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An Autobiography
If you sat down with Agatha Christie and asked her about her life, this book would be the story she would tell. It is very conversational in tone. I f ...more
Oct 24, 2010
Dec 28, 2008
Man's Search for Meaning
Powerful. A must-read for those interested in reading about the holocaust. I felt guilty reading while eating my lunch.

This is also a wonderful book
Mar 20, 2009
Mar 02, 2009
84, Charing Cross Road
I was so disappointed when I came to the end of this book! It felt WAY too short! I wanted more! Luckily, there is a sequel: The Duchess of Bloomsbury ...more
Oct 26, 2010
May 16, 2009
Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps
There's always room for another book telling the story of a Holocaust survivor. This is a particularly nice one for young adults. It isn't too long or ...more
Mar 16, 2010
Mar 13, 2010
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature
This is a nearly perfect nonfiction picture book that teaches more than it seems possible in just a few simple words. I love the way Sidman teaches th ...more
Aug 16, 2012
Aug 16, 2012
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
Word lists, timelines, collages, information galore, and fact-filled illustrations. This book is for anyone who loves words or making lists, or learni ...more
Dec 10, 2014
Dec 10, 2014
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
This kept me up much too late! I just couldn't put it down! Even though some of the violence was completely horrifying, I still wanted to continue rea ...more
Jan 14, 2015
Jan 09, 2015
The Beetle Book
So many beetles! Reading this gives you a wealth of beetle facts! Did you know that there is a forest fire beetle with special heat-sensing spots on i ...more
Mar 31, 2015
Jun 01, 2014
Anonyponymous: The Forgotten People behind Everyday Words
I happened across this book while searching for something else in my public library's card catalog. I couldn't resist the title and immediately put it ...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jun 26, 2012
America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell
This was painful to read even now. I would have a tough time reading this aloud to a group of students without becoming emotional, but I think Brown d ...more
Apr 21, 2015
Apr 21, 2015
Down Cut Shin Creek: The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky
I've wanted to read this ever since I read That Book Woman, so I was happy to come across it on the shelves at my new library. What a great book! The ...more
Nov 21, 2014
May 15, 2011
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
Steve Sheinkin did an amazing job with this book! What a great example of nonfiction for young adults. I found it to be very readable and completely i ...more
Mar 25, 2014
Jan 29, 2013
What To Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!
This is one of the shorter Sibert honor books, but still manages to pack a lot of information in about Alice, daughter of Teddy Roosevelt. The author' ...more
Mar 24, 2011
Mar 24, 2011
Extreme Scientists: Exploring Nature's Mysteries from Perilous Places  (Scientists in the Field Series)
I think this would have worked just as well, maybe even better, if it were split into three separate books. The connecting factor of "extreme scientis ...more
Feb 06, 2012
Feb 06, 2012
Spic-and-Span!: Lillian Gilbreth's Wonder Kitchen
One of my childhood favorites was Cheaper by the Dozen. I read it countless times. But for some reason I never read the sequel, Belles on Their Toes. ...more
May 05, 2015
May 05, 2015
Growing Up in Coal Country
I really enjoyed Susan Campbell Bartoletti's Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow and have always planned to read more of her books. So I was v ...more
May 17, 2010
Apr 08, 2010
Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America
I had to read this one quickly because it was bad for me. Very bad. Is there anyone who has read this and didn't feel the overpowering NEED to eat cho ...more
Oct 25, 2010
Mar 23, 2008
How to Clean a Hippopotamus: A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships
Another great Steve Jenkins animal book for older students, this one is set up in something of a graphic novel format with information and illustratio ...more
Sep 22, 2010
Jun 12, 2010
Righteous Warriors: Lessons from the War Chapters in the Book of Mormon
This is my first John Bytheway book, although I have listened to several of his audio presentations. At first I thought the light-hearted almost jokey ...more
Aug 31, 2008
Feb 25, 2008
Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley
Excellent. Walker succinctly and clearly explains complicated scientific processes involved in the excavation, conservation, and preservation of the C ...more
Dec 20, 2008
Nov 19, 2008
The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
John Grisham's nonfiction book of "murder and injustice in a small town" is well written, well researched, and completely engrossing. It's hard to bel ...more
Mar 28, 2009
Mar 27, 2009
The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
I found this to be very readable and engaging. Once I got started, I didn't want to read any other book. And when I wasn't reading, I was often thinki ...more
Jul 20, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
Before reading this, I had not known very many details about the 13 women who wanted to be astronauts but were denied. I was so impressed that these w ...more
Feb 26, 2015
Jan 01, 2010
The Art Lesson
My college professor read this to us in my "Art of the Picture Book" class. It is another great story from the life of Tomie de Paola. He knows he wan ...more
Apr 2003
Feb 19, 2008
Brown Girl Dreaming
This is a very sensitive and expressive autobiography written in free verse. I can tell that Jacqueline Woodson thought deeply about her life and her ...more
Apr 13, 2015
Feb 02, 2015
The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees: A Scientific Mystery
I learned a ton about honeybees by reading this! When bee colonies collapse, we potentially lose a lot more than just honey. "Honeybees, in particular ...more
Oct 31, 2014
Oct 31, 2014
The Dolphins of Shark Bay
I learn so much when I read these Scientists in the Field books! Here are just a few of the things I learned about dolphins while reading this book:

Dec 08, 2014
Dec 08, 2014
Around One Cactus: Owls, Bats, and Leaping Rats
This caught my attention because of the illustrations. There is an especially gorgeous one of saguaro cactus, a boy, and several desert creatures silh ...more
Sep 23, 2010
Sep 23, 2010
Lily's Garden
What a nice combination of both fiction and nonfiction! In Lily's Garden, we get to see a year in the life of Lily who lives in Maine. In January, her ...more
Jun 2010
Jun 01, 2010
The Flower Hunter: William Bartram, America's First Naturalist (Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 (Awards))
I love Deborah Kogan Ray's illustrations here - especially the sketches as if they are in William Bartram's journal and the endpapers which show a ver ...more
May 27, 2010
Jun 01, 2010
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