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Julie Andrews' Treasury for All Seasons: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year
Writing this review pains me. I love Julie Andrews. I was completely expecting this to be “delightful” and “charming” – I mean it’s Mary Poppins readi ...more
Nov 29, 2012
Nov 29, 2012
Al Capone Does My Shirts (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #1)
12 year-old Moose Flanagan (how great of a name is that?) moves to Alcatraz in 1935 with his family when his dad gets a job at the infamous maximum-se ...more
Sep 13, 2013
Sep 09, 2013
Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)
I liked the premise - sometime in the future, we've found a cure for cancer and most other terminal illnesses. The first generation of these near-perf ...more
Jun 2013
May 28, 2013
The Yellow Birds
I usually have a hard time getting into war stories, but this one touched me. It reminded me of The Things They Carried with its nonlinear storyline a ...more
Apr 05, 2013
Apr 05, 2013
Aliens on Vacation (Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast, #1)
This is exactly how I like my J-Fic Sci-fi:

1) Easy to follow (no huge cast of characters with complicated names, no sweeping back story, no huge plot
Jan 19, 2013
Jan 16, 2013
Out of My Mind
3.5-ish. I liked what this book was trying to do, and I like that it's a solid recommendation for the "realistic fiction" seekers we are getting NONST ...more
Sep 19, 2013
Sep 13, 2013
Why Have Kids?: A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness
This book in a nutshell:

Parenting is not always as fun/inspiring/worth it as you might expect, and it's ok to be less than a supermom. Not everyone is
Oct 10, 2012
Oct 05, 2012
The Lions of Little Rock
Like others, I felt too distanced from the characters in this story to ever really care about them. I found myself frequently criticizing and arguing ...more
Nov 10, 2012
Nov 03, 2012
The City of Ember (Book of Ember, #1)
Finally read this after staring at it on the shelf for several years!

I wish I had read this one as a child - I think it might have had the same sort o
Apr 05, 2013
Apr 01, 2013
Classic Poems for Girls
WONDERFUL on audio! I loved the variety of poems included in this collection - though most can be enjoyed by the targeted 5-10 year-old audience, many ...more
Jan 15, 2013
Jan 15, 2013
Splendors and Glooms
I haven’t read Schlitz’s Newbery winner (Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!) – I’m HORRIBLE at reading Newbery winners – but I’m glad I picked up this one. T ...more
Nov 29, 2012
Nov 19, 2012
 Beholding Bee
3.5-ish. A lot going on here - it's kind of an odd mash-up of supernatural, coming-of-age, historical (WWII) fiction. I am usually put off by stories ...more
May 15, 2013
May 14, 2013
An Abundance of Katherines
In lieu of a review, I present the following theorem:

3xy/12(z-2c)^7a+11 = percent chance Stacy will heart a John Green book


x=sophistication of vo
Apr 12, 2013
Apr 08, 2013
Ghost Knight

This was my first Funke, and I think I may have been expecting too much. The story itself was pretty good, with centuries-old rivalries, menacing ghos
Jun 14, 2012
Jun 10, 2012
Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America's First Black Paratroopers
Interesting account of the Triple Nickles, of which I had zero prior knowledge. The author did a good job providing just enough WWII context to ground ...more
May 25, 2013
May 25, 2013
Tunnels (Tunnels, #1)
Ugh. This book had so much promise - a missing father! An adventure deep underground! A mysterious, time-traveling, other-worldly civilization! Dungeo ...more
May 10, 2012
May 07, 2012
How Angel Peterson Got His Name
Funny! It's kind of like listening to your dad or favorite uncle tell all of his crazy stories about growing up when kids actually played outside. Twe ...more
Dec 06, 2012
Dec 05, 2012
The Robe of Skulls (Tales from the Five Kingdoms, #1)
Really liked this one! The stories of a young girl wishing to get away from her evil "stepfather" and "stepsister," a young prince living in the shado ...more
Jul 24, 2013
Jul 22, 2013
Divide and Conquer (Infinity Ring #2)
blah blah blah science blah blah danger blah blah blah history blah blah blah languages blah blah blah time warp blah blah more danger blah blah blah ...more
Mar 05, 2013
Mar 01, 2013
Such a heartwarming story - and fantastic on audio! Auggie Pullman is an awesome kid who has dealt with severe facial abnormalities all his life. The ...more
Jun 06, 2012
May 29, 2012
The Spindlers
It was okay - kind of a mashup of Tunnels and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I think I'm just tired of the whole "child stumbles into a secret ...more
Dec 18, 2012
Dec 16, 2012
Powerless (Supers of Noble's Green, #1)
2.5 stars. 4 for the story, 2 for the writing, 1 for the audiobook narrator. I wanted to like this one, but I'm pretty sure Mr. Cody has never actuall ...more
Sep 12, 2012
Sep 06, 2012
Young Fredle
I kind of loved this little story about a mouse who is "went" (pushed out into the open kitchen floor - among humans, cats, etc.) by his family becaus ...more
May 13, 2012
May 11, 2012
A Boy and His Bot
Started slow for me (typical grandpa-goes-missing-and-misfit-kid-goes-looking-for-him-only-to-fall-into-secret-magical-world-that-only-he-can-save sto ...more
Jan 10, 2013
Jan 09, 2013
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Some reviewers have been put off by the author's sarcasm and (appropriately) morbid sense of humor, but that's what I liked the most about this book. ...more
Sep 27, 2012
Sep 25, 2012
My Dog May Be a Genius
I think these poems work better in book format than they do on audio. Each poem is set to music, and after a while they all start to sound the same - ...more
Dec 04, 2012
Dec 04, 2012
Because of Winn-Dixie
I liked the story, but it wasn't my favorite on audio. I hate it when a book is supposed to be narrated by a child but the narrator sounds like a midd ...more
Aug 02, 2013
Jul 29, 2013
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Not sure how I didn't read this until now - I must have read Superfudge twenty times in elementary school. I might have liked this one better back the ...more
May 17, 2012
May 17, 2012
Chasing Vermeer (Chasing Vermeer, #1)
Fifth grade Stacy would have thought this was a "smart mystery."

Adult Stacy thinks it's a cop-out when characters just randomly figure stuff out based
Oct 19, 2012
Oct 15, 2012
The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery
I didn't know anything about Benedict Arnold before listening to this book, except that he had once done something bad, maybe? This telling of his sto ...more
Feb 06, 2013
Jan 31, 2013
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