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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4.03
FASCINATING! FASCINATING! FASCINATING! On so many levels this book was just fascinating. It touches on unethical medical practices on minorities, the ...more
Apr 14, 2014
Apr 22, 2014
 
Bridge to Terabithia
3.94
This 1978 Newberry Award winner tells the story of lonely fifth-grader Jesse Aarons who befriends a new girl Leslie Burke. Together they create a magi ...more
Feb 2006
Jan 26, 2008
 
The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story
4.10
I loved this book which has now become a tradition to pull out during the holidays. It's the story of a latke at Hanukkah who encounters a number of c ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 06, 2010
 
No Way Renee: The Second Half of My Notorious Life
3.50
I read her first autobiography when I was in the 7th grade (why would a mother hand a child that book?) and was totally INTRIGUED. I remembered the ne ...more
Jan 2010
Mar 25, 2010
 
Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl
4.06
A young, female CalTech biologists adopts a four-day old Barn Owl who first imprints on her as if she's his mother and then at 3 1/2 yeas old, as his ...more
Mar 2010
Mar 25, 2010
 
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
4.31
Another DiCamillo masterpiece. I believe that I enjoyed this even more than Despereaux. Considerably less complex in detail yet rich and interpretable ...more
Nov 2009
Mar 25, 2010
 
A Year Down Yonder (A Long Way from Chicago, #2)
4.08
This is the second in a series of books (see "A Long Way from Chicago") but I read this book first. It stood well on its own and I really enjoyed it.

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Apr 2004
Jan 25, 2008
 
Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sarah, Plain and Tall, #1)
3.67
This 1986 Newberry Award Winner set in Kansas in the late 19th century tells the story of a widowed farmer who, saddened by the death of his wife and ...more
Sep 2003
Jan 26, 2008
 
Running with Scissors
3.65
This is a memoir and something I really related to. The author is around my age, also gay and, though my childhood was nothing as tragic as his, there ...more
Dec 2007
Jan 15, 2008
 
The Giver (The Giver Quartet, #1)
4.11
This is a 1994 Newberry Award winner considered "soft science fiction" and tells the story of a utopian society that has went great distances to elimi ...more
Sep 2003
Jan 15, 2008
 
Charlotte's Web
4.11
This is the story of a runt pig named Wilbur who is saved from death by Fern, a young farm girl. Wilbur is soon sold to Fern's uncle who plans to rais ...more
Nov 1979
Jan 26, 2008
 
A Confederacy of Dunces
3.87
I read this when I was a younger man because all the "cool" people I was meeting in the world recommended it. I really enjoyed it at the time and have ...more
Jan 1989
Jan 15, 2008
 
Dry
3.98
This is the second memoir of Augusten Burroughs, the author of "Running With Scissors". With only a seventh grade education, Burroughs becomes a prett ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 15, 2008
 
The Secret Life of Bees
3.97
Set in 1964, the year of the Civil Rights Act, this is the story of 14 year-old Lily Owens. Lily is raised on an isolated South Carolina peach farm by ...more
Oct 2007
Jan 15, 2008
 
Bud, Not Buddy
3.84
I have read this book on my own and have read it to my third grade class. We all loved it. It's a fun read aloud as the students really appreciate the ...more
Sep 2004
Jan 25, 2008
 
Border Songs
3.60
I enjoyed this book. Not only was it set in my home state, but it touched on my love of the underdog. The protagonist, six-foot-eight and severely dys ...more
Mar 22, 2014
Apr 22, 2014
 
The Magician's Elephant
3.80
A nice, quick read by one of my favorite juvenile fiction authors. DiCamillo's prose is always fluid and pleasurable. I always connect with her books ...more
Feb 2010
Mar 25, 2010
 
Half Broke Horses
4.01
This is by the author of "Glass Castles" and though the style is similar, the content is very different. Walls tells the story of her maternal grandmo ...more
Sep 2010
Sep 28, 2010
 
Where's My Wand?: One Boy's Magical Triumph over Alienation and Shag Carpeting
3.46
Cute, quirky book about an American, Christian boy raised in St. Louis in the 70's. His delusional infatuation of the show "Bewitched" helps him deal ...more
Aug 2010
Sep 28, 2010
 
Sh*t My Dad Says
3.97
FUNNY! You can't help but love the Dad. Seriously laugh out loud. I bought it digitally for my nook, then went to buy it for my brother who then went ...more
Jun 2010
Sep 28, 2010
 
Siddhartha
3.95
This is an allegorical novel about the spiritual journey of an Indian man called Siddhartha. The setting is in ancient India in 6th century B.C. The e ...more
Jan 1990
Jan 15, 2008
 
You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas
3.70
Not my favorite of his books, but I appreciated his indifference (often hatred) of the holiday season and, OMG, he hooks up with Santa. That was worth ...more
Dec 2009
Mar 25, 2010
 
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (Joey Pigza, #1)
3.73
I read the first of the three book series as part of a children's literature class. The class was divided on whether they liked it or not. Most of the ...more
Sep 2003
Jan 25, 2008
 
Madness: A Bipolar Life
3.97
Oh my God! This was so incredible to experience her bipolar existence. You felt so much for her and worried about her so much.
Feb 2009
Apr 04, 2009
 
Iron Thunder: The Battle Between the Monitor & the Merrimac
Avi
3.76
A nice account of a battle of the first two iron-clad ships during the Civil War. Entertaining enough and educational.
Mar 2009
Apr 04, 2009
 
My Side of the Mountain Trilogy (Mountain #1-3)
4.05
This 1959 Newberry honor book is the story of Sam Gribley, a young teenager who runs away from his NYC home to his family's abandoned property in the ...more
Jan 30, 2008
Feb 03, 2008
 
The View from Saturday
3.73
This is the story of a teacher and a group of shy but brilliant students. The students meet for tea on Saturday and there are side stories for each ch ...more
Sep 2004
Jan 25, 2008
 
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
3.92
This 1959 Newberry award winning historical novel takes place in late 17th-century New England. When 16 year-old Katherine "Kit" Taylor's grandfather ...more
Oct 2007
Jan 26, 2008
 
Barrel Fever
3.77
This was my first introduction to David Sedaris and I learned two things . . . 1.)if I read his books in public, my incessant laughter will make peopl ...more
Dec 1994
Jan 15, 2008
 
The Front Runner (Harlan's Story, #1)
4.11
Written in 1974, this is the story of a 39 year-old repressed, gay track coach who coaches and falls in love with a young, talented runner. This novel ...more
Jan 1989
Jan 26, 2008
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