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Fallen Angels
Once again, a young adult author surprises me with a piece of hard hitting fiction transcending the inadequate categorizations that we try to slap on ...more
Feb 15, 2008
Feb 16, 2008
This is one of the more enjoyable books I've read in a while, and it's one I think Jr. High kids will love. I hope I can sell it to my secondary kids, ...more
Aug 04, 2008
Aug 03, 2008
The Book Thief
I have a hard time categorizing this book as Young Adult, because it so complex and deep. It's not that I feel YA literature can't be complex or deep, ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 03, 2007
World Leader Pretend: A Novel
I'm getting close to abandoning this book. The style is getting increasingly annoying. The continuous amplification/repetition technique has gotten ol ...more
Nov 05, 2008
Nov 03, 2008
The Sparrow (The Sparrow, #1)
The Sparrow is about the most non-sci-fi, sci-fi book I've ever read. The author basically uses the science fiction elements as a vehicle to explore s ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 14, 2007
Welcome to the future: a United States so safe that it's been renamed the USSA (United Safe States of America). Here everything from football to skate ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 29, 2007
Pete Hautman has a way of addressing weighty philosophical issues in oblique, readable ways. In Godless, Hautman tackles religion as a group of intell ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 01, 2007
Zone One
Heady post-modern, post-apocalyptic zombie fiction. Who knew?

This is an interesting take on the zombie milieu. Unfortunately, I think it will disappoi
Feb 2012
Oct 26, 2011
Tales of the Madman Underground
[i]Tales of the Madman Underground[/i] was a slow burner. My initial ambivalence was due to my increasing weariness with writers trying to be gritty a ...more
Sep 13, 2010
Sep 07, 2010
Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter
Glancing through my reviewed shelves, I realize that a three is a pretty low rating for me due to star-inflation, so I feel kind of bad assigning a bo ...more
Mar 02, 2012
Feb 24, 2012
The Twelve (The Passage, #2)
I loved The Passage. In my review of it, I mentioned staying up all night to finish the book. The Twelve affected me similarly, with marathon reading ...more
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Aug 18, 2013
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Criticism of Junior's unbelievable metamorphosis from dweeby feeb to superstar baller are warranted. I still loved this book and it kept me entertaine ...more
Oct 30, 2008
Oct 30, 2008
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
Well, there seems to be quite a bit of backlash against this book. Maybe the anti-hype is deserved, but I still liked the heck out of it. I read it on ...more
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Aug 04, 2010
When She Woke
Lots of people bemoan the pacing in the second half of the book, and I'll agree (actually, my main issue was with the second quarter). Still, the Scar ...more
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May 23, 2012
Homeland (Little Brother, #2)
Evidently I've been on a sequel kick as of late. Anyway, I loved this book just as much as Little Brother. I'm amazed by Doctor's ability to remain co ...more
Aug 26, 2013
Aug 20, 2013
Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse, #2)
Picked this up randomly at the library the other day. I could probably check out this entire series and obsessively read them over Christmas break. At ...more
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Dec 18, 2008
The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing
This should be called "The Busywork Myth.". As a teacher I feel that Kohn might be battling straw men because his notion of "homework" (worksheets) do ...more
Feb 24, 2012
Feb 21, 2012
Lemonade Mouth

The story of five uncool kids who spark a revolution at their high school through their music and uniting all the uncool misfits under the banner of t
Nov 2007
Oct 29, 2007
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I had a huge review written up and lost it. Anyway, suffice it to say that this book's charm lies in Charlie's unique voice. His combination of pierci ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 19, 2007
Downsiders (Downsiders, #1)
For some reason, Neal Shusterman seems like an easier, more accessible version of Neal Gaiman. As such, I really like using his works with my kids, as ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 03, 2007
The Alchemist
Not a big reader of the whole enlightenment fable genre, but this book charmed me. The ideas in it aren't earth-shattering or novel. In fact, the mess ...more
Feb 12, 2012
Feb 03, 2012
I Am Not A Serial Killer (John Cleaver, #1)
I was really enamored with this book until they broke out the supernatural demons. It was still entertaining, but I can't help but feel like it's two ...more
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Sep 23, 2011
The Trap
Surprisingly lyrical depiction of a the dangers of native life in Alaska. Some nice subtexts about the loss of culture lurk beneath the rather straigh ...more
not set
Sep 04, 2009
Born to Rock
Young Republican, 4.0 GPA, Harvard scholarship, loving family... Leo Caraway had the world as his oyster. Until he found out about his "genetic hitchi ...more
Jul 2007
Aug 29, 2007
Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)
We've all probably experienced a meteor shower or comet. One of those times where half the neighborhood stays up late or drives out into the country t ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 30, 2007
Tears of a Tiger (Hazelwood High, #1)
The main reason I rate this book as high as I have is because I think it will be a powerful book for my students to read. I can easily see this book b ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 01, 2008
Blood and Chocolate
So, I'm being a little harsh on this book, but I've got to say that it just wasn't my cup of tea. I like the whole World of Darkness Vampire/Werewolf ...more
Jul 2007
Aug 30, 2007
A reporter discovers the real cause of SIDs is an ancient African culling song with the power to kill. He then hooks up with a variety of characters i ...more
Jul 2007
Aug 30, 2007
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohen and David Levithan follows two teens thrown together in a punk rock club in NYC. Nick, the straight ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 29, 2007
Whale Talk
This is my first Crutcher novel, and I'll be reading more. My main complaint with this book is the perfection of TJ Jones--good looking, athletic, bra ...more
Apr 13, 2008
Apr 11, 2008
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