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Drama
4.07

Drama, by Raina Telgemeier is a graphic novel dealing with both the on- and off-stage drama that takes place during a middle school production of a s

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Jul 06, 2014
Jun 24, 2014
 
The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark
4.32
A simple book with a profound message-- The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark is-- as the author admits in her notes at the end o ...more
Aug 02, 2014
Aug 02, 2014
 
Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain: Helping Underperforming Students Become Lifelong Learners
3.72
I am a teacher of elementary students, but the parent of one of the "teenage brains" referred to in the title of this book. I originally bought the bo ...more
Aug 07, 2013
Jun 07, 2013
 
Water for Elephants
4.05
Okay-- I picked this book up because it had been on the bestsellers' shelves for so long. I truly didn't expect to like it. The circus is not my favor ...more
Nov 09, 2010
Nov 20, 2010
 
The North Star
4.28
One of my favorite books of all time! While written as a children's book, this work speaks to readers of all ages about the importance of following ou ...more
Oct 20, 2010
Oct 20, 2010
 
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy (The Penderwicks #1)
4.09

I've had this book in my classroom library for quite a while, but never read it. There's been buzz around the fact that the fourth book (4th?? I had n

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Apr 03, 2015
Mar 27, 2015
 
The Gardener
4.28
The Gardener is the story of Lydia Grace, a girl who leaves her parents and grandmother to go live with her uncle in the city and help in his bakery d ...more
Aug 02, 2014
Aug 02, 2014
 
The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art
4.19
This beautiful picture book written by Barb Rosenstock tells the story of abstract artist Vasily Kandinsky. Rosenstock's prose reminds one of lyrical ...more
Mar 11, 2015
Mar 11, 2015
 
We Were Liars
3.87
Wow. People will tell you that this book is riveting--once you pick it up you won't want to put it down. They will tell you that is different from mos ...more
Oct 26, 2014
Oct 26, 2014
 
El Deafo
3.98

Graphic novels are not generally "my thing", though I definitely understand the appeal they have for many students. Cece Bell's El Deafo does somethin

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Mar 27, 2015
Jul 06, 2014
 
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
4.07

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library is a book that many adults will find reminiscent of favorite titles they read as kids. There are good reasons for

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Mar 17, 2015
Jan 02, 2014
 
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere
4.21

I read Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere in about three days. It wasn't my plan to finish it so quickly, and I certainly had plenty of other thing

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Jan 25, 2015
Jun 25, 2014
 
Fish In A Tree
4.31

Fish is a Tree is officially my favorite 2015 release so far this year! This book-- the second by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, author of another of my favorite

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Mar 27, 2015
Jan 25, 2015
 
The Crossover
4.16

The Crossover is a story of basketball, sibling relationships, the shift from child to adolescent, and the importance of family. Josh and his identica

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Jan 18, 2015
Nov 04, 2014
 
My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
4.22
This story of MLK's life is from a totally different perspective from the one typically given. As the author points out, she lived the experiences des ...more
Aug 02, 2014
Aug 02, 2014
 
The One (The Selection, #3)
4.21
If you've been keeping up with my reviews of this series, you'll know that I think the books are fun to read and hard to put down. They are not award ...more
Apr 15, 2015
Apr 15, 2015
 
The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #1: Magic Marks the Spot
4.09

This was a fun book with a delightful protagonist in Hilary Westfield-- the daughter of the Admiral of the Royal Navy, who wants nothing more in life

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Jan 19, 2015
Dec 30, 2014
 
Snowflakes Fall
3.99
The events of Sandy Hook in December of 2012 still affect me deeply two years later. This book by Patricia MacLachlan and Steven Kellogg is a bittersw ...more
Dec 14, 2014
Dec 31, 2014
 
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
4.31
I hadn't planned to read Divergent , but after seeing the movie trailer, my curiosity was piqued, and I decided if I planned to see the movie, I want ...more
Feb 06, 2014
Jan 19, 2014
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
I finished reading this book last night. I cried as I finished the last ten or so pages... But I couldn't tell you exactly why I was crying.... Maybe ...more
Apr 21, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
 
The Fault in Our Stars
4.38
Wow. Just, wow! This book held my attention so that I could hardly put it down, and so I ended up reading it way too fast. I know I need to reread it, ...more
Apr 18, 2014
Apr 14, 2014
 
For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story
4.35
Malala Yousafzai's story is such an important one for all people-- including our students--to hear. Malala is the Pakistani girl who fought, and almos ...more
May 24, 2015
May 24, 2015
 
Summer of the Gypsy Moths
3.89
This is the first book for older children (late elementary/ early middle school) that I have read from Sara Pennypacker (of "Clementine" fame). In the ...more
Apr 05, 2014
Apr 14, 2014
 
Sundays at Tiffany's
3.71
I've noted that the ratings and reviews for this book are literally ALL over the place. I listened to this book as an audiobook and really enjoyed it. ...more
Jan 2009
Jul 11, 2014
 
The Reading Zone: How to Help Kids Become Skilled, Passionate, Habitual, Critical Readers
4.31
Nancie Atwell's book,In the Middle, was one that I read early in my teaching career, and it convinced me of the importance of the workshop model in la ...more
Apr 2007
Jul 06, 2014
 
Road Trip
3.67
Written by renowned author Gary Paulsen and his son in a series of back-and-forth exchanges, this book is about a father and a young teenage son. As w ...more
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Jun 07, 2013
 
Breathing Underwater (Breathing Underwater, #1)
3.92
This book about Nick, a high school student in Miami, Florida, addresses the issues of physical abuse-- in families and in dating relationships-- as w ...more
Feb 27, 2011
Mar 05, 2011
 
I Am the Messenger
4.11
I finished this book and just sat for several minutes thinking, "wow." This book was not at all what I expected-- blurbs on the book cover talk about ...more
Mar 04, 2011
Mar 05, 2011
 
Stone Fox
4.02
Stone Fox is a short but compelling book about a ten year-old boy, Little Willy, who lives with his grandfather on a farm in Wyoming during the time o ...more
Jul 28, 2013
Jul 27, 2013
 
The Lemonade War
3.85
This is a clever book that begins with a problem I've not seen in many books. It is just before the beginning of school, and Evan is preparing for his ...more
Aug 04, 2013
Aug 03, 2013
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