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Money Hungry
Raspberry Hill is Money Hungry. After she and her mother work their way out of homelessness to a house in the projects, Raspberry becomes obsessed wit ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 01, 2008
Booty: Girl Pirates on the High Seas
Lorimer profiles twelve female pirates from the 1500s to the 1900s, including women from all around the world, and includes information on the basics ...more
Sep 25, 2008
Sep 25, 2008
Pretties (Uglies, #2)
I listened to Pretties on audiobook, and really enjoyed it. For the majority of the book, Tally and her lack of conviction, honesty, etc. ticked me of ...more
Mar 2009
Feb 14, 2009
Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?
I was expecting transcendent awesomeness from the combination of The Gaiman and The Bat, but it left me feeling... eh. Good, but not as awesome as I'v ...more
Feb 09, 2010
Feb 09, 2010
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
Got totally sucked in. Really liked the beginning parts, and was at first turned off by the Madrigal world part. However, after a bit i didn't want to ...more
Feb 09, 2014
Feb 09, 2014
Beauty Queens
I could not get into it. I think the multiple characters & subplots were overkill, and I kept thinking, "I want a book just about this girl."
not set
Jan 31, 2014
Behemoth (Leviathan, #2)
I like this series so much better than Westerfeld's Pretties/Uglies books! He does a really wonderful job of building worlds in both series, but the m ...more
Nov 24, 2010
Oct 26, 2010
Tales from Outer Suburbia
I loved this. Rarely do I read something that makes me stop and reflect (or maybe I'm just shallow...), but I found myself stopping at the end of ever ...more
Apr 25, 2009
Apr 15, 2009
A really well done story about bullying from the bully's perspective. Reading with my foster kids bookclub.
May 09, 2012
May 09, 2012
Why We Broke Up
Loved the illustrations and the format! Can something be simultaneously fun and melancholy?
Feb 05, 2012
Feb 08, 2012
Level Up
Good, solid, but not as transcendently awesome as Yang's American Born Chinese or The Eternal Smile. Still, pretty satisfying.
Jul 24, 2011
Jul 21, 2011
The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful, and (HIV) Positive
Excited to be bringing this author to our incarcerated youth bookclub!
Oct 10, 2011
Oct 11, 2011
The Book of Styling: An Insider's Guide to Creating Your Own Look
I'm kind of embarrassed by how actually helpful I found this YA style book...
not set
Jan 26, 2013
Jazz ABZ: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits
Marsalis praises jazz greats from A to Z, using a panoply of poetic forms to fit his subjects. Nat King Cole (for the letter N) is captured in a fun r ...more
Sep 25, 2008
Sep 25, 2008
Autobiography of My Dead Brother
I listened to this book, and wasn't a huge fan. The voices the reader used for different characters were really jarring. It looks like it would've bee ...more
not set
Sep 05, 2008
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
I didn't realize that the author also wrote "Gregor the Overlander" until after I finished it, which was probably a good thing. All the faults I found ...more
Mar 20, 2009
Jan 15, 2009
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
I'd heard a lot of hype about this book, and I recently couldn't get through a movie Alexie wrote, "The Business of Fancydancing," (though the sophist ...more
Aug 18, 2008
Apr 10, 2008
Tales of the Madman Underground
I really liked the narrative voice, but it's LONG for a teen book and I had to put it down for things I had to review. I'm still debating about whethe ...more
Sep 07, 2009
Aug 01, 2009
A Spy in the House (The Agency, #1)
Eh. Liked the concept but not the writing.
Aug 21, 2010
Aug 05, 2010
Flora's Dare (Flora Trilogy, #2)
I loved Flora Segunda a lot more than the sequel, but this was still a really enjoyable read. The ending was sweet, though, and I'll probably grab the ...more
Mar 07, 2009
Feb 05, 2009
Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1)
It was a'ight. I'm not seeing why it won the Printz award, etc.

Funny though: that WSJ article about how YA lit is "too dark" listed "Ship Breaker" as
Jun 10, 2011
Nov 05, 2010
Cuba 15
All of Osa’s characters are fun and unique, from funny Violet to her friend Janell and her “Causes” to her eccentrically dressed mother with her resta ...more
not set
Sep 05, 2008
Kira-Kira is well-drawn portrait of childhood from a child’s eyes. Kadohata does an excellent job of creating Katie’s narrative voice, and her ramblin ...more
not set
Sep 05, 2008
Does My Head Look Big In This?
Does My Head Look Big in This? could have benefited from a more ruthless editor; it's a bit long, and it rambles some. However, Amal's voice is engagi ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 01, 2008
My Parents Are Sex Maniacs: A High School Horror Story
Good, solid fun and not as raunchy as the title might make you think. The barest tinge of Canadian-ness, too.

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Aug 2009
Jul 30, 2009
The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam
Biography has never been my favorite genre, but the combination of the pictorial format and Fleming's own narration of her hunt to track down facts ab ...more
Sep 30, 2008
Sep 30, 2008
Powers (Annals of the Western Shore, #3)
Could... not... finish... too... slow... read... two... thirds... of... it... and... was... bored... really... wanted... to... enjoy... but... too... ...more
Jun 16, 2009
May 01, 2009
Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)
Very enjoyable overall, I gobbled it up like a box of girl scout cookies, and the was sad it was gone.
Apr 02, 2013
Oct 25, 2012
Confessions of a Blabbermouth
Not my favorite from the Minx imprint, but still a satisfying read (especially for anglophiles).
Aug 02, 2008
Jul 26, 2008
Flora's Fury (Flora Trilogy, #3)
meh. the first one was satisfying, the 2nd OK, and this was meh.
Aug 22, 2012
Jul 09, 2010
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