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Empire of Bones (Ashtown Burials #3)
4.35
Review first posted on RedeemedReader

Wilson writes tight, robust fiction. Full of action and depth, there is nary a stray word–despite that page count
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Oct 18, 2013
Oct 06, 2013
 
The Boy on the Porch
3.86
I almost shelved this book on my "parenting" shelf because it has a lot to say about parenting! Which brings us to the crux of the matter right off: w ...more
Oct 31, 2013
Oct 31, 2013
 
The Adventures of a South Pole Pig: A novel of snow and courage
3.79
Review originally posted on Literaritea

This book came out on my birthday this year (January 8) along with titles such as Hokey Pokey, Navigating Early
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Sep 17, 2013
Sep 17, 2013
 
Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison
3.81
I was delighted with how approachable this book still is for today's audiences. Published in 1941, this book is more than 70 years old--how would its ...more
Feb 15, 2012
Feb 15, 2012
 
Ghetto Cowboy
3.82
You know you want to read a book with this title: Ghetto Cowboy. I mean, c'mon--doesn't that pique your interest just a teeny tiny bit??

This was a ver
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Apr 04, 2012
Apr 04, 2012
 
Poems to Learn by Heart
4.10
It's hard to improve on the The Random House Book of Poetry for Children edited by Prelutsky and illustrated by Arnold Lobel for a good children's poe ...more
Jul 20, 2013
Jul 20, 2013
 
Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina
3.88
I guess this is historical fiction since it is set so specifically in an event which occurred in a specific time and place (although a setting that is ...more
Jun 08, 2014
Mar 16, 2014
 
The Goods: Volume 1
4.40
This is hilarious--as only a team composed of the likes of Mac Barnett, Mo Willems, Jon Klaasen, and their ilk can be. Witty, clever takes on the clas ...more
Jun 27, 2015
Jun 27, 2015
 
Hold Fast
3.81
I really wanted to like this book: a unique setting (homeless shelters in Chicago--not many of THOSE books floating around), a mystery (I'm a big myst ...more
Sep 09, 2013
Sep 09, 2013
 
Wonder
4.42
I am giving this book 5 stars partly because it is exemplary in so many ways of what a great middle grades novel can and should be. But I kind of want ...more
Feb 28, 2012
Feb 28, 2012
 
Odette's Secrets
4.02
Odette's Secrets sounded like it was right up my ally: novel in verse, WWII time period, little explored subject within its time frame. And I did enjo ...more
Feb 18, 2013
Feb 18, 2013
 
Penny Dreadful
3.96
I am clearly in the minority as far as my opinion of this book goes. It's cute, well written, and charming in most of the right ways. I love that Penn ...more
Jul 13, 2011
Jul 13, 2011
 
Dinner: A Love Story: It All Begins at the Family Table
4.04
1 part funny and honest memoir + 1 part family friendly recipes following current style of "real foods" = very engaging read. She chronicles her cooki ...more
Jan 08, 2013
Jan 08, 2013
 
The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog, Volume 1
4.01
I don't get what all the fuss is about: either the folks who are completely opposed to lowly Hank or those rabid fans of his....

These books are funny
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Apr 04, 2012
Apr 04, 2012
 
All the Answers
4.05
First reviewed on Redeemed Reader

In her haste one morning, Ava grabs a pencil from the kitchen drawer. During her math test, Ava realizes that the pen
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Feb 23, 2015
Feb 23, 2015
 
Echo
4.36
Very conflicted here. Bullet points will have to suffice:

What I liked (4-5 stars):
*each individual historical fiction story was engaging, especially t
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Apr 23, 2015
Feb 06, 2015
 
Black Dog
4.02
1. I confess to a great deal of sentimentality here: my two beloved 100+ pound black dogs are no longer with me, but when they were still alive, they ...more
Jun 25, 2013
Jun 25, 2013
 
Tornado
3.83
What a great book!! To sum up why I like it:
1. That dog/the illustrations--he looks JUST like my big old beastie... warm fuzzies all around.
2. The rea
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Mar 19, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
 
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity
4.53
Reviewed first on Redeemed Reader

One-Line Summary: In this moving and convicting account, Qureshi recounts his spiritual awakening from devout Muslim
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Feb 23, 2015
Feb 23, 2015
 
Beautiful Moon
4.16
Reviewed first on Redeemed Reader

Beautiful Moon is a beautiful book illustrated by award-winning illustrator Eric Velasquez. In it, a young boy is kep
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Jan 23, 2015
Jan 23, 2015
 
Boys of Blur
3.82
Review to come closer to release date.

But if you have a copy already in hand, READ. IT. NOW.
Mar 16, 2014
Mar 16, 2014
 
Dandelion Fire (100 Cupboards, #2)
3.84
This fantasy series is not just for kids/teens! And I liked this book even better than the first. So intricate and tightly written--you can't skip a w ...more
not set
Oct 24, 2011
 
Play with Me
3.79
A quiet book and one to sit still with. My daughter, in particular, cherished this book as a toddler. In the midst of such bright, bold, and busy pict ...more
Mar 12, 2015
Jul 17, 2013
 
Circus Mirandus
4.30
A great read that manages to feel both old-fashioned in all the right ways AND still contemporary in tone. Micah's relationship with his grandfather i ...more
Jul 27, 2015
Jul 27, 2015
 
The Mystery of the Gold Coin
3.49
Enh....

A mystery = +
Boy and girl protagonist = +
Traveling the world = +
Lackluster writing = -
Illustrations in a chapter book = +
Illustrations that ar
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Oct 08, 2014
Oct 08, 2014
 
Annika Riz, Math Whiz
3.58
It's refreshing to read a chapter book that lauds MATH. So many books favor the library, the protagonist who loves to read or write, or other literary ...more
May 19, 2015
May 19, 2015
 
The Penderwicks at Point Mouette (The Penderwicks, #3)
4.26
This is my favorite Penderwick book yet! I think Birdsall is nailing the beginning now (whereas I thought the first one took a wee bit to get going). ...more
Jun 09, 2011
Jun 09, 2011
 
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy
3.87
Review originally seen on RedeemedReader

Disney’s popular Frozen is a tale inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen.” Ophelia and the Marv
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Jan 22, 2014
Jan 18, 2014
 
A Is for Musk Ox
4.19
I confess that I went into this book with a chip on my shoulder. After all, Z Is for Moose was AWESOME and hilariously funny and clever. This sounded ...more
Oct 08, 2013
Oct 01, 2013
 
Jinx's Magic (Jinx #2)
4.19
4.5 really

Full review posted at Redeemed Reader

The sequel to Jinx, Jinx’s Magic is definitely a “second” book. Picking up immediately where Jinx left
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Feb 13, 2014
Feb 13, 2014
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