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After Ever After (Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, #2)
4.22
SPOILER ALERT = Don't read any further if you don't want to know what happened.

Great middle school book about two kids who had cancer when they were i...more
Jan 2012
Jan 08, 2012
 
The Drowned Cities (Ship Breaker, #2)
3.86
War is hell - in case you didn't know - even in the future in a dystopian world - especially when it's fought by children who are pawns of the few sur...more
Apr 15, 2013
Apr 15, 2013
 
Tears of a Tiger (Hazelwood High, #1)
4.15
My students rave about this book - though they love it more than I did. Many of them read it in middle school - high-interest, also good for strugglin...more
Oct 06, 2013
Oct 06, 2013
 
This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl
4.32
The true story of a Massachusetts teenager who is diagnosed with thyroid cancer when she is 12 years old. Her large family returns back to MA from liv...more
May 12, 2014
May 12, 2014
 
The Talk-Funny Girl
4.06
Fascinating, powerful, and odd, this novel tells the survival story of 17 year old Marjorie who is being raised by her isolated, mentally ill, and ecc...more
Aug 27, 2012
Aug 27, 2012
 
Sprout
3.81
This book has received many accolades - and I can see why given the myriad conflicts that the 16 year old protagonist has to traverse and I liked Spro...more
not set
Apr 22, 2012
 
Eleanor & Park
4.19
Saccharine sweet (it made my teeth hurt) love story set in the 1980s, so references to Farrah Fawcett, etc., which I enjoyed, but would probably be lo...more
Feb 15, 2014
Feb 15, 2014
 
The Freedom Writers Diary (10th Anniversary Edition)
4.04
An interesting but ultimately unrealistic story of a high school teacher in an urban school in CA who does amazing things with her students. The unrea...more
Apr 28, 2013
Apr 28, 2013
 
Under the Mesquite
3.93
A finalist for the 2012 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award. I loved this book - could be a more challenging companion to "Esperanza Rising". Lupita is...more
Aug 08, 2012
Aug 08, 2012
 
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
3.59
Toby lives in Texas with his best friend, Cal, whose older brother is fighting in Vietnam. Toby's mom has travelled to Nashville to perform in a compe...more
Jun 11, 2013
Jun 11, 2013
 
The Journey Back
3.98
I didn't read this before the first book "Red Kayak", but that was okay. Angry 14-year-old Digger runs away from his court appointed youth facility to...more
Feb 22, 2013
Feb 22, 2013
 
A Monster Calls
4.24
Very powerful book about a young adolescent book who "calls" a monster from ancient times (The Green Man...), though he doesn't know he has, to help h...more
Feb 19, 2013
Feb 19, 2013
 
Jacob's Rescue: A Holocaust Story
3.89
Jacob is a young Jew living in Poland when the Nazis invade and life changes drastically. His aunt slips him through the ghetto wall and he goes to li...more
Jun 29, 2014
Jun 29, 2014
 
My Louisiana Sky
3.90
Light. Tiger Ann's parents are what we might call mentally challenged, but she is smart as a whip. When her grandmother dies suddenly and their entire...more
not set
May 03, 2014
 
Anne Frank and Me
4.03
I thought this might be a nice companion for The Diary of Anne Frank. Nicole is a tenth grader, but I felt that she and her friends acted and spoke mo...more
not set
Jun 16, 2012
 
A Good Long Way
3.43
Was suggested for ELL/SEI students. Short novel - shifting narrators, which at times was confusing. Beto and his brother, Roel, find themselves in the...more
Mar 30, 2014
Mar 30, 2014
 
Paper Covers Rock
3.40
Circle - William C. Morris Debut Award Finalist (ALA). This started out as a five for me and dropped to a three. At first I thought it would be a grea...more
Apr 25, 2014
Apr 25, 2014
 
Wild Roses
3.57
Some great writing, but the plot is somewhat uneven. Cassie's mom seems lovely, reasonable, nice but for some reason (never a strong reason), divorces...more
not set
Apr 25, 2014
 
And We Stay
3.45
I have never loved Emily Dickinson; this book made me want to not only read her, but love her. Emily Beam's boyfriend threatens her with a gun in the...more
Apr 19, 2014
Apr 19, 2014
 
A Complicated Kindness
3.61
Interesting but a little odd, even for me. I saw this on Karen L.'s list. I love the main character, Nomi, who does not fit at all into her Mennonite...more
Jul 29, 2014
Jul 29, 2014
 
Tyrell
4.12
This showed up on some reading list and now that I've read it, I'd like to go back and see who recommended it. Won the LA Times Book Prize.
Tyrell's li...more
not set
Apr 05, 2014
 
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story
4.18
Suggested as a book to include in our middle school, so I read it with those readers in mind. It is a great introduction to the civil wars happening i...more
not set
Jul 26, 2014
 
Flood and Fire (Raiders' Ransom, #2)
3.68
Very satisfying conclusion to "Raider's Ransom." Both Lilly and Zeph must rethink what family, loyalty and values means. Well-done.

In addition, a plo...more
not set
Mar 30, 2014
 
Eve (Eve, #1)
3.71
The book opens with a quote from Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale", so it's no big surprise to find out that Eve and her female classmates are b...more
not set
Feb 03, 2014
 
Orphan Train
4.08
In this novel, a young foster girl, Molly, meets and comes to know an elderly woman, Vivian. As they clean out Vivian's attic (part of Molly's communi...more
not set
Jul 20, 2014
 
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
3.95
I have never read a book with a more erratic star rating progress (my own) as this one (First a 3 star, then a 2, then a 1 for a long, long time, then...more
not set
May 11, 2014
 
The Impossible Knife of Memory
3.95
Beautiful and lyrical writing (more so in the beginning) of a story of high school senior Hayley who has been living out of her father's semi-truck fo...more
Jun 16, 2014
Jun 16, 2014
 
Pay It Forward
4.11
Good but somewhat uneven story of a boy who has a plan to make the world better after his teacher challenges their class.

I saw the movie a couple of y...more
Jun 16, 2014
Jun 16, 2014
 
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
4.10
The story of teenaged Katsa, who has a special talent, aka Grace, to kill (so she thinks), who teams up with the seventh son of King in a Seven-King l...more
Mar 16, 2014
Mar 16, 2014
 
Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI
3.95
This book is wildly popular among middle schoolers and was recommended to me by one of my struggling readers.

Story of a 19 year-old-GI who enlists aft...more
May 29, 2014
May 29, 2014
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