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The Nethergrim
3.95
This series opener has the feel of classic fantasy, yet it still comes across as fresh. Plenty of scary action and extremely likable young heroes.
May 27, 2014
May 27, 2014
 
Frostborn (Thrones & Bones, #1)
4.00
This wonderful fantasy steeped in Norse mythology is by a Birmingham author! Highly recommended for fans of Rick Riordan, J.R.R. Tolkien, and John Fla ...more
Sep 09, 2014
Sep 09, 2014
 
The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand (The Ninja Librarians #1)
3.73
Yes, I'm particularly partial to this one because it shows librarians in an awesome, booty-kicking light. But anyone who likes stories about kids bein ...more
May 05, 2014
May 05, 2014
 
Seven Stories Up
4.05
Companion to Bigger Than a Bread Box (which I loved and booktalked all over the place). Not only does a girl get to time travel, but she gets to see h ...more
May 12, 2014
May 12, 2014
 
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy
3.88
Yes, I loved Disney's Frozen. But I love this modern retelling of The Snow Queen fairytale even more. I know Frozen fans are now gasping in disbelief. ...more
Apr 21, 2014
Apr 21, 2014
 
One Crazy Summer (Gaither Sisters, #1)
3.91
Books such as The Wednesday Wars, Neil Armstrong is My Uncle, and The Watsons Go to Birmingham highlight different aspects of the turbulant 1960s. Rit ...more
Jan 13, 2011
Mar 28, 2011
 
Ice Dogs
4.27
Two teens, six sled dogs versus the Alaskan wilderness. This survival story is breathtaking.
Mar 05, 2014
Mar 05, 2014
 
The Forbidden Library (The Forbidden Library, #1)
3.79
Proof that books possess a certain magic. Recommended for fans of Cornelia Funke's Inkheart series.
Jun 16, 2014
Jun 16, 2014
 
What I Came to Tell You
3.81
Both the artistic process and the process of grief are woven into this tale of community and healing.
Jan 31, 2014
Jan 31, 2014
 
Jake and Lily
3.97
Jake & Lily are twins who have always felt that they were 1/2 of the same whole. They have a special connection that even they can't put into word ...more
Nov 06, 2012
Nov 06, 2012
 
Almost Super
4.09
What makes a superhero? Is it the superpowers, or is it something greater?
Jun 06, 2014
Jun 06, 2014
 
Bird
4.13
A deft mix of realistic tragedy and Jamaican folklore. I cried and cried. But in the best way.
Apr 04, 2014
Apr 04, 2014
 
Ava and Pip
4.07
The diary format, the wordplay, the sister dynamics -- this was a book handcrafted for me! Family and friendships can be tricky in the tween years. Fi ...more
Apr 04, 2014
Apr 04, 2014
 
Ship of Dolls
3.69
Inspired by the Friendship Dolls that were sent to Japan in 1926, in hopes of preventing future war. Focuses on the lives surrounding a single doll, p ...more
Aug 23, 2014
Aug 25, 2014
 
The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1)
4.16
I never thought I would like another Ranger as much as I do Aragorn, let alone two Rangers. Ranger Holt and his apprentice, Will, are the perfect odd ...more
Oct 10, 2009
Oct 10, 2009
 
The Year of Billy Miller
3.80
This is the only 2014 Newbery Honor I had not read before the award winners were announced. But kudos to the committee because this one is definitely ...more
Mar 02, 2014
Jul 03, 2013
 
What the Moon Said
3.96
Esther is trying to make the best of a difficult situation -- moving from a Chicago apartment to a Wisconsin farm during the Great Depression. But wil ...more
Aug 14, 2014
Aug 14, 2014
 
The Floating Circus
3.80
I liked this book for so many reasons. I enjoyed the historical details that were woven into the story. Obviously, the reader is exposed to life on a ...more
Sep 25, 2009
Sep 25, 2009
 
The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, #1)
3.98
Meet Sabrina and Daphne. Sabrina is responsible, a strong leader, and weary of strangers. Daphne is silly, adventurous, and optimistic. Together they ...more
Oct 12, 2009
Oct 12, 2009
 
The Diamond of Darkhold (Book of Ember, #4)
3.77
After reading book three in the series, I wasn't sure what to expect. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this book. There were several good mess ...more
Sep 25, 2009
Sep 25, 2009
 
Rescuing Seneca Crane (Kari + Lucas Mysteries, #2)
3.91
The second book in the Kari + Lucas Mystery Series (The first book being "The Mystery of the Third Lucretia") and it doesn't disappoint. This time the ...more
Dec 28, 2009
Dec 28, 2009
 
Young Fredle (Davis Farm, #2)
3.59
Young Fredle is about a house mouse who finds himself being tossed out of the kitchen and into the great outdoors. On top of having to learn new words ...more
Apr 05, 2011
Apr 05, 2011
 
The Crossover
4.20
This novel in verse is about way more than basketball. The sport helps hone in on the general trials of middle school. It's also serves as a strong fa ...more
Apr 23, 2014
Apr 23, 2014
 
Falling In
3.63
Isabelle Bean falls through a broom closet into a world where children are chased from town to town by an evil witch. Isabelle soon learns that this a ...more
Apr 14, 2010
Apr 14, 2010
 
Archon (Psi Chronicles, #2)
3.93
I love when good sci-fi takes an unexpected turn . . . and remains good sci-fi. I cannot wait to find out what's in store for the True Son in book thr ...more
Dec 30, 2013
Aug 15, 2013
 
The Way to Stay in Destiny
3.88
This is definitely a skinny punch book, which means its 179 pages are jammed packed with powerful messages about family, war, music and baseball.
Feb 02, 2015
Oct 16, 2014
 
Space Case
4.19
It's a murder mystery complete with dehydrated chicken parmigiana and space toilets. What a combination!
Oct 31, 2014
May 14, 2014
 
The Map to Everywhere (Pirate Stream, #1)
4.00
THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN! Adventure, humor, magic, rats with two tails and six legs!
Feb 09, 2015
Jul 25, 2014
 
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
3.82
Holy bagumba, this book is a gem! No surprise there -- it's a DiCamillo!
Oct 18, 2013
Aug 13, 2013
 
Fiendish Deeds (Joy of Spooking, #1)
3.64
I loved Joy's "anti-prim" philosophy of life. Even though she is tormented by the "darlings" for living in Spooking, Joy never wishes to live in Darli ...more
Sep 25, 2009
Sep 25, 2009
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