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The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1)
My teeth were literally chattering when I came to the end of this book-talk about exciting! It's all about an alien invasion, but it seemed so realist...more
Jul 2013
Jun 10, 2013
Counting by 7s
I am going to buy a copy of this book so I can share it with my friends. I loved the story and the characters in it.
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Dec 10, 2013
The Graveyard Book
When I first heard of this book, I thought it would be really weird. Then when I heard it won the Newbery Award, I was even less impressed. When I fou...more
Feb 21, 2011
Feb 14, 2011
The Giant-Slayer
This is quite different from Iain Lawrence's other books I've read. The story is told on two levels - taking place in the early 1950's when the polio...more
May 05, 2011
May 12, 2011
Remarkable Creatures
I just heard that this book will be a movie, and I hope they do it justice. Based on real people, the story follows the fossil-hunting exploits of Mar...more
May 21, 2011
May 16, 2011
The Time Pirate (Nick McIver, #2)
This sequel to Nick of Time starts right where the other book left off. Nick McGyver is in possession of a Tempus Machina designed by Leonardo DaVinch...more
Apr 23, 2011
Apr 16, 2011
Who Killed My Daughter?
I read this quite a while ago, and had no problem recommending it to junior high readers who loved Lois Duncan's mysteries. This is actually a true st...more
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Mar 28, 2011
The Giant and the Beanstalk
I love this version of Jack and the Beanstalk. The giant climbs down, looking for Jack, and first finds Jack be Nimble, Jack and Jill, Jack Sprat, Lit...more
Feb 02, 2012
Feb 02, 2012
A Tale Dark & Grimm (A Tale Dark & Grimm, #1)
I think kids as young as 4th grade will like this dark tale, simply because the author keeps telling them it's going to be gory and bloody, and they'd...more
May 02, 2011
May 06, 2011
Nerd Camp
Read this book in a few hours - great story for those kids who feel "different" becasue they are gifted. Gabe wants his cool new step-brother to like...more
Aug 05, 2012
Aug 05, 2012
Superfast Trains
I learned a lot from this non-fiction book. I'd never heard of Maglev trains before - trains with no wheels or engines, that float above electric wire...more
Feb 28, 2011
Mar 03, 2011
The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy
Fascinating story, which I read after seeing the movie. This is lots more informative than the movie, and I listened to it on audio, which had an exce...more
May 2012
May 02, 2012
The Widow of the South
When I started reading this for my book club, I didn't realize it was based on a real person from Franklin, TN, thought the book itself is fiction. Th...more
Apr 22, 2011
Apr 16, 2011
Mirror Mirror
I saw the movie and thought I'd read the book. Well, I couldn't find ANY similarity between the two (kind of like Wicked the book and Wicked the music...more
Apr 10, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
The Silver Bowl (Silver Bowl, #1)
I love diane Stanley's picture books (Giant and the Beanstalk; Rumplestiltskin's Daughter) so I wantewd to try this chapter book. I wasn't disappointe...more
Feb 20, 2012
Feb 24, 2012
Clever Jack Takes the Cake
Penniless Jack trades his possessions to get ingredients to bake a cake for the princess's birthday. On the way to the castle, things go awry, one par...more
Nov 08, 2011
Nov 09, 2011
A Reliable Wife
I guess from what I had heard about this book, I was expecting a little more. Can't give anything away, because there are some plot twists, but basica...more
Jan 2010
May 24, 2011
The Necromancer  (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #4)
This follows the other 3 books in the series about Josh and Sophie, twins who are supposed to help save the human race from the Dark Elders who want t...more
Feb 02, 2011
Jan 22, 2011
Lost (Magic Thief, #2)
Second book in the magic Thief series, and it's very similar to the first one, which is on the Caudill list this year, I think. The main character is...more
May 2011
May 06, 2011
Seventh Son (Tales of Alvin Maker, #1)
This would be a great intro to either a Cinderella unit or one on voice. Each poem is told from the perspective of one of the characters in the Cinder...more
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Apr 27, 2014
The Water Seeker
I love historical fiction, and this book doesn't disappoint. Holt does a great job of developing the characters in this westward trip. A few far-fetch...more
Feb 16, 2011
Feb 14, 2011
Front Porch Tales: Warm Hearted Stories of Family, Faith, Laughter and Love (Porch Talk series, #2)
If you need to read a feel-good book along the lines of Lake Woebegone stories, this is the book for you. You'll be laughing out loud while you read t...more
Aug 2010
Jan 29, 2011
Off the Eaten Path: Favorite Southern Dives and 150 Recipes that Made Them Famous (Southern Living)
This cookbook made me want to start driving south and sampling all the good food the writer discovered. A lot of the recipes look pretty simple and de...more
Jul 04, 2011
Jun 17, 2011
The Girl Who Threw Butterflies
Molly and her dad used to watch baseball together and play catch in the backyard. Now he's gone, and Molly is lost. The knuckleball he taught her to t...more
Jun 16, 2011
Jun 16, 2011
The Road
A bit depressing, but a good read, nonetheless. The story takes place after an unknown apocolypse. A man and his young son are trying to survive and o...more
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Feb 27, 2011
The Case of the Missing Marquess (Enola Holmes Mysteries, #1)
Although the protaganist is 12, I don't think this book will appeal to girls that age, especially with the juvenile cover. The heroine is the sister o...more
Mar 10, 2011
Mar 12, 2011
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
I listened to the author read this one on audio, and was put off by the amount of profanity. It isn't much like the movie at all, but the idea of cook...more
Jul 19, 2011
Jul 13, 2011
Moon River and Me: A Memoir
I listened to this book shortly before Andy Williams died. I think I had a better opinion of him before I heard him read this book! We always watched...more
Mar 02, 2013
May 10, 2013
The Deep End of the Ocean (Cappadora Family, #1)
The writing in this book made it very readable, even for such a serious and traumatic subject (child kidnaping). It's easy to get involved with the ch...more
Mar 25, 2011
Mar 28, 2011
Train to Somewhere
This historical fiction picture book deals with the orphan trains that ran from the 1860's to 1920's. The story personalizes the events with the main...more
Mar 03, 2011
Mar 03, 2011
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