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The Underneath
I didn't cry, and I don't know if it was because I finished it on the T, or was lifted by the thoughts of more adventures to come. I'm not usually one...more
Aug 21, 2008
Aug 17, 2008
Across Five Aprils
I will be completely honest and say that I expected very little from this book. It's old. It's beat up (in fact I read it in part to see if it was may...more
Jul 12, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
I think I will buy a copy for each 5th grade class AND the library when it comes out.
Feb 06, 2012
Feb 04, 2012
Adventures of Benny, The
Honestly, I LOVE the look of this book. All black and white, with just the word BENNY in bright green on the cover. Nice, thick paper and lots of whit...more
Dec 06, 2009
Dec 06, 2009
“If someone says “hi,” you say “hi” back.”

Catherine has filled a notebook full of rules like this for her younger brother, who is autistic. Though she...more
Nov 2007
Dec 11, 2007
The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary

An absolutely fascinating look into the lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. Alternately intriguing and heartbreaking, the words and images combine to s...more
May 29, 2009
May 19, 2009
The Name of This Book Is Secret (Secret, #1)
With a narrator who takes his cues from Lemony Snicket, The Name of this Book is Secret pairs two unlikely friends to solve the case of a lifetime. Ca...more
Nov 13, 2009
Nov 08, 2009
A Million Miles from Boston
There is a line near the end of the story that completely applies to this book- "don't judge a book by its cover". We've all heard it before and they...more
Dec 09, 2011
Dec 04, 2011
The Kneebone Boy
Just could not get into this. It's like the series of Unfortunate Events meets the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place meets every other book where...more
Apr 16, 2011
Apr 06, 2011
Heart of a Samurai
I didn't realize until it was over that it was based on real events/people. I'm not sure that would have made me like this any more than I did, though...more
Jun 15, 2011
Jun 15, 2011
E Is for Environment: Stories to Help Children Care for Their World--at Home, at School, and at Play
I give it three stars for the facts at the end of each "story". The stories were a little too much for me as an adult reader, but I can see kids who a...more
Jan 08, 2012
Jan 08, 2012
I didn't anticipate liking this as much as I did. I love when that happens...

And I totally remember my 10th birthday. I remember making such a big dea...more
Dec 14, 2011
Dec 13, 2011
The Trumpet of the Swan

The plot was surprisingly entertaining, though I winced at the old-fashioned language ("gay" and "queer" were liberally peppered about) and cringed at...more
Dec 18, 2010
Dec 24, 2010
Two for One (Bink & Gollie, #2)
"Destiny? Is it a ride?" - Bink
"In a manner of speaking" - Gollie

I LOVE BINK! The second installment of Bink and Gollie is even better than the first,...more
Feb 04, 2012
Feb 04, 2012
Frankly, Frannie (Frankly, Frannie #1)
I'm only halfway through the first cd and the Frannie-isms are killing me already. Might be more bearable in print, but I'm not sure.

Clarification: I...more
May 05, 2012
Apr 30, 2012
The Winter Pony
I was not expecting this book. Not the pony narrator, not the historical relevance. It left me scrambling to look up facts at the end (was that FOR RE...more
Mar 21, 2012
Mar 15, 2012
The audio CDs were skipping and I was also put off by some if the language used. I tried to tough it out, but when the 3rd (out if 4) cd stopped playi...more
Mar 2010
Mar 10, 2010
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny—Detectives Extraordinaire! (The Bunny's #1)
This book was bizarre. Sometimes I was cringing and sometimes I was chuckling - which is why I stuck it out. Cool that it was read by the author, but...more
not set
Apr 01, 2012
Hide and Seek
**spoiler alert** It wasn't exactly what I thought it would be, but I did enjoy it. My younger self would have LOVED it. There's just something about...more
May 13, 2011
May 23, 2011
I sit in reflective silence after finishing this book. I'm not a re-reader at this point in my life, but I already want to read it again. There were s...more
not set
Dec 26, 2011
Not For Parents London: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know
Got this from the library as kind of a joke to show my friends I was prepping for our trip in April. Then I read it cover to cover! I was totally inte...more
not set
Mar 10, 2012
S.O.S. (Titanic #3)

Fast-paced, exciting, with the voices sometimes being a little too over the top for me...but overall a great listen. I jumped in at the end of this se...more
Oct 02, 2011
Oct 08, 2011
Miracle on 49th Street
Don't tell my kids, but I couldn't really stand this book. The writing was really annoying to me. . .and I was looking forward to my first Mike Lupica...more
Jan 11, 2009
Jan 14, 2009
The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity (Brixton Brothers, #1)
Love Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and Encyclopedia Brown? Steve Brixton is all this and more, in Mac Barnett's tribute to these iconic series. Brilliant...more
Nov 14, 2009
Nov 14, 2009
Lulu and the Brontosaurus
I want to read this out loud to a class. Would pair well with Children Make Terrible Pets. Here's what's stuck in my head days later... " I'm gonna, I...more
not set
Apr 01, 2012
Stuart Little
This book was surprisingly charming. The audio had a sort of echo to it, and it almost sounded like you were listening to a story from another time. W...more
Oct 30, 2010
Oct 29, 2010
The Quiet Place
This just jumped to the top of my favorite picture book list of 2012, along with Green. Wow. I can't believe I had this for so long without reading it...more
Nov 27, 2012
Nov 27, 2012
The Lonely Book
Kate Bernheimer came to my elementary school my first year as a library teacher. She had graduated from the school! I picked this book up at my public...more
Nov 10, 2012
Nov 10, 2012
Watership Down
I don't usually award half-stars, but I think this one deserves a bump up to 3.5 stars for me. About half way through the CDs I thought I already knew...more
May 18, 2012
May 10, 2012
Museum of Thieves (The Keepers, #1)
It was...ok. I had trouble following it at times (which sometimes happens when I concentrate on driving...oops!) and while the perks of the audio vers...more
Aug 17, 2011
Aug 07, 2011
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