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The Great Greene Heist
3.5 stars for me. I liked this pretty well, but I think it helps that I am a sucker for heist books. I agree with Gabrielle-the times this book mentio...more
Jun 19, 2014
Jun 18, 2014
No Girls Allowed (Dogs Okay)
This reads like a cartoon episode on Nickelodeon. And the illustrations are by the illustrator of My Weird School!
not set
Mar 23, 2009
The Real Boy
I feel like I keep trying to love Ursu's books and it keeps not happening for me. The plot of this (and to a greater extent, Breadcrumbs) are just not...more
Nov 08, 2013
Nov 07, 2013
See You at Harry's
This is kind of like trauma porn for the younger set.

I heard this was getting Newbery buzz and so I picked it up. And there is a storyline with the so...more
Jun 06, 2012
Jun 05, 2012
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
I am not crazy about fantasy by any stretch of the imagination but I liked! I would even give this to the right Harry Potter reader as a read-a-like....more
Oct 31, 2011
Oct 18, 2011
The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet
What a great voice! Hamlet reminds me a bit of Lucy from My Life in Pink and Green at least in that respect. Hamlet's little sister is a genius and is...more
Apr 04, 2010
Apr 05, 2010
The Good
This would be great for the avid reader set. There's lots of alluding to various children's literature greats in this story. Also: action! Adv...more
Oct 03, 2011
Sep 28, 2011
Have you ever had a kid ask for a historical fiction book about the Cuban Missile Crisis? Then this is the book for you!

Seriously, this book does have...more
May 20, 2010
May 19, 2010
I am a sucker for fairy tales and this book delivers a ton of them. In fact, in the author's note, Alex Flinn said she really tried to concentrate on...more
Mar 23, 2011
Mar 14, 2011
Cold Cereal
Listen, this book is kind of cracked out. It's cracked out in a way I ultimately enjoyed, but there were times in this book where I was like "why am I...more
Mar 29, 2012
Mar 26, 2012
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party
Why isn't everyone talking about these? A graphic novel account of real historical events that is funny and true? COME ON. This book sells itself on t...more
Sep 03, 2014
Sep 02, 2014
A Very Babymouse Christmas (Babymouse, #15)
I will cut the Holms some slack because, hello, they created Babymouse. But this one was not my favorite! I feel like Babymouse just all of a sudden s...more
Nov 30, 2011
Dec 01, 2011
Dragonbreath (Dragonbreath, #1)
I have not seen a book like this before! It's half graphic novel, half regular novel, completely awesome. It reminds me of Babymouse Queen of the Worl...more
Jul 09, 2009
Jul 08, 2009
The Unwanteds (Unwanteds, #1)
I actually liked this maybe 3.5 stars worth. I liked the idea and the execution was good. It reminded me a little but of Harry Potter 7, what with all...more
Mar 27, 2012
Mar 15, 2012
I think I just expected too much from this one. And it was my first Hiaasen, so I have no idea whether this is up to par with his other stuff. There w...more
Mar 25, 2012
Mar 22, 2012
Ariol #1: Just a Donkey Like You and Me
This was funny, like, 25% of the time: when Ariol changes in his bed because it's cold (hits a bit close to home) and when everybody starts running wi...more
Nov 27, 2013
Nov 27, 2013
The Apprentices (The Apothecary, #2)
I felt a tremendous amount of anxiety basically the whole way through this book, which kept me racing pages. But I guess I prefer where I left these c...more
Feb 2014
Jan 29, 2014
The London Eye Mystery
I dug this. I like getting to read a book from a very different point of view (out main character is on the autism spectrum) and I loved that I couldn...more
Jul 20, 2013
Jul 20, 2013
Super Amoeba (Squish, #1)
I get that I am not the target audience and that I don't usually like boy books as much as girl books (probs because I am a girl?) but I am with Richa...more
May 21, 2011
May 21, 2011
The Silver Six
I'll be honest. I think this book was overhyped to me. I enjoyed the story, but there were a couple panels that glazed over major plot points (I'm sti...more
Dec 10, 2013
Dec 10, 2013
Neil Flambe and the Marco Polo Murders
This book is so boring. How can you kill 4 people in 4 chapters and still have a boring book? And Neil is a bit too much of a know-it-all and not that...more
not set
Jan 18, 2012
The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had
I liked it! It reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbord a little, in that it's a compelling story that is just so heartfelt. Love reading about how Dit and...more
Mar 13, 2009
Mar 11, 2009
A Monster Calls
I get it. This is an important read in that it deals with a topic that should be addressed in literature. It's cool what Ness did with Dowd's story sh...more
Sep 25, 2011
Sep 20, 2011
Fablehaven (Fablehaven, #1)
I keep getting asked for stuff like Harry Potter and The Lightning Thief, and I think this could be a decent answer to those as a read-alike. It takes...more
Apr 10, 2010
Apr 06, 2010
The Frog Princess (Tales of the Frog Princess, #1)
Cute and definitely worthy of reader's advisory for Ella Enchanted/Princess Academy girls. Also, a good hook is that it is the same story that is the...more
Apr 29, 2009
Apr 28, 2009
Liar & Spy
Great read. I think this would be such a great book club read. It had such a good voice and was a great read about bullying. Just when I thought I und...more
May 04, 2012
May 03, 2012
Big Nate: In a Class by Himself
Put this one on reserve right now. Mark my words, it's going to catch on with the Diary of a Wimpy Kid crowd and you're going to be scrambling for it...more
May 02, 2010
May 02, 2010
Seeing Cinderella
This story was a little bit predictable, but still completely cute. I love the idea of a magic optometrist giving you glasses that let you read people...more
Sep 05, 2014
Sep 05, 2014
Twelve Kinds of Ice
A loveletter of sorts to winter with a classic kind of feel to it. It kind of reminds me of the Little House on the Prairie books, in their somewhat o...more
Feb 09, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
May B.
My friend Heather says this is like Little House on the Prairie (especially The Long Winter mashed with Hatchet) and I agree. The fact that this book...more
Mar 21, 2012
Mar 21, 2012
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