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Seven Stories Up
An enjoyable, well written book. At times when Annie was talking to Molly, she sounded like she had an adult's perspective about emotions.
Feb 17, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America
A catchy title but the rest of the book did not grab me. The sentence level writing in the first chapter was confusing to me, especially the pronouns. ...more
Jan 15, 2014
Jan 30, 2014
The War that Saved My Life
A very moving story. Ada was born with a club foot but her mother refused to use medical technology to get it fixed. Instead, she hid Ada inside their ...more
Jan 17, 2015
Jan 23, 2015
Pie was a good, quick read. Alice's aunt Polly was the Pie Queen of Ipswitch, PA. She had won numerous Blueberry Medals, for the best pie of the year. ...more
Dec 17, 2011
Dec 19, 2011
The Carpenter's Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree
A great picture book for elementary students during the Christmas season. The story does feature Christmas, but it is more about giving than about the ...more
Jan 03, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
Same Sun Here
Meena and River are pen pals from New York and Kentucky respectively. Meena and her family are immigrants from India that are studying to become citiz ...more
Apr 26, 2012
Apr 26, 2012
The Magical Christmas Horse
**spoiler alert**

The concept of the story is good, but the story lacked the depth of character and flow needed for excellence. Johnny is excited abou

Jan 03, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
An Elephant in the Garden
An excellent book. Lizzie is in a nursing home and has been telling the nurses that there "was an elephant in the garden." No one believes her until o ...more
Dec 23, 2011
Dec 20, 2011
An excellent book. Not your typical new kid to the school book either. Auggie has had multiple surgeries to correct a facial abnormality that he was b ...more
Mar 02, 2012
Feb 29, 2012
The Lions of Little Rock
This book was definitely better than I expected. This has been the best civil rights related book that I have read so far this year. Marlee is in juni ...more
Mar 17, 2012
Mar 15, 2012
Jingle Bells: How the Holiday Classic Came to Be

A story telling about the origins of the song "Jingle Bells." While it seems no one knows for sure where it was written, the artist and time frame are

Jan 13, 2012
Jan 13, 2012
Breaking Stalin's Nose
A rare short, quick Newbery read. This Newbery Honor book illustrates a time period in the history of a Soviet Union that many tried to forget. Commun ...more
Feb 21, 2012
Feb 21, 2012
Jefferson's Sons

Beverly is a young slave, whose father is Thomas Jefferson. Beverly's mother, a slave, has three other children that are also fathered by Jefferson. T

Jan 18, 2012
Jan 12, 2012
My Pen
A great inspirational book for artists of various ages.
Mar 11, 2015
Mar 11, 2015
Hans My Hedgehog: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm

A very unusual, uncommon story, but it is based on a tale of the Brothers Grimm. A farmer and his wife want a child but are not blessed with one until

not set
Feb 21, 2012
The One and Only Ivan
An excellent book told in sparse sentences from the point of view of a silverback gorilla named Ivan. Based on a true story (search for Ivan the goril ...more
Feb 29, 2012
Feb 29, 2012
The Future of Us

Awesome book for the Facebook generation. Josh and Emma have been friends for a long time, but don't hang out as much anymore. It is 1996, and Josh br

Jan 04, 2012
Jan 05, 2012
No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller
Historical novel that seems to be more fact than fiction. The author's note explains that a lot of it is fact, but that she filled in the blanks in he ...more
Aug 15, 2012
Aug 15, 2012
An excellent fantasy book than nonfantasy fans will still enjoy. Asa, Harald, and Solveig are the king's children, whom he has sent away to a remote i ...more
Dec 16, 2011
Dec 17, 2011
Four Hungry Kittens
Four kittens in a barn look for something to eat. The mother cat is also looking for something for the kittens to eat, but away from the kittens. Whil ...more
Dec 2011
Dec 23, 2011
The Library Gingerbread Man
The idea of the book is good--to use a story to teach children about the different sections of the library. But, the text and the pictures had some qu ...more
Dec 31, 2011
Dec 31, 2011
Lighthouse Christmas
A cute story about a little known service. Frances, Peter, and their father man the lighthouse on a remote island. Storms have made it impossible for ...more
Dec 21, 2011
Dec 21, 2011
Crocodile's Tears
Crocodile tears was a fairly depressing look at endangered animals in Africa. Crocodile is crying and Rhino and Tickbird try to find out why by asking ...more
Feb 22, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
Titanic: Voices From the Disaster
An excellent account of the Titanic before and after she sank. Hopkinson relies on accounts from survivors to beautifully illustrate to readers the sp ...more
Apr 21, 2012
Apr 23, 2012
The Gospel Cinderella

A twist on the traditional Cinderella story set in a Southern swamp. The Queen Mother of Rhythm's daughter floats away during a hurricane and she is a

Feb 27, 2012
Feb 27, 2012
A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat
I really liked the concept of this book. The author takes us on a journey through the centuries of different families making the same dessert. Readers ...more
Mar 31, 2015
Mar 31, 2015
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy
**spoiler alert** I liked this book a lot. Had to stay up late reading to finish it. Yet there were a couple minor details left unsaid at the end that ...more
Mar 13, 2014
Mar 12, 2014
Betsy Red Hoodie
**spoiler alert** Betsy, with her red hoodie, is old enough to take the trip to Grandma's by herself through the woods. Her friend Zimmo the wolf (fro ...more
Mar 2012
Mar 01, 2012
A classic retelling of the fairy tale of Rapunzel. Formal paintings accompany the text, sometimes covering two page spreads. Rapunzel is an herb that ...more
Mar 02, 2012
Mar 02, 2012
The Arctic Code

Kirby has built a world in which a new ice age has arrived. The glaciers are pushing the world's population south and housing is at a premium.

Jun 21, 2015
Jun 22, 2015
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