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Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow
4.07
it was amazing
None
Sep 2004
Sep 17, 2007
 
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
4.02
None
Jan 07, 2010
Jan 07, 2010
 
I Face the Wind
4.01
liked it
None
Mar 29, 2009
Oct 18, 2012
 
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
4.20
really liked it
Delightful. One of this year's must-reads.
Nov 02, 2009
Nov 02, 2009
 
Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring (Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards))
3.88
it was ok
Wasn't particularly impressed with this on any level. I didn't really sense any conflict, or feel much drive toward a climax (which seems odd).
Oct 23, 2010
Oct 23, 2010
 
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade
4.14
liked it
I loved the illustrations for this, but I thought as a Sibert winner it paled in comparison to its fellow honorees, and to Blizzard of Glass. Maybe mo ...more
Feb 06, 2012
Feb 06, 2012
 
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia
4.12
really liked it
A great read and dizzying work of scholarship. I learned a lot from this book and made connections I never had before. Fleming expertly keeps the read ...more
Oct 18, 2014
Jul 18, 2014
 
Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past
3.83
really liked it
I read this with a kid's relish, and especially liked how it draws the reader in right away with the drama of Utzi's discovery. If you were a disappoi ...more
Feb 13, 2009
Feb 13, 2009
 
The Elephant Scientist (Scientist in the Field Series)
4.04
really liked it
While this doesn't sparkle quite as much as The Frog Scientist, I found myself thoroughly lost in this book. Such a great series.
Jan 27, 2012
Jan 27, 2012
 
Black and white : the confrontation of Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene "Bull" Connor
3.86
liked it
Not a bad book, but lacks a certain sense of organization and clear message that I like in my juvenile nonfiction. Many outstanding photographs.
Jan 29, 2012
Jan 29, 2012
 
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
3.95
it was ok
This book had all the subtlety of books I read in my youth (and loved, admittedly) like Ten Great Nurses and Women Who Changed the World and Dee O'Har ...more
Jan 08, 2010
Jan 08, 2010
 
Titanic: Voices From the Disaster
4.02
really liked it
It's always difficult to review good Titanic books, to separate what makes the book good from what makes the story interesting; to avoid filling in an ...more
Aug 27, 2012
Sep 08, 2012
 
Parrots Over Puerto Rico
4.03
really liked it
A really beautiful book, and I love the way it shows a clear timeline for parrots, for people, and for the way those timelines have intersected. The s ...more
Feb 21, 2014
Feb 21, 2014
 
Drawing from Memory
3.81
it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this book about learning to be an artist and--well, and all the other things this book is about, like divided families and educati ...more
Oct 25, 2011
Oct 25, 2011
 
We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
4.24
really liked it
A delightful book even for the non-baseball fan (I was interested in the many comments about race relations and life on the Negro Leagues teams). The ...more
Jan 06, 2009
Jan 06, 2009
 
Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem
3.62
liked it
This book has a beautiful design and incredible illustrations. Five stars for those. The text, though, I found strangely dry. I liked that it used a l ...more
Jan 27, 2012
Jan 27, 2012
 
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
4.12
really liked it
This book is probably the greatest disappointment of the year to me. Because up until page 227, it was a five star book. I was ready to proclaim it th ...more
Oct 23, 2012
Oct 23, 2012
 
What To Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!
4.04
really liked it
Totally delightful. This story is funny without being cheesy. The text is sort of okay-to-good, and it pleased me by retaining most of its momentum ev ...more
Jan 13, 2009
Jan 13, 2009
 
Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95
3.89
liked it
I loved this book at first, but it lost some speed with me. Hoose does a great job at writing the drama of the scientists waiting on beaches, the aver ...more
Sep 11, 2012
Sep 12, 2012
 
Brown Girl Dreaming
4.10
it was amazing
A masterpiece. Written in verse, and every piece is its lovely own poem that then works into a narrative, but the reader who isn't into that can just ...more
Oct 06, 2014
Oct 06, 2014