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The Maze of Bones  (The 39 Clues, #1)
Since this one comes with games and such and I anticipate a lot of students reading it, I feel obligated to read it. Not that there isn't some interes...more
Nov 15, 2008
Nov 10, 2008
The central story of Marvin and Jame's friendship and the art heist are tender/thrilling in turns. There is a problem with the pacing when too much ti...more
Oct 10, 2008
Oct 07, 2008
The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co., #1)
I truly enjoyed Stroud’s narrative tone, characters and world building in this first volume of a new fantasy/horror series. In Lucy we find a fresh, s...more
Sep 05, 2013
Sep 06, 2013
Into The Volcano
I liked the latter half of the novel much better than the exposition, but fortunately the leading chapters are few and short. It's interesting how Don...more
Nov 26, 2008
Nov 24, 2008
Al Capone Shines My Shoes (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #2)
I am completely delighted by this book. I really enjoyed the first one and this one holds up, well and strong, and I think it works even better. Maybe...more
Jul 10, 2009
Jul 09, 2009
Walls Within Walls
This fun mystery, full of riddles and puzzles, is a perfect fit for my students who go to school in New York City's upper east side (where the childre...more
Jan 26, 2011
Jan 24, 2011
Doll Bones
I was pleased that Holly Black decided to maintain the mystery and the suspense over the paranormal scenario of the story all the way to the very very...more
Aug 06, 2013
Aug 02, 2013
Leepike Ridge
A great survival story, a thrilling adventure, an intriguing mystery, and a tall tale. It reminds me of Paulsen's survival stories but seems to have e...more
Aug 2007
Aug 28, 2007
The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit
I usually approach books written by celebrities with a bit of trepidation. More often than not, I don’t even bother reading them — just waiting for ot...more
Jul 31, 2013
Jul 26, 2013
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
I’m so happy that 1. I didn’t spend time reading this book. Instead, I listened to it on audible. It was LONG, but at least I was walking, or washing...more
May 22, 2013
May 12, 2013
The Clockwork Three
I always wanted to read this book — and more than one teachers at school urged me to read it. Since I can’t really read it this year – I downloaded th...more
Jul 09, 2012
Jun 30, 2012
This is definitely a fun book and many of my young readers already told me that they enjoyed reading the third offering from Hiaasen. Everything does...more
Apr 16, 2009
Apr 10, 2009
The Name of This Book Is Secret (Secret, #1)
I really should have heeded the recommendations, enthusiastic and spirited, from many different readers in several grades for the last few years. Why...more
Feb 15, 2011
Feb 11, 2011
This is a short and charming caper story with some not-quite-so-believable reconciliations -- especially the incredibly fast and easy resolution of th...more
Aug 03, 2011
Jul 31, 2011
The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets (Enola Holmes Mysteries, #3)
I adore this book and agree with Elizabeth's review on Amazon. I can't believe that I missed the first two. Enola is a wonderful character and Nancy S...more
Mar 21, 2008
Mar 18, 2008
Found (The Missing, #1)
I was having such high hopes for this book with intriguing premises and starting strongly with mysterious circumstances. But Haddix does not seem to k...more
Jul 13, 2008
Jul 10, 2008
The Empress's Tomb (Kiki Strike, #2)
The second installment in the Kiki Strike and the Irregulars of Bank Street series is every bit as fun (actually, it seems MORE fun to me) as the firs...more
Nov 2007
Nov 23, 2007
The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy
This one definitely kept my interest up. I gave it a 4-star although I think it's more a 3.75, since there are a few points that I'd like the author t...more
Mar 18, 2008
Mar 18, 2008
The London Eye Mystery
Aside from very few "dubious moments" where I don't quite believe Ted's voice, the logic in this child narrator's mind is quite consistent and the big...more
May 17, 2008
May 16, 2008
The Seer of Shadows
It's fine. It has enough of scariness, but not quite truly scary. The resolution seems a bit simplistic and the revenging spirit was not really calmed...more
May 18, 2008
May 17, 2008
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
This is what outstanding, distinguished, and thoroughly enjoyable children’s books should be! And of course, I had the additional pleasure of listenin...more
Oct 10, 2013
Oct 06, 2013
The Lost Days (Emily the Strange Novels, #1)
This book is an absolute delight to read, something I would have loved as a child, so full of inventive details, strange logic, mysterious scenarios,...more
Nov 09, 2009
Nov 10, 2009
The Face on the Milk Carton (Janie Johnson, #1)
So much fun to re-read this one, too! I forgot so many details and had a different recollection of the ending to the actual ending. Maybe I read the s...more
Feb 08, 2010
Feb 08, 2010
The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)
I do so appreciate this series. The second reading of The Bad Beginning makes Lemony Snicket's skills in maintaining a consistent tone and building ch...more
Feb 04, 2010
Feb 04, 2010
Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery (The Sports Beat, #1)
I can see why my sports-fan readers like this book and others by Feinstein. The mixture of many real-life details of the sports world and a mild myste...more
Nov 03, 2009
Nov 01, 2009
Chew, Vol. 1: Taster's Choice
Not for the faint of heart or queasy of tummy. There are laugh-out-loud scenes and almost-puke-my-guts-out scenes. Definitely cannot read this and hav...more
Apr 12, 2011
Apr 12, 2011
Once Upon a Crime (The Sisters Grimm, #4)
Way too many ideas crammed into a story with a very slim plot line. There are some very true emotional depictions but they are buried by the action se...more
Jan 28, 2010
Jan 23, 2010
Brain Camp
It's really quite an oddly enjoyable weird tale. Some of the images can be disturbing, but effectively and purposefully so. I think plenty of young re...more
Apr 16, 2011
Apr 16, 2011
The Darkness Dwellers (Kiki Strike, #3)
Still enjoyed it very much! The plotting is as adventuresome and surprising as the previous two installments and the tone is as sassy. It's also delig...more
Feb 05, 2013
Jan 27, 2013
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1
The concept of bringing a lot of 19th century literary characters together to solve a mystery is definitely a fun one — although not unique, at least,...more
Jul 27, 2013
May 01, 2013
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