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Something Like Hope
4.00
really liked it
Shawn Goodman does a fantastic, if not frightening job of telling the story of Shavonne, a teenager in a female juvenile detention center. He does not ...more
Mar 22, 2011
Mar 22, 2011
 
The Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1)
3.88
liked it
For a new author, Maryrose Wood did a wonderful job of capturing the setting and personality of the day when these little Incorribles were found in th ...more
Apr 13, 2010
Apr 14, 2010
 
The Tofu Quilt
3.79
really liked it
Ching Yeung Russell tells of a range in her childhood in Hong Kong via free verse. Her mother did not believe that boys were better than girls and ins ...more
Apr 24, 2011
Apr 25, 2011
 
Yellow Star
4.20
really liked it
This is a quick but heart-wrenching story of the Lodz ghetto and its 800 survivors. 800 survivors out of 1000's of inhabitants. It is mind-boggling to ...more
Apr 23, 2008
Apr 24, 2008
 
How to Survive a Totally Boring Summer
3.70
it was ok
a good summer reading book for new chapter book readers. Not a stellar book, but good for this age.

I really like it because it promotes chess, swimmi
...more
Apr 2007
Apr 19, 2008
 
Masters of Disaster
3.66
it was amazing
This is one of the funniest Gary Paulsen books I have read! It was laugh-out-loud funny. I tried reading it to my sons and didn't think they were list ...more
Jul 23, 2011
Jul 25, 2011
 
The Whipping Boy
3.54
liked it
This historical fiction is good for the younger crowd, but I swear, I was ready to volunteer to be a whipping girl instead of finishing this book. The ...more
Mar 18, 2010
Mar 18, 2010
 
Doll Baby
3.89
really liked it
I found this book on the shelf today and decided to see what it was about. It was a quick read, only 48 pages, but definitely should be a teen book, j ...more
Feb 24, 2011
Feb 24, 2011
 
The Amazing Life of Birds: The Twenty-Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech
3.54
really liked it
This title is somewhere between 4th and 8th grade. Gary Paulsen hits the nail on the head with this one, describing the craziness of boy puberty. We h ...more
not set
Nov 14, 2011
 
The Eyes of the Amaryllis
3.86
liked it
First, this is cataloged as a YP, but I think it is Juvenile fiction.

Second, it is a simple book for kids struggling to read but want something about
...more
Jul 04, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
 
A Dark and Noisy Night (Dutton Easy Reader)
3.67
liked it
This was a great book to help a young reader practice their skills. Peggy the Pig hears all sorts of sounds one night as she prepares to go to sleep. ...more
Jul 25, 2011
Jul 25, 2011
 
Escape to Freedom: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass: A Play for Young People
3.14
really liked it
This is a short play of the early life of Frederick Douglas. I happened upon it while sorting books at the library and brought it home. It was a doubl ...more
Jul 11, 2009
Jul 12, 2009
 
The Magician's Elephant
3.82
really liked it
Sweet story. Kate DiCamillo has such a poetic way of writing. It is like her words sing the reader through the book, coaxing you to keep going and wan ...more
Aug 2010
Aug 01, 2010
 
The Holly Joliday (Judy Moody & Stink, #1)
4.06
liked it
This was the first Judy Moody and Stink book I have read. Thankfully a quick read. Great to know that Stink is entertaining enough to keep beginning c ...more
Feb 19, 2010
Feb 19, 2010
 
Perfectly Arugula
3.08
liked it
Well you have to love a skunk that can discuss the tablescape, right?

A good moral to the story is you can't have fun if everything is perfectly perfec
...more
Jun 05, 2009
Jun 05, 2009
 
Plum Fantastic
4.10
liked it
I read this just to see what Whoopi could do. I was pleased. It is a cute story for young Js. A good read for a diverse crowd of young girls.
Feb 05, 2009
Feb 05, 2009
 
Theodore and the Talking Mushroom
3.02
it was ok
I like the concept of a character learning a lesson about lying to one's friends. But the ending seems to fall short. Great illustrations as always.
Jun 05, 2009
Jun 05, 2009
 
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
4.46
really liked it
Is it possible to dislike a character as much as we dislike Delores Umbridge? The only thing comical about her is her bad habit of annoying throat cle ...more
Jul 2007
Jul 03, 2007
 
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)
4.23
really liked it
what great fun! I can't wait for the third book.
Nov 12, 2009
Nov 12, 2009
 
Beethoven Lives Upstairs
4.02
really liked it
I think I own a copy of this from my days as a teacher. How have I not read it?

Having played Beethoven as a youngster, I feel I have cheated myself b
...more
Mar 24, 2008
Mar 24, 2008
 
Counting on Grace
3.85
really liked it
Grace is a spitfire of a child, working in the textile mill of a Vermont town at the turn of the century. This book, tho' historical fiction, addresse ...more
Oct 02, 2008
Oct 02, 2008
 
Seven Kisses in a Row
3.43
liked it
i picked this book up off a shelf while straightening. It looks like a quick read, perfect for a day too hot to hardly move in a house that just lost ...more
Jul 23, 2008
Jul 22, 2008
 
Whistler's Hollow
3.48
it was ok
This is an interesting take on the story of a little girl who lost her mother during WWI while her father was in Europe fighting. She gets sent to Whi ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 29, 2007
 
Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff
3.79
liked it
This is a fun and fast book to read. It will never make it on an award winning list, but it is great fun to read, with all the bills, bank statements ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 20, 2007
 
A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home
3.81
really liked it
Sweet book. Story of a mouse that befriends Audobon's assistant. Interesting view of it all.

Really interesting to find out that Audobon wasn't as anim
...more
Jul 07, 2010
Apr 20, 2010
 
Not That I Care (Friendship Ring, #3)
3.52
it was ok
A quick read about an adolescent girl dealing with the divorce of her parents and the divorce of a friendship. She may be a bit more moody about the f ...more
Feb 21, 2008
Feb 22, 2008
 
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1)
3.96
liked it
This is laugh out loud silliness as told in a journal (NOT a diary) of Greg, a middle school kid who just wants to survive in his lack of coolness. A ...more
not set
Jul 19, 2008
 
The Manny Files
4.06
really liked it
I enjoyed listening to this in the car to and from work. The Manny brings great humor to a family and especially a young boy surrounded by girls. Very ...more
Oct 20, 2008
Oct 25, 2008
 
Funerals and Fly Fishing
3.75
liked it
Sure it is predictable, but I am an adult reading a juvenile fiction book. I hope I can figure it out. But it is a sweet, happy ending kind of book.
Jul 23, 2008
May 16, 2008
 
The Last Straw (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #3)
4.11
really liked it
This goof ball kid makes me laugh out loud on every page. I love him!!!
And evidently my kids have seen him on tv, because they can say some of his phr
...more
Sep 04, 2010
Aug 25, 2008
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