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Disconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Disorders
3.56
The author makes the seemingly bold claim that a number of neurological conditions are just different manifestations of a single cause: hemispheric im ...more
Jan 28, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
 
96
Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey
3.91
A most impressive graphic memoir, reminiscent of Maus and Persepolis in its intertwining of personal stories and tumultuous history. The multi-linear ...more
Aug 20, 2012
Aug 29, 2012
 
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Okay for Now
4.21
A pure delight! At first, this book felt like a throwback to a more innocent era of coming-of-age novels, and not just because of its Wonder Years-era ...more
Feb 08, 2012
Feb 10, 2012
 
98
Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health
3.72
I liked this book as a complement to The South Beach Diet, Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore's Dilemma. If you're already convinced of the wisdom of a ...more
Sep 03, 2012
Sep 04, 2012
 
70
Crow
3.89
This was a mighty powerful novel from outside my usual genre preferences, but boy am I glad I gave it a try. Crow depicts events surrounding the Wilmi ...more
Jun 22, 2012
Jun 23, 2012
 
79
The Age of Miracles
3.63
The title of this extraordinary novel denotes both the metaphorically earth-shaking transformations of puberty and the literally earth-shaking transfo ...more
Jul 17, 2012
Jul 18, 2012
 
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Severed
3.80
A solidly creepy horror comic, with well-paced shocks and nicely built suspense. However, I don't think the overall story pacing would have worked ver ...more
Jul 21, 2012
Jul 21, 2012
 
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Saga of the Sioux: An Adaptation from Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
4.02
Review submitted to ALAN's Picks (Social studies teachers - Add this to your classroom library, stat!):

Saga of the Sioux commemorates the 40th anniver
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Jan 23, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
 
72
Wizzywig: Portrait of a Serial Hacker
3.62
This is a terrific, lightly-fictionalized account of the evolution of hacking from 1970s phone phreaking to the present day, rendered through the lens ...more
Jun 28, 2012
Jun 27, 2012
 
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Mail-Order Mysteries: Real Stuff from Old Comic Book Ads!
4.05
Disappointment has never been so wonderful! For decades, I have wondered what you would really get if you responded to all of those great ads in comic ...more
Jan 22, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
 
92
In Honor
3.73
This is the first book for the ALAN panel I'll be chairing in November on the theme "War in Our Daily Lives," and it's an poignant road trip novel. Wa ...more
Aug 18, 2012
Aug 18, 2012
 
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Horns
3.91
If Christopher Moore had been given the task of writing the screenplay for The Santa Clause, he likely would have redubbed it The Satan Clause and cre ...more
May 31, 2012
Jun 01, 2012
 
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One Shot (Jack Reacher, #9)
4.18
I'm ready to declare that Jack Reacher novels are just not my thing. I chose this installment as my second date with the franchise since it's the one ...more
Oct 15, 2012
Oct 15, 2012
 
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Rotters
3.64
I realize I'm out of step with received opinion on this one, but for me, the whole was less than the sum of its really awesome parts. The premise is t ...more
Jun 18, 2012
Jun 08, 2012
 
84
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
3.84
Equating American warfare with American football is the satiric equivalent of shooting fish in a barrel, but this pitch-black satire is a pitch-perfec ...more
Jul 24, 2012
Jul 18, 2012
 
97
Our Man in Tehran: The True Story Behind the Secret Mission to Save Six Americans during the Iran Hostage Crisis and the Foreign Ambassador Who Worked with the CIA to Bring Them Home
3.91
I picked this up as prelude to seeing Argo later this fall (and possibly reading the upcoming tie-in book by the agent who conceived the scheme). What ...more
Aug 29, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
 
109
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
4.01
I have deliberately avoided watching filmed versions of George Smiley's adventures in anticipation of reading this novel, and am pleased to have final ...more
Oct 02, 2012
Oct 04, 2012
 
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Drawing from Memory
3.75
This is a delightful hybrid text: an informational picture book autobiography that incorporates graphica in key moments. It is, literally, a portrait ...more
Apr 08, 2012
Apr 08, 2012
 
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Home
3.68
A loose variation on The Odyssey, this would be a great introduction to Toni Morrison's core themes for the uninitiated. Inter-generational legacies a ...more
Jul 16, 2012
Jul 18, 2012
 
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Batman and Robin: Batman and Robin Must Die!
4.11
I liked how Joker was integrated into the final act of Morrison's run on this title and the lead-up to Bruce Wayne's return. There's a great sense of ...more
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Oct 01, 2012
 
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Chopsticks
3.67
Like Romeo and Juliet, it's not the story that's revolutionary in Chopsticks, but rather the way it's told. The troubled romance between two artistica ...more
Feb 26, 2012
Feb 18, 2012
 
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I Wish I Were Engulfed in Flames: My Insane Life Raising Two Boys with Autism
3.45
As a memoir on the author's "insane life," this is an entertaining, cathartic and laugh-out-loud read. As a memoir about "raising two boys with autism ...more
Feb 14, 2012
Feb 10, 2012
 
82
All-Star Superman, Vol. 1
4.06
Like most comics Grant Morrison writes, this can be a tough go in places, but see it all the way through the end of Volume 2 and all the puzzle pieces ...more
Jul 23, 2012
Jul 24, 2012
 
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My Friend Dahmer
3.83
If this were only fiction, it would still be a chilling anti-coming of age story. The fact that it's all true (and very well sourced; the endnotes are ...more
Mar 22, 2012
Mar 12, 2012
 
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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
4.13
I'll confess that I should have read this a long, long time ago, and have had a copy of it that I purchased on a visit to Pooh Corner books (one of my ...more
Apr 03, 2012
Apr 08, 2012
 
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Crossed (Matched, #2)
3.52
Big disappointment after Matched. The world development that I liked so much in the first book slows down greatly in this installment. For me, it felt ...more
Jun 26, 2012
Jun 23, 2012
 
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Devil May Care (James Bond, #36)
3.40
A great continuation of the Bond saga, picking up right where Ian Fleming left off. Faulks does a fine job emulating Fleming's writing style, for bett ...more
Feb 15, 2012
Feb 10, 2012
 
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Magritte's Marvelous Hat
3.85
This is a delightful introduction to Magritte and surrealism for young readers, but one that demands multiple readings and thoughtful meditations on i ...more
Jun 30, 2012
Jul 01, 2012
 
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The Submission
3.65
This is a really extraordinary portrait of the state of cross-cultural (mis)understandings today. The premise - Muslim architect wins design contest f ...more
May 21, 2012
May 22, 2012
 
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Batman and Robin: Batman vs. Robin
4.14
The storyline strays from hardboiled crime into more magical territory with this volume, but it's still pretty entertaining. The twist that motivates ...more
Sep 12, 2012
Sep 13, 2012
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