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Out of My Mind
Oh, man. I'm finding this book very difficult to write about. I really want to like this book. Before I was a librarian, I was a disability rights adv...more
Mar 25, 2010
Feb 16, 2010
I never imagined that lips would be warm...

My goodness, why not? It's not as if there were no lips in your life before the symbolic (if pointless) one...more
Feb 02, 2009
Feb 02, 2009
After Tupac and D Foster
My favorite of Jacqueline Woodson's chapter books, by far. Beautifully written, thoughtful, and -- what really makes me prefer this to her other books...more
Jan 02, 2009
Jan 02, 2009
Akata Witch (Akata Witch, #1)
12-year-old Sunny is caught between worlds: she’s Igbo Nigerian-American, born in the United States but living in Nigeria, a wonderful soccer player w...more
Jun 07, 2011
Jan 16, 2011
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Hmmm... I think there are things that stretch credibility for me here, and KT Horning's review was spot-on. I spent two-thirds of the book believing i...more
Nov 17, 2012
Nov 17, 2012
Destiny's Embrace (Destiny's, #1)
So wavering between three and four stars for this one! This is my first Beverly Jenkins and my first non-Regency historical romance (I'm a n00b) and I...more
Apr 04, 2014
Apr 05, 2014
Ascension (Tangled Axon)
Gosh, this set off all my catnip alerts, but I'm afraid it just didn't have the solid writing/worldbuilding/emotional craft I needed to be able to ent...more
May 15, 2014
May 12, 2014
Fat Hoochie Prom Queen
**spoiler alert** This is the trashiest book I have read in as long as I can remember... and maybe the most size-positive. I have a really hard time s...more
Dec 14, 2008
Jun 28, 2008
The Age of Dreaming
Nina Revoyr is one of my favorite authors: I think that both The Necessary Hunger and Southland were beautiful and evocative. Heck, they made me want...more
Jun 19, 2008
Jun 08, 2008
The Cheetah Girls: Livin' Large (#1-4)
Um, I kind of loved it?

I spent most of this book alternately amused and horrified. I'd picked it up for a few reasons. First, I knew from The Brown B...more
Mar 29, 2009
Mar 29, 2009
Bleeding Violet
Well. I really wanted to like Bleeding Violet, but it just had too many holes. I've read several interviews with the author -- smart, awesome, thought...more
Mar 13, 2011
Mar 12, 2011
This is really four and a half stars, with the half coming up for some quibbles that just bothered me a bit: I couldn't tell exactly what year it was...more
May 2013
Apr 30, 2013
Ship of Souls
Oh dear. More to write, more thoughtfully, and not on my phone. But. Short version: if only this had the space to do what it could have done. Great pr...more
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Feb 13, 2014
Tempting the Bride (Fitzhugh Trilogy, #3)
Fast, page-turning read.... I read it straight through instead of cleaning my house as intended. But I'm not a fan of how the issues of consent played...more
Sep 09, 2013
Sep 09, 2013
Happy Families
Pedantic but an excellent addition to LGBTQ subject lists and resource lists from family orgs like COLAGE. I like Tanita Davis's work generally, and r...more
Sep 14, 2012
Sep 14, 2012
We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
Although I'd browsed and talked up this book to teachers and patrons numerous times, I hadn't actually read the text cover-to-cover until now. I loved...more
Apr 29, 2009
Apr 29, 2009
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors
I'm reserving some judgment on this one -- I'd like to see what smarter, more informed reviewers than I have to say, particularly those from the polit...more
Jun 25, 2010
Mar 05, 2010
Further Tales of Uncle Remus: The Misadventures of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Wolf, the Doodang, and Other Creatures
I offered the Julius Lester version of the Uncle Remus tales to a second grade teacher as an alternative to the Joel Chandler version that she'd been...more
Mar 25, 2008
Mar 26, 2008
I liked:
- the character growth
- the very real and difficult question at the heart of the story, about end-of-life care and their mom.

Not so much:
Oct 24, 2012
Nov 28, 2011
Nikki and Deja
Nikki and Deja gets an extra star from me because it's like a breath of fresh air to read an early chapter book with regular African-American girl cha...more
May 27, 2008
May 27, 2008
Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman's Life in Journalism
What a compelling story of a fascinating life in journalism. I loved how Bay-Area-centric it was, and I just KNEW that if I waited long enough there w...more
Apr 10, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
Project Mulberry

I'm taking away a star because I just couldn't handle the chapter interludes of the author having conversations with the main character. I skipped the...more
Apr 09, 2008
Apr 09, 2008
P.S. Be Eleven
I see a number of four star reviews for this one, and I only just finished it, so haven't sat with it yet... but this was a five star book for me. I t...more
Feb 05, 2013
Feb 04, 2013
Redemption in Indigo
I found this one because it had been nominated or was on an awards list, and it was a delight. Loved the authorial interjections and commentary, the s...more
Jul 2011
Jul 05, 2011
What Can(t) Wait
A really lovely debut novel, thoughtful and smart. It might be on the 4/5-star cusp, but I found it so thoroughly believable and I really wanted to be...more
May 09, 2011
May 09, 2011
The Best of All Possible Worlds
Oh dear, that was a hot mess. Basically the Sadiri (=Vulcan) planet is destroyed, a Cygnian (=Betan) empath helps them roam this other planet for long...more
Feb 25, 2013
Dec 19, 2012
Safe At Home
The writing was clunky, but this was a solid read for third grade. Strong enough plot, enough action, and clearly drawn kid relationships. I'm glad Ms...more
May 05, 2010
May 06, 2010
Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope
I'm glad to have this in my school library, but disappointed in what the normally magnificent, exceptionally talented team of Nikki Grimes and Bryan C...more
Jan 31, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
Akissi: Feline Invasion
Gosh! That was... really something. Not for readers with delicate sensibilities or an aversion to (sometimes hilariously) irresponsible behavior.
Dec 2013
Dec 01, 2013
Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes
I liked the narrative, colloguial tone of this one. I wish I knew how accurate it was, but I guess I'll have to trust in the extensive footnotes. A fa...more
Oct 27, 2010
Oct 19, 2010
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