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The White Giraffe (Animal Healer, #1)
Jan 2010
May 30, 2012
The Sixty-Eight Rooms (Sixty-Eight Rooms #1)
May 2010
May 31, 2010
Apr 10, 2010
Apr 07, 2010
**spoiler alert** Like Mark Haddon's most excellent, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the night-time, this book has broad age appeal. It's science f...more
Jul 23, 2010
Jul 26, 2010
Close to Famous
This is the first Joan Bauer book I’ve read. It was okay, in the truest sense of the word. Story line was good, it had interesting characters, but the...more
Apr 11, 2013
Apr 11, 2013
Shooting the Moon
Jamie Dexter, the 12 year old protagonist starts out the book fervently gung ho about the Vietnam war and all things army, but ends the book with a mo...more
Jan 17, 2010
Jan 17, 2010
The Willoughbys
It's hard to come across a book that will have appeal to grade schoolers and their parents and older siblings. This is one of those books. The story i...more
Oct 06, 2012
Nov 19, 2012
Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
Sometimes I wonder why certain books are considered juvenile while others are considered young adult. This is certainly the case with The Mostly True...more
Apr 28, 2011
Apr 28, 2011
Honus & Me (A Baseball Card Adventure #1)
Dan Gutman captures what it feels like to be a young boy in love with baseball. Joe Stoshack, the main character in story, plays on a little league te...more
Jan 27, 2010
Jan 28, 2010
All the Broken Pieces
**spoiler alert** This book is told in verse. It is a serious subject about a young boy, half Vietnamese, half American who lives with his adoptive Am...more
Sep 12, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
Spunky Tells All
Spunky is the story of a family and their pets as experienced by the title character, a mixed breed dog in the prime of his life. He has a good relati...more
Jan 09, 2012
Jan 16, 2012
The Atlantis Complex (Artemis Fowl, #7)
Artemis Fowl is fifteen now. Much has changed for him. Still a genus, his motivations have evolved from mere avarice to philanthropy. The book starts...more
Oct 10, 2010
Oct 11, 2010
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling
This is a delightfully old-fashioned series about three children of unknown origin and their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, recent graduate o...more
Dec 20, 2010
Dec 28, 2010
The Other Half of My Heart
This book is about twin eleven-year-olds, Keira and Minerva, "Minni" King who are biracial. Keira has dark skin and curly hair, Minni has white skin a...more
Jan 20, 2011
Jan 20, 2011
Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #4)
This is a great series featuring the funny, irreverent antics of Greg Heffley and his dysfunctional family. In this installment, Greg is looking forwa...more
Mar 09, 2011
Mar 10, 2011
The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #5)
What is the Ugly Truth? I guess you could say that Greg Heffley finally has to face up to a few things, but in typical Greg Heffley fashion he does ev...more
Mar 15, 2011
Mar 16, 2011
The Hidden Gallery (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #2)
Penelope Lumley, the governess known affectionately as "Lumawoo" to her charges, finds herself in London in the second installment of this series. Her...more
Apr 02, 2011
Apr 03, 2011
How to Catch a Bogle (Bogle #1)
**spoiler alert** Catherine Jink’s, How to Catch a Bogle blends historical fiction and fantasy in a story about a poor 12 year old girl, Birdie McAdam...more
Nov 30, 2013
Dec 09, 2013
The Magic Thief (Magic Thief, #1)
I think the idea is that this book would appeal to readers of the Septimus Heap series, the Fablehaven series, and those seeking out another good seri...more
Jun 22, 2011
Jul 02, 2011
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading (Charlie Joe Jackson, #1)
**spoiler alert** The premise of the book is this: middle school student, Charlie Jo Jackson hasn't read a book from beginning to end since reading Th...more
Aug 21, 2011
Aug 22, 2011
The Homework Machine
**spoiler alert** Four unlikely kids form a bond when one of them invents a homework machine and lets the others in on the deal.

This book presents the...more
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Feb 19, 2010
The Girl Who Threw Butterflies
**spoiler alert** The Girl Who Threw Butterflies is about Molly Williams, a middle school student whose father died six months ago. He died in a car c...more
Sep 25, 2011
Sep 26, 2011
Falling In
**spoiler alert** This is the author, Frances O'Roark Dowell's first attempt at writing fantasy. After almost every chapter she interrupts the narrati...more
May 2010
May 31, 2010
Earwig and the Witch
This cheerful and clever little book is an enjoyable quick read at 117 pages, and Zelinsky's illustrations add a comic touch to keep the plot appropri...more
May 02, 2012
May 03, 2012
**spoiler alert** Dan Gutman and Gordon Korman each wrote a book about a kid finding a baseball card that had long range consequences for the finder....more
Jan 24, 2010
Feb 19, 2010
War Horse (War Horse, #1)
War horse is told in the first person by Joey the horse. The story begins with a bidding war for Joey, between a loud, drunken and abusive farmer and...more
May 22, 2012
Jun 25, 2012
**spoiler alert** Noah Underwood has a crazy dad who only thinks of himself and his environmental crusades. This is the first book that Hiaasen wrote...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jul 08, 2012
The Unseen Guest (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #3)
**spoiler alert** Miss Penelope Lumley, stellar graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females is looking forward to some calming education...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jul 15, 2012
Soldier Dog
**spoiler alert** Soldier Dog, by Sam Angus is the story of Stanley, a 14 year-old boy who joins the Royal Engineers in WWI. He’s not particularly pro...more
Aug 25, 2013
Aug 27, 2013
Black Radishes
**spoiler alert** Gustave Becker is a young French boy who at the start of the book is most concerned with his Boy Scout team winning the scavenger hu...more
Sep 27, 2012
Oct 01, 2012
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