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The Phantom Tollbooth
My mother got this for us when I was 8 and it was first published in 1961. I still own that original edtion and it is not in great shape due to multip ...more
Aug 1961
May 12, 2007
When You Reach Me
First I have to say that A Wrinkle in Time has been my favorite or among my very favorite books since I was nine years old, and I’ve never been able t ...more
Apr 05, 2010
Jun 21, 2009
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
I really loved this book. I think it’s geared for 8-12 year olds but this is one of those books that the more you know about the world the more you li ...more
Mar 31, 2009
Dec 08, 2007
Wonderful! Fabulous! So special! Very clever!

I liked this book even better than The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and that’s saying a lot. it’s even more
Oct 09, 2011
Apr 25, 2011
Black Beauty
This book probably deserves 5 stars or at least 4, and I do recommend it to everyone, especially to girls who love horses. I’m giving it only 3 stars, ...more
Jan 1962
Aug 28, 2007
And Tango Makes Three
Good grief Charlie Brown! What is all the fuss about this book, anyway?!?!!

This is a very sweet story. It’s the true tale about 2 male penguins who ar
Jun 26, 2008
Jun 26, 2008
The Neverending Story
This is a rather brilliant book and I could see it being a life changing book for some readers.

It’s about reality & fantasy, escape, power, free w
Mar 06, 2010
Feb 06, 2010
Liar & Spy
Oh, how I’d have loved this one at ages 9 and 10, and if my life had been slightly different at 11, 12, and 13 too, and even then I still would have l ...more
Sep 21, 2012
Jun 30, 2012
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)
Nothing less than 5 stars for this gem.

It’s really really hard for me to write a review because I was inundated with so much to say about every page,
Nov 18, 2011
May 03, 2011
Number the Stars
This is a safe, easy way for children to be introduced to a little of what happened during the holocaust. When I was growing up, one of my mother’s fr ...more
Jan 1990
May 13, 2007
Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller
This book almost got a place on my favorites shelf.

A huge thank you to Goodreads’ friend Gundula for rescuing this book from the morass of my bloated
Jul 04, 2011
Sep 28, 2008
Charlotte Sometimes
Great fun! I’d have adored this when I was 9, 10, 11. My 10 year old self gives this 5 full stars. If I wasn’t so in touch with my 10 year old self, I ...more
Nov 08, 2011
Oct 15, 2007
This is Not My Hat
I guess something is wrong with me because this book has very high ratings on Goodreads and I did really like I Want My Hat Back, but this one left me ...more
Dec 04, 2012
Nov 02, 2012
The Story of Little Black Sambo
I just saw a Goodreads friend rate & review this, and it sparked my memory.

I absolutely loved this story as a small child, and to me it was about
Jan 1956
Sep 24, 2008
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
I’m in love with this book. It is special, very special. Unique. I see that said about so many books, and sometimes the comments are hyperbole and som ...more
Mar 12, 2011
Jan 14, 2008
Yellow Star
It sounds like such a cliché but I really could not put down this book, and I read it in one day; I don’t know how many hours it took but even though ...more
Dec 30, 2008
Nov 18, 2008
The Day the Crayons Quit
I haven’t been reading many picture books lately, but with large groups of college students above and below me (don’t get me started) while I can’t fo ...more
Aug 16, 2013
Jul 05, 2013
Anno's Journey
This book is amazing, outstanding, and its pictures and storytelling via those illustrations are exquisitely done; they’re just beautiful. I need to r ...more
Dec 20, 2010
Dec 20, 2010
Freedom Summer
Stunningly done. I came close to crying at the end.

There is a wonderfully informative author note, and I’m so glad it was at the start of the book ra
Feb 05, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
The Magic Half
This book would have been a favorite of mine when I was 8 or 9 through 11. It would have received 5 stars from me at that time. As an only child who w ...more
Jan 12, 2013
Nov 06, 2008
The Boy on Fairfield Street
4 stars, star off because of my personal vegan sensibilities about how animals should be treated. However, this is a beautiful book and it’s very we ...more
Mar 24, 2013
Mar 06, 2013
Under the Egg
As I was reading this, most of the way through, no matter how much I was enjoying it, and I was, particularly my 10 year old self, I was thinking how ...more
Apr 05, 2014
Jan 10, 2014
The Root Cellar
This is another wonderful orphan story and time travel story.

It reminded me of many other books including Time At The Top, The Twins at Thatchem Quick
Sep 14, 2010
Nov 26, 2007
My Place
My goal today was to read at least a half dozen of the couple dozen picture books I have at home, but I think it’s going to be just this one because i ...more
Jul 07, 2012
Jun 20, 2012
Out of My Mind
I highly recommend this book to everybody, but especially to disabled kids, kids who know disabled kids, anyone who works with disabled kids, especial ...more
Jan 07, 2011
Apr 24, 2010
I loved this story. It would have been a favorite of mine when I was 10/9-11.

I finally got to it because of a recommendation from Izzy; I’m so glad th
Nov 21, 2014
May 01, 2012
Extra Yarn
I chuckled, I smiled, and I was touched. I wasn’t that fond of the last few pages. I think the story was going along fine as it was, but overall I sti ...more
Dec 04, 2012
Nov 19, 2012
This Moose Belongs to Me
In some ways I loved this book. I loved its humor, I loved how it shows wild animals are wild and live their own lives, and I loved so much about it. ...more
Jan 14, 2013
Jan 07, 2013
The Curious Garden
This book completely charmed me.

It reminded me of how when I was young blades of grass growing up through the sidewalk cracks had me fascinated; I cou
Nov 04, 2009
Apr 25, 2009
The last 1 to 2 years I’ve been much less enthusiastic about writing book reviews. I usually still review novels and most full length non-fiction boo ...more
Nov 06, 2014
Nov 06, 2014
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