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First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies
liked it
Very interesting! The only thing that really kept it from being 4 stars was the jumping back and forth in time. I sometimes found it slightly hard to ...more
May 12, 2016
May 09, 2016
Elephant Run
really liked it
It's 1941 and World War II is literally at Nick's doorstep in London. In an effort to keep Nick safe, his mother sends him to live with his father on ...more
Dec 13, 2008
Dec 13, 2008
Playing with Matches
it was amazing
Time to be honest here. I only read this book as a favor to a friend who gave me a stack of books to read. I picked this one to read first because it ...more
Nov 29, 2008
Nov 29, 2008
Jellicoe Road
really liked it
I just finished reading this book, and WOW! First off, I feel compelled to admit that for the first half of the book, I didn't really care for it. I w ...more
Jan 07, 2009
Jan 07, 2009
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
liked it
I know a lot of people out there are head over heels for this book however, it wasn't exactly life-changing for me. Some people might find it hard to ...more
Jun 26, 2012
Jun 21, 2012
The Green Bicycle
liked it
Set in modern day Saudi Arabia, this will give a lot of insight into life in a place many U.S. children are unfamiliar with

Grades 4-6
not set
Oct 12, 2015
Suck It Up (Suck It Up, #1)
liked it
Morning McCobb is an outcast vampire. He's 16 and a scrawny geek instead of a buff hottie like the rest of the vampires at the League. But that's why ...more
Jan 21, 2009
Jan 20, 2009
Into the Water
it was ok
OK, I read (listened to) this entire book and I still have no freaking idea what happened.
May 25, 2017
May 23, 2017
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
it was amazing
A heartbreaking and important read
not set
May 29, 2017
Revolution (The Sixties Trilogy, #2)
really liked it
Funny how historical fiction can feel awfully timely
Dec 07, 2014
Dec 03, 2014
He Forgot to Say Goodbye
it was amazing
Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove are the same age and attend school in adjacent buildings, but other than that, they don’t have much in common. So why ...more
Jan 19, 2009
Jan 19, 2009
it was amazing
HEAVY stuff here! This book will tug at your heart and will leave you slightly unsettled. Set in 1973, it deals with parental illness, death, child ab ...more
Apr 14, 2015
Apr 13, 2015
Gracefully Grayson
it was amazing
Oh Grayson, my heart hurts for you and I want to hug you.

We have seen an increase in book for teens about being transgender and we are even starting
Jan 08, 2015
Jan 08, 2015
Meant to Be
it was ok
I had such high hopes for this book, but for some reason, the book failed to live up to my expectations. I wanted characters I really cared about, but ...more
Dec 20, 2012
Dec 18, 2012
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
it was amazing
A charming book about falling in love. The best part? The main character is gay, but his coming out is not the entire story!

Good for high school
Feb 19, 2016
Feb 18, 2016
Kitchens of the Great Midwest
it was amazing
For me, this book was perfect. Simply perfect.
Sep 16, 2015
Sep 14, 2015
The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** SPOILER ALERT!!! Well, only kind of a spoiler alert. I'm sure it will come as no big surprise to you that this is a "meet cat, love ...more
Apr 30, 2012
Apr 30, 2012
Girl in the Blue Coat
really liked it
So good!
May 17, 2016
May 11, 2016
Blackbringer (Dreamdark, #1)
it was amazing
" Magpie Windwitch, faerie, devil hunter and granddaughter of the West Wind, must defent an ancient evil creature, called the Blackbringer, who has es ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 03, 2007
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
I really needed this to be a kids book on the topic. I was really intrigued by The Girls of Atomic City, but it felt too heavy and long. The story was ...more
not set
Apr 02, 2013
liked it
Interesting premise, but this book fell a bit short for me. Noah seems a few animals shy of a full ark (if you know what I mean) as well as demanding ...more
Sep 14, 2014
Sep 12, 2014
Poor Little Witch Girl
liked it
This was just an OK book - not spectacular or anything. In fact, the first part of the book (narrated by Ursula, the mother) was so snarky that I almo ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 15, 2007
Tricks (Tricks, #1)
really liked it
I feel kind of sleezy giving a book about teenage prostitution 4 stars, but Ellen Hopkins is an excellent author who deals with tough subjects well. T ...more
Sep 23, 2009
Sep 21, 2009
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
really liked it
We've all heard about Rosa Parks, but precious few of us know about a Claudette Colvin - a young girl who refused to give up her bus seat in Montgomer ...more
May 23, 2009
May 23, 2009
Half a World Away
really liked it
A tough look at adoption - international adoption in particular - from the point of view of an adoptee.

I have so many thoughts and feeling about this
Nov 06, 2014
Nov 05, 2014
Counting by 7s
really liked it
I was already hearing Newbury buzz about the book back in May, and I can see why. The book is sweet, sad and occasionally humorous, all at the same ti ...more
Jul 20, 2013
Jul 11, 2013
Town in a Blueberry Jam (A Candy Holliday Mystery, #1)
it was amazing
Probably the best cozy I've read lately. It was cute without being cutesy and the mystery wasn't overly easy to solve. I'm anxious for the next title!
May 02, 2010
Apr 30, 2010
Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller
really liked it
The first few months of Helen Keller's time with Annie Sullivan, told from Annie's point of view.
Oct 2007
Oct 16, 2007
The City Baker's Guide to Country Living
really liked it
This book makes me want to bake on a snowy day. And that's a good thing
Oct 10, 2016
Oct 05, 2016
William Shakespeare's Star Wars Collection
it was amazing
Oh how I LOVED this collection!! I can't imagine sticking with it in print, but it is an audio delight! The actors cast to read the audiobooks are rem ...more
Aug 07, 2014
Aug 04, 2014
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