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Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment
Reading as an adult, I think I enjoyed the book much more at the beginning. Initially, the story is intriguing, specific, and personal, setting the re ...more
Jun 15, 2010
Aug 02, 2010
Jacob Have I Loved
This book makes a great case for the importance of guided reading, as well as getting the age group right on the audience. While Sara Louise is thirte ...more
Jan 16, 2012
Aug 29, 2010
Moon Over Manifest
While I enjoyed Moon Over Manifest and thought it was well written, I did have a couple concerns about it. The Newbery award isn't given to a book bas ...more
Jul 10, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to the Jungle (The Dresden Files, #0.5)
Not bad, but not really as engaging to me as the rest of the series. The story is good, the portrayal of the characters is acceptable- i.e. nothing wr ...more
Dec 22, 2010
Dec 22, 2010
The White Giraffe (Animal Healer, #1)
Overall, this tale of a girl reluctantly sent to live with her grandmother on a game preserve in South Africa is a fun adventure with a lot of animals ...more
Apr 27, 2009
Aug 06, 2010
The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3)
This has to be my favourite of the three Mistborn books, especially after the horrible ending of the second one, The Well of Ascension. While the time ...more
Jan 2010
Aug 01, 2010
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
I absolutely loved this book, especially the audio recording of it. The narrator is so engaging that the story is really "brought to life," as trite a ...more
Dec 28, 2012
Dec 31, 2011
Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)
I thought that this was a great story- Perhaps steampunk is just new and novel to me, but I love the time period (1914, just at the beginning of World ...more
not set
Aug 01, 2010
The Dark is Rising Sequence (The Dark is Rising, #1-5)
After hearing a lot about this series, I was very disappointed in how pedestrian it was. Perhaps the rest of the series is better, but this one was ve ...more
Dec 11, 2008
Aug 02, 2010
How I Live Now
I found this title in relation to a project on dystopias, mainly through science fiction in children's literature. Despite only having the faintest ti ...more
Feb 12, 2009
Aug 01, 2010
All the Bright Places
I think my mixed feelings on this one are due mostly to lingering questions. Although I can't claim to know the answers, I somehow feel like there are ...more
Jan 24, 2015
Jan 26, 2015
Gracefully Grayson
Although I questioned some of the details of Grayson's motivations for transitioning from male to female, I thought there was a lot about the book tha ...more
Jul 2014
Jul 03, 2014
The City of Falling Angels
While technically a piece of non-fiction, the narrative structure of this book makes it seem more an interwoven collection of short vignettes. True to ...more
Jul 07, 2009
Aug 01, 2010
How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids
While this book had some interesting suggestions of things to look for when reading to get more "meaning" out of a book/reading experience, I have lot ...more
Dec 30, 2012
Dec 05, 2012
I thought this was generally a well-told story. The sense of suspense, especially with the foreshadowing about the yellow-handled knife, made the book ...more
Apr 12, 2014
Apr 12, 2014
Blueberry Girl
As much as I love Neil Gaiman, I don't think this one came out all that well. The text seems to really be written from an adult perspective, as it has ...more
Sep 2010
Sep 01, 2010
Fallen Angels
I was rather amazed at how real this book felt. The characters are all entertaining but it's their dialog that feels so real and honest that it draws ...more
Aug 18, 2011
Aug 22, 2011
The beginning of this was extremely smart- I loved the commentary on writing, the YA publishing market, violence, paranormal romance, authorial inspir ...more
Aug 08, 2014
Jul 12, 2014
The Girl of His Dreams (Commissario Guido Brunetti #17)
While I enjoyed the sort of insider view into Venice, the story overall seemed sort of mediocre and unexciting. I guess I was jsut expecting something ...more
not set
Aug 01, 2010
My Family for the War
I absolutely loved this one, perhaps because I am so fascinated with portrayals of religious groups that aren’t frequently portrayed in American child ...more
Jun 02, 2012
Jun 10, 2012
The Fault in Our Stars
The problem with this book is that it made me cry- twice a day every time I got into the car to drive someplace. And I would arrive at whatever destin ...more
Aug 23, 2012
Jan 23, 2012
Not really my cup of tea. I like tea but I didn’t care much for Rotters. I don’t know if I’ve become squeamish about my YA/children’s fiction all of a ...more
Apr 26, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
Postcards From No Man's Land
I put off this one for some time, not interested with the inadequate name and the dull looking cover, but found that I really really liked it once I g ...more
Jul 2010
Aug 29, 2010
The Green Book
I first picked up this short little novel because I had heard of several teachers using it to teach about sustainability. However, I was somewhat disa ...more
Feb 2009
Aug 01, 2010
A Time of Miracles
I thought this was pretty good. I did have some difficulty keeping the roughly contemporary time in mind, but that's not the fault of the book but rat ...more
May 30, 2012
Jun 19, 2012
Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story
While this short little novel was an interesting peak into living conditions in South Africa, I found it to be a little didactic. The story seemed som ...more
Mar 16, 2009
Aug 01, 2010
Pennyroyal Academy (Pennyroyal Academy, #1)
Although I see some of the appeal to this Harry Potter and Percy Jackson read-a-like mixed with a bit of a revival in fairytales for juvenile and teen ...more
Oct 11, 2014
Oct 13, 2014
A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return
I really wanted to like this one, as I generally love global fiction and graphic memoirs, but I generally found the book confusing. I think I would ha ...more
Jul 28, 2012
Jul 29, 2012
Thirteenth Child (Frontier Magic, #1)
Despite being enthralled with this book to the point of not wanting to do anything else but read till I figured out what it was about, I had some prob ...more
Aug 2009
Aug 01, 2010
World Without  Fish
I think that Kurlansky has some really important information here to get across and makes important references to several organizations for more infor ...more
Sep 02, 2012
Aug 30, 2012
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