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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Bottom line - well-researched, carefully presented, entertaining, and very important to teachers, parents, bosses, introverts, and extroverts. Not per ...more
Apr 16, 2012
Feb 17, 2012
The Night Circus
I can't do it. I almost always write reviews within minutes or hours of finishing a book. But I've sat on this, pondering what to say to write a revie ...more
Mar 27, 2012
Aug 28, 2011
The Princess and the Goblin
Anything in me that is brave, honest, kind, and honourable is due in great part to the many times I read this book when I was young. I loved the chara ...more
Apr 03, 2011
Apr 04, 2011
The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True
Five stars means, to me, everyone should read it. And yes, this book is clearly enough written for a bright 8 year-old & interesting enough to be ...more
not set
Jan 30, 2012
The Princess Bride
I loved this as a child, and one of things I love best, then and now, is the conceit of all the layers, Goldman's claim that Morgenstern was real, tha ...more
Apr 10, 2011
Mar 26, 2010
The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle, #5)
I just couldn't appreciate this the way so many others do.

The way the story is told in the past, so we learn things as they're revealed rather than as
Aug 19, 2010
Aug 18, 2010
Mister God, This Is Anna
I'm a fervent atheist, raised agnostic, and I loved this fable when I was a child and still appreciate it now. Anna's Mister God is not Christian, is ...more
Mar 30, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
Annie on My Mind
Oh for pete's sake. I was going to say that this book is somewhat dated, a little contrived, but overall lovely and still valuable to those who still ...more
Sep 09, 2011
Jun 08, 2010
The Secret Garden
This read was, of course, a re-read. I wore out the copy I had as a child, with its lovely illustrations by Tasha Tudor. What's interesting is what a ...more
Mar 03, 2011
Mar 27, 2010
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
This is what I was thinking as I read: I've read a lot of good (and not so good) books about kids with autism and asperger's. This is the only one I'v ...more
Oct 09, 2012
Oct 09, 2012
Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason
Y'know, Pearl means well. But her annotations are so simplistic, if you're not willing to fly blindfolded, she won't be much help. I glanced at every ...more
not set
Jul 18, 2011
Pollyanna (Dell Yearling Classic)
So many editions they had to re-use ISBNs (the one I read this time is not the one pictured). I read some other edition as a child, and when I saw a c ...more
Oct 07, 2011
Oct 08, 2011
The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories
What a surprise. I've read several books by Aiken, loved The Wolves of Willoughby Chase as a child, yet had never heard of the Armitage stories. But m ...more
May 21, 2011
May 21, 2011
Fuzzy Nation
3.5 stars. Hollywood version of Piper's less-readable but somewhat richer provocation. Like the original, it explores questions like "Can lawyers & ...more
Aug 02, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
Flowers for Algernon
I've actually re-read this book a few times. I almost never do re-read books.

ETA May 2012. Since the last time I read this, I've read lots of fiction
May 19, 1999
Mar 26, 2010
Enna Burning (The Books of Bayern #2)
After Goose Girl I was content to stop, but then I investigated, out of idle curiosity, and found that the 'series' isn't a direct sequence. Enna was ...more
Aug 09, 2011
Aug 08, 2011
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Calpurnia Tate, #1)
The best bit was on p. 16. Callie Vee is frustrated so she runs down to the river,

"and ducked my head underwater and let out a long loud scream, the s
Jun 16, 2011
May 07, 2010
The History of Love
Wow. Not the easiest book I've ever read, but worthy. About all I can come up with are adjectives: Quiet and subtle, but passionate. Complex, poetic, ...more
Nov 22, 2010
Nov 23, 2010
Guess Again!
I'm telling you, I want this in my collection. Not only is it funny, but it's serious brain science (whether or not Adam and Mac realize it).

See, the
Sep 29, 2012
Sep 29, 2012
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Absolutely stands alone, despite being set in Green Town, Illinois, setting of Dandelion Wine and others.

If the movie is well-done, it might be better
Oct 13, 2014
Sep 10, 2010
Major Barbara
Wow is Shaw a master of putting a lot of provocative ideas in a short play. A young lady rejects society to try to save the bellies, livers, and souls ...more
Jul 11, 2011
Jun 09, 2011
Amy's Eyes
Halfway through and I think this is one I'm going to want to buy for my permanent collection - even though I really don't like to hang onto books.
Sep 06, 2014
Jan 12, 2011
The Fault in Our Stars
Ok, this is the book that should be taught in Freshman English in every high school in America. Not only is it an engaging, honest, intense portrayal ...more
Apr 17, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Briliant. Engaging, stimulating. I've put it down to try to sleep but can't. Did *not* expect this joy.
Well, I did finish it that night. And s
Apr 20, 2013
Oct 22, 2012
Science Verse
Sorry. I'd love to rate this highly, because it's clever and artistic and a lot of fun. But I'm concerned that some people will think they can use it ...more
Jul 19, 2011
Jul 19, 2011
Echo McCool, Outlaw Through Time
Cute enough. But basically just another MG fantasy exploring the difference between fantasy and reality. This was mostly adventure & mystery, dram ...more
Sep 22, 2014
Jun 05, 2011
Where the Wild Things Are
For years I had this memorized. I still love it. I dread seeing the movie, but someday I will.

reread Jan 19, 2011 for the Children's Books group -

Jun 25, 1987
Jun 25, 2010
Harriet the Spy (Harriet the Spy #1)
This is one of those books that's so much more than it pretends to be. Written 'for' children, it doesn't condescend to them, and has a lot to say to ...more
Sep 27, 2011
Sep 28, 2011
Half Brother
I've read about some of the ape & language research of the 70s. I hope Oppel doesn't get sued. (Read Nicole B's review for details).

If the story
Aug 06, 2011
Aug 07, 2011
The King's English: A Guide to Modern Usage
Not a useful handbook, per se, but Amis' pet peeves collected and arranged in 'alphabetical' order. I put the word alphabetical in scare-quotes becaus ...more
Mar 25, 2013
Apr 03, 2010
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