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Empire of Bones (Ashtown Burials #3)
4.37
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...more
Oct 18, 2013
Oct 06, 2013
 
The Boy on the Porch
3.82
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
 
Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison
3.80
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
3.80
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...more
Apr 04, 2012
Apr 04, 2012
 
Poems to Learn by Heart
4.12
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
 
Dinner: A Love Story: It All Begins at the Family Table
4.02
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 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...more
Sep 17, 2013
Sep 17, 2013
 
Hold Fast
3.78
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
 
Tornado
3.79
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...more
Mar 19, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
 
Boys of Blur
4.00
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)
3.83
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
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Oct 24, 2011
 
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909
4.15
I'm a fan of Melissa Sweet's artwork, and this book lives up to my expectations. I love, love, love the illustrations--Sweet uses all sorts of sewing...more
Jun 10, 2013
Jun 10, 2013
 
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...more
Jan 22, 2014
Jan 18, 2014
 
A Is for Musk Ox
4.20
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
 
I Kill the Mockingbird
3.89
This is a very fun little read. Most books that are written about book lovers tend to be geared just to book lovers in terms of their audience. The Ye...more
Jul 04, 2014
Apr 14, 2014
 
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing
4.15
Review originally posted on Redeemed Reader

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing continues the story of plucky (and hilarious) Mo LeBeau. The writing is even s...more
Feb 05, 2014
Feb 01, 2014
 
The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog, Volume 1
4.00
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...more
Apr 04, 2012
Apr 04, 2012
 
Penny Dreadful
3.93
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
 
Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina
3.85
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
 
Sewing in No Time: 50 Step-by-step Weekend Projects Made Easy
3.66
I'm really enjoying this book: lots of simple projects that I actually want to make. Instructions and diagrams are clear and well written. Would be 5...more
Apr 15, 2009
Apr 15, 2009
 
Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart
3.87
I have a soft spot for the Lobel/Prelutsky The Random House Book of Poetry for Children and no book will top that in my mind. Still, this book is char...more
Jul 20, 2013
Apr 11, 2012
 
Moon Over Manifest
4.01
I think I might give this one 3.5 stars if that were an option. But it definitely doesn't feel like Newbery quality to me. Maybe I'm reading it more c...more
Apr 09, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
 
The Watermelon Seed
3.92
As is often the case, I appreciated this book even more in the presence of children than when I first read it by myself. It's funny, has a terrific co...more
Feb 12, 2014
Feb 12, 2014
 
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
4.10
What a great read, particularly at this time of year! It took me a chapter or two to fall in love with the Penderwick sisters, but once I did, I was h...more
May 09, 2011
May 09, 2011
 
This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration
4.03
Woodson gives us a succinct history of one family's migration from the South to the North and their subsequent life in the North through several gener...more
Dec 10, 2013
Dec 10, 2013
 
If You Want to See a Whale
3.93
This team's book And Then It's Spring was one of my favorites last year, so I was anxious to get my hands on this one. They've created another lovely...more
Jun 24, 2013
Mar 20, 2013
 
Seven Stories Up
4.10
I really enjoyed this sweet story about a girl from 1987 who travels back in time unexpectedly to 1937 and gets to know her grandmother. It's surprisi...more
Jun 09, 2014
Apr 14, 2014
 
Weigh Down Diet
3.57
I read this book with some trepidation--my memory of the Weigh Down seminar (12 or 13 years ago?) was not terribly complimentary. Scripture taken out...more
Jun 2009
Sep 21, 2009
 
On the Road to Mr. Mineo's
3.65
Hmm… I read this book over Christmas and today I sat down to finally write a review of it. But I didn't remember ANYTHING about it until after reading...more
Feb 06, 2014
Sep 17, 2013
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