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Going Bovine
A coming-of-age quest story with a gentle lift. Cameron (whose and character were reminiscent of Markus Zusak's Ruben Wolf trilogy}) is a dorky kid wi...more
Dec 31, 2009
Jan 02, 2010
The Spell of Sorcerer's Skull
You know how dollhouses are simultaneously awesome and a little creepy? Just creepy enough to make The Dollhouse Murders somehow believable? Bellairs...more
Aug 22, 2010
Aug 23, 2010
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
J/YA heroines have been running to the sickly sweet of late and Calpurnia is a refreshing break. Middle child and only daughter of a mildly wealthy So...more
Oct 04, 2009
Oct 05, 2009
Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game
I was expecting something drier, with more statistics. In fact, this is a narrative of the author's experience as a business consultant working with i...more
Jul 29, 2009
Jul 28, 2009
Medieval Home Companion: Housekeeping in the Fourteenth Century
A lovely, accessible excerpt of The Householder of Paris, with very entertaining descriptions of the old man's 15-year-old wife (addressed as "Sister"...more
Mar 19, 2010
Mar 23, 2010
What Happened to Recess and Why Are Our Children Struggling in Kindergarten?
After visiting Ohanian's website, I wanted to read more of her work. However much I agree with the premise of this book,(standardized testing is out o...more
Feb 13, 2011
Feb 13, 2011
Bridget Jones's Diary (Bridget Jones, #1)
My current inability to focus has lead me to re-read some old friends - B. Jones is just as I remember her, smarter than her film counterpart, with a...more
Nov 26, 2010
Nov 26, 2010
Paul Fisher has always been less important in his family than his cruel football-player brother, despite being a great soccer goalie and a decent guy....more
Mar 29, 2010
Mar 31, 2010
Rilla of Ingleside
This review is specifically for the new 2010 Penguin Canada edition 978-0-670-06519-6 with an intro and glossary and the inclusion of the text that ha...more
Mar 19, 2011
Mar 19, 2011
Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement
I'm mostly a live-and-let-live person, interested in debate and finding ways for all people to live as they believe right. Then I read this book, and...more
Jun 15, 2010
Jun 20, 2010
The Girl Who Disappeared Twice (Forensic Instincts, #1)
Casey Woods' 3-person crime-solving startup, Forensic Instincts, takes on the troubling disappearance of the child of an honest judge and her shyster-...more
May 14, 2011
May 15, 2011
Magical Melons: More Stories About Caddie Woodlawn
Caddie Woodlawn has the unfortunate distinction of coming across as a Laura Ingalls Wilder wannabe, sort of Laura-without-the-lyricism, but award-winn...more
Jun 15, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
Back Home
I have been forgetting to read this for something more than 20 years, and I'm glad I finally got around to it. Magorian wrote Goodnight Mr. Tom, which...more
Feb 22, 2010
Feb 22, 2010
The Story of a Bad Boy
It took me a little while to get into this book, which is written in a style I haven't had to read in a while - the New England child's story of the 1...more
Jul 21, 2010
Jul 25, 2010
The Reluctant Widow
Well, you have to give Heyer credit for sticking with a difficult setup - our heroine, on her way to a new governess job, gets into the wrong coach an...more
Feb 21, 2011
Feb 22, 2011
Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture
A fine discussion of the world economic problems caused by (mostly American) insistance on cheap goods. The history of discount stores was quite inter...more
Sep 05, 2009
Sep 05, 2009
Jane Eyre
I don't remember enjoying this book so much when last I read it, somewhere around age 13 at the beginning of my classics-reading kick. I don't remembe...more
Aug 13, 2010
Aug 13, 2010
Puzzled to Death (Puzzle Lady, #3)
This time, the characters are more sexist and more often drunk than usual, there are jabs at those who politicize things (and a definite conservative...more
Jun 13, 2012
Jun 15, 2012
By the Shores of Silver Lake  (Little House, #5)
Before picking this up on a whim, I hadn't remembered how well-written the Little House books were. In this book, Mary is just recently blinded, Ma is...more
Jul 05, 2010
Jul 11, 2010
Highland Laddie Gone (Elizabeth MacPherson, #3)
Elizabeth MacPherson braves a Ye Olde Scottish Games fest as "Maid of the Cat" for the Chattan clan; potential suitor is a real Scot and Elizabeth goe...more
Jun 24, 2011
Jun 27, 2011
Ballet Shoes (Shoes, #1)
A fine traditional-feeling children's book with three adopted sisters who help out at home by attending school to be actresses/dancers. I watched the...more
Nov 13, 2011
Nov 20, 2011
Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree
I spent the beginning of this popular children's book thinking it was irritatingly like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time but when I g...more
Nov 2009
Nov 01, 2009
The Sempster's Tale (Sister Frevisse, #15)
Dame Frevisse gets pulled into a romance, sort-of-spy plot and mystery all in one when she travels to London on business for her order. Frazer develop...more
Aug 15, 2011
Aug 18, 2011
Hideous Love: The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein
Hemphill's novels in verse are so good I can barely stand the wait between books. This time we have Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (later Shelley) from ju...more
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Apr 19, 2014
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, #1)
Highly entertaining at the beginning, P&P&Z's best parts are the parts written by Jane Austen and only mildly modified: Bingley's "sisters wer...more
Aug 06, 2009
Aug 06, 2009
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd
Awesome collection of short stories by lots and lots of YA authors, almost everyone you need to read to be current in YA fic. It also says something a...more
Aug 07, 2009
Aug 06, 2009
The Corinthian
A drunken Sir Richard Wyndham, contemplating his expected offer for the cold, heartless Melissa Brandon on the morrow (goodness, how this writing...more
Aug 10, 2009
Aug 12, 2009
GUYKU: A Year of Haiku for Boys
I am tired tired tired of the persistent gendering of everything. So while this is a good sweet book and well deserving of its Bluestem nomination, I...more
Apr 09, 2012
Apr 09, 2012
I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It
Cornersville Trace will never be the same, now that the Vampires have come out of the closet and freed the Zombies working for Megamart along the way....more
Dec 29, 2011
Dec 30, 2011
Mary Barton
Gaskell's first novel shows all the promise of her later career, but is oddly less feminist (that being entirely the wrong word for it, but the only o...more
Aug 06, 2009
Aug 01, 2009