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The Tale of Despereaux
A perfect combination of sweet and dark. Or light and dark, would be a more fitting description, I suppose. And by that I don't just mean that there w ...more
Jun 30, 2008
Jun 30, 2008
Blood Red Horse (The de Granville Trilogy, #1)
Overall good, and a good message (hey, Muslims are people too! And you know war? What is it good for? I mean, aside from proving one's love to God/All ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 14, 2007
What a stunning little book this is. Pearson has rendered Hilda's world with incredible fullness, with a perfected palette of inviting and cozy brick, ...more
Jul 17, 2013
Jan 07, 2012
The Kneebone Boy
**spoiler alert** Strong start, seemed quirky, I really liked Lucia as narrator, and the bond between siblings was well established and felt natural, ...more
Dec 06, 2010
Nov 30, 2010
Fly by Night (Fly By Night, #1)
I don't even know where to start. I loved every aspect of this book. Every single one. It's dark, it's thoughtful, it's odd and adventurous, even funn ...more
Jun 07, 2009
Sep 13, 2008
The Last Straw (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #3)
DEEEELIGHTFUL. Favorite parts: Shel Silverstein boogeyman (amazing), hiding-under-the-blanket-next-to-his-dad-when-the-phone-rings (so easy to picture ...more
Jan 13, 2009
Jan 13, 2009
The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1)
Having quit this book half-way through, you might think I dislike it. I don't. It's a great book, especially if you're, you know, between the ages of ...more
Apr 2007
May 08, 2007
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny—Detectives Extraordinaire! (The Bunny's #1)
Entertaining, but a real oddball of a book. The writing is casual and feels a bit slapped together. Not Horvath's best work (or Blackall's for that ma ...more
Mar 29, 2012
Jan 07, 2012
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)
I definitely liked this, but it was also definitely my least favorite book in the series. I'm not exactly disappointed or anything, though. Things tha ...more
May 02, 2008
Apr 25, 2008
The Squampkin Patch: A Nasselrogt Adventure
Everything about this book is fantastic, J.T. Petty is completely underrated (see also Clemency Pogue, Fairy Killer, and no, it doesn't need to be fal ...more
Jan 2007
May 07, 2007
The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)
Okay, I think this might be my favorite of the three so far. It was the most dynamic; there are more things to speculate about, more ways to interpret ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 06, 2007
The Tail of Emily Windsnap (Emily Windsnap, #1)
Cute, and a series I would have been eagerly anticipated new releases from in elementary school. As an adult reader, I found several of the plot devic ...more
Jun 18, 2014
Jun 18, 2014
Beezus and Ramona
I hadn't read a Ramona book since... third grade? I loved them, of course, and there are chapters and trouble-makings I've not forgotten since, but I ...more
Jan 04, 2011
Jan 05, 2011
Abel's Island
Page 81, "He became somnolent in his cold cocoon." Oh, William Steig.

Beautifully written, as all William Steig books are. You read a paragraph and the
Mar 02, 2009
Mar 01, 2009
Zita the Spacegirl (Zita the Spacegirl, #1)
The graphic novel shelf in the children's section of your library or local bookstore isn't big. It's growing all the time, sure, but when a kid can fl ...more
Jan 26, 2012
Jan 26, 2012
11 Birthdays
Loved it. Like Groundhog's Day for 11 year olds!

This is one of those books I picked up knowing absolutely nothing about it, having not so much as read
Apr 27, 2011
Apr 26, 2011
The Tiger Rising
I'm not entirely sure how I feel about Kate DiCamillio. Like just about everyone, I adored The Tale of Despereaux, and I enjoyed The Magician's Elepha ...more
Oct 02, 2009
Oct 02, 2009
Moominvalley in November (The Moomins, #9)
"The quiet transition from autumn to winter is not a bad time at all. It's a time for protecting and securing things and for making sure you've got in ...more
Sep 05, 2009
Sep 06, 2009
Criss Cross
There was a lot I liked about this. I liked Debbie, the fragments of Debbie I got anyway. And I liked that this was suburban. Rarely is there that mid ...more
Jan 29, 2010
Jan 26, 2010
The Mother-Daughter Book Club (The Mother-Daughter Book Club, #1)
I kind of struggle with how to review a book like this. Would I have like it at age 10 or 11? Most likely. Isn't this a book written for 10 or 11 year ...more
Jan 12, 2011
Jan 13, 2011
Dumpling Days
I received this as a galley and didn't plan on reading it, at least not before looking into the two Pacy Lin books that come before it. But then I cam ...more
Nov 16, 2011
Nov 13, 2011
Ballet Shoes (Shoes, #1)
Reading this book has been a long time coming. I'm one of those You've Got Mail saps that had never heard of "the shoe books" until a snot-nosed Meg R ...more
Sep 03, 2012
Aug 31, 2012
The Sea Fairies
After working at Books of Wonder for two and a half years, it was interesting for me to finally read some Baum. I can understand why so many people ar ...more
May 25, 2009
May 25, 2009
Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles, #1)
This is one of those books I never thought I'd read. I had no clue what it was even about. All I knew was that somewhere down the line, one of the boo ...more
Oct 27, 2009
Oct 28, 2009
I liked this a lot more than my initial impression had me thinking I would. The writing isn't dazzling, which is obvious from page one. It's straightf ...more
Feb 17, 2010
Feb 10, 2010
Savvy (Savvy, #1)
I have mixed feelings about this. Mostly it's just a cute little book. I mean, it's GOOD. Ingrid Law writes well, but Mib's voice is kind of irritatin ...more
Jun 25, 2009
Jun 19, 2009
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1)
Hilllarriousss, with moments that ring so true it feels like Kinney's writing about my elementary school at times. Like the "Cheese Touch": an bit of ...more
Mar 2007
May 07, 2007
The Phantom Tollbooth
I try to read books with as little expectation as possible. When I can, I even try to avoid the blurbs on cover flaps as it makes it easier to judge a ...more
Jul 11, 2013
Jul 05, 2013
May B.
I'm always a bit skeptical of verse novels. You'd think that my appreciation for books by Sharon Creech would have me convinced by now, but I always p ...more
Dec 03, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
Scones and Sensibility
“Upon turning the last delicate page” of her first Austen novel, and impassioned by her love of Lucy Maud Montgomery, 12 year old Polly Madassa announ ...more
Jan 25, 2012
Jan 21, 2012
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