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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
**spoiler alert** When I was about halfway through this book, I started making a list of its similarities to Harry Potter. Here is a sampling from tha ...more
Aug 07, 2008
Jul 30, 2008
Out of My Mind
Many people love love love this book, so I'm going to skip the praise (you can read plenty of it elsewhere) and go straight to criticism:

1. The phras
May 11, 2010
May 10, 2010
I Want My Hat Back
**spoiler alert** Adult reviewers are loving the very dry humor in this. I chuckled, but it's awfully bleak for a picture book. The plot: Bear loses h ...more
Nov 07, 2011
Nov 07, 2011
A Wedding in December
I've read two Shreve novels now and I think what I've learned from her is this: Before agreeing to marry a man, one should ask him if he's actually de ...more
Jul 2007
Aug 01, 2007
The Kneebone Boy
It's clever, funny, dark, and touching. It's Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl and dare I say a touch of the ol' J.K. And it's over too soon! The Kneebone ...more
Jul 06, 2010
Jul 01, 2010
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
SPOILER! He turns into a butterfly.
not set
Dec 01, 2008
Wicked Nights (Castle of Dark Dreams, #1)
Why am I reading trashy vampire romance novels? Because it's totally the hottest trend in publishing right now. Duh.

But, man, I must have picked a ba
Nov 15, 2007
Nov 10, 2007
The Unnamed
I think I have a book crush on Joshua Ferris (or "Josh" as I call him when I talk back to his narration). I super liked And Then We Came to the End an ...more
Nov 29, 2010
Nov 13, 2010
Slaughterhouse Five
I picked this up because I was looking at this website that had pictures of literary tattoos and an extraordinary number of people had "Everything was ...more
Sep 14, 2008
Aug 10, 2008
Liar & Spy
The theme I took away from this book is the difference between seeing the little dots and seeing the big picture. It was very cleverly explored in lot ...more
Sep 16, 2012
Jul 20, 2012
The Thing About Luck
I agree with all the other reviewers who have praised this book for its great characters and wonderful writing and then asked, "But what kid is going ...more
Nov 03, 2013
Nov 05, 2013
The Jane Austen Book Club
I've read the (very) negative reviews of this (there are many) and I have to say, I think a lot of people just didn't get this book. They wanted it to ...more
Jul 07, 2012
Jul 05, 2012
The Cut
I think I expected something more literary, so I was disappointed by the stock characters and all the paragraphs full of boring (to me) details. Hones ...more
Jun 27, 2011
Jun 18, 2011
The Mostly True Story of Jack
Honestly, this book frustrated me. In my mind, there's a limit to how long the author should keep the reader in suspense, and TMTSOJ mostly exceeded t ...more
Dec 02, 2011
Dec 02, 2011
A Snicker of Magic
This book straight-up annoyed me. Thoughts I had while reading this:

1. This author is trying too hard and it shows. Instead of telling a story she's
Jun 16, 2014
Jun 06, 2014
Mansfield Park
**spoiler alert** I think I would've liked this a lot more if I weren't so icked out by the cousin thing. Yes, in Austen's time there was nothing wron ...more
Jun 06, 2011
Jun 01, 2011
The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll's History and Her Impact on Us
There is something about Tanya Lee Stone's writing that I don't like. The tone, I think. When it comes to non-fiction, I like an authoritative, detach ...more
Dec 22, 2010
Nov 29, 2010
The Year of Billy Miller
I really wish that, instead of a 229-page novel for 2nd graders, Henkes had written four 70-page novellas for 2nd graders. Seriously.

Newbery update:
Nov 05, 2013
Sep 17, 2013
Penny and Her Marble
This is sort of a junior version of "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe. Penny takes a marble she find in the grass and then feels sick with guil ...more
Apr 19, 2013
Apr 19, 2013
The Fourteenth Goldfish
My thoughts upon finishing this:

1. This is like Rebecca Stead lite! And I mean that as a compliment! Stead's books explore themes in interesting and
Jul 04, 2014
Jun 13, 2014
Nightingale's Nest
This is going to be one of those times when I read a book that everyone else seems to love and I just don't get it. Riddled with sadness and ambiguity ...more
May 19, 2014
Mar 18, 2014
The Water Seeker
Gorgeous! Epic! Transporting! I 100% loved it.

One of my librarian colleagues took this book out of the running for our Mock Newbery early (back when
Jul 09, 2010
Jul 04, 2010
Sparrow Road
Things I liked:

1. The suspense of why Raine and her mother go to Sparrow Road for the summer. As I've said before, with everyday life fiction like th
Oct 10, 2011
Sep 29, 2011
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
Five stars for art, no doubt. Kadir Nelson is really a genius illustrator, particularly his portraits, which are captivating and have this epic qualit ...more
Dec 02, 2011
Dec 02, 2011
Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism (Molly Moon, #1)
I quite enjoyed this. It's a refreshing fantasy-adventure tale in that our young, parent-less heroine isn't trying to save the world from the ultimate ...more
May 2009
May 01, 2009
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
This seemed sort of dated to me. It's hard to explain why, but it has something to do with the innocence of the Quimby family. They have some money pr ...more
Jan 2007
Oct 05, 2007
Home of the Brave
As I go to write this review, I'm reminded of Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper, which I reviewed pretty negatively because I was distracted by its lite ...more
Apr 17, 2013
Apr 16, 2013
I started to love this book at the end of the first chapter when Auggie says, "I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's proba ...more
Feb 27, 2012
Feb 19, 2012
Pilgrims and Other Stories
I actually only read half of this, but because it's a book of short stories I feel I can comment on the quality of the book not having finished it. Af ...more
not set
May 23, 2008
The One and Only Ivan
Things I loved about this book:

-Super duper writing. Wonderful imagery, no unnecessary words, well crafted little prose poems make up each chapter.

May 12, 2012
Mar 13, 2012
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