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A Painted House
Ah, nothing takes away the aftertaste of children's literature like a good John Grisham book. Murder, corruption, legal shenanigans--all set in the he ...more
Mar 15, 2007
Aug 22, 2008
The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn (Samurai Detective, #1)
You've got to love Sonlight curriculum. My elder child is currently studying world history circa the 17th and 18th Centuries. We've been immersed in E ...more
Feb 02, 2007
Sep 02, 2008
The Smuggler's Treasure (American Girl History Mysteries, #1)
This is one of the American Girl History Mysteries. It's the tale of Elisabet Holder, an eleven-year-old Boston girl whose father has been impressed b ...more
May 31, 2007
May 01, 2008
Amos Fortune, Free Man
I found this one to be a rather unusual slave story. It's the true tale of Amos Fortune, a chieftain's son who was captured and enslaved around 1725 a ...more
Feb 04, 2008
Feb 04, 2008
Fables, Vol. 5: The Mean Seasons (Fables, #5)
This collection of the Fables series doesn't follow a single story line. Instead you get a little of this and a little of that--a tale of espionage, a ...more
Nov 29, 2008
Feb 02, 2009
Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold
Traitor is a juvenile biography of Benedict Arnold, the general who ironically made American history by switching over to the British side of the war ...more
May 08, 2014
May 13, 2014
The Broken Blade (Pierre La Page #1)
The setting is Montréal in 1800. Pierre La Page is a thirteen-year-old schoolboy, who's doing rather well. His father is a voyageur, one of the men wh ...more
Mar 19, 2007
Mar 14, 2008
All Star Comics Archives, Vol. 11
The end... sort of. This volume completes the reprints of the Justice Society's Golden-Age adventures in All-Star comics, covering issues from Decembe ...more
Jun 22, 2008
Jun 21, 2008
Alas, I wanted to write something original about this one, but as I see on the back of the book, the School Library Journal has already used the word ...more
May 03, 2008
Apr 30, 2008
The Grapple (Settling Accounts, #3)
Ah, the penultimate volume of the Timeline-191 series! I am such an addict! By this time, I have to admit that these alternate history books about the ...more
Jun 02, 2008
May 30, 2008
Spock: The Fire and the Rose (Star Trek: Crucible, #2)
This is the second volume of the Crucible trilogy, a tale celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Trek. I picked up the first volume, Provenance of S ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 17, 2007
Microcosmic Tales: 100 Wondrous Science Fiction Short-Short Stories
This is the ultimate waiting room material--a book that carried me through the tedious moments of jury duty. It's a collection of short-short science ...more
Jan 2003
Nov 23, 2013
The Kidnapped Prince: The Life of Olaudah Equiano
As I'm homeschooling my girls, I sometimes come across a book or lesson that makes me think that my own education has been lacking. That happened agai ...more
Feb 25, 2007
Sep 02, 2008
Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, #6)
When I started this book, I was tempted to think that this was the volume in which The Dresden Files jumped the shark. I mean, really, Mr. Butcher--a ...more
Apr 15, 2013
Apr 29, 2013
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
This one's an odd tale--mostly autobiographical, I'm told--about a teenage boy growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. He's creative and smart, ...more
Jun 11, 2008
Jun 05, 2008
The Nitrogen Fix
This one's a bit of classic science fiction, a tale set on a future Earth where the chemical composition of the atmosphere has shifted to contain more ...more
Sep 02, 2014
Sep 21, 2014
After the Dancing Days
This one's a tale of the aftermath of World War I. The war is over and Annie Metcalf's father--a doctor--has just returned home. Moved by his experien ...more
May 26, 2008
May 24, 2008
Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763 (Dear America)
One of the Dear America books, Standing in the Light is written as the diary of a young Quaker girl in 1763 Pennsylvania. After a few entries setting ...more
Jan 31, 2007
Sep 03, 2008
Weird Heroes Volume 1
Back in the seventies, Byron Preiss tried to recapture the magic of the pulp magazines of the thirties, commissioning authors and artists to create ne ...more
Sep 22, 2013
Nov 23, 2013
Made You Look: How Advertising Works and Why You Should Know
Made You Look is Advertising 101 for kids. It draws the reader's attention to this industry that pervades our environment and examines how it attempts ...more
Mar 27, 2009
Apr 23, 2009
The Westing Game
This one's a cute little mystery, played out amongst an odd collection of characters. A self made millionaire, Samuel W. Westing has died, and instead ...more
Oct 13, 2006
Sep 24, 2008
Curious Notions (Crosstime Traffic, #2)
This one's an okay book about a father and son who set up shop in an alternate reality where the Germans won the first World War. The authorities star ...more
Jul 10, 2013
Nov 11, 2013
Winston Churchill: Soldier, Statesman, Artist
This one's a nice little biography of the former Prime Minister of Great Britain and only honorary citizen of the United States. It's written for kids ...more
Apr 22, 2009
Apr 23, 2009
Houdini: A Pictorial Life
The child borrowed this book for a research paper. It was sitting around and I picked it up and ended up reading it through. 'Tis a heavily illustrate ...more
Sep 10, 2012
Sep 15, 2012
The Purgatorio (The Divine Comedy, #2)
This is the second volume of Dante's Divine Comedy. (Technically, I don't know if the Comedy is really a three-volume work or if that's just how Pengu ...more
Nov 06, 2013
Nov 29, 2013
Future Perfect: American Science Fiction of the Nineteenth Century
This one took forever to read, almost three months. That's what happens when you pick up another book before finishing the first. Anyway, the book is ...more
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Sep 11, 2007
Re Entry
We got this book as a parting gift from our agency. 'Tis a book giving advice for former lao wai who now have to face the task of returning to live in ...more
Aug 10, 2007
Feb 08, 2008
The New Nation (History of Us) Vol. 4
Book 4 of A History of US (or, as they say in Britain, A History of THEM) looks at the United States from 1789 through 1850. Ms. Hakim covers the deve ...more
Sep 05, 2008
Aug 26, 2008
Kirk: The Star to Every Wandering (Star Trek: Crucible, #3)
This is the third novel of the Crucible trilogy; the shortest and the most straightforward. For me, it was also the least enjoyable. Which is not to s ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 27, 2007
A Blazing World: The Unofficial Companion to the Second League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (The Unofficial Companion to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, #2)
Hey, I have the second volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, so I had to go and read Jess Nevins' companion volume, right? I mean, LOEG II ...more
May 28, 2009
May 30, 2009