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Seniors Sleuth (Winston Wong Cozy Mystery, #1)
Winston is smart, slightly pudgy, and fun to spend time with. As he picks up clues, he lets the reader in on his deductions, which I enjoyed. But just ...more
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May 18, 2015
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Yes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower has controversial content, including homosexuality, rape, abortion, drug use, suicide, and sexual abuse.

But, ther
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Sep 26, 2014
Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)
I both admire and cringe at Artemis Fowl. He’s twelve, alarmingly intelligent, and obscenely wealthy. He hatches deceptive plans of questionable moral ...more
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Jan 03, 2013
See You at Harry's
Jo Knowles skillfully and sensitively tackles lots of “coming of age” issues in her novel: grief, loss, insecurity, and love. She shows Fern’s emotion ...more
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Feb 10, 2014
The Inquisitor's Mark (Eighth Day, #2)
The first chapter of The Inquisitor's Mark gives Jax multiple problems to solve, and plenty of obstacles to get in his way. Jax embarks on a quest to ...more
Feb 06, 2015
Feb 04, 2015
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
I listened to the audio book of Mr. Penumbra with my 13 year old son, and we enjoyed it very much. Clay tells his story with witty, wry narrative styl ...more
Apr 21, 2013
May 03, 2013
Liar & Spy
Liar and Spy pulls you in with quirky characters and snappy dialogue. Besides wit, Liar and Spy also has depth. The novel offers thoughtful commentary ...more
Jun 24, 2013
Jul 17, 2013
Maui Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook
Helpful and humorous, this book gives you the inside scoop on Maui. We discovered lots of interesting places. Note: we traveled with our four children ...more
Dec 12, 2013
Dec 16, 2013
The Eighth Day (Eighth Day, #1)
The Eighth Day, by Dianne K. Salerni, brings the mythology and magic of King Arthur to 21st century kid lit. If inquisitors, honor blades, and sorcere ...more
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Jan 15, 2014
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
What I liked

Galbraith creates a compelling lead with Cormoran Strike. He's haunted by his past in the military police and a destructive relationship w
Jan 29, 2015
Dec 08, 2014
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
Have you ever read the final lines of a book and had the uncomfortable feeling that you missed something? Big?

That's how I felt when I finished Code N
Apr 2013
Dec 13, 2012
One of my favorite middle grade books ever! Wonder has heart, humor, and even "precepts"- mottos for living. I listened to the audio book, and the rea ...more
Aug 21, 2013
May 22, 2013
The London Eye Mystery
The London Eye Mystery is told from the unusual prospective of Ted. He suffers from a "syndrome", probably Asperger's, although nobody ever comes out ...more
Oct 21, 2013
Oct 03, 2013
Glitter and Glue
Corrigan's experiences as a psuedo-mom caused her to rethink her attitude about her own mother. Her memoir uses crisp writing and fresh descriptions t ...more
Apr 25, 2015
Apr 16, 2015
File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents (All the Wrong Questions, #2.5)
Fun, clever stories with lots of word play. We listened to the audio book, but I think reading the hard copy would work better, since one can flip to ...more
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Aug 29, 2014
Folly Beach (Lowcountry Tales, #8)
What conjures up a coastal breeze better than a novel set in South Carolina? The story: Cate Cooper returns to her childhood home after her husband's ...more
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May 29, 2013
Guys Read: Funny Business (Guys Read, #1)
I loved the stories by Kate DiCamillo, Jon Scieszka, and Eoin Colfer. The rest didn't appeal to me as much, but would definitely appeal to 9-13 year o ...more
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Jan 26, 2012
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
A wonderful story of transformation from self-importance to selfless love.
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Sep 11, 2013
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
This book creatively combines the elements of a picture book and a chapter book. I love the illustrations that play a crucial role in telling this sto ...more
Dec 15, 2011
Dec 01, 2011
The Language of Flowers
In the beginning, I was afraid this would be a dark and depressing read, like something from Oprah's book club. But the prose is lovely and the plot a ...more
Sep 04, 2013
Jul 23, 2013
The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl, #3)
More fun adventures, technology, and witty humor. And Artemis seems to be developing a conscious, until... whoops. Can't tell you about that!
Apr 09, 2013
Mar 25, 2013
Gone Girl
Good suspense; excellent use of multiple POVs to heighten the tension and keep the reader guessing. Neither one of the main characters was admirable o ...more
May 22, 2014
Apr 25, 2014
The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life
A short and sweet read with insights on writing from a talented authore.
Feb 25, 2012
Jan 26, 2012
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
An excellent book on writing craft. The authors give frequent, helpful examples to demonstrate their points, as well as checklists and exercises for e ...more
Oct 03, 2012
Aug 17, 2012
Half Broke Horses
A "true life" novel about a strong woman in the early 20th century, but ultimately, it didn't hold my interest. Please note I'm not good about reading ...more
Dec 08, 2014
Sep 15, 2014
Matched (Matched, #1)
Matched isn't bad, it's just tame. It doesn't have the violence or romance of some other popular dystopian books out there. But that makes it a good c ...more
Dec 05, 2011
Nov 30, 2011
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Jan 15, 2014
Bel Canto
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Nov 30, 2011
The Book Thief
Sep 15, 2014
Nov 18, 2013
Looking for Alaska
Jul 20, 2013
Jun 14, 2013
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