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The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark
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

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

Jul 06, 2014
Jun 24, 2014
The North Star
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 Gardener
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
Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain: Helping Underperforming Students Become Lifelong Learners
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
My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
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
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
The Reading Zone: How to Help Kids Become Skilled, Passionate, Habitual, Critical Readers
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
Sundays at Tiffany's
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
Summer of the Gypsy Moths
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
I Am the Messenger
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
Breathing Underwater (Breathing Underwater, #1)
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
Water for Elephants
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
Road Trip
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
Stone Fox
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
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
The One and Only Ivan
This is a wonderful book, beautifully written, with several layers of meaning and message. It is the story of Ivan, a gorilla who was brought to the E...more
Jun 19, 2013
Jun 15, 2013
Touching Spirit Bear (Spirit Bear, #1)
One of my students once told me that this was his favorite book. That was almost five years ago, but I finally did get around to reading TOUCHING SPIR...more
Jun 20, 2013
Jun 19, 2013
The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl, #2)

The Arctic Incident, the second book in the Artemis Fowl series, picks up a couple of years after the first book ends. Artemis' father has been found...more
Jul 16, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
Kira-Kira follows the story of Katie, a Japanese-American girl growing up in Georgia in the 1950s. Katie lives with her parents, who both work long ho...more
Aug 03, 2013
Jul 28, 2013
Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles, #1)
Gregor the Overlander is the first book in the Underland Chronicles, a 5 book series by Suzanne Collins. This series is a fantasy series about an elev...more
Jul 28, 2012
Jul 23, 2012
Moon Over Manifest
When I started this book, I was hooked by the voice and story of the main character, Abilene. Gideon, Abilene's father, is living on the road and movi...more
Jan 07, 2014
Jan 02, 2014
A Snicker of Magic

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd is a story of family and friendship, history and regrets, individuality and hope. Felicity Pickle is a young lady

Jun 19, 2014
Jun 14, 2014
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)
The Sea of Monsters, second book in Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, seemed to be an even better story than the first. Maybe this is because the w...more
Jul 27, 2013
Jul 19, 2013
Prairie Evers
When Prairie Evers' grandparents die unexpectedly in a car accident, her family decides to move to New York State to live in the home they've inherite...more
Jul 19, 2013
Jul 14, 2013
Glory Be
This story, set in Hanging Moss, Mississippi in the summer of 1964 is a historical fiction novel about the way a community deals with the changes caus...more
Aug 05, 2012
Jul 28, 2012
The City of Ember (Book of Ember, #1)
The people of Ember live in a place and time in the future after there has been a threat to our world. They live in a place of little color, black ski...more
Aug 07, 2013
Jul 30, 2013
Looking for Alaska
I've been looking for some good young adult fiction that would be appropriate for and appealing to high school girls and boys. This book comes highl...more
Sep 17, 2010
Sep 08, 2010
Dark Life (Dark Life, #1)
Dark Life by Kat Falls is a futuristic story of life after the east coast of North America has fallen into the sea (presumably because of the effects...more
Jul 28, 2013
Jul 18, 2013
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