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The Green Glass Sea (Green Glass #1)
When I was in high school, I did an extra credit report on Oppenheimer, "Little Boy," and "Fat Man." It was all new to me, and so interesting and horr...more
Feb 03, 2009
Dec 13, 2008
The Book Thief
This is one of the most beautifully written books I've ever read - and I almost didn't read it at all. The first time I checked it out from the librar...more
Jan 07, 2009
Dec 19, 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...more
Mar 20, 2009
Mar 02, 2009
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
Gregor and the Marks of Secret (Underland Chronicles, #4)
**spoiler alert** This wasn't my favorite of the Underland Chronicles so far. Mostly, I think, it just felt like a prelude to the final book. I did li...more
Aug 09, 2009
Jul 15, 2008
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
I LOVED this book. I felt a little rushed while I was reading it because I had to get it back to the library before a trip. I wanted to take my time w...more
Jul 2009
Dec 20, 2008
Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)
I enjoyed this so much! I almost always enjoy Scott Westerfeld, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. But I just wasn't sure about this. Although I was...more
Jan 30, 2012
Dec 02, 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
Crow Call
I loved this one. It made me feel very nostalgic for one of those perfect childhood days that you know you will always remember. The relationship show...more
Nov 23, 2011
Oct 06, 2010
Kane and Abel
I felt this was a little long, but not overly long for a book that takes you through the lives of two different men from birth all the way through dea...more
Oct 2009
Mar 04, 2009
Journey Home
I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as Journey to Topaz, although I did still find the subject matter very interesting. I think many Americans don't...more
Oct 22, 2009
Oct 19, 2009
Nick of Time (Nick McIver, #1)
Ted Bell's first YA novel is chockablock* with adventurous ideas. So chockablock, in fact, that I'm afraid he put every idea he's ever had into this o...more
Nov 28, 2008
Nov 15, 2008
I'm Still Scared: The War Years (26 Fairmount Avenue, #6)
I continue to be impressed with Tomie dePaola's detailed memories of his childhood. I was interested to learn in his note at the end that he had some...more
Jan 18, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
Girl in a Cage
Once again, Jane Yolen brings history to life. In the year 1306, Marjorie Bruce, the only heir to the Scottish king Robert Bruce, is captured by the E...more
May 28, 2009
May 25, 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
Walt Whitman: Words For America
If you don't know much about Walt Whitman, this book is a great starting point! It will also make you want to learn more - or at the very least you wi...more
Dec 24, 2009
Dec 24, 2009
Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero
This is a fascinating account of the life of Sarah Emma Edmonds. I don't believe I had ever heard of her before, but she was quite the hero! She had b...more
Feb 03, 2012
May 25, 2011
Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking, #3)
Wow. Just wow. This is going to be one of those books I can't write a proper review for. I just now finished it and I'm still on that world, with thos...more
Mar 16, 2012
Jan 26, 2010
George Washington's World
This is really a remarkable idea for a history book. Genevieve Foster explains in clear, simple language and nice, short chapters the events and peopl...more
Sep 26, 2010
Mar 15, 2010
Forge (Seeds of America, #2)
Excellent! This is well-researched and well-written. I have never before understood so well and in such detail what the soldiers at Valley Forge suffe...more
Sep 20, 2011
May 25, 2009
Vienna Prelude (Zion Covenant, #1)
It took me quite a while to get caught up with the characters and their stories, but once it happened, I was hooked! At that point, I didn't stop read...more
Aug 16, 2011
Mar 19, 2011
The Zookeeper's Wife
This took much longer to read than I expected. I was very interested in the content, but it took me quite a while to get used to Diane Ackerman's writ...more
Apr 23, 2011
Sep 19, 2008
Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade
This is a book I wish I would have read with a group or in a class. I think I would have benefitted from reading it with others and discussing things...more
Nov 03, 2008
Aug 23, 2008
Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two
Code Talker is very readable and well-researched. It feels like an actual memoir since it is written as if Ned Begay were telling the story to his gra...more
Aug 24, 2008
Aug 18, 2008
Moon Over Manifest
Wow. It was a strange coincidence reading another book right after Wonderstruck that also takes place in two separate time periods but with interestin...more
Jan 08, 2012
Jan 10, 2011
The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler
From the back cover: "Hitler's murderous actions left their mark, in one way or another, on everyone who lived in the latter two-thirds of the twentie...more
Jan 02, 2009
Nov 19, 2008
Pink and Say
Another tear-jerker from Patricia Polacco! She says that this book "serves as a written memory of Pinkus Aylee since there are no living descendants t...more
Mar 18, 2009
Mar 18, 2009
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Puffin Modern Classics)
I expected to like this book a lot, but now that I've read it I'm having a hard time deciding how I feel about it. It is a sad story and not something...more
Mar 05, 2009
Mar 01, 2009
The Dragonfly Pool
When I added this to my list, I thought it was another fantasy book by Ibbotson - and even the title and the cover didn't clue me in that it wasn't. T...more
Mar 27, 2009
Mar 04, 2009
Parvana's Journey (The Breadwinner, #2)
Poor Parvana! Will good things ever happen for her? Good things are few and far between in this book, but I like to think that things would be better...more
May 02, 2009
Apr 30, 2009
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