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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Still a great book, with a strong message of hope in spite of circumstances.

Still annoys the hell out of me that this gets challenged so often, usuall...more
Apr 2014
Dec 10, 2007
An atmospheric and creepy wordless graphic novel. The wordlessness is, in this case, a strike against it; the small, scratchy drawings make it difficu...more
Dec 2007
Dec 17, 2007
Four Letter Word: Invented Correspondence from the Edge of Modern Romance
Despite the contributor list reading like a Who's Who of my bookcase, this just wasn't that good. It wasn't bad--many of the stories were enjoyable--b...more
Feb 2008
Feb 29, 2008
No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure
This is a really great idea--stories about women who disguised themselves as men to get what they really wanted. From legendary figures like Hatshepsu...more
Oct 2008
Oct 08, 2008
Looking for Alaska
When I read this years ago, I was amazed by it--this author really understands teens, in a way that you don't see from a lot of authors! But now I've...more
Apr 2014
Oct 23, 2007
Sweets: A History Of Temptation
If I retain even half the information in this book, I'd be surprised. He spends a long time on the history of the sugar trade and the early uses of it...more
Apr 2007
Mar 29, 2007
It's Kind of a Funny Story
I'm still surprised at how hopefully this ends, and maybe a little saddened by it now in the wake of Vizzini's recent suicide. This book gave--and giv...more
Mar 2014
Mar 17, 2008
Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)
There's something about post-Armageddon-survival books--they don't usually start with the Armageddon. Either it's the lead-up to and immediate impact...more
Oct 2007
Nov 01, 2007
100 Cupboards  (100 Cupboards, #1)
For a modern children's fantasy, in all its derivative glory, I really enjoyed this. It's not blazing any new ground, and it uses more than a few fant...more
Sep 2007
Sep 04, 2007
Don't Touch
Caddie is starting over: she's earned a spot at the performing arts high school for her junior year, and reconnects with an old friend in doing so. Ca...more
Apr 2014
Apr 22, 2014
More Than This
The first part of this, I loved completely, solidly 5- star if not six. Mysterious and wonderful and confusing and compelling.

Then it's afflicted with...more
Jan 05, 2014
Apr 10, 2013
Betsy's Busy Summer
I adored the Betsy books when I was a kid, and I recently re-read the three listed here. I smiled the whole way through (which probably made fellow fe...more
Mar 2007
Mar 28, 2007
A Crooked Kind of Perfect
I haven't heard a lot of buzz yet about Newbery contenders, but I'd say this is one of them. It's another quiet story with all the action being charac...more
Dec 2007
Dec 27, 2007
Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food
Another non-fiction title that covers far more ground than it claims to, but it's not bad. Most of the fast-food industry information is related to Mc...more
Oct 2007
Sep 29, 2007
The Impossible Knife of Memory
Laurie Halse Anderson reads a lot like AS King--the damaged parent; the teen left trying to make sense of things, make up for things.

This, her senior...more
Mar 2014
Nov 21, 2013
Batman: A Death in the Family
**spoiler alert** How to spot a dismal Batman book:

(a) Jason Todd is Robin, and/or
(b) Superman makes an appearance.

What saves it is the obvious (that...more
Apr 2008
Jul 13, 2007
When You Catch an Adjective, Kill It: The Parts of Speech, for Better And/Or Worse
This is a lot more entertaining than a book on parts of speech ought to be. Yagoda includes enough pop-culture references (many are from The Simpsons)...more
Oct 2007
Sep 26, 2007
See Jane Run
Face on the Milk Carton meets Rules For Disappearing, now with 40% more plot holes.

While rooting through her parents' things in search of a particular...more
Apr 2014
Apr 14, 2014
The Neil Gaiman Audio Collection CD
A short collection, mostly containing material I've read before (this is some of his children's work). It's a different experience, not having Dave Mc...more
Dec 2007
Dec 02, 2007
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
Totally worth the buzz. A little irked that I can't go right into the next book (boring logistics with ipods, days off, and traveling) because I'm com...more
Dec 2010
Nov 30, 2010
The Sky Inside (The Sky Inside, #1)
[edit, 10/2011] Just re-read this for possible inclusion in the Tome O'Dystopia. I'm having trouble coming up with anything to say about it, because t...more
Oct 2011
Jun 10, 2008
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
[January 2013]
It's been almost 5 years since the last time I read this, and that's maybe 4 years too many. In the beginning the matter-of-fact writing...more
Jan 2013
Mar 12, 2008
The Truth About Alice
Everyone knows what--or rather, who--Alice did at the party. And if that weren't bad enough, she sent all those texts to Brandon, those filthy texts,...more
Apr 2014
Apr 10, 2014
The Diamond of Darkhold (Book of Ember, #4)
The people of Ember are now the people of Sparks, and Sparks isn't looking so hot these days--with 400 new mouths to feed, supplies are running low, a...more
Sep 2008
Sep 12, 2008
Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1)
Brain's not working for a real review, but I will say this is one of my favorite fantasy series, and I was very glad when the kids picked it for book...more
Jan 2009
Jan 15, 2009
Buddha, Vol. 8: Jetavana
I feel almost guilty, listing this as 8 books, when it's really one 3200-page epic story.

I don't have much to say by way of review except that it's am...more
Dec 2007
Dec 30, 2007
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
[June 2012]
I remember this being more exciting, more gripping, more ... compelling, maybe. Instead it's another round of Whiny Katniss with her backup...more
Aug 2010
Jan 07, 2010
Batman: Dark Victory
Goodness, this was longer than I'd expected. Clocking in at nearly 400 pages, we manage to see nearly every Batman villain (maybe it was all of them,...more
Sep 2007
Jul 13, 2007
Red as Blood, or Tales from the Sisters Grimmer
Godliness is next to more Godliness, apparently. This collection of fairy tale re-imaginings could have been good--a lot of her ideas are excellent an...more
Mar 2007
Mar 28, 2007
With Her in Ourland: Sequel to Herland
Herland was interesting as a sociological utopian novel. This sequel, however, strips out the utopian part as the narrator and his Herland-native wife...more
Jul 2007
Jul 01, 2007