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The Leftovers
This book has a very interesting premise. A million people vanish off the earth in what is deemed a "Rapture like" event. The world is torn. Christian...more
Sep 03, 2011
Sep 03, 2011
Stolen: A Letter to My Captor
I cannot believe this book. The captured girl falls in love with her abductor?!? What makes this even worse is that she denies having Stockholm Syndro...more
Feb 26, 2011
Feb 19, 2011
Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do about It
How is it that our public schools have degenerated into test preparation centers? Why is it that in preparing our students to demonstrate progress via...more
Feb 2011
Jan 27, 2011
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1-2)
I read Persepolis a few years ago, and I was happy to read it again for class. I love this book. This story is captivating and, at times, heartbreakin...more
Apr 14, 2011
Apr 14, 2011
Initially, I had a difficult time connecting with this book. I haven't read a YA novel since I was a YA,and that's been quite awhile now. I wasn't sur...more
Jan 23, 2011
Jan 27, 2011
The Summer Without Men
This is the first "adult" book I've read since being in YA class. "The Summer without Men" is written by an author who has a PhD in English Literature...more
May 21, 2011
May 21, 2011
I think Julie Anne Peters made a good decision in making Regan the narrator of this book. Most likely, transexuality is not something that too many re...more
Apr 22, 2011
Apr 23, 2011
Maus, II: And Here My Troubles Began (Maus, #2)
Part two of Maus was just as brilliant as part one. I liked that the reader "sees" more of Art Spiegelman's relationship with his father, and of the s...more
Mar 14, 2011
Mar 14, 2011
Hate List
I would like to make an addition to Valerie and Nick's hate list, and that is the book, "Hate List." I really could not stand this book. I think the c...more
not set
Apr 27, 2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7)
I listened to this book on audio, and highly recommend experiencing it in this format. Jim Dale is an amazing narrator. He does an excellent job with...more
Apr 03, 2011
Apr 04, 2011
Orchards is a book about a group of middle school girls who contribute to a classmate's decision to commit suicide. The girls bully and ostracize her,...more
Apr 04, 2011
Apr 04, 2011
When You Reach Me
"Mom says each of us has a veil between ourselves and the rest of the world, like a bride wears on her wedding day, except this kind of veil is invisi...more
Mar 14, 2011
Mar 14, 2011
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
To me, Suzanne Collins doesn't quite recapture the spirit of "The Hunger Games" in the subsequent novels in the series. I felt like I was speeding thr...more
May 08, 2011
May 21, 2011
The Pigman
"The Pigman"is not a recent YA book - it was published in 1968. I chose it because emblazened on the audio book case was the claim that it is "one of...more
Apr 13, 2011
Apr 14, 2011
Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)
I decided to read this book because my 10 year old son is reading it for a literature circle in his fourth grade class. I wanted to like it more than...more
Mar 16, 2011
Mar 15, 2011
Maus, I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1)
Art Spiegelman is a genius for telling his father's Holocaust story in graphic novel format. Using animals to represent the characters is a brilliant...more
Mar 11, 2011
Mar 09, 2011
Imaginary Girls
The premise of this book is very interesting - drowned citizens inhabiting a flooded town at the bottom of a reservoir. A dead girl walking among the...more
not set
Jan 05, 2012
"You're not dead, but you're not alive, either. You're a wintergirl, Lia-Lia,caught in between the worlds. You're a ghost with a beating heart. Soon y...more
Mar 09, 2011
Mar 05, 2011
Please Ignore Vera Dietz
Vera Dietz can not only deliver pizza, she can also commune with the dead. Who wouldn't love a girl with such versatile talents? Vera is a smart, clev...more
Feb 19, 2011
Feb 14, 2011
The Realm of Possibility
Initially, I didn't have a good opinion of this book. Maybe I'm too jaded and cynical to appreciate all of this love and relationship angst stuff. Onc...more
Feb 25, 2011
Feb 19, 2011
"Monster" is written in screenplay format, and I had difficulty following the story at times because of this. I don't typically like books about the l...more
Apr 20, 2011
Apr 14, 2011
Al Capone Does My Shirts (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #1)
I really enjoyed "Al Capone Does My Shirts." The story is unique, with an interesting historical setting, and a compelling family dynamic. Moose is an...more
Mar 05, 2011
Feb 27, 2011
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
"The Hunger Games" exudes the creepy, surreal feeling of a post-apocalyptic novel. In Panem, the country that remains after an unspecified war in Nort...more
Apr 22, 2011
Apr 14, 2011
I must admit that I had to force myself to finish this book. I was lost in a quagmire of incomprehension when reading the passages that described foot...more
Feb 13, 2011
Feb 07, 2011
Unwind (Unwind, #1)
"If every part of you is alive but inside someone else...are you alive or are you dead?" This question is "the great taboo among those marked for unwi...more
Apr 10, 2011
Apr 04, 2011
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
"Catching Fire" is a frenzy of action. This installment of the "Hunger Games" series is light on the details, and is swiftly propelled by suspense, th...more
May 2011
Apr 27, 2011
Beautiful Malice
"Beautiful Malice" is told from main character Katherine's perspective, and includes flashbacks to two different times in her life. Katherine moved to...more
May 02, 2011
Apr 20, 2011
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
This was the second time I read this book, and I loved it all over again. Maybe even more this time. "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian"...more
Mar 27, 2011
Mar 14, 2011
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
I really enjoyed this book. I liked Lockhart's writing style - I thought the reader-directed asides from the narrator were amusing, and I enjoyed the...more
Feb 06, 2011
Feb 04, 2011
Deeper Reading
As Gallagher mentions in "Deeper Reading," he has come to think of himself more as a teacher of literacy rather than of literature. Between the two bo...more
Feb 20, 2011
Feb 07, 2011
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