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Feathers
3.59
I heard Jacqueline Woodson speak and recite her work at NCTE and I'm officially changing my stars. When Woodson read, the sparseness of her prose actu ...more
Oct 12, 2008
Oct 12, 2008
 
Into the Woods (Manga Warriors: Tigerstar and Sasha, #1)
4.06
Carter Hasegawa has been raving about these Warriors books about cats, both wild and kittypets (cats with owners), but as my work gets more hectic, I' ...more
Oct 23, 2008
Oct 23, 2008
 
In Odd We Trust (Odd thomas Graphic Novel, #1)
3.87
I am not familiar with Dean Koontz, although I know the name and I know that some of my students have read things from this author, but when I saw ano ...more
Feb 28, 2009
Feb 28, 2009
 
Dreamland
3.90
This is my first book from the summer Sarah Dessen challenge. Dreamland is about Caitlin and her mysterious new bad-boy boyfriend Rogerson, green-eyed ...more
May 31, 2009
May 31, 2009
 
Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)
3.90
An asteroid is coming towards the moon and Miranda, her mom and brother join the block party outside to watch it when BOOM the asteroid knocks the moo ...more
Dec 08, 2009
Dec 08, 2009
 
Suite Scarlett (Scarlett, #1)
3.61
Scarlett Martin is the 15-year-old protagonist, who with her parents and three other siblings lives in the dilapidated NY Hotel, the Hopewell. For her ...more
Dec 29, 2009
Dec 29, 2009
 
Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
4.14
I devoured this book as soon as it came out and then just forgot about it. It didn't resonate with me as much as the Divergent book did. The ending fe ...more
May 10, 2013
May 10, 2013
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.39
This book was recommended by Jen, who in her review said that she "devoured" the book. I finally listened to it as an audio book, and I agree, this bo ...more
Apr 13, 2009
Apr 09, 2009
 
Before We Were Free
3.81
Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez is the story of Anita de la Torre, a twelve-year-old girl living in the Dominican Republic in 1960. Although her ...more
Jul 09, 2009
Jul 26, 2009
 
Odd Thomas (Odd Thomas, #1)
3.88
I read this after I read the graphic novel version of this series called In Odd We Trust. I really liked the graphic novel, but I wasn't ready for the ...more
Oct 04, 2009
Oct 04, 2009
 
Leverage
3.94
Between getting ready to teach in South Africa next month, closing down my apartment, finishing up another semester of doctoral work and teaching high ...more
May 23, 2011
May 23, 2011
 
Skim
3.76
Kimberly Keiko Cameron, "Skim" is a goth chick in an all-girls school who seems to have had a brief relationship with her art teacher, Ms. Archer. Her ...more
May 2009
Apr 30, 2009
 
My Most Excellent Year
4.06
This book is told in three voices, Augie, TC and Alejandra. It is their story, but written as an English assignment for their 11th grade English teach ...more
Feb 18, 2010
Feb 04, 2010
 
An Abundance of Katherines
3.74
Colin Singleton, angst-filled former prodigy, has just been dumped by his 19th Katherine, so he and his best friend go on a road trip as he tries to w ...more
May 17, 2009
May 17, 2009
 
Schooled
3.82
Gordon Korman has a knack for odd characters that buck the system of teen "normalcy." This is no exception. Cap, or Capricorn Anderson, has been livin ...more
Mar 22, 2009
Mar 22, 2009
 
Ball Don't Lie
3.88
Thanks Jen for recommending this book. Yes, it's gritty, and maybe more of a boy book than a unisex YA book, but as de la Pena's first novel, I reall ...more
Jun 21, 2009
Jun 21, 2009
 
Tales from Outer Suburbia
4.33
Shaun Tan's graphic novels are quirky in their vision of a world that looks like our own, and yet it opens up all the fantastical aspects hiding under ...more
Jan 12, 2010
Jan 12, 2010
 
Eleventh Grade Burns (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #4)
4.32
OMG, OMG, OMG!

When authors write a series, the honeymoon phase with the characters starts waning at about book 4. The characters become predictable,
...more
Mar 17, 2010
Mar 12, 2010
 
The Girl Who Owned a City
3.58
I got this ARC from Net Galley (dot) com for an honest review.

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After a virus wipes out everyone over 12 on Earth and turns them to dust,
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Dec 12, 2011
Dec 12, 2011
 
Healing Water: A Hawaiian Story
3.94
This is the historical fiction account of a teenager, Pia, like haupia, who is diagnosed with Hansen's disease and sent to Molokai to live out the re ...more
Jul 20, 2008
Jun 23, 2008
 
Three Cups of Tea: Young Reader's Edition
3.60
I had the privledge of hearing author and humanitarian Greg Mortenson speak in San Antonio and the gist of the message was that education means hope. ...more
Nov 23, 2008
Nov 26, 2008
 
Switched (My Sister the Vampire, #1)
4.12
This series joins the hot vampire bandwagon, but caters to the tweens who like the allure of vampire books, but don't want the sex, gore and blood thi ...more
Oct 06, 2009
Oct 07, 2009
 
We Were Here
4.08
de la Pena has a clear picture of the part Hispanic character who is on the outskirts of his community or his family - desperately trying to find some ...more
Dec 13, 2009
Sep 02, 2009
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.56
Ok I have joined the many females I've spoken with recently, young and not so young, who are gaga over these books. I finished it in one day and panic ...more
not set
Aug 31, 2008
 
Usagi Yojimbo: Yokai  (Usagi Yojimbo)
4.05
Usagi Yojimbo: Yokai by Stan Sakai celebrates the 25th anniversary of my favorite samurai rabbit in a beautiful hardbound graphic novel in which Miyam ...more
Dec 03, 2009
Dec 03, 2009
 
One False Note (The 39 Clues, #2)
3.88
This is a great series, especially for reluctant readers. The stories are high action embedded with history and geography as well as young protagonist ...more
Dec 07, 2008
Dec 07, 2008
 
Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)
3.93
I should have waited for forever to come out in 2011 first before I read the middle series, but the first one is so good, and I knew that Stiefvater w ...more
Dec 06, 2010
Dec 06, 2010
 
Mexican WhiteBoy
3.84
Those of us who are half breeds or mixed understand that moment in our adolescence when we are too dark for some circles and not dark enough for other ...more
Mar 29, 2009
Mar 29, 2009
 
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2)
4.08
The Subtle Knife is the 2nd book in the His Dark Materials trilogy and this is where you meet Will who I guess would be from our world. It's a much sh ...more
Jul 15, 2008
Jul 20, 2008
 
A Living Nightmare (Cirque Du Freak, #1)
4.05
Since the movie is coming out this month, I decided to reread this book. I read it when it first came out in 2000 and over the years have added the ot ...more
Oct 06, 2009
Oct 07, 2009
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