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Well, this was a nice book - a story about a girl trying to come to grips with her autistic brother (and her parents who do everything for him and not ...more
Jan 2008
Nov 25, 2007
Nanny X
OMG--what could be more fun that a nanny who is a former CIA operative, who talks into a diaper phone and who follows people on a radar-style baby bib ...more
Jun 29, 2014
Jun 28, 2014
Never Say a Mean Word Again: A Tale from Medieval Spain
I loved this book. It is such a thoughtful lesson, poetically written and magnificently illustrated!
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Apr 30, 2014
How to Behave at a Tea Party
This book will keep you howling all the way through. The humor shows not just in the playful language and funny story (I mean what isn't funny about t ...more
Sep 30, 2014
Dec 21, 2014
Watch out, readers of kidlit - this will be one of THE books to talk about next year when it officially debuts. But I've read an ARC (and the manuscri ...more
Nov 03, 2009
Nov 03, 2009
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Well, this was a very different kind of book. Gaiman has an amazing imagination and this is sometimes scary, sometimes wonderfully fun, and always tho ...more
Nov 02, 2014
Oct 27, 2014
The Year of the Dog
This was a very nice read - well written with very intersting tidbits about Chinese culture. This was a heartfelt story about a young Chinese-American ...more
Feb 14, 2008
Jan 31, 2008
The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: 14 Amazing Authors Tell the Tales
OMG, OMG, OMG!!!! I tend to pass on reviewing a lot of children's literature because I don't want to hurt feelings of people who may, if I ever publis ...more
Nov 19, 2011
Nov 22, 2011
Messenger (The Giver, #3)
*SPOILER ALERT* So, will everyone hate me if I say I didn't love this book? Yes, I read The Giver years ago and loved it. Yes, the writing in this boo ...more
Apr 15, 2012
Apr 12, 2012
The Last Newspaper Boy in America
I don't usually review children's books, because I like to use this site to be totally honest about what I have read and I don't want to offend a frie ...more
Feb 10, 2010
Feb 05, 2010
Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)
How have I missed reading this brilliant book? I loved the character of Stargirl, but then, who wouldn't? She is that inner self we all have - the par ...more
Mar 28, 2011
Mar 29, 2011
The City of Ember (Book of Ember, #1)
I really enjoyed this book and I'm not sure how I missed it when it first came out. It's well written and an extremely interesting premise, although I ...more
Jul 09, 2009
Jul 01, 2009
The Truth about Truman School
This is an excellent book on cyberbullying, and on the concept of bullying in general. I found it almost impossible to put down and the ending, when t ...more
Apr 27, 2009
Apr 24, 2009
A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1)
Well, I finally finished it, thank God (or Mrs. Whatsit etc, the "Holy" trinity).

My apologies to those who love this book - please stop reading this
Dec 13, 2009
Dec 05, 2009
Better Nate Than Ever
This was a really different read. My main complaint was that the style, with constant asides to the reader, was choppy and distracting. But the story ...more
Apr 09, 2014
Apr 03, 2014
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
**spoiler alert** I read this book because my dear friend Beckie gave it to me and because I usually like books she recommends. And to be fair, the wr ...more
Apr 23, 2010
Apr 09, 2010
The Case of the Lost Boy (The Buddy Files, #1)
OK, this is a truly great book. I don't usually write reviews of children's books because I like to be totally honest in my reviews and I don't want t ...more
Aug 18, 2010
Aug 18, 2010
I LOVED THIS BOOK. I read it like I did when I was young--carrying it around the house as I did things so I didn't have to stop. I think what was so w ...more
Sep 04, 2012
Aug 15, 2012
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Well, this was a fun little read and it was nice to get a last lick of dessert from the Harry Potter series (if you are a fan, as I am). I liked the D ...more
Dec 07, 2008
Dec 06, 2008
Seeing Red
This is a must read for everyone, young and old. Red is a young boy who has lost his father, whom he idolized. His world is further upended when his m ...more
Oct 07, 2013
Oct 07, 2013
A Crooked Kind of Perfect
I read this on the recommendation of Anne Marie Pace. This book is why I love children's literature. It is a practically perfect book. It has an amazi ...more
Sep 22, 2009
Sep 22, 2009
Al Capone Does My Shirts (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #1)
Wow, this was a not what I expected. In fact, I wish it didn't have such a flippant kind of title that suggests in light and funny. It's neither. But ...more
Feb 2011
Jan 11, 2011
Three Cups of Tea: Young Reader's Edition
OK, I know I'm SUPPOSED to really like this book. But, well, I thought the writing was stilted and didactic which was surprising, given all the editor ...more
May 11, 2010
Apr 22, 2010
Whale Talk
Wow! I don't read a lot of YA, and when I do, it's not usually written from the male POV. But I had heard so much about Chris Crutcher that I wanted t ...more
May 20, 2010
May 20, 2010
Okay for Now
Okay, so I was not as big a fan of The Wednesday Wars as a lot of people - I found it too quiet and it didn't match my own experience growing up in th ...more
Jun 10, 2011
Jun 10, 2011
The Badger Knight
St. Jerome's bones! This is a must-read. Erskine weaves an incredible tale set in medieval England that entices the reader right from the start. It is ...more
Sep 21, 2014
Sep 03, 2014
When You Reach Me
I started this book with high hopes coupled with the expectation of disappointment. It had come so highly recommended by a lot of people that I was af ...more
Oct 31, 2009
Oct 19, 2009
New Moon (Twilight, #2)
OK, I read this because I really liked the movie (even though I am not usually a vampire fan unless the vampire is played by Gerard Butler!)and I had ...more
May 24, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
The Graveyard Book
**spoiler alert** OK, now that I have stopped wiping tears from my eyes, I will write my review. I did not expect to like this book (yes, I know it wo ...more
Aug 22, 2009
Sep 20, 2008
The Higher Power of Lucky (The Hard Pan Trilogy, #1)
Well, I know it's a Newbery and who am I to criticize it, and I heard Susan Patron speak at the SCBWI conference in NYC and she really is brilliant. B ...more
Feb 20, 2008
Nov 17, 2007
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