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Grasshopper Jungle
3.82
I have to say, I was disappointed by Grasshopper Jungle.

I happened to be at the American Library Association annual conference this year and I happene...more
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Jul 03, 2013
 
Sacred Scars (A Resurrection of Magic, #2)
4.09
"He hates Somiss," I breathed. "So long as he knew we all cared about him and--"

"Hate is complicated," Gerrard interrupted me again.

"No, it isn’t," I
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Sep 22, 2009
 
The Underneath
3.90
**spoiler alert** A reading journal of Kathi Appelt’s The Underneath, as captured in emails to a friend who enjoyed it


Subject: Progress Report #1

Once...more
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Nov 10, 2008
 
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
3.93
I'm sure Kathi Appelt is an excellent storyteller, but I just can't see it. While I enjoy her themes and plot elements, something about her folksy-cut...more
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Sep 30, 2013
 
The Marbury Lens (The Marbury Lens, #1)
3.59
I felt so sick.

This is when it started falling apart.

I know that now.


Jack shares this on page 53, still quite early in his book, but well after he's b...more
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Jan 17, 2011
 
Page by Paige
3.92
Wow! This has to be one of the best depictions I’ve come across of the interior mental life of a shy, introverted, creative, insecure, reflective mind...more
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Oct 26, 2011
 
Winger (Winger, #1)
4.20
Fairly early in Winger, narrator and protagonist Ryan Dean West describes a Venn diagram that would look something like this:



Even though the overlap i...more
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Feb 23, 2013
 
Picture Me Gone
3.53
Have you ever seen a terrier at work? It stands stock-still, quivering all over with anticipation, waiting for the moment the slip collar comes off. T...more
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Dec 10, 2013
 
Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
3.94
"I know one thing: that I know nothing."
- Socrates

For the past few years I've had a fascinating and fun journey working my way through a good collect...more
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Jun 24, 2013
 
Zombie Spaceship Wasteland
3.54
I apologize ahead of time for not even trying to aim at Point B, or even starting from Point A. Comedy and terror and autobiography and comics and lit...more
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May 28, 2011
 
A Boy and A Bear in a Boat
3.36
It seemed to be just one episode of a longer story so it didn't have a proper beginning or ending, it was all just part of the middle. There was no wa...more
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Dec 05, 2012
 
Half-Moon Investigations
3.75
My name is Moon. Fletcher Moon. And I'm a private detective. In my twelve years on this spinning ball we call Earth, I've seen a lot of things normal...more
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Sep 09, 2009
 
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
3.80
This is a perfectly fine story characterized by excellent writing--it's Kate DiCamillo, after all, so of course it is--but something about the tone ru...more
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Jan 05, 2014
 
Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs (Roscoe Riley Rules, #1)
3.97
Wonderfully understated, dry sense of humor. I was smiling the whole time I read it and often laughed out loud. A Junie B. for boys.

The junk drawer is...more
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Jan 27, 2009
 
Jinx
4.00
Wonderful storytelling for a wonderful story that had me hooked from the opening paragraphs.* Both simple and complex. Light and accessible and easy e...more
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Jun 06, 2013
 
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
4.00
Neil Gaiman is such an exceptionally skilled storyteller. It's hard to know what else to say because that says it all. When you enter one of his stori...more
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Sep 21, 2013
 
Midwinterblood
3.75
Nearly ten years ago there was a morning I was feeling unwell, though I suspect it was the physical manifestation of emotional weariness and tapped en...more
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Jun 08, 2013
 
Passenger (The Marbury Lens, #2)
4.03
I hated being forced into doing the "guy thing," but I couldn't let Frankie start off this new day by labeling me as some kind of enemy outsider in fr...more
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Dec 29, 2012
 
Fly by Night (Fly By Night, #1)
3.72
I have to admit that I almost didn't read this book. The cover art gave the impression it might be a bit light and the banner across it that it might...more
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Apr 30, 2008
 
Horseradish
4.02
How could I not give this a positive review with such obvious panders as:

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.

and

A good library wil...more
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Aug 21, 2010
 
Archvillain (Archvillain, #1)
3.35
Imagine Superman appearing in Smallville in the middle of a meteor storm as a twelve-year-old instead of as an infant, with Lex Luthor the only witnes...more
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Sep 27, 2012
 
A Whole Nother Story
3.93
Three stars for the story itself, five stars for the smart aleck storytelling and audiobook narrator, so I averaged it out to a four. Because there is...more
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Jun 06, 2013
 
Owly, Vol. 3: Flying Lessons
4.24
My first thought was to say the Owly tales illustrate the power of optimism, but that’s true only so much as Owly’s attitude motivates his actions. Re...more
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Feb 25, 2010
 
Raining Cats and Detectives
4.23
I really love this series.

I read the first two volumes a while back and liked them, but now that I've revisited the story with volumes three through f...more
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Mar 25, 2013
 
Divided We Fall (Divided We Fall, #1)
3.95
I am Private First Class Daniel Christopher Wright, I am seventeen years old, and I fired the shot that ended the United States of America.
This book...more
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Jul 17, 2014
 
The Waking Dark
3.60
It's hard to believe we need a place called hell
The devil inside
The devil inside
Every single one of us the devil inside


- INXS, "Devil Inside"
Not an o...more
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Jul 17, 2014
 
The Path of Names
3.85
A thirteen-year-old girl, summer camp, ghosts, a mysterious caretaker, her older brother, magic tricks, math, mazes, and Jewish mysticism.

An interesti...more
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Dec 17, 2013
 
Matilda
4.25
The recently published editions of Roald Dahl's books I've seen have included the proclamation, "The World's No. 1 Storyteller," on their covers. That...more
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Dec 14, 2013
 
We Were Liars
3.94
I read this book more quickly than anything I have in (double-digit, possibly) months, got caught up in its story and wanted to wring everything I cou...more
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Jul 03, 2014
 
Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers (Captain Underpants, #9)
4.18
The thing that makes Captain Underpants so brilliant, so funny, and so popular with so many readers is not (just) the potty humor, names like Warden S...more
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Sep 14, 2012
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