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Once Upon a Marigold (Upon a Marigold, #1)
This book is just as cute as a pile of puppies and kittens licking each other's ears on a glittery pink blanket. Surrounded by cupcakes.

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Feb 02, 2008
Ready Player One
Ready Player One was highly enjoyable, with lot of references to the 80s, video games, and movies. I loved the idea of the game and could understand w ...more
Sep 02, 2011
Sep 09, 2011
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz, #1)
I now understand: Alkatraz Smedry is trying to save us all from a plot by the Evil Librarians to rule the world and keep all the magic in it for thems ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 23, 2007
Here, There Be Dragons (Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, #1)
Here, There Be Dragons is technically a young adult fantasy novel, but really... I think the teens who enjoy it are the ones who have already read man ...more
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Jan 01, 2009
Into the Wild
I really wanted to smack Chris McCandless throughout most of the book. But it was good and I sympathized with the idea of wanting to escape from the m ...more
Mar 18, 2008
Mar 19, 2008
The Night Tourist (Jack Perdu, #1)
I enjoy reading modern interpretations of classic myths -- and I especially enjoy books that I can recommend to my middle school mythology geeks, but ...more
Feb 06, 2008
Feb 03, 2008
Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business
Bumping into Geniuses was good in that Goldberg worked with many of my favorite musicians: Bruce Springsteen, Warren Zevon, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, ...more
Jan 17, 2009
Jan 17, 2009
Chance Fortune and the Outlaws
The Chance Fortune book, like the Percy Jackson series, is a great series of books for reluctant readers. There's a good supply of action and adventur ...more
Dec 28, 2008
Jan 01, 2009
The Road Home (Echo Company, #5)
**spoiler alert** This isn't quite a review, more about my experience with this book...

When I was a teenager, I read this series of YA books (Echo Com
Feb 24, 2008
Feb 24, 2008
Kaleidoscope Eyes
I picked up Kaleidoscope Eyes because of the title and then opened it and said, "Poetry! Oh no!" I'm not a fan of novels in verse. But then, the other ...more
Jul 18, 2009
Jul 18, 2009
Lock and Key
**spoiler alert** I've had this sitting on my shelf for a while and after one of my kiddies read it and enjoyed it, I decided to give it a try.

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Apr 19, 2008
Apr 19, 2008
No Castles Here
When Augie accidentally steals a book of fairy tales from a bookstore in Philadelphia, his life begins to change. Kind of...

Augie is struggling to gr
Dec 2007
Dec 29, 2007
My Name is Will
My Name Is Will is a cross between a novel about Shakespeare and his secret Catholicism and a college novel full of stoner hijunks. And it works.

Aug 12, 2008
Apr 20, 2008
Dead Hunt (Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation #5)
**spoiler alert** I'm not sure what to say about this books. It's a good potboiler mystery without too much description of the gore. But it isn't some ...more
Feb 09, 2008
Feb 08, 2008
Into the Wildewood (Faire Folk, #2)
**spoiler alert** Into the Wildewood continues the adventures of Keelie Heartwood -- a teenage girl who has recently discovered that she was half-elf ...more
Aug 13, 2008
May 24, 2008
Dear Julia
The main character of this book has the personality of a smelly dead fish. The storyline could have been entertaining, but the main character just dra ...more
Mar 05, 2009
Mar 05, 2009
Paper Towns
I borrowed this from the library and had a heck of a time getting interested in it. Paper Towns sat on my bedside table and I kept reading other books ...more
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Jan 02, 2009
Wizards of the Game
Mercer is a huge fan of a tabletop role playing game that he plays in school and on weekends with a group of his friends. When he suggests that the sc ...more
Aug 11, 2008
Aug 17, 2008
I didn't particularly like this book, but I recommended to at least two students who I believe will absolutely love it.

Beige/Katy doesn't know her fat
Mar 02, 2008
Mar 02, 2008
The Glassblower of Murano
The Glassblower of Murano reminds me a great deal of My Name is Will (which is a good thing) -- and a few other books that have a modern protagonist a ...more
Jul 19, 2009
Jul 18, 2009
Ready, Scrap, Shoot (Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-n-Craft Mystery, #6)
I enjoyed this book, until the ending, which I thought was too rushed. I wanted a little more resolution to the story, but I guess I need to wait unti ...more
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Jan 08, 2012
Snuff (Discworld, #39)
Terry Pratchett books are always winners, especially the Vimes' novels. In this novel, Vimes is sent on a vacation, but of course, whenever a policema ...more
Jan 08, 2012
Dec 17, 2011
Ninth Grade Slays (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #2)
**spoiler alert** Not quite as funny as the first book of the series, though still chock-full of references to vampire movies, books, and television s ...more
Jun 15, 2008
May 10, 2008
Gamer Girl
A rather predictable story about an emo!goth!animefan!girl who is forced to move from Boston to a much smaller town. She starts playing a video game t ...more
Jan 04, 2009
Jan 06, 2009
Avalon: The Return of King Arthur (The Pendragon Cycle, #6)
Excellent story about King Arthur returning to the world after the power and dignity of the monarchy has been stripped away by bureaucracy. James Arth ...more
Feb 27, 2008
Feb 27, 2008
Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks
I wanted to like this book more than I did because I think the cover is adorable. But Carly's struggles to be different, while being more judgmental t ...more
Feb 04, 2012
Feb 04, 2012
Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America
From this book, I learned that I am not much of a candyfreak. Although I go through occasional candyspasms (see the Carnival Skittles debacle of 2007) ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 01, 2008
The Sweetest Thing
The Sweetest Thing is an enjoyable bit of marshmallow fluff fit for any pre-teen or teenage girl who is just waiting for the perfect guy to sweep her ...more
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Sep 09, 2011
Disney after Dark (Kingdom Keepers, #1)
I always recommend this books to my students because even though it isn't the most well-written story, it is easily accessible to most kids and they l ...more
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Sep 09, 2011
A Fistful of Sky  (LaZelle, #1)
A Fistful of Sky is the reason why Nina Kiriki Hoffman is always mentioned as one of my favorite fantasy writers. But she doesn't include all that muc ...more
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Jul 18, 2009
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