrea Beaty, who is better known for her picture books.

Lily doesn't speak and she doesn't look peopl...more
Apr 2008
Apr 14, 2008
Into the Wild (Into the Wild, #1)
Julie’s mom is Rapunzel, her brother is Puss n Boots, and they’re having dinner tonight with Snow’s Seven. Living with a bunch of fairy tale character...more
Aug 2007
Aug 13, 2007
My Dad's A Birdman
3.66 I am a month later and I have to say just thinking about this one creeps me out...keep that in mind...

Lizzie and her dad live alone togeth...more
May 2008
Apr 11, 2008
The Calder Game (Chasing Vermeer, #3)
I vaguely remember not being all that thrilled with Balliett's second book, The Wright 3, but The Calder Game is delightfully full of mystery and susp...more
Mar 14, 2008
Mar 14, 2008
Hummingbird is a beautfilly written, bittersweet coming of age story set in the South. The introduction alone is some of the best writing I've read in...more
Jul 27, 2008
Jul 25, 2008
The Big Splash
This was a fun and creative noir mystery in the style of the classics like Mickey Spillane. It had me laughing aloud with delight at the language and...more
Oct 22, 2008
Oct 20, 2008
Making Cents
The United States has a lot of different forms of currency, or money, from the penny up to the $100 bill. How much is the money worth and how can you...more
Dec 12, 2008
Dec 15, 2008
The Last Girls of Pompeii
In the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Julia is a wealthy crippled girl and Sura is her beautiful slave. While they lead totally opposite lives, they a...more
Jul 2007
Aug 13, 2007
Hide and Seek: Nature's Best Vanishing Acts
Animals around the world and across many habitats use camouflage to hide themselves from predators. Giraffes in the savanna, candy crabs in the sea, g...more
Dec 12, 2008
Dec 15, 2008
This delightful read successfully blends our mundane world with the fantastical realm of fairy tales. Hazel lives in the world of imagination and is n...more
Oct 11, 2011
Oct 12, 2011
The Camping Trip That Changed America
What is essentially a non-fiction adventure story, this account of Roosevelt’s and Muir’s fateful camping trip is a rambunctious jumping off point int...more
Jan 22, 2012
Apr 26, 2012
In the same vein as Hiaasen's other books for kids, this one is set amidst Florida's wildlife and is full of mystery and comedy, mostly at the expense...more
Mar 15, 2012
Mar 16, 2012
The Kneebone Boy
I love, love, love this book. There's no way for me to talk about it without using superlatives - it's so very gothic, and sarcastic, and British (Ell...more
Oct 05, 2010
Oct 04, 2010
Okay for Now
Hands down, Okay for Now is the best book I have ever read. Gary Schmidt has crafted rich and heart-rending characters in the Swieteck family and resi...more
Jan 10, 2011
Jan 10, 2011
Matisse on the Loose
Matisse and his siblings are all named after artists because his mom is a museum security guard and is crazy about art. Matisse likes to paint, so he...more
Oct 06, 2009
Oct 05, 2009
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
Calpurnia Tate is living in a time when becoming a proper lady is the only job a girl should aspire to, but she is terrible at piano, tatting lace, an...more
Jun 16, 2009
Jun 11, 2009
Small Persons with Wings
This was an enjoyable enough book, but every time I put it down I had to force myself to pick it back up. While well-written and a great premise, for...more
Mar 08, 2011
Mar 04, 2011
Al Capone Shines My Shoes (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #2)
I was hesitant to pick up this second volume about Moose and the kids on Alcatraz, but after hearing only good things from colleagues, I read it this...more
Dec 02, 2009
Dec 04, 2009
The Mostly True Story of Jack
This utterly original story pits two halves of Mother Nature against themselves after a greedy man learns to control the magic of the earth.

When Jack...more
Aug 08, 2011
Aug 07, 2011
Penny Dreadful
This was one of those great, classic stories for kids. Penelope lives in a mansion in a large city, but is bored and unhappy. When her family loses th...more
Nov 10, 2010
Nov 09, 2010
Strawberry Hill
This is a perfectly sweet and old-fashioned story for fans of The Saturdays, Betsy-Tacy, and other favorites. It is the Depression, so ten-year-old Al...more
Sep 2009
Aug 24, 2009
Alice's Aunt Polly is famous for her pies, not just in their little town, but all over America. She has won the coveted Blueberry Award (wink, wink) t...more
Nov 12, 2011
Nov 08, 2011
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