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The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Can I give it SIX stars?? I really really love this book! It's like watching a silent movie, in book form. It's a mysterious, heartwarming tale about ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 29, 2007
The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation
Oh my! Can I give a book 10 stars?? I loved this one! More even than Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit, I think, and that's saying a lot. This is the tru ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 15, 2011
The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)
Can I give a book six stars?? I LOVED this! First book in a new series, set in a country where the Clans (artisan and warrior tribes who live in harmo ...more
Jun 2009
Jun 27, 2009
I Am David
A young boy escapes from a concentration camp somewhere in "eastern Europe" and walks and hitchhikes his way to Denmark. He's lived his whole life in ...more
Jan 2009
Aug 30, 2010
The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms, #4)
Oh how I hate to see this series end! :-( Once again Chima delivers an action-packed romantic magical book, continuing the adventures and star-crossed ...more
Jan 2013
Oct 04, 2011
The Book with No Pictures
This book is HILARIOUS! Especially if read aloud to a child, which is its intended purpose. There really are no pictures, but it's in the format of a ...more
Oct 2014
Nov 03, 2014
Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)
A dark and action-packed variation on The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy Must Die has a heroine from the trailer park who gets more than she bargained for when ...more
Mar 11, 2015
Mar 06, 2015
Bow-Wow's Nightmare Neighbors
I LOVE Bow-Wow! Ever since Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug won the Buckeye Children's Book Award, putting it on my radar, I've been wanting more Bow-Wow. (I only r ...more
Dec 2014
Jan 06, 2015
Things Hoped For (Things, #2)
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first one, Things Not Seen. In the first book the invisible boy is the main character; in this one, it's all a ...more
Jan 2006
Jul 11, 2007
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
A very entertaining dystopian read, for those who liked The Hunger Games. In this future society, everyone lives in Factions, kind of like cults, base ...more
May 2012
Feb 27, 2012
Jump into the Sky
Another winner from author Shelley Pearsall. It's 1945, and 13 year old Levi, after living three years in Chicago with his aunt, is suddenly sent away ...more
Dec 2012
Oct 17, 2012
Counting by 7s
Good story about finding family in unexpected places. Twelve year old Willow is a solitary girl because of her OCD-like behaviors, genius-level IQ and ...more
not set
Mar 22, 2014
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)
Excellent third book in the series. I think this one is my favorite so far.I love the banter, the romance, the space opera-ness. And Iko the Ship! Can ...more
Sep 2014
Dec 18, 2014
Into the Wild (Warriors, #1)
This is so fun! A clever idea, to create a whole world of Clans of wild domestic cats (they're very clear that they are not Leopard Clan or Tiger Clan ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 03, 2007
Brown Girl Dreaming
Beautiful book in verse, the story of the author's childhood in both South Carolina and Brooklyn (with a brief beginning in Columbus, Ohio). It is the ...more
Feb 12, 2015
Feb 24, 2015
Interesting story. High school senior Jesse has earned the nickname "Sway" because of his influence around the school. He's the one to go to when you ...more
Sep 2014
Sep 07, 2014
The Compound (The Compound, #1)
This is a creepy, tense thriller, that starts out slow and builds to a very exciting conclusion. 15 year old Eli has been living with his mother, fath ...more
Apr 2015
May 19, 2015
The Boy on the Porch
What a beautiful book about love and family and embracing the lost with no hesitation. A sweet, gentle story told almost like a fable, about a married ...more
not set
Jan 21, 2014
This One Summer
A graphic novel story of one summer in the life of Rose and her friend Windy, spent at their families' lakeside cottages. They swim, ride bikes, talk ...more
Apr 2015
May 19, 2015
Gracefully Grayson
A sweet book about a boy who feels he's been born a girl, but can't tell anyone. Grayson yearns to wear frilly dresses and pink sequined shirts, but h ...more
Oct 27, 2014
Oct 27, 2014
Sci-Fi Chronicles: A Visual History of the Galaxy's Greatest Science Fiction
Must. Own. This. Book.
not set
Feb 04, 2015
Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #3)
Wow! Satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, and a happy ending that takes 600+ beautifully written pages to get to. I was struck more so in this volume ...more
Feb 03, 2015
Feb 03, 2015
Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2)
Excellent middle book in the trilogy! I can't believe I waited so long before getting around to reading this, as I adored the first book. This volume ...more
Jan 23, 2015
Jan 29, 2015
ttyl (Internet Girls, #1)
I finally got around to reading this book, now that the 10th anniversary edition came out! So I did the librarian thing and read the old one side by s ...more
Jul 2014
Dec 26, 2014
The Case of the Team Spirit (Bad Machinery, #1)
A British webcomic compiled into a graphic novel. It's set in a fictional English town, and involves 6 friends at the junior high (?or high school? I ...more
Oct 2014
Jan 06, 2015
Ghost Medicine
A quiet, thoughtful story with some gritty action and a well-defined setting--you can almost feel the sweltering western sun beating down on you and s ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 20, 2008
Suspenseful book about teens who play a dangerous game. It's like taking a Dare but with dire consequences if you fail. Each challenge gets progressiv ...more
Jul 2014
Dec 26, 2014
The Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1)
Another great series to point Harry Potter fans toward! Twelve-year-old Callum has been raised by his dad ever since he was a baby; all he knows about ...more
Apr 05, 2015
Mar 30, 2015
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
I've been intrigued by Malala's story for awhile, and was glad to be able to finally read her book. I admire her courage, honesty, innocence, determin ...more
Mar 2015
Mar 24, 2015
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)
Wonderful fantasy, set in a vaguely Russian-esque land called Ravka--the fantasy versions of Russian places and culture were fascinating to me. Great ...more
Apr 2014
Nov 28, 2014
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